U.S nationals: Groundwater Program Support

Consolidated Nuclear Security

Oak Ridge, TN, USA 🇺🇸

What You’ll Do

  • Interpret federal and state laws, regulations, and orders as they apply to environmental practices under the direction of the Y-12 Groundwater Protection Program (GWPP) manager.  Follows policies and procedures to ensure that work activities are in compliance with the appropriate statutes and regulations and that reporting requirements are met.  Monitor pollution prevention activities, compliance, and auditing efforts.  Review and analyzes environmental documentation issued by the federal EPA, state, and local regulatory agencies as directed by the GWPP manager.  Works with program management to assess impacts on company operations and publishes compliance strategies and requirements, Assists in EPA, state, and local regulatory audits.  Ensure that inspections are conducted, corrective actions are completed on time, and all necessary documentation is maintained.  Assist in investigations and resolves compliance issues and problems, questions, or complaints received from within the company, customers, government regulatory agencies, etc.  Assists and evaluate current policies, procedures, and documentation for compliance with government laws and regulations.
  • Provide technical expertise and support to the GWPP manager related to groundwater issues.  Has direct responsibility for the coordination and implementation of groundwater surveillance monitoring and analytical data quality assurance to comply with DOE Orders.  Prepare written and/or provide oral summaries, informal reports, and progress reports for GWPP management review.  Coordinate field monitoring to meet annual sampling and analysis plans and in accordance with prescribed procedures, field and analytical methods, and requirements. Coordinate with a wide range of Y-12 organizations to meet site access requirements to perform monitoring as directed by the GWPP manager. Provide technical expertise on groundwater sampling and oversight of field monitoring activities and ensures that all field personnel meet training and qualification requirements. Creates, maintains, and updates field procedures and applicable Job Hazard Analyses for all groundwater related field work. Manages wastes from GWPP activities, including RCRA Hazardous waste. Provide assistance in the resolution of data problems and incongruities, anomalous results, data quality and data validation issues, trending analysis issues, and general quality assurance issues. Communicate with environmental regulators on groundwater monitoring issues. 
  • Implements the Well Inspection and Maintenance Program as directed by the GWPP Manager for the monitoring well network and collection or representative water compliance samples and hydrologic information. Identifies and issues specified well maintenance work packages with specifications to a maintenance service provider (internal or subcontractor), and compile Well Inspection and Maintenance Reports. Provide technical support and direction to well drilling projects including planning and coordination and hydrogeologic logging support and documentation. 
  • Act as an Alternate Y-12 Spill Response Coordinator for the Water Compliance Section. Duties include but are not limited to: responding to incidents; evaluating and recommending appropriate containment and cleanup activities; maintaining communication with the Plant Shift Superintendent and supporting organizations (e.g., Technical Support Center) on incident progress; controlling incident scene access; and requesting sampling, monitoring, and laboratory analysis to determine contaminant characteristics and spread.

What You Can Expect

  • Meaningful work and unique opportunities to support missions vital to national and global security
  • Top-notch, dedicated colleagues
  • Generous pay and benefits with a stable organization
  • Career advancement and professional development programs
  • Work-life balance fostered through flexible work options and wellness initiatives

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science discipline and minimum 4 years of relevant experience
  • OR Master’s degree and minimum 2 years of relevant experience

Preferred Job Requirements

  • Degree in geological science preferred
  • Candidate should be eligible for a Licensed Professional Geologist certificate in the State of Tennessee
  • Possess a Licensed Professional Geologist certificate in the State of Tennessee
  • Experience in regulatory (RCRA, CERCLA, SDWA) compliance, and be familiar with U.S. EPA sampling and analytical methods
  • Proficient with ESRI ArcGIS software


The minimum education and experience for the lowest career level in the job posting range are listed under Minimum Job Requirements. Successful candidates hired into a higher career level than the minimum in the range must meet the requirements listed in the job leveling charts for the career level into which they are being hired. 

If a range of Career Levels is posted, i.e., Senior Associate to Senior Specialist, internal applicants already in one of the Career Levels would come across at their current Career Level. Internal applicants currently in a lower level Career Level would move to the lowest posted Career Level, and internal applicants in higher Career Levels may be considered, on an exception basis, to come across laterally based on the applicant’s education and experience, and the scope of work being performed in the role. 

Requires a Q clearance; however all qualified candidates will be considered regardless of their current clearance status. The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q clearance is required. 

Position may require entry into Materials Access Areas (MAA) and participation in the Human Reliability Program (HRP). If HRP is required, candidate must complete a counterintelligence-scope polygraph, pursuant to 10CFR 709. Medical requirements may apply.

CNS is a drug-free workplace. Candidates accepting a job offer will be required to pass a pre-placement physical, drug screening and background investigation. As an employee, you may be required to receive and maintain a security clearance from the United States Department of Energy in order to meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive information or matter. U.S. citizenship is a requirement for security clearance applicants. All employees are subject to being randomly selected for drug testing without advance notification.

CNS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, disability or veteran status.