Environmental Scientist

  • Leidos
  • Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
  • Oct 16, 2020
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering GIS - Remote Sensing Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500™ company aimed at embracing and solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Through science and technology, Leidos makes the world safer, healthier and more efficient.

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Job Description

Leidos is seeking an Environmental Scientist that will support our NASA customer at the Kennedy Space Center. In this position the Environmental Scientist performs project management and oversight responsibilities of various field sampling and reporting performed by the Environmental Sampling, Analysis and Monitoring (ESAM) Section as part of the Environmental Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with limited support to the United States Air Force (USAF) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and Patrick Air Force Base (PAFB).

The position requires a strong understanding of environmental regulatory programs and sampling techniques for common media types such as groundwater, surface water, stormwater, potable water, soil and sludge as well as a variety of process and construction wastes in including an understanding of the usage and operation of various types of standard environmental field equipment and instrumentation. The Environmental Scientist must be able to interpret sampling and analytical requirements defined by FDEP permits, environmental regulations or KSC specific programs and provide oversight of field personnel assigned to these projects. This position ensures KSC and USAF are in compliance with specific Federal, State, NASA, or Air Force regulations as well as program or contractual requirements to preserve the environment and ultimately the health and safety of persons at KSC and CCAFS/PAFB.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage projects and provide oversight of sampling activities and reporting requirements associated with environmental permits including but not limited to; solid waste, industrial wastewater, stormwater and potable water.
  • Manage projects and provide oversight of sampling activities and reporting requirements related to environmental contamination investigations related to incidents or spills to determine if impacts to the environment have occurred.
  • Manage projects and provide oversight of sampling activities in support of the waste characterization process which helps determine the transportation and disposal requirements for waste generated by tenant organizations and construction contractors at KSC. Typical waste characterization samples collected are drummed waste (both liquids and solids), sandblast media, oil from electrical equipment, paint sampling from construction waste debris, and wastewater samples.
  • Manage the ESAM calibration and maintenance program which includes a variety of electronic and mechanical field sampling equipment such as dissolved oxygen meters, turbidity meters, pH meters, conductivity meters, chlorine meters, FID/PIDs, and portable well sampling pumps to ensure proper operation; including ordering of equipment and supplies when needed.
  • Possess a strong understanding of a variety of environmental programs regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) including Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for field sampling activities.
  • Possess strong technical writing skills including the ability to create detailed reports, data tables and spreadsheets.
  • Possess the ability to analyze and interpret data collected by field instrumentation and laboratory analytical reports in order to provide recommendations to project stakeholders. 
  • General Knowledge and skills using Geographic Information System (GIS) software to producing basic maps depicting sampling locations and other relative information related to field activities.
  • Supports, assists, or conducts the preparation of field samples for transport to environmental laboratories for analytical testing, including preparation of chain-of-custody documentation.
  • Maintains work area in a clean and orderly condition and ensures safe operating conditions within area of responsibility. Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Performs a range of administrative duties required to fulfill program or contractual requirements related to a designated area of specialty, including record keeping, inventory and supply requisitioning, database entry, vehicle upkeep and similar duties as assigned.
  • Performs or assists with any departmental operations, as required or directed to maintain workflow or respond to emergency conditions.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, geology, chemistry, biology, or related scientific discipline with five years of applicable work experience. 
  • Active 40-Hour HAZWOPER Certification preferred or the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Programs (i.e. Word, Excel, etc.) and general knowledge of GIS software.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible for clearance at a Federal Facility.
  • Must be able to successfully pass an occupational health physical to obtain and maintain qualifications and certifications required to perform this work.
  • Must possess excellent organization skills and the ability thrive in a team atmosphere including the ability to effectively communicate and work with all levels of employees.

Working Conditions:

  • Demands of work assignments may require periodic physical exertion such as walking on uneven terrain, stooping, and possibly lifting up to 25lbs, sometimes while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators outdoors in all weather conditions.

Potential for Telework: Yes, 75%

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