Under the direction of the Supervising Hazardous Substances Engineer I (Sup HSE I) in the National Priority List (NPL) Unit, the Engineering Geologist (EG) serves as the State Project Manager (SPM) for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) lead National Priority List (NPL) sites and coordinates directly with U.S. EPA’s Remedial Project Manager, providing review, comment, statutory guidance and State concurrence for investigations and remedial measures conducted at NPL sites. The EG manages projects in conformance with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) policies and procedures and the California Site Mitigation process modeled after the Federal National Contingency Plan; coordinates with support staff, other state and federal agencies, and project contractors; manages resources; and maintains project schedules to ensure timely completion of project milestones. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following.
Project Management - Performs the Site Mitigation Process on assigned projects; prepares Remedial Action Orders, Scopes of Work, and Task Orders; oversees field work; and reviews deliverables and expenditure invoices for sites requiring expertise in engineering geology for the following site mitigation activities:
Preliminary Assessment including: site inspections to initially investigate and map physical features; evaluate threats to the public health and the environment; and estimate the extent of hazardous waste contamination.
-Characterization including less complex site specific geological engineering investigation to define the extent and mobility of hazardous waste contamination in the subsurface soils and groundwater.
-Feasibility Study including the critical analysis of possible remediation technologies of specific sites and development of a conceptual engineering design of the best alternative.
-Remedy Selection including preparation of a draft Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for public review, preparation of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation, coordination of review, compilation of comments, and preparation of a final RAP.
-Remedy Design including engineering design drawings and technical specifications for the approved remedial action for the site.
-Remedy Implementation including engineering inspections, preparation of construction logs, engineering calculations, coordination of construction activities, reporting and follow up on progress, and land use control implementation.
-Certification including final engineering inspection and construction review, preparation of draft certification documentation package, coordination of review, and preparation of final documents.
-Operations and Maintenance (O&M) including preparation of O&M agreements, financial assurance, land use control monitoring, O&M Plans, site inspections, engineering evaluations, documentation of compliance with operation and maintenance plans, revision of plans when necessary, and 5-year reviews.
-Cost Recovery/Arbitration including identification of responsible parties, cost estimation and cost tracking, provision of support for legal proceedings, and participation in negotiations.
State Representative - Represents DTSC as State Project Manager (SPM) on assigned projects where DTSC is the State support Agency for U.S. EPA NPL sites. As SPM, incumbent will meet (occasionally at U.S. EPA offices in San Francisco) to coordinate with the U.S. EPA project manager to review, provide comments, and, as appropriate, State concurrence on projects related sampling plans, workplans, remedial investigation and feasibility study reports, U.S. EPA proposed plans and decision documents. Incumbent will be responsible for providing Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirements to U.S. EPA in a timely manner. Incumbent will be the lead for negotiating state superfund contracts for the purpose of providing state matching funds. Incumbent will participate as needed in the development of deed restrictions for NPL properties and pursuing cost recovery against responsible parties.
Project Tracking - Conducts project tracking activities; maintains project records in EnviroStor project management database, prepares or assists the supervisor with preparation of schedules, status reports, budgets, resource projections, and other reports; provides Annual Work Plan updates and tracking information; identifies possible delays and proposed solutions to the supervisor as soon as possible; participates in project update sessions; prepares highlights/briefings for important site-specific accomplishments and upcoming events; tracks all assigned projects; maintains current daily log.
Research - Researches answers to public or other agency inquiries about engineering geology as this discipline relates to issues in state and federal hazardous waste laws and regulations pertaining to the site mitigation process and site specific site mitigation projects.
Other – Mentors and trains Ranges A-C EG’s and provides peer review as a geologist in responsible charge (applies to EG’s with License only). Participate in statewide workgroups/teams to resolve technical and regulatory issues; makes presentations to public forums, public officials, and external public agencies; and other duties as requested.
WHO MAY APPLY: Eligible candidates who are current State employees with status in the above classification, lateral transfers from an equivalent class, former State employees who can reinstate into this class, or persons who are reachable on a current employment list for this classification. All interested applicants must submit a standard State Application Form STD. 678 with original signature. The job title/classification, position number and basis of eligibility must be clearly stated in the “Examinations or job title(s) for which you are applying” section of the state application. Applications mailed through the U.S. postal service must be postmarked by final filing date. Applications will not be accepted via email. Applications personally delivered must be received and stamped at the above listed contact address no later than CLOSE OF BUSINESS 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.
SROA and Surplus candidates are encouraged to apply. Appointment is subject to SROA and State surplus policies. Surplus candidates must submit a copy of their surplus status letter.
Applications will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be considered.
If you are not a current or former State employee, you must first take an examination to obtain list eligibility. This does not apply to Student Assistant vacancies.
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