State of Washington Classified Job Specification
NUCLEAR WASTE PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Within the Department of Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program, serves as the program specialist and technical advisor for a designated nuclear waste project. Positions are responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing the administrative and technical work scope for a project such as: environmental restoration, tank waste storage, tank waste disposal, facility transition, or waste management;
Plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the National or State Environmental Policy Act work scope of the Nuclear Waste Program with responsibility for ensuring consistency and compliance with federal and state regulations. Oversees and develops recommendations on technical issues related to the U.S. Department of Energy’s yearly budget process.
Directs field and technical activities; provides program support for internal planning and contracting procedures;
Provides vision and direction for state and nationally significant activities and ensures coordinated service delivery, cross-program cooperation and consistent application of various regulations;
Represents the agency to local government, private industry, and stakeholder groups;
Represents the agency’s regulatory oversight under the Hanford Federal Facilities Agreement and Consent Order (HFFACO) including: 1) Notifies or takes/issues compliance actions; 2) Observes all activities performed under the HFFACO; 3) Requires changes to design documents; 4) Resolves specified levels of dispute; 5) Approves specified levels of change to the HFFACO agreement;
Reviews, analyzes and comments on Federal U.S. Department of Energy, other federal agencies, contractors or interested party documents related to high-level nuclear waste or other issue related to the Hanford cleanup; or which may have national implication on Hanford cleanup or high-level nuclear waste or mixed hazardous and radioactive waste storage, cleanup or disposal focuses analysis in specialty area;
Prepares and presents technical reports to Nuclear Waste Program and Ecology senior management or the Governor’s office;
Notifies state officials of matters that should be brought to the attention of the Legislature or executive office;
Develops recommendations for state positions on technical issues related to USDOE budget, USDOE contracts and project issues;
Leads responsibilities in development of policies and procedures, statutes and/or regulations in a high degree of complexity;
Observes and reports on field tests and experiments conducted at the Hanford Reservation and surrounding areas;
Plans and writes specifications for contract research;
Provides mentoring, training, and project lead and consulting expertise on a program wide basis;
Provides expert testimony on behalf of the program in litigation and supports confidential legal strategy development;
Prepares and conducts informational presentations, workshops and seminars in specialty area for a variety of audiences;
Provides technical information and policy responses to members of the public who make inquiries in areas of expertise, works closely with public information staff to ensure factual information about technical issues and policies appears in public media, and reviews and concurs with information provided to other agencies, tribes and stakeholders;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: knowledge of federal budget process, earned value management system, NEPA, SEPA, the Nuclear Waste Program planning system, project management principles, and the agency contracting procedures, high-level nuclear waste program State/Federal laws, standards and procedure applicable to repository licensing; physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, thermo-dynamics and environmental/life sciences.
Ability to: ability to possess a strong command of budget management, strategic, and work scope planning; understand complex planning and policy issues; think strategically on a statewide and national level.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning, management, engineering or other allied field
Seven years of professional level experience in technical positions. Experience should show a progressive increase in responsibilities and authority.