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National Renewable Energy Laboratory ESH Professional in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

ESH Professional



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) Point of Contact position for research and development centers and support organizations. Provide technical guidance for hazard ID and control of new or modified work conducted in those organizations. Capable of working independently in frequent interactions with researchers, support staff, senior managers, and Department of Energy (DOE) counterparts.

  • Collaborates with research and operational staff to evaluate risks of new or modified work activities and proactively implements continuous environmental, safety and health (ESH) improvements.

  • Assists in the development of hazard identification and control documents as part of the research/operations projects or activity life cycle. These include safety/risk assessments, safe work permits, safe operating procedures and readiness verifications prior to operation of new/changed research experiments.

  • Performs and coordinates industrial hygiene surveys, develops industrial hygiene reports and recommends corrective measures based on results of IH monitoring, medical surveillances, and ergonomic assessments.

  • Conducts risk assessments including participation in process hazard analyses or other complex hazard assessments for pilot- and bench-scale research operations which may present such hazards as chemical, biological, electrical, pressures above/below ambient, high temperatures, fire and explosion, lasers, and ergonomic.

  • Provides input to regulatory and building code compliance reviews including design reviews for future research projects.

  • Generates safe work permits and provides ESH oversight for service or maintenance activities in areas of support.

  • Participates in ESH inspections, audits, and oversight assessments.

  • Supports development and provides ESH training to various organizational units. The training may be formal scheduled classes or informal, on-demand training on special topics.

  • Supports the implementation of Environmental Programs in areas such as National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), air quality, water quality, chemical and waste management, natural resources, storage tanks, spill prevention, construction, and Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

  • Acts as a member of the NREL Chemical Response Team for spill response. Responsibilities include: participation in drills, classroom training, wearing respiratory protection and maintenance of required certifications.

  • Conducts accident/incident investigation and causal analysis as needed. Provides follow-up on corrective action implementation.

  • Develops, implements and administers assigned NREL ESH programs and Office Desk Procedures.

  • Responds to staff inquiries, concerns and requests for assistance on ESH matters including guidance on ESH program implementation and/or interpretation.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

  • Strong chemical safety background and ability to recognize and specify requirements for controlling hazards from a large diversity of chemicals.

  • Considerable knowledge of ESH laws, regulations, principles, procedures, and practices related to specific area of research conduct.

  • Complete understanding and wide application of technical principles, theories, and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree in safety, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, chemistry or engineering and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Master's Degree in safety, industrial hygiene, environmental sciences, chemistry or engineering and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant PhD

Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

-Demonstrated leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project responsibilities.

-Demonstrated ability to independently perform duties.

-Excellent interpersonal and oral communications skills.

-Excellent technical writing skills.

-Ability to perform site work that can involve extreme weather conditions and moderate physical exertion.

-Ability to walk one mile continuously, able to stand continuously for two hours, able to lift and carry 45 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience conducting hazard/risk assessments and applying hazard control techniques in wet chemistry or R&D laboratory environments.

-Experience conducting industrial hygiene evaluations, sampling, personal and area monitoring, and drafting resulting reports.

-Associate Safety Professional (ASP) and/or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and/or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).

-Strong chemical safety education and/or experience background – such as a chemistry or chemical engineering degree or minor, or experience as a chemical hygiene officer.

-Experience performing and/or facilitating Process Hazard Analyses such as Hazard Operability Studies or What-if analyses.

-Working knowledge and experience of controls and precautions for handling BSL 1 and BLS 2 biosafety hazards.

-40-hour HAZWOPER training.

-Ability to lead and participate on both intra-office and cross-organizational teams.

-Experience with hazard identification and control in the use of hazardous materials.

-Experience working in a research and development environment – such as a laboratory or university.

-Working knowledge of OSHA LOTO standard and NFPA 70E

-Ability and willingness to occasionally use a full-face respirator or SCBA.

-Ability to travel on occasion.

-Ability and willingness to work weekends and/or evenings on occasion as need arises.

-Proficient computer skills, including MS Office Suite, e-mail and ability to quickly learn database software applications, such as FileMaker.


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $73,900 - $133,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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