Environmental Health Physicist (Environmental Professional 2/3)

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What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Environmental Professional 2 or 3 level, 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.

The Environmental Protection and Compliance Division, Compliance Programs Group (EPC-CP) leads site compliance activities across LANL, through close collaboration with Laboratory programs, DOE, and regulators. The Radioactive Air Emissions Management team within EPC-CP operates environmental compliance activities to meet Clean Air Act requirements regarding airborne emissions of radioactive material. These regulations include criteria for measuring airborne emissions from monitored stacks; measuring concentrations of radionuclides in the ambient air; calculating emissions based on operational data; modeling off-site doses and public exposures using computer models; reviewing new and modified projects for Radionuclide NESHAP requirements; and design of new sampling systems. The Radionuclide NESHAP compliance program also supports LANL’s Emergency Operations Center during incidents, develops Pre-Construction applications (permits) for new LANL facilities, performs inspection and maintenance on sampling systems, and maintains an extensive quality assurance program to meet EPA requirements.

Environmental Professional 2 ($83,300 - $136,200)

You will be responsible for determining the regulatory consequences of new or modified radiological activities at LANL facilities; evaluating air emissions data for compliance with data quality objectives; using stack sampling data and ambient air measurements to determine off-site dose consequences; and supporting the real-time radioactive air emissions measurement program at the LANL particle accelerator. You will also contribute to the reporting activities for the team, summarizing emissions measurements and ambient air sampling data in the annual Rad-NESHAP report to the EPA and the Annual Site Environmental Report. You will also develop procedures to document work processes and perform quality assurance activities on routine team activities, ensuring all work processes and deliverables meet quality specifications and regulatory requirements. May act as lead point-of-contact or technical advisor on small to medium projects related to radionuclide air emissions and measurement.

Environmental Professional 3 ($91,800 - $151,400)

In addition to the duties outlined above, the Environmental Professional 3 will be required to support advanced analysis of radionuclide usage, including evaluation of radionuclide mixtures and advanced interpretation of stack gamma spectroscopy data; lead efforts in evaluating, designing and installing radionuclide sample systems; support LANL operations at the Emergency Technical Support Center during drills and emergency events; and support research endeavors regarding radionuclide measurements in stacks or in the ambient air. You will evaluate existing and new regulatory requirements for environmental radiation protection and determine actions necessary for Laboratory implementation of these requirements. You will likely also participate in the review and development of national standards for radionuclide measurements, and participate in Laboratory outreach programs with members of the public and community organizations.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Experience with stack monitoring and ambient air monitoring principles and programs

  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements related to emissions measurements and ambient air measurements

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to high quality deliverables and a customer service approach to regulatory compliance issues

  • Demonstrated experience making regulatory compliance decisions

  • Working knowledge of air emissions and dose assessment calculations

  • Additional Job Requirements for the Environmental Professional 3:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the Environmental Professional 3 requires:

  • Experience with regulatory compliance program development and implementation

  • Advanced knowledge of stack or ambient air emissions measurements and data interpretation

Training/Certifications: To be considered for the Environmental Professional 3 position, the candidate must be a Certified Health Physicist.

Education/Experience at the Environmental Professional 2:

Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or Physical Sciences, and 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at the Environmental Professional 3:

Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Physics, Nuclear Engineering, or Physical Science, and 8 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation. At this level, post graduate course work may be desirable. Professional certification is required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with CAP88 radionuclide emissions modeling & dose assessment software

  • Experience with LANL organization, facilities and operations

  • Experience interpreting gamma spectroscopy data

  • Experience reviewing new projects for radionuclide air emissions requirements under the Radionuclide NESHAP

  • Knowledge of federal Air Quality regulations, especially EPA Methods for air flow characterization

  • Experience with the emergency management & response protocols and protective action guidelines

  • Programming in MS Access, including advanced query development and using Visual Basic code for calculations

  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment

  • An active Q-clearance is desired

Note to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume, transcript, and comprehensive cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to each of the job requirements (both Minimum Job Requirements and Desired Skills) of the position for the level for which the application is intended.

Travel Requirements: Minimal, attend meetings, trainings and conferences.

Location: The position is physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation): Sitting, standing, climbing stairs, reaching overhead and down, bending, stooping, and lifting 50 pounds/carrying 35 pounds.

Work Environment: This position is predominantly office work, with occasional field support work that can include work at elevation (rooftops), in industrial settings, and working near sources of radiological contamination or ionizing radiation. Use of personal protective equipment (safety glasses, gloves, safety shoes, or hearing protection may be required. Operating a motor vehicle is required.

Additional Details

Directive 206.2-Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

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.

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: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader.Please refer to Laboratory Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

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 regard 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 beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Free basic life and disability insurance

  • Paid maternity and parental leave

  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

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Contact Details
Contact Name Gonzales, Christine J
Email cjg@lanl.gov
Work Telephone 505-667-8695
Vacancy Name: IRC82517
Organization Name EPC-CP/Environmental Compliance Programs
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Req ID: IRC82517
Category: Env Safety Health

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