Environmental, Health, and Safety Technician

  • SpaceX
  • Rocket Rd, Hawthorne, CA 90250, USA
  • Feb 07, 2018
Full time EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Science - Engineering Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Technicians will be responsible for regulatory requirements relating to OSHA, RCRA, EPA, DOT and Air Force Range requirements. This position is an integral part of our launch team.  Works with engineers and technicians daily to ensure our launch and landing site can support the largest rocket in the world with a launch frequency that is unparalleled in the industry. 



  • Responsible for environmental compliance with hazardous and non-hazardous waste management, including Department of Transportation (DOT) shipping manifest and tracking of hazardous waste shipments
  • Storm water construction/industrial
    • Perform weekly storm water inspections per the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
    • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory hazardous waste handling requirements
  • Monitor levels of hazardous waste at each department’s satellite accumulation area
  • Accurately record and maintain 90 day hazardous waste drum logs, hazardous waste sign in sheets, Isopropyl (IPA), an Acetone usage logs
  • Accurately perform all required hazardous waste and hazardous material storage area inspections
  • Coordinate waste shipments and waste disposal contractors
  • Spill response/prevention
    • Implement the Spill Prevention Countermeasures and Control Plan (SPCC) throughout the facility
    • Assist departments with proper disposal and spill prevention and clean up
    • Perform monthly SPCC inspections at various locations throughout the launch site
    • Perform environmental compliance and due diligence audits
  • Manage hazardous materials
    • Ensure all hazardous material is labeled and stored properly in the storage areas
    • Refill/replace IPA and Acetone drums as they get low
    • Request product IPA, Acetone, Hydraulic fluid, Isopar, Coolant and TEA-TEB as inventories are depleted
  • Air pollution
    • Perform monthly chemical inventory for used and received chemicals onsite
    • Ensure daily closure inspections are being performed on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) containers throughout the site


  • Identify work place hazards and unsafe conditions
  • Monitor employee exposure to job and chemical hazards
  • Assist in the implementation and compliance of site specific safety policies
    • Coordinate with the Safety Manager to develop and implement new safety policies as required
  • Assist in the creation of job hazard analysis and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) assessments
  • Conduct and/or coordinate employee safety and environmental training programs and assist with emergency response training drills
  • Conduct daily health and safety oversight
    • Assisting in critical operations to manage hazardous areas
    • Assist in lifting operations to ensure safe work practices and proper PPE is being utilized
    • Assist in proof, venting, and leak testing
  • Ensure notification and corrective actions are put in place when any unsafe condition is presented or found throughout the site
  • Periodically check first aid cabinets and restock when necessary
  • Assist the environmental health and safety (EHS) engineers in accident/mishap investigations when necessary
  • Assist in the respiratory protection program
    • Conduct fit testing
    • Perform inspections to ensure people are utilizing respirators properly and have appropriate cartridges for their task


  • Perform set ups for hypergolic operations including personnel training, safety equipment check-out and placement, mixing neutralizer and instrument calibration
  • Facilitate and perform safety walk downs with AF Range Safety for operation commencement
  • Perform toxic vapor detection for Self Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble (SCAPE) operations
  • Properly display ordnance signage to match the classification of ordnance on-site and report to the Fire Dispatch Center
  • Oversee explosives operations to ensure personnel safety and verify compliance with required Regulations
  • Vehicle, Payload, Erection, and TE Mating operations
    • Establish clear areas and essential personnel
    • Assist in pre-task briefings and identify evacuation routes for the operation
    • Perform toxic vapor checks
    • Layout PPE for employees to use during operations
    • Perform continuous vapor checks for during all operations
    • Clear personnel of all areas of SLC-4E and preform 100% accountability of all personnel on the pad
    • Participate on the Red team for emergency crew entry to assist in any anomalies prior to launch


  • Minimum of 1 year of experience implementing and overseeing environmental, health, and safety policies


  • Experience implementing/developing health and safety plans and policies
  • Experience with emergency response crews in incidents involving hazardous and non-hazardous material releases to air, soil, and water
  • Experience using Windows Operating Systems, Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook)
  • Demonstrated strong propensity for hands-on work and attention to detail in either academic or career pursuits
  • Ability to multi-task, to manage shifting priorities and to follow through on projects with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in a construction/industrial environment
  • Ability to communicate well with technicians and engineers
  • Strong organizational and communication skills 


  • The ability to work in a high-concentration, fast-paced environment
  • Must be able to lift at least 30lbs
  • Must be able to work overtime when necessary


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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