Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for a Senior Environmental Geologist/Engineer to join the Environmental, Health, & Safety Division. As an Environmental Remediation/Restoration subject matter expert, this position is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a complex environmental restoration program for soil, groundwater, and soil vapor contamination investigations and remediation activities at Berkeley Lab's 200-acre research facility. The program seeks to minimize risks to human health and the environment and comply with the RCRA Corrective Action Program and associated state and local laws, regulations, licenses, permits and ordinances at the Laboratory's main site. In particular, this position provides technical assistance to Laboratory staff with issues related to potential subsurface contamination, soil management, requirements related to the RCRA site cleanup process, environmental contamination issues, and geological and hydrogeological issues related to Laboratory development. Additional responsibilities include: developing a consensus approach with Laboratory management and staff to ensure compliance with applicable regulations; applying expert knowledge of regulatory standards toward influencing external regulatory processes; and preparing environmental documents for designated regulatory agencies and resolving policy and regulatory issues with each agency.
What You Will Do:
Environmental Restoration Program
Apply specialized knowledge and technical expertise to provide environmental restoration consultation and support necessary to meet complex environmental compliance requirements for groundwater remediation and associated monitoring systems, including:
Maintain, monitor and evaluate the performance of environmental remediation and monitoring systems for process efficiency, effectiveness and regulatory compliance.
Analyze, validate and interpret environmental monitoring data to identify and assess potential non-compliance issues. Deliver recommendations for the most feasible, cost-effective and timely method of correcting complex problems.
Conduct evaluations of remediation systems to assess long-term system performance and develop recommendations for modifications needed to optimize future performance; investigate, analyze and correct system deficiencies to minimize deficiencies and ensure compliance.
Prepare tables, graphs, figures and text for complex technical progress reports and presentations.
Maintain Geographic Information System to track and map groundwater, soil vapor, and soil analytical data.
Provide technical guidance and leadership to field operations staff for work associated with environmental remediation systems and work cooperatively with the field operations staff supervisor.
Maintain strong working knowledge of the scientific and technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and how they impact restoration activities.
Maintain Environmental Restoration Program plans and procedures, and manage cost-effective program improvements to effectively address findings and observations from assessment of program activities.
Site Development Project Support
Provide information related to potential environmental liabilities to help the Laboratory make informed and cost-effective decisions related to redevelopment of areas within the main campus.
Directly support and coordinate the preparation of site investigation work plans and reports to assess potential risks to human health and the environment in potential redevelopment areas.
Work consultatively with regulatory agencies and Laboratory management to determine mitigation requirements in those areas of environmental contamination that pose potential risks.
Provide oversight of environmental investigation and remediation projects conducted by subcontracted environmental consultants.
Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with demolition and construction project personnel and EHS Division staff.
Soils Management Support for Construction Projects
Provide leadership and technical support related to soils management on Facilities construction projects.
Review excavation plans and penetration permit applications to determine potential issues regarding soil contamination.
Provide technical advice regarding monitoring and disposal requirements.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 10 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
California State licensed Professional Geologist or Professional Engineer-Civil.
Expertise and experience in a wide range of soil, soil vapor and groundwater remediation programs and methods, particularly with respect to chlorinated volatile organic compounds.
Experience in statistical analysis of sampling data in support of risk assessments, and knowledge of tiered risk assessment methodologies used by California EPA.
Experience characterizing and evaluating risks from a wide range of contaminant types, including volatile organic compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, radionuclides, and metals.
Experience assessing contaminant fate and transport in hydra geologically complex environments.
Substantial experience identifying potential areas of non-compliance and devising strategies and corrective action plans to address methods of correcting them.
Experience using environmental database software to manage sampling and analysis data and graphics software to create technical graphics (e.g., maps, cross sections).
Demonstrated expert knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements imposed by environmental government agencies.
Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to establish and maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships with a variety of personnel at all levels of an organization. Ability to work effectively within a teamwork environment.
Excellent customer service skills, with a proven ability to provide technical consultation and problem-solving support to customer division(s) in the development of solutions and standards relative to new processes and technologies in a dynamic research environment. Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to junior-level technical professionals and technicians.
Independent decision-making abilities and ability to provide a leadership role in group processes. Ability to make recommendations and decisions that affect the personal safety, cost, and use of equipment and procedures.
Must be able to perform the physical requirements of the position: routinely lift and transport 40 lbs.; frequently bend and stoop; stand and walk for 4-6 hours per day. Candidates will be required to successfully pass a routine medical examination as well as successfully pass applicable training, which may include HAZWOPER and other related emergency response training. Some duties of this position require up to 4 hour per day of the following types of hand use: fine manipulation, keyboard/mouse use, simple and/or power grasping.
Experience in directing projects underRCRA Corrective Action and/or CERCLA programs.
Experience negotiating with environmental regulatory agencies.
Experience communicating technical information and health risks to community members.
Experience using environmental data management software such as Equis, EnviroInsite, and/or ESRI GIS software.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
This position will be required to work across LBNL site, inside and outside buildings and at off-site locations including in the field. Access to construction and demolition sites is required. Exposure to hazardous materials and hazardous energy sources is likely. Exposure to sources of ionizing radiation and radioactive materials is likely.
Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov for more information.
Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.