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Tennessee Valley Authority Environmental Scientist (B) - 514993 in United States

Environmental Scientist (B) - 514993

Job ID:514993Location:,Regular/Temporary:


Environmental Scientist (B) - 514993

This posting is for Cumberland Combined Cycle Plant (CUG)

Organization: Chief Operating Officer

Department: Env Ops Northwest Region

Location: Tennessee Valley

Relocation: Relocation benefits are not offered for this position.

Posting Open: 5/24/2023

Posting Close: 6/3/2023 at 11:59pmEST

Grade / Salary: Competitive

Job Summary:

  • Develops, supports and monitors all environmental programs affecting the ability of plant management to meet or exceed environmental regulations and objectives. Reports the results of scientific studies aimed at evaluating the environmental effects of activities and at resolving environmental problems.

  • Responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring a self-assessment program to ensure operating plants comply with all environmental laws.

  • Serves as site resource responsible for compliance with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal environmental policies, laws and regulations.

  • Provides expertise and oversight in program areas of sampling, manifestation, profiling and disposal of waste, asbestos, PCBs, NEPA, air/water compliance, storm water, and used oil. Provides guidance in waste minimization efforts through recycling.

  • Identifies compliance problems; develops and/or coordinates immediate corrective actions for non-complying situations including root cause analysis and communicates accordingly.

  • Accountable for preparing, reviewing and submitting environmental reports/permits as required by programmatic responsibilities and local, state and Federal laws such as PCB, NPDES, DMR, SARA, Title V and hazardous waste reports.

  • Stays abreast of environmental technologies to advise TVA staff on most effective approaches for achieving environmental compliance or minimizing environmental impact. May serve as representative on EMS team.

  • Reviews and prepares comments on Integrated Pollution Plans for accuracy and adequacy, investigates all spills and reviews all permit applications/modifications for accuracy and/or disseminate permit requirements to plant management.

  • Develops and facilitates site-specific environmental training. Provides technical assistance to local governments and small businesses regarding waste treatment.

  • Duties could also include inspection of right of ways, study of easements, preparation of field reports, and duties as assigned.

  • Incumbent works independently to provide expertise for the sites in the following areas: emergency response to oil and hazardous materials incidents, hazardous and non-hazardous waste management, waste container control, water quality (NPDES) permit compliance, asbestos and PCB management, chemical traffic control (CTC), NEPA compliance, air quality management, and program administration.

    Supervision Received:

    The incumbent will receive minimal supervision and perform most assignments independently. Assignments are made through discussions in which scope, purpose, and schedules are established. Work is reviewed for compliance with policies and objectives; work will be assigned by supervisor.

    Skills and Proficiencies (May be job or organization specific):

    Solid knowledge of environmental EMS, pollution abatement, hazardous material/waste requirements and Underground storage tank requirements. Knowledge of NEPA requirements, solid waste requirements, CERCLA/PCB requirements, air/water/waste compliance, TVA specific environmental guidelines and State & Federal Environmental Laws. Possess skills in: program management; problem solving & analysis; strong communications and technical writing skills; problem solving and analysis; and computer applications.

    Minimum Qualifications (Consistent with Classification Standard):

Education and Experience/Certificates, Licenses, and Registration Requirements

A B.S. degree in a physical science or technical area of study such as chemistry, biology, natural science, or physics with environmental emphasis. Several years of professional experience in the environmental area providing a thorough knowledge of state/Federal laws/regulations governing environmental management of solid/hazardous waste management technology. Certifications in other environmental disciplines preferred. Experience in surveying, BMPs, and computer skills desirable. Must have demonstrated proficiency in environmental sciences as evidenced by completion of COO Scientific Progression Program or equivalent post graduate education and experience. When applicable must: 1) be able to obtain and maintain unescorted nuclear plant access and S-3 and S-4 medical qualifications; 2) be able and willing to assume “on-call” rotational assignments which may include 24 hour-a-day, 7 days-a-week availability; 3) be willing and medically able to work rotating shifts and maximum overtime permitted by the organization’s procedures during peak periods; and 4) be able and willing to travel to plant locations as required when performed assigned tasks and, as necessary, to be temporarily assigned to a field location.

Equal Employment Opportunity

TVA values and embraces diversity. We encourage all individuals to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sex, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and age. We strive to be inclusive of all the people we serve across the Valley.

TVA is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws and regulations regarding equal employment opportunities. Any applicant or employee who believes s/he has a discrimination claim (including harassment or retaliation) must contact TVA’s Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days of the event or action s/he believes to constitute discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace

All TVA Non-Nuclear employees are covered by TVA's Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program Plan, in accordance with Executive Order 12564, Public Law 100-71 and the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing. Information regarding the Drug Free Workplace Program can be found at . TVA Non-Nuclear employees in Testing Designated Positions, including those performing safety-sensitive duties are also subject to random drug testing. TVA Nuclear employees are subject to random alcohol and drug tests in accordance with 10 CFR Part 26 as mandated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

How to Claim Vet Preference

If you are requesting to be considered as a preference-eligible veteran as outlined in the application process,you must submit your military documents before the posting close date indicated above. Please submit your military documents each time you apply for a position.

How to Submit Documentation:

  • Upload documents in Step 8 of the application process.

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