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TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF

Title:  HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES SCIENTIST
Salary: $3,077.00 - $5,711.00
Posted: 05/30/2013

Job Description:
Under close supervision at Range A; under supervision at Range B; and under direction at Range C, of a Supervising Hazardous Substances Scientist I or a Supervising Hazardous Substances Engineer I, the incumbent serves as project manager and applies scientific methods and principles to review and oversee assessment, investigation and/or remedial action at properties planned for school construction or existing school properties. As incumbent progresses through the ranges, the complexity and sensitivity of the work will increase and tasks will be performed more independently.

The incumbent performs the following duties:

Reviews or prepares technical reports and other documents including, but not limited to: Phase I, Preliminary Endangerment Assessment/RCRA Facility Assessment, Site Characterization workplans and reports, Sampling and Analysis Plans, Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments, pilot and treatability studies, feasibility studies, remedy selection documents, environmental documents pertaining to the California Environmental Quality Act, remedial designs, implementation and completion reports, operation and maintenance plans, five-year reviews and long-term monitoring reports for compliance with approved plans; evaluates scientific data, site conditions, and the potential overall impact to public health and the environment and makes risk management decisions that support remedy selection and allows integration of the remedy with site development; reviews or prepares cost estimates and coordinates with the other DTSC staff to ensure adequate financial assurance mechanisms are in-place for the selected remedy and long-term operation and maintenance; evaluates the feasibility of renewable energy on contaminated lands; and designs and participates in discovery projects especially in environmental justice areas, to identify sites that pose a risk to human health and the environment; researches, scopes, reviews and/or comments on proposals to utilize emerging and green technologies, including bioremediation, phytoremediation and life cycle assessment and management.

Plans and manages a workload consisting of multiple assignments on projects with sometimes conflicting deadlines to ensure all assignments are completed on time and within budget. Prepares and maintains accurate project schedules in DTSC’s EnviroStor database to facilitate allocation of resources and to track project progress. Prepares estimates for oversight costs for each assigned project annually and when a change in the work scope will increase the oversight costs. Verifies that invoicing of oversight costs is occurring for each assigned project by periodically checking the Cost Recovery Billing System database. Follows up with responsible parties to ensure payment of overdue invoices. Works with the DTSC Cost Recovery Unit and Office of Legal Counsel to recover unpaid oversight and cleanup costs. Routinely updates and maintains project information on existing sites in DTSC’s EnviroStor database, including uploading major milestone documents to EnviroStor on a timely basis. Maintains site files and databases for internal and external use. Communicates, internally and externally, the status of assignments, recommendations, and issues and prepares clear written documents free of errors in grammar or punctuation. Conducts assignments in a team environment by providing information and coordinating project work and with other team members. This includes participating in team-based decision-making, respectfully resolving disputes and maintaining an environment of trust.

Coordinates and conducts on-site oversight of field activities including the collection of field samples, implementation of remedies, and remedial system operation and maintenance to ensure compliance with approved plans and applicable health and safety protocols. Performs site inspections to verify compliance with site order or agreement requirements, including compliance with land use covenants. Coordinates with other local, state and federal regulatory agencies to assure compliance with actions being taken on site projects. Interfaces and coordinates with members of the public, legislators, tribal governments and representatives, the regulated community, other agencies, and the media, to provide and explain site information. Prepares or reviews public participation plans, work notices, public notices, and/or fact sheets. Participates in tribal and community meetings, workshops, and interviews to address community concerns and to promote transparency of DTSC project decisions. Responds to public inquiries or complaints. Communicate with California Indian Tribes in a manner that is respectful and considerate. If appropriate, identify and include federally-recognized California Indian Tribes in decision-making processes that affect tribal lands. Inform and request input from federally-recognized and non-federally recognized California Indian Tribes in decision-making processes that affect cultural resources. Where appropriate, consider the potential impact of our activities or programs on tribal lands and cultural resources.

Researches internal and external facility and site records, and prepares summary reports documenting instances of uncontrolled release of hazardous substances. Identifies potentially-responsible parties. Prepares or coordinates preparation of Corrective Action Order/Agreements; Unilateral Orders; Voluntary Cleanup Agreements; Operation and Maintenance Agreements; Consultative Agreements; and Land Use Covenants. Provides technical assistance for legal proceedings and participates in negotiations and litigation, as necessary. Prepares or coordinates preparation of CEQA-compliance documents, as needed for DTSC regulatory decisions including Initial Studies, Negative Declarations, Notices of Exemption and environmental Impact Reports. Working in conjunction with the DTSC Office of Planning and Environmental Analysis, identifies, conducts and/or reviews supplemental studies necessary to complete the CEQA-compliance documents.

Assists in the procurement of State contractors, identifies projects eligible for orphan State funding or National Priorities List match; develops cost estimates and tasks to be conducted; prepares Contract Fiscal Agreements and negotiates site-specific contracts; provides necessary documentation to finalize site-specific contracts; prepares work orders/field orders and processes invoices; contract oversight; and close out site-specific work orders or contracts. Interfaces and coordinates with DTSC Budgets and Contracts Unit staff and ensures work complies with DTSC and Department of General Services and, if applicable, federal contracting requirements. Mentors, trains and provides peer review of work performed by other HSS staff. Participates in statewide workgroups/teams to resolve technical and regulatory issues; develops or updates policies and guidance, and/or makes recommendations to management on regulatory or policy matters; and makes presentations to public forums, public officials, and external public agencies.

Position requires the ability to travel independently to conduct site inspections, and attend meetings and trainings at various statewide locations. Ability to work at sites with rough, steep, or inaccessible terrain, and working in inclement weather conditions. Ability to work outside normal work hours. Potential for evening and weekend work. Potential for exposure to toxic or hazardous materials. Ability to follow Department policy, guidance and procedures to minimize exposure risks to self and others. Ability to maintain compliance with statutorily mandated 40 hour and annual refresher Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Workers. Ability to attain and maintain annual certification as medically fit to wear a respirator and protective clothing. Ability to move and transport up to 40 pounds of equipment. Ability to transport documents, field monitoring and sampling equipment, electronic equipment such as a laptop computer and audio/visual equipment. Works in a cubicle environment in a multi-story building.

Knowledge in the use of computer software programs, internet, electronic mail systems, personal computers and various types of word-processing, spreadsheets and presentation software to adequately complete work assignments is desirable. A degree in Natural sciences with a focus on environmental science is also desirable.

WHO MAY APPLY: Eligible candidates who are current State employees with status in the above classification of 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 methods of appointments, including Training and Development Assignments (T&D) may be considered. All interested applicants must submit a standard State Application Form STD 678 (with original signature) and must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility and the position number in the “EXAMINATION(S) OR JOB TITLE(S) FOR WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING” section.

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.

A 60-day candidate pool may be established for subsequent vacancies. Applications sent through the U.S. postal service, must be postmarked by the final filing date. If this position(s) requires a certificate, degree or license, please attach a copy.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Project Manager 810 - 504 - 3564 - 003
Location County
CYPRESS ORANGE
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
06/12/2013 http://www.dtsc.ca.gov
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Administrative Services Branch
5796 Corporate Avenue
Cypress, 90630
Ariel Aparejo
(714) 484-5312
japarejo@dtsc.ca.gov


Special Requirements:
Supervisor: Yolanda Garza

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