Los Alamos National Laboratory Environmental Professional 3/4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Team Leader for Environmental Protection and Compliance - Waste Management Services (EPC-WMS), the WMS Authorized Shipper is responsible for providing waste management shipping activities and support for Laboratory facility operations and/or processing, loading, and shipping activities. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to, inspecting waste storage containers and facilities, characterizing waste per Department of Transportation regulations, multiple disposal facility Waste Acceptance Criteria, and ensuring compliant handling and documentation of solid, liquid, hazardous, radioactive, and/or mixed wastes.

This position will be filled at either theEnvironmental Professional 3/Environmental Professional 4, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Environmental Professional 3 ($87,800 - $144,800):

Has a broad expertise or unique knowledge of Federal Regulations (DOT and DOE) and NM State Regulations, uses skills to contribute to development of objectives and principles and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Safety and security are a primary responsibility for all Laboratory employees. Maintain required safety and security training, assure safety and security compliance, and make safety and security an integral part of every task, including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security.

  • Provide waste-related field/facility operations including processing and/or loading activities.

  • Ensure proper documentation, shipping, and handling of solid, liquid, hazardous, radioactive, and mixed wastes.

  • Ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements associated with best safety, environmental, inspection, packaging, and transportation activities in relation to waste management.

  • Inspect waste storage areas and containers and serve as point of contact regarding waste management issues.

  • Responsible for management records of storage area inspections, waste profile forms, disposal requests, shipping paperwork, and waste characterization information.

  • Understand and adhere to all Laboratory and industry regulatory guidance and governance specific to the waste management of solid, liquid, hazardous, radioactive, and/or mixed wastes.

Environmental Professional 4 ($96,600 - $161,300):

Viewed as a DOT and waste packaging expert within the Laboratory. Works on unusually significant, unique or complex issues, provides solutions that are highly creative and where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles. Has impact on success of future concepts, products or technologies. Works under consultative direction toward predetermined long-range targets. Assignments are often self-initiated. Virtually self-supervisory. Uses independent judgment for determining course of action to accomplish objectives. Uses wide latitude in the methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Environmental Professional 4 will be required to:

  • Perform expert technical analyses and/or reviews of characterization data collected from a broad range of waste characterization techniques to determine whether waste meets shipping, acceptance, and/or processing criteria.

  • Develop and approve waste-related policies and procedures and facilitates comprehensive resolutions.

  • Create and approve required waste-related reports.

  • Participate and lead in audits and assessments, this may include self-assessments.

  • Develop programs, work packages and implements training.

  • Serve as mentor for lower level environmental management professionals and on-the-job instructor.

  • Ensure all waste management results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to established requirements.

  • Prepare and execute technical analyses, operation plans, and/or procedures.

  • Prepare and present waste management reports.

  • Conduct research, investigate alternative solutions, and develop solutions on problems affecting waste management.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of transportation and administration, and understanding of DOE requirements. Demonstrated ability to ensure Laboratory compliance with environmental requirements.

  • Ability to effectively communicate, interact, and work with internal customers and with Federal, State, and local agencies and to deal effectively with the public.

  • Certified (or previously certified) per DOT 49 CFR as a Basic Hazardous Materials Shipper and Basic Radioactive Materials Shipper or Certified per DOT 49 CFR as an Advanced Hazardous Materials Shipper and Advanced Radioactive Materials Shipper or Certified per DOT 49 CFR as an Advanced Mixed Waste Shipper.

Additional Job Requirements for Environmental Professional 4: In addition to the Job Requirements outlined above, qualification at the Environmental Professional 4 level requires:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience packaging, characterizing, and managing hazardous waste.

  • Expert-level knowledge of and experience with handling, characterizing, packaging, and/or transporting solid, liquid, hazardous, radioactive, and/or mixed wastes.

  • Expert-level knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to the handling and management of solid, liquid, hazardous, radioactive, and/or mixed wastes.

  • Expert-level knowledge of the DOT, federal, and state hazardous waste management regulations.

  • Expert-level knowledge of legal requirements and environmental impacts affecting facility operations and administration.

  • Understanding of engineering principles and some understanding of project management principles.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience as a supervisor, project manager, mid-level manager of a small (2-5 employees) technical and programmatic organization specializing in the implementation of Department of Energy regulations.

  • Successful experience and oversight coordinating the cradle to grave management and disposition of non-hazardous, hazardous, chemical, and radioactive wastes.

  • Experience with waste management-application risk assessments, corrective actions, regulatory compliance, and conduct of operations.

Education:Environmental Professional 3

Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. At this level, post graduate course work may be desirable.

Education: Environmental Professional 4

Position typically requires a minimum of twelve plus years of related experience. At this level, post-graduate coursework may be expected.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

426.2:This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular Position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

The Waste Management Division is a service function of the Environment, Safety and Health (ADESH) Directorate and is responsible for enduring the waste management program and compliance with all applicable requirements including DOE Order 435.1, Radioactive Waste Management. The Division’s portfolio includes, but is not limited to, the LANL Site Support Services model, the LANL Enduring Waste Management Master Plan, the five-year plan for enduring waste management, the Nevada National Security Site Waste Compliance Program, and the LANL Waste Management Working Group. It is anticipated that the scope of the Division will continue to consolidate the elements of the Laboratory enduring waste management programs.

The Environmental Protection and Compliance Division: Waste Management Group are Environment, Safety and Health (ADESH) Directorate services function and are responsible for the enduring of the waste management program and compliance with all applicable requirements including DOE Order 435.1, Radioactive Waste Management. The Division’s portfolio includes, but is not limited to, the LANL Site Support Services model, the LANL Enduring Waste Management Master Plan, the five-year plan for enduring waste management, the Nevada National Security Site Waste Compliance Program, and the LANL Waste Management Working Group. It is anticipated that the scope of the Division will continue to consolidate the elements of the Laboratory enduring waste management programs.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-667-8695

Contact Name: Gonzales, Christine J

Organization Name: EPC-WMS/Waste Management Services

Email: cjg@lanl.gov

Job Title: Environmental Professional 3/4

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC65837