Working in support of Longenecker & Associates, Thomas Thor USA is currently seeking an Environmental Manager at the Idaho National Laboratory.  This is a position to be based near Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Role description

Longenecker & Associates is a woman-owned and operated small business with 30 years of experience providing technical, management, analytical and other support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) complex and sites, including many of the National Laboratories. They specialize in providing long-term and quick turnaround support in mission assurance – an optimized and integrated suite of systems, tools and processes that ensure compliance, enhance performance, reduce costs and increase efficiency, project delivery – including a wide range of capabilities directly related to tailoring the implementation of DOE Order 413.3B, operations support – providing expert advice and resources to strengthen high hazard operations, and business strategy – to underpin effective operations.

Longenecker & Associates, supporting Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is in search of a Project Controls Specialist.

This position serves as the Environmental Manager for construction activities performed by the Granite Construction Corporation (GCC) for the Spent Fuel Handling Recapitalization Project (SFHP) at the Department of Energy (DOE) Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) located approximately 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, ID. GCC is contracted by Fluor Marine Propulsion to construct large reinforced concrete structures to nuclear quality standards (ASME NQA-1-2008/1a-2009) for the SFHP facility. GCC directly interfaces with Jacobs, the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contractor for Fluor Marine Propulsion. The physical work site is located in a high desert environment (4800 feet MSL) with low precipitation (8 inches annually) and significant temperature extremes (-40 oF to +100 oF).

The Environmental Manager must be highly competent in compliance with federal environmental regulations and immediately acquire expert knowledge of State of Idaho regulations and Department of Energy (DOE) Orders, Standards and regulations governing environmental compliance at the INL located in Butte County, Idaho. The DOE is the environmental regulator for the INL and the direct interface with local, state and federal regulators for activities conducted by INL contractors. GCC environmental activities are conducted under the oversight of Jacobs/Fluor Marine Propulsion personnel who directly interface with DOE.

Environment affecting activities conducted at the work site will include, but are not limited to, generation of air emissions, and waste water and waste materials from reinforced concrete production and placement activities; on-site chemical use for forming and cleaning, flushing, and testing operations; routine chemical and fuel bulk storage and use; storm water runoff; and sanitary discharges routine in industrial construction activities.

While working to achieve GCC objectives, the Environmental Manager will ensure all activities and operations are performed in a safe and deliberate manner to include protecting the confidentiality and integrity of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). This role will maintain required safety, security and operational training; assure procedural and regulatory compliance; and make safety, security and quality an integral part of every task; including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises environmental compliance.



Essential Duties/Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):


The Environmental Manager will ensure all GCC work is performed in compliance with federal, state, local and project-specific environmental and reporting requirements. GCC must comply with the following Jacobs-provided plans and procedures:


  • PL-07-001, Construction Management Plan
  • PCD-07-003, Chemical Management Procedure
  • PCD-07-004, Environmental Management Procedure
  • PCD-07-005, Waste Management Procedure
  • PCD-07-006, Spill Response Procedure
  • PL-07-023, Ecological Reclamation Plan


In addition, the Environmental Manager will function in managerial and subject matter expert (SME) capacities in corporate activities including, but not limited to:


  • Input to the GCC Daily Report
  • Safe Observation Reports
  • Internal environmental audits and assessments
  • Issues identification, reporting, corrective action development, and effectiveness reviews
  • Incident reporting and response
  • Incident investigations
  • Safety meeting presentations
  • Safety committee representation
  • Health, Safety, and Environment Plan development
  • Construction Management Plan development
  • Developing and maintaining environmental management performance metrics
  • Conducting environmental risk assessments and developing risk responses and controls
  • Representing GCC in NRF and INL site-wide environmental forums

Essential skills

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position; however, we can only consider applicants who are eligible to work in the United States of America

15 years relevant experience with a Bachelors’ degree, or 13 years relevant experience with a Masters’ degree in a technical or engineering discipline (environmental, geological or biological sciences; occupational health) is required.

  • Demonstrated experience in all aspects environmental management and maintaining compliance.
  • Demonstrated experience specific to DOE contract execution, and construction and operational activities in a nuclear quality environment is preferred.
  • High degree of skill in reading and interpreting regulations and guidance.
  • Ability to organize own work independently to meet established objectives, using discretion in performing duties.
  • Ability to cultivate a close relationship with multiple stakeholders to understand their needs, respond quickly to their requests, and provide feedback in a timely manner.
  • Ability to train and mentor more junior staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues concisely at all levels of personnel

Desired skills

Physical Requirements: Job performance requires adequate visual acuity and manual dexterity for meeting the requirements of the discipline. Light work involves lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Impact:  Most assignments are complex and performed independently without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment.  Effects of decisions or recommendations are long lasting and would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives as well as problems with customer satisfaction.

Business Associations: Interacts with GCC personnel and Jacobs environmental counterparts on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations. Interacts with Jacobs/Fluor Marine Propulsion management as authorized by GCC senior leadership.


Published by Thomas Thor

Thomas Thor Associates is a consulting and recruitment organisation providing services to the global nuclear sector. We represent nuclear industry experts and provide nuclear jobs to our clients for either freelance contract assignments or permanent staff positions.

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