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Richard Chinn holds BS and MS degrees in Zoology from the University of Florida and University of South Florida. He has 29 years of varied experience in wetlands management, environmental resource management, and occupational safety in both the public and private sectors and 30+ years training and teaching experience in continuing education and academia.

Mr. Chinn is an Army Corps of Engineers Provisionally Certified Wetland Delineator

Mr. Chinn is a Senior Professional Wetland Scientist certified by the Society of Wetland Scientists #1365:

Work History

1997 - present President and Instructor, Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc.  Provide Wetland Delineation and Management Training, Train-the-Trainer Training, and On-line HAZWOPER Refresher Training.
1995 Adjunct Instructor, University of Tampa.   Taught undergraduate, non-majors Biology course.
1991 - 1997 Founder and President, Environmental Technology Center, Tampa, Florida.  Founder and operator of technical school providing an Associate Degree in environmental technology.  Led school through state licensure and national accreditation.  Developed curricula in Wetland Delineation & Management Training, Train-the-Trainer Training, and HAZWOPER Training and implemented training.  Supervised staff of 13.
1992 - 1993 Environmental Scientist, CCI Environmental Services, Palmetto, Florida.  Provided wetland determinations, threatened and endangered species surveys, macrobiological assessments, permit negotiation and review, and oversaw staff of three.
1990 - 1992 Environmental Scientist, West Coast Regional Water Supply (now named Tampa Bay Water, tampabaywater.org), Clearwater, Florida.   Assessed hydrologic and vegetation changes to wetlands from groundwater withdrawals and gave a presentation to the 1991 Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting on regression analyses of rainfall, pumpage rate and resultant water table level.   Provided regulatory assistance in development of alternative sources with wetland impact minimization.
1989 - 1992 Part-time Instructor, Hillsborough Community College.  Taught two major Biology courses and non-major courses in Biology, Environmental Science, and Nutrition.
1989 - 1990 Environmental Scientist, Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, Tampa, Florida.  Performed wetland determinations, assessed site plans for potential wetland impacts, and negotiated permit compliance with applicants.
1987 - 1989 Biological Scientist, Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (now named the Florida Department of Environmental Protection), Tampa, Florida.  Evaluated streams for biological diversity and causal relationships of domestic and industrial wastewater discharges.
1984 - 1985 Co-op Environmental Scientist, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Brooksville, Florida.  Assessed wetlands for impact from groundwater withdrawals and assessed streams for salinity impacts from decreased withdrawals.
1984 - 1987 Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.


Wetland Credentials

Mr. Chinn is a nationally-recognized wetland delineation trainer, having trained 8000+ wetland scientists during 700+ training sessions in Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation protocol in 23 states plus Puerto Rico. Participants have included federal agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, Corps of Engineers, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Energy, Agriculture, Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Aviation Authority, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Federal Highway Administration, Tennessee Valley Authority, Western Area Power Administration), state agencies from nearly all 50 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico, local governments, environmental consultants from all 50 statues, utilities, developers, Departments of Transportation, et al.
Mr. Chinn provides wetland delineation and permitting services, both pro bono, and contract services on an ongoing basis. Recent projects include:
  • Delineation and permitting assistance for a suburban lot in Florida (2020)
  • A delineation for a 5-acre site in Florida (2019)
  • A delineation for a rural lot in Florida (2019)
Mr. Chinn also provides Expert Witness investigative services and testimony. Recent projects include:
  • Florida: Confidential Homeowner’s Association (defendant) (client) versus confidential individual (plaintiff). Status: in progress. (2020)
  • Louisiana: Confidential environmental consultant and insurance company (defendant) (client) versus confidential corporation (plaintiff). Status: in progress. (2020)


Training Credentials

Mr. Chinn has working experience in both the public and private sectors in both regulator and regulated roles.
Mr. Chinn has, possibly, a unique background in that he has experience providing instruction and training at each of the following adult levels:
  1. Continuing Education.  Mr. Chinn has instructed > 1500 participants in career training programs, including training trainers,
  2. Instructor at the University of Tampa,
  3. Community College,
  4. Technical School.  As founder, director, owner, and instructor of the Environmental Technology Center, a state-licensed and accredited technical school, Mr. Chinn developed all curriculum, oversaw and evaluated instruction by faculty, and was fully accountable for the learning.  Students ranged from college graduates to those who had not received a GED.
Mr. Chinn provides Train-the-Trainer Training to those persons seeking to become environmental trainers, particularly in hazardous waste operations and emergency response. 
Mr. Chinn exceeds OSHA's required credentials for Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response Training. Mr. Chinn has provided HAZWOPER training for 1000+ professionals, technicians and laborers.


Up Close and Personal

Click to enlarge Swimming in the Rio Negro (black river) in Amazonas, Brazil, not far from a group successfully fishing for piranhas, being careful to avoid the dreaded Candiru

bouldertriathlon9NEW.JPG (66294 bytes) Tri-for-your-cause Triathlon, Boulder, CO, September 6, 2008


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Richard Chinn is the author of "The Enemy of My Enemy" a historical fiction account of the Doolittle Raider crew that flew to the USSR after bombing Japan, was interned by the Soviet Union for 14 months before they escaped into Iran. This book espouses several theories of the mission. What was the US militaries role in the landing in the Soviet Union? What was the KGB's role in their escape? This book is under contract with a traditional publisher and is scheduled to be published in 2017.

Richard Chinn is also a Professional Mangrove Trimmer and his company Florida Mangrove Trimming, LLC provides mangrove trimming services and consulting to improve the view of the water for homes with riparian mangrove fringe in an ecological, aesthetic manner.