Arizona Public Service Health Physicist III/Sr in TONOPAH, Arizona
Health Physicist III/Sr
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Date: May 13, 2022
Location: TONOPAH, AZ, US, 85354
Arizona Public Service generates clean, reliable and affordable energy for 2.7 million Arizonans. Our service territory stretches across the state, from the border town of Douglas to the vistas of the Grand Canyon, from the solar fields of Gila Bend to the ponderosa pines of Payson. As the state’s largest and longest-serving energy provider, our more than 6,000 dedicated employees power our vision of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona.
Since our founding in 1886, APS has demonstrated a strong commitment to our customers in one of the country’s fastest growing states, earning a reputation for customer satisfaction, shareholder value, operational excellence and business integrity.
Our present and future success depends on the creative and dedicated people of our company who demonstrate the principles outlined in the APS Promise: Design for Tomorrow, Empower Each Other and Succeed Together.
The Health Physicist III owns and provides independent oversight for a site Radiation Protection Program (e.g., RP Operations, Radiological Effluent Monitoring, Environmental, Dosimetry, RP Instrumentation and Shipment and ALARA) to ensure compliance with regulatory and license commitments. Provides consultation and technical expertise in Health Physics which supports the business needs of the station. Performs complex radiological engineering analyses. Trends data and makes recommendations/approves changes in programs.
The Sr Health Physicist is responsible for program ownership and provides a high level of technical experience and independent oversight over site Radiation Protection Programs including RP Operations, Radiological Effluent Monitoring, Environmental, Dosimetry, RP Instrumentation and Shipment and ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) programs to ensure compliance with regulatory and license commitments. Provides consultation and technical expertise in Health Physics which supports the business needs of the station. Performs complex radiological engineering analyses. Trends data and makes recommendations/approves changes in programs.
A four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or a Physical Sciences discipline from an accredited college or university plus five (5) years of experience in radiation protection positions. In lieu of a Bachelors degree, combination of college coursework and/or experience in radiation protection positions equaling nine (9) years. Doctorate degree with an emphasis in Health Physics may be applied towards one (1) year of experience. Master's degree with an emphasis in Health Physics may be applied towards one (1) year of experience. National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologist (NRRPT) certification may be applied towards one (1) year of experience.
S R MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
A four-year Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering or a Physical Sciences discipline from an accredited college or university plus eight (8) years experience in radiation protection positions. In lieu of a Bachelors degree, combination of college coursework and/or experience in radiation protection positions equaling 12 years. Doctorate degree with an emphasis in Health Physics may be applied towards one (1) year of experience. Master's degree with an emphasis in Health Physics may be applied towards one (1) year of experience. National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologist (NRRPT) certification may be applied towards one (1) year of experience
Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications: Nuclear experience.
Nuclear requirement: Any PVGS employee may be called upon to serve as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) and will be expected to fulfill their obligation as an ERO member. Any PVGS employee may be called upon to support a refueling or short-notice outage. This includes line roles and responsibilities as necessary to execute outage activities. These are conditions of employment at PVGS.
1) Develops, evaluates, implements, monitors and maintains the effectiveness of a RP Program or specialty area (e.g., Radioactive Waste, Radiological Effluent Monitoring, ALARA, Environmental, Dosimetry, RP Instrumentation or RP Operations) and its policies and procedures through coordination, planning and data analysis. Interfaces with regulatory agencies and ensures compliance with federal, state and industry requirements and standards.
2) Performs analyses of radiation protection data and resolves complex health physics problems or technical issues in their area of specialty. Works with Operations, Chemistry, Environmental Health and Safety, Water Reclamation, and Arizona Department of Health Services-Bureau of Radiation Control regarding health physics, radioactive waste, radiological monitoring, and other radiological protection concerns.
3) Gathers, compiles, analyzes and interprets data to prepare required reports and evaluations with conclusions and recommendations to support the Radiation Protection Program.
4) Uses the Corrective Action Program to document gaps to excellence in the program. Appraises radiological incidents and actions taken to correct problems. Appraises the radiological activities of Radiation Protection and other station personnel using operational and radiological safety focus. Evaluates performance by trending data and reviewing condition reports (CR); recommends improvements.
5) Conducts appraisals of federal, state and industry recommendations and incorporates changes and improvements into RP Program procedures and guidance. Benchmarks with industry peers when establishing and implementing guidance.
6) Partners with diverse work groups (e.g., Operations, Work Management, Engineering) to solve operational issues and long-term strategies related to health physics and RP program.
7) Evaluates radiological calculation and documentation methodology. Develops and applies alternative calculation and documentation methodology when necessary.
8) Supports regulatory inspections and site assessments. Provides technical expertise and supporting data related to the RP programs. Performs and provides independent review and technical input to Significant and Apparent Cause Evaluations
9) Assists in the development of Emergency Response dose assessment scenarios. Provides calculations and evaluations in support of the Palo Verde Emergency Response Plan and dose assessment program.
Export Compliance / EEO Statement
This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Generating Stations (PVGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.
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Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.
This position requires work to be performed in the field and/or at the work site, due to the nature of work.