Senior Environmental Scientist

  • Bechtel
  • Waynesboro, GA, USA
  • Dec 24, 2018
Full time EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Science - Engineering Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Waste Management - Recycling Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Georgia Power selected Bechtel to complete construction of the two-reactor expansion of a nuclear power plant near Augusta, Georgia. Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 will be the first new units built in the U.S. in the last three decades and are currently the only new units being constructed in the country.


At the peak of construction, this vital project will employ up to 5,000 on site.  These positions will include building tradespeople, engineers, field supervisors, construction and project managers, quality assurance professionals, safety professionals, procurement, subcontract specialists and many others.


This position may be required to work a schedule of rotating shifts including nights, weekends, or holidays.  All employees are subject to and agree to random drug and alcohol testing as a condition of continued employment for the duration of their assignment.  The ability to obtain/maintain access to the facility is required.


Role Overview:

Responsible for integration of environmental issues and requirements into proposals, planning documents, permit applications, design specifications and criteria, construction plans and schedules, bid specifications, and subcontract packages for the project.  Has technical responsibility for interpreting complex requirements, evaluating and applying appropriate scientific/environmental engineering principles, and formulating scopes of work, plans, and methodologies suitable for achieving and maintaining compliance with environmental requirements.  Provides technical assistance to other project Environmental Services (ES) personnel and other project functions.  


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating appropriate consideration of environmental requirements with (Sub)Contracts, Engineering, and Construction personnel.
  • Provides environmental technical support and assistance to the project and coordinates environmental requirements and formulation of mitigation measures with engineering leads, construction supervision/management and other ES&H representatives.
  • Participates in meetings with customers, project team members, and contractors/subcontractors to advise them of environmental requirements that may affect project design, schedule, and cost.
  • May be responsible for drafting or updating environmental compliance plans, project-specific mitigation plans, environmental awareness training programs and technical reports.
  • Provides recommendations and input for revising procedures, work process and other quality improvement measures.
  • Conducts environmental compliance inspections of project construction activities to monitor compliance with environmental requirements including contractual commitments, permits, and the project’s Environmental Management Plan.
  • Provides technical assistance to other Environmental Scientists with regard to implementation of the project environmental program.


Job Knowledge:

  • Advanced knowledge in a field of science, environmental engineering, or related discipline.
  • Experience in environmental monitoring and compliance inspection during construction.
  • Knowledge of environmental sciences/engineering systems, principles, and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of national and international environmental laws/regulations and regulatory/resource agencies’ permitting processes and responsibilities, industry standards for environmental compliance, and best management practices for minimizing potential environmental impacts during project execution.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and waste management, erosion and sediment control methods, and restoration techniques.
  • Knowledge of engineering and construction systems, methods, and work processes.
  • Knowledge of construction planning, estimating, procedures, and execution.
  • Experience in managing and/or providing technical oversight of environmental subcontractors or consultants.

Basic Qualifications - Grade 26:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in life sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, forestry) or physical sciences (e.g., geology, meteorology), or environmental engineering from an accredited college or university plus 9 years' progressive experience. In lieu of degree, 15 years' progressive experience. 

Basic Qualifications - Grade 27:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in life sciences (e.g., biology, ecology, forestry) or physical sciences (e.g., geology, meteorology), or environmental engineering from an accredited college or university plus 13 years' progressive experience. In lieu of degree, 19 years' progressive experience. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Skilled in oral and written communications
  • Knowledge of Bechtel administrative procedures and standard computer processes.
  • Must be able to plan and coordinate work requiring independent judgment and experience in the application of scientific/environmental engineering techniques and formulation of environmental mitigation measures to reduce potential adverse environmental impacts.
  • Must be physically capable to conduct field inspections and participate in project walk downs which require the following activities: extensive walking in and around a construction site, climbing ladders, climbing scaffolding, walking on elevated platforms, walking on uneven surfaces, climbing in very small and/or confined spaces, and lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • Significant practical work experience in office settings and field environments (e.g., construction execution and/or operating facilities) performing the responsibilities listed above. 

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