Over the course of his career, Mike Stermitz has worked to prevent and address contamination of the natural environment. He possesses a lifelong passion for the outdoors, having funded his college education by working with the U.S. National Park Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. After receiving his bachelor of science in wildlife biology, Mike Stermitz continued to serve the state of Montana as a fisheries technician and later as a game warden.
In 1994, Mike Stermitz returned to higher education to earn his associate of applied science in environmental technology, after which he worked as an environmental inspector for such companies as Louise Berger and High Plains Environmental Field Services. His responsibilities included overseeing regulatory compliance and investigating potential contamination events.
In 2000, Mr. Stermitz turned his attention to waterway protection as an environmental scientist with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He later returned to state service in Montana as a water quality specialist with the Department of Environmental Quality. In that role, he conducted impairment evaluations for waterways suspected of qualifying for the EPA 404 impaired status roster. Also active in environmental compliance, he performed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) inspections in the eastern part of the state.
Since that time, Mike Stermitz has continued to assess environmental responsibility as an inspector for oil and gas construction projects. He has served as the lead environmental inspector on a number of large-scale projects, including a 10-mile pipeline installation and a pipeline replacement initiative.
Billings, MT, US