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State of Nevada ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST 4 in Nevada



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Work Type: A Permanent, full time vacancy

Department: Conservation and Natural Resources

Division: Environmental Protection Administration

Location: Las Vegas, Boulder City, Indian Springs, Jean, Henderson

Job Class Code:



Announcement Number: 40704

Open to current classified employees in the specified Division, with at least 6 months of continuous, full-time equivalent service.



Close Date:





Phone: (775)684-0126

Email: darrell.morlan@admin.nv.gov

Applications accepted

for another 0 Days 16 Hrs 48 Mins

The Position

Environmental Scientists perform program research, planning and development, permitting, compliance monitoring, inspections/enforcement, and technical support services in relation to air, water, waste, federal facilities, corrective action, mining, biology and other environmental programs.

Incumbents serve as the technical scientific expert for a bureau within the Department of Conservation and Natural

Resources. This position will serve as the Technical Scientific Expert (TSE) for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Federal Facilities, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The incumbent must possess a broad scientific background in multiple disciplines, including extensive radioactive waste management experience to exercise an expert level of judgement in planning long-range programmatic efforts to address state priorities for the disposal of a wide variety of low-level radiological waste generated by 26 United States Department of Energy (DOE) sites located throughout the United States at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS; formerly the Nevada Test Site), located in Mercury, Nevada. The incumbent must also be able to identify when and how to make programmatic adjustments, assess the risk to Nevada from any waste stream destined for disposal within the state and develop policy, guidance and procedures to address low-level waste related issues and problems.

The TSE for the Bureau of Federal Facilities would be relied upon to travel to and develop a working relationship with personnel at each of the 26 DOE sites to determine the types and volumes of low-level waste from each of the sites destined, or potentially destined for the NNSS, at the present time and in the foreseeable future. This waste disposition planning and forecasting will require developing an in-depth working knowledge of each of the 26 DOE sites in regard to site layout, specific radioactive waste types present at the facility, waste generation plans, timeframes and budgets. This TSE would also be required to: work with the DOE at both the local and national level to further refine the present low-level radiological waste classification system or develop and implement a new, complex waste classification system and program to manage radioactive waste in the United States that is reasonable, achievable and protective of human health and the environment; draft and present any new legislation at the state and/or national level required by a refined or new low-level radiological waste classification system; develop, present and implement any subsequent complex technical regulations, guidance and plans and procedures at the state level. Additionally, the TSE would plan, execute and oversee enhanced waste verification activities at the various DOE sites, as well as at the NNSS, in order to rely less on generator and process knowledge and more on chemical analyses or real-time radiography methods.

They would also increase the outreach to 21 different, identified stakeholder groups or individuals that share an interest in the management and disposal of low-level waste at the NNSS to include developing and making presentations to the public, task forces, working groups, the scientific community and legislature. Review and comment on every low-level waste profile submitted by any of the 26 DOE generators who request disposal of a low-level waste stream at the NNSS from a radioactive health and safety expertise and viewpoint, such as radiological safety, is also required. Additionally, independent production of reports for management briefings on the various tasks performed and the exercise of an expert level of scientific and technical judgement to arrive at logical and defensible decisions in the areas described above is required.

This position must obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship, for which he/she will be required to undergo a comprehensive U.S. DOE background investigation, which may include drug testing, and participate in a State of Nevada mandatory medical monitoring program. The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.


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To Qualify:

In order to be qualified, you must meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience (Minimum Qualifications)

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the physical, natural resource or life sciences, engineering or closely related field and four years of professional environmental experience which involved environmental program research and planning; OR graduation from high school or equivalent and six years of professional environmental experience as described above; OR one year of experience as an Environmental Scientist III in Nevada State service; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.

Special Requirements

A valid drivers license is required at the time of appointment and as a condition of continuing employment.

Additional Position Criteria

This position must obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship, for which the incumbent will be required to undergo a comprehensive U.S. DOE background investigation, which may include drug testing, and participate in a State of Nevada mandatory medical monitoring program.

Travel up to 50% of the time will be required.

Experience with radioactive waste management is required.

The Examination

Application Evaluation Exam

The exam will consist of an application evaluation. It is essential that applications include detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. The most qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for interview. The hiring agency may require specific skills related testing as part of the interviewing process.

The following additional questions are part of this Recruitment

1) Please describe your experience writing technical reports, including the subject matter of each type of technical report you have authored and the date ranges in which they were written.


For more information about state employment, visit the following:

Division of Human Resource Management: http://hr.nv.gov

Public Employees Retirement System: http://www.nvpers.org

Public Employees Benefits Program: http://pebp.state.nv.us

More Benefits Information: http://nvjobs.nv.gov/Applicants/EB


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Division of Human Resource Management Northern Nevada 209 East Musser Street, Room 101 Carson City, Nevada 89701-4204TDD for the Hearing Impaired (800) 326-6868

Division of Human Resource Management Southern Nevada 555 East Washington Avenue, Suite 1400 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101-1046TDD for the Hearing Impaired (800) 326-6868

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