Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has an opening for an Environmental Field Technician in the Environmental, Health & Safety (EH) Division. This position will provide technical support to a wide variety of environmental compliance and remediation activities occurring across the Lab. Responsibilities include performing a broad range of activities, including: sample collection and shipment; operation, maintenance, and monitoring of RCRA-permitted groundwater treatment systems; stack air emissions monitoring; maintaining and sampling groundwater wells; quality assurance calibration of sampling and testing equipment; and processing sample collection information through the environmental monitoring data management system.
The duties of this position are integral to Berkeley Lab's compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations, external permitting requirements mandated by Department of Toxic Substances Control, East Bay Municipal Utility District and USEPA as well as the requirements specified in the Department of Energy (DOE) orders. As a result, the successful candidate has a track record of performing work at an exceptionally high level of quality given the high level of scrutiny from regulatory agencies and the public, providing effective direction and oversight to technical subcontractors and staff, and providing accurate information to external representatives.
What You Will Do:
Conduct field sampling, testing and measuring associated with environmental compliance and remediation activities, including collection of groundwater samples and field measurements (depth to groundwater, temperature, pH, electrical conductivity and indicator parameters, soil samples, soil water samples, soil gas samples, soil gas field measurements), sanitary sewer samples, wastewater samples, surface water samples, stack emission samples and indoor air samples.
Operate, maintain, and monitor components of environmental remedial systems, including hydrogen release compound injection systems, groundwater extraction and treatment systems, soil vapor treatment systems. Promptly communicate any anomalous conditions.
Calibrate environmental monitoring and process flow meters and instruments within control limits. Perform periodic inspections and preventative maintenance work.
Maintain supply of sampling containers required by analytical laboratories for a wide variety of analytical parameters, and implement sample packaging and shipping procedures to meet environmental regulatory agency, Department of Transportation and analytical laboratory requirements.
Perform environmental dosimeter exchanges.
Enter environmental sampling data in a computer-based data management system. Develop and/or maintain spreadsheets for data tracking and reporting. Perform thorough reviews of all data entered to ensure accuracy.
Promptly communicate any safety issues.
Stay current with changes in federal, state and local regulations and internal policies and procedures associated with all aspects of assigned work.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Prepare sampling and calibration, and groundwater treatment system operation and maintenance documents as required by standard operating procedures. Prepare or revise standard operating procedures as necessary.
Provide assistance to Berkeley Lab program staff for installation and set-up of specialized environmental monitoring instruments and equipment, groundwater monitoring and extraction well construction, development and maintenance, and soil gas probe construction.
Anticipate, troubleshoot and identify equipment problems; repair or replace failing or inoperative equipment using basic mechanical and electrical skills; and oversee Facilities work requests for repairs and replacements as needed.
What is Required:
A high school diploma and 2 years of related experience in environmental compliance and/or remediation activities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
40-hour HAZWOPER training and current annual 8-hour refresher training.
Experience in operating, calibrating and maintaining environmental sampling/monitoring equipment.
Demonstrated ability to plan and perform work to meet program objectives with infrequent general instruction, as well as to apply advanced concepts and technologies in general assignments.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing at a variety of levels.
Computer skills, including those required for database maintenance, report preparation, and spreadsheet development.
Able to perform the physical requirements of the position, including: routinely lift and carry up to 40 lbs; conduct field work involving routine squatting, kneeling, climbing, bending, and twisting; climb ladders and work in unpaved hillside areas; and stand and walk for 4 to 6 hours per day.
Ability to successfully pass a routine medical examination as well as successfully pass applicable training, which may include Respirator Fit Testing, formal HAZWOPER training, and other related emergency response training.
A high school diploma and 5 years of related experience in environmental compliance and/or remediation activities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience working on RCRA Corrective Action or CERCLA/Superfund projects.
Knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements imposed by DOE and government agencies.
BA/BS degree in a related science, engineering or geological related field.
Relevant technical certification in area of expertise.
Proven mechanical, plumbing and electrical skills for maintenance of groundwater extraction and treatment equipment.
This is a full-time career appointment, non-exempt (hourly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be determined based on range by collective bargaining agreement, which is an hourly rate of $31 to $40 depending on experience.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs, skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
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.
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