• Risk Assessor Lead

    Posted Date 3 months ago(7/16/2018 2:34 PM)
    City
    Los Alamos
    State
    NM
    Job ID
    2018-2106
  • Overview

    Sealaska Technical Services (STS) is a critical subcontractor on the N3B Los Alamos LLC team and will be providing program management and technical services in support of the ground & surface water monitoring program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    STS is a full-service engineering and environmental consulting company with a worldwide reach in the areas of environmental monitoring and remediation, national security, systems engineering, data management and analytics for both federal and commercial customers. Sealaska is an Alaska Native Corporation founded in 1972 and established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. 

    STS is currently seeking an experienced Risk Assessor Lead to design, direct, review and manage risk assessment activities and work products associated with the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract (LLCC) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This strategic leader will be part of the Tech2 Solutions (Tetra Tech-Sealaska Joint Venture) Project Team for the N3B Los Alamos LLC team, which was awarded a 10-year, $1.3B contract.

     

    The successful candidate will function as the Lead Risk Assessor for the LLCC helping to develop site management strategies and play a direct, significant role in the investigation and evaluation of potentially contaminated sediments, surface water, groundwater, and biota. Contaminants of concern include both toxic chemical constituents and radionuclides.

    Responsibilities

    Risk assessment activities could include:

    • Field investigation scoping
    • Development of Data Quality Objectives
    • Work plan development
    • Justification of approaches to LANL, regulators and stakeholders
    • Sampling oversight
    • Data assessment activities
    • Statistical and risk analysis
    • Report preparation and risk communication
    • This role requires quantifying exposures and health effects at sites where chemical and/or radiological contamination are present and to estimate adverse effects on people and the environment from chemical or physical stressors. 

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • The successful candidate will perform in a technical and strategy development capacity and must
    • Serve as the Lead Risk Assessor or Task Manager on complex assignments, providing inputs to technical scopes of work, schedules and budgets
    • Direct the technical efforts of project staff of the LLCC team and subcontractors
    • Be responsible for conducting and/or coordinating scientific analyses and focused research requiring a high degree of creativity, foresight and judgment
    • Provide technical leadership, guidance and training to staff while promoting a professional and cooperative work environment
    • Maintain a current working knowledge of new technical literature and/or government/agency regulations pertaining to chemical and radiological risk assessment and interpret their impact on the LLCC
    • Remain current with applicable certification and licensing requirements in New Mexico as required for duties at LANL
    • Serve as senior technical advisor on the role of risk assessment as a tool for supporting site management decisions
    • Ensure effective risk assessment work product reviews to ensure product defensibility and quality
    • Maintain effective communication with Project Managers and client representatives on assigned projects
    • Perform special assignments, investigations, committee work and prepare standard specifications and procedures related to risk assessment
    • Serve in management capacity in negotiations with risk assessment staff with Los Alamos National Laboratory's site management and operations (M&O) contractor 
    • Investigate, analyze and maintain current knowledge of new technical developments, technical literature and/or government/agency regulations pertaining to Risk Assessment and interpret their impact on the LLCC
    • Function as the Lead Risk Assessor or Project Manager on complex waste campaigns; direct or prepare studies and reports, establish scopes of work, schedules and budgets, and direct the technical efforts of project staff
    • Responsible for conducting and/or coordinating scientific analyses and research of great complexity, especially those requiring a high degree of creativity, foresight and judgment
    • Serve as senior technical advisor on the appropriateness of risk assessment as a tool for project campaigns, assist in the development of risk assessment design, provide on-going technical support and mentorship to junior and intermediate risk assessment practitioners, and conduct risk assessment report reviews to ensure product defensibility and quality
    • Prepare and present technical papers at professional society conferences and provide constructive criticism and review of other employee presentation materials
    • Prepare and present expert testimony and provide counsel to management, staff, external stakeholders and regulators

    Qualifications

    EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a focus in toxicology, risk assessment, environmental/public health, biological sciences, or a related field
    • Candidates must have earned a Bachelor’s degree in a pertinent field of public health OR natural science
    • A minimum of 10-15 years of applicable experience
    • Demonstrated experience with human health, ecological and/or radiological risk assessments for New Mexico or at a Federal Facility a plus
    • Previous experience conducting third party reviews of risk assessments to ensure assessment defensibility, quality and compliance with regulatory requirements
    • Demonstrated experience with line management of technical staff
    • Demonstrated experience with negotiating with regulatory agencies
    • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills are required
    • Technical inquisitiveness, a positive attitude, and an ability to work well in teams are essential
    • Exhibit solid, practical skills in Microsoft Office applications (spreadsheet (Excel), word processing (Word), scheduling (Project))
    • The ability to handle multiple tasks, coordinate effectively with others, and work independently within a team
    • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to utilize critical thinking, a flexible approach to problem solving, excellent interpersonal communication (oral and written), planning, and organizational skills; and attention to detail

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

    • Familiarity with the LANL site, access requirements, general employee requirements, and work environment preferred
    • The qualified candidate may be required to attain and maintain a DOE Q clearance
    • Complies with all health & safety policies and practices
    • Complies with all site access and security requirements
    • Individual must pass a pre-employment drug screen and accept all company policies. This position may require a physical fit-for-duty screen as well

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (Light Work)

    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate

    Light Work Category:

    • Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work
    • The employee exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects
    • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms
    • The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision

     General:

    • This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time
    • In this position the qualified candidate may support one of more of the following departments, Groundwater Monitoring, Surface Water Monitoring, Drilling, Storm Water Corrective Actions, and/or Remediation Services
    • The qualified candidate may be required to attain and maintain a DOE Q clearance
    • Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Individual must pass a pre-employment drug screen and accept all company policies
    • This position may require a physical fit-for-duty screen as well

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

     

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