Los Alamos National Laboratory Waste Management Coordinator (Environmental Management Professional 2) 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 Waste Management Coordinator is responsible for providing waste management activities and support for Laboratory facility operations and/or processing, loading, and shipping activities. Specific duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to, inspecting waste storage containers and facilities, characterizing waste, and ensuring compliant handling and documentation of solid, liquid, hazardous, radioactive, and/or mixed wastes.

A seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of specialized area plus working knowledge of other related fields. Resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways. This job is the fully qualified, career-oriented, journey-level position. Provides resolutions to a diverse range of moderately complex problems where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Contributes to the development of organization's goals and objectives. Works under limited direction; receives general instructions on new assignments. Work is evaluated upon completion to ensure objectives have been met. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Determines approach to solutions, plans schedule and arranges own activities in accomplishing objectives. The following is a list of job duties:

  • Safety and security are a primary responsibility for all Laboratory employees. Maintains required safety and security training, assures safety and security compliance, and makes 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.

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

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

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

  • Inspects waste storage areas and containers and serves as point of contact regarding waste management issues.

  • Performs 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.

  • Participates in the development waste-related policies and procedures and may facilitate comprehensive resolutions.

  • Creates required waste-related reports.

  • Participates in audits and assessments.

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

  • Provides technical testing and documenting of waste containers including sampling, assay and leak testing.

  • Recommends and implements waste minimization/pollution prevention initiatives and techniques.

  • Assists in providing project engineering and management for special projects.

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

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

  • Prepares and presents waste management reports.

  • Fosters a mutually respectful work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong knowledge of environmental program development and administration ,and understanding of DOE requirements.

  • Proven experience effectively communicating, interacting, and working with customers and with Federal, State, and local agencies.

  • 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

  • Knowledge of and experience with handling, characterizing, packaging, and/or transporting solid, liquid, hazardous, radioactive, and/or mixed wastes.

  • 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.

  • Understanding of work hazards, safety practices, operating configurations, and lock-out/tag-out policies and procedures.

  • Experience executing and/or interpreting technical analyses, operation plans, and/or procedures.

  • Demonstrated skill in investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions on problems affecting waste management.

  • Skill to conceptualize and communicate elements of waste management processes, policies, and procedures to technical and non-technical personnel.

  • Knowledge of legal requirements and environmental impacts affecting facility operations and administration.

  • Knowledge of quality assurance practices and principles related to environmental management.

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

Desired Skills:

  • 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.


  • Position typically requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • This position may be subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities. This DOE Order establishes entry-level requirements to ensure employees in the positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

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

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Maximum Salary: 95900

Minimum Salary: 60400

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Work Telephone: 505-667-8695

Contact Name: Gonzales, Christine J

Organization Name: Waste Management Services / EPC-WMS

Email: cjg@lanl.gov

Job Title: Waste Management Coordinator (Environmental Management Professional 2)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC67203