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NREL Senior ESH Professional - Bio Energy Science &Technology in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Senior ESH Professional - Bio Energy Science &Technology



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

Advanced level Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) Point of Contact position for research and development centers and support organizations. Provide technical guidance for hazard ID and control of new or modified work conducted in those organizations. Capable of working independently in frequent interactions with researchers, support staff, senior managers, and Department of Energy (DOE) counterparts.

  • Collaborates with research and operational staff to evaluate risks of new or modified work activities and proactively implements continuous environmental, safety and health (ESH) improvements.

  • Assists in the development of hazard identification and control documents as part of the research/operations projects or activity life cycle. These include safety/risk assessments, safe work permits, safe operating procedures and readiness verifications prior to operation of new/changed research experiments.

  • Performs and coordinates industrial hygiene monitoring, develops industrial hygiene reports and recommends corrective measures based on results of air and noise monitoring, medical surveillances, and ergonomic assessments.

  • Conducts advanced risk assessments including process hazard analyses or other complex hazard assessments for pilot- and bench-scale research operations which may present such hazards as biological, electrical, pressures above/below ambient, high temperatures, fire and explosion, lasers, ergonomic and reactive and toxic materials.

  • Completes regulatory and code compliance reviews including design reviews for future research projects.

  • Provides ESH oversight of subcontractors for construction, service or maintenance activities for areas of support.

  • Develops plans for and conducts ESH inspections, audits and oversight assessments.

  • Develops and provides ESH training to various organizational units. The training may be formal scheduled classes or informal, on-demand training on special topics.

  • Supports the implementation of Environmental Programs in areas such as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), air quality, water quality, chemical and waste management, natural resources, storage tanks, spill prevention, construction, and Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

  • Acts as a member of the NREL Chemical Response Team for spill response. Responsibilities include participation in drills, classroom training, wearing respiratory protection and maintenance of required certifications.

  • Conducts accident/incident investigation and causal analysis as needed. Provides follow-up on corrective action implementation.

  • Develops, implements and administers assigned NREL ESH programs and Office Desk Procedures.

  • Responds to staff inquiries, concerns and requests for assistance on ESH matters including guidance on ESH program implementation and/or interpretation.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Safety, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, chemistry or engineering. and 9 or more years of related experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree in Safety, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, chemistry or engineering.and 7 or more years of experience or related experience. Or, a PhD Safety, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, chemistry or engineering and 4 or more years of related experience. Or, relevant JD and 4 or more years of related experience.


Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently perform duties.

  • Advanced technical knowledge of EHS practices, procedures and techniques.

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communications skills.

  • Excellent technical writing skills.

  • Ability to perform site work that can involve extreme weather conditions and moderate physical exertion.

  • Ability to walk one mile continuously, able to stand continuously for two hours, able to lift and carry 45 pounds.

  • Applies extensive technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Contributes to the development of new concepts, techniques and standards.

  • Considered internal subject matter expert.

  • Extensive knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field.

  • Excellent leadership, project management and problem solving skills.

  • Ability to use various computer software programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and/or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).

  • Master’s degree in environmental health, occupational safety, industrial hygiene or other relevant discipline.

  • Strong chemical safety education and/or experience background – such as a chemistry or chemical engineering degree or minor, or experience as a chemical hygiene officer.

  • Experience performing and/or facilitating Process Hazard Analyses such as Hazard Operability Studies or What-if analyses.

  • Working knowledge and experience of controls and precautions for handling BSL 1 and BLS 2 biosafety hazards.

  • 40-hour HAZWOPER training.

  • Ability to lead and participate on both intra-office and cross-organizational teams.

  • Experience with hazard identification and control in the use of hazardous materials.

  • Experience working in a research and development environment – such as a laboratory or university.

  • Ability and willingness to wear respiratory protection, including a full-face respirator.

  • Working knowledge of OHSA LOTO standard and NFPA 70E

  • Ability and willingness to occasionally use a full-face respirator with SCBA.

  • Ability to travel on occasion.

  • Ability and willingness to work weekends and/or evenings on occasion as need arises.

  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office Suite, e-mail and ability to quickly learn database software applications, such as FileMaker.


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