Senior Environmental Scientist - ESC-San Ramon

San Ramon, California, US
Jun 10, 2021
Jun 23, 2021
Project Management
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Requisition ID # 101728

Job Category : Environmental Management / Safety

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Shared Services

Job Location : San Ramon

Department Overview

The Environmental Management Facilities team is committed to full environmental compliance and establishing our position as an environmental leader to support the companies' vision to become the leading utility in the United States. Our staff is responsible for the day-to-day environmental compliance at PG&E's Gas, Electric, and Shared facilities. We strive to ensure that our internal clients are aware of environmental compliance needs, and are undertaking numerous initiatives to put our environmental values to work - while at the same time delighting our customers, energizing our employees and rewarding our shareholders.

Position Summary

This senior-level position will provide technical support and programmatic management for a wide range of Hazardous Materials and Waste issues to our Environmental Management Facilities team. The position is responsible for leading, as assigned, project management, program management, and technical guidance support for a wide range of complex issues and multiple large projects and system improvements. Project duration is generally multi-year and requires significant risk management. The position requires project management skills; contract management skills; program management skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong presentation skills; and sound judgment to independently resolve complex problems. Provides guidance, coaching, technical direction, knowledge transfer and assistance to technical employees and teams. Independently plans and conducts work to meet assigned objectives.

This is an Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) Local 20 represented exempt classification currently subject to collective bargaining.

Job Responsibilities

· Promote safety awareness outside of the department.

· Develop training content and investigate required training tools.

· Implement new strategies and innovative management of projects and programs to support defined business objectives.

· Complete complex projects with little guidance.

· Define critical path of project, anticipating potential obstacles and risks, and overcome them through allocation of resources during planning and management phases.

· Produce long-range plans and analyses to address emerging and ongoing environmental issues.

· Guide LOB clients on scientific, technical, or other professional principles in the realm of hazardous materials/waste, fire code, tanks, and other similar programs.

· Oversee various projects/programs, some complex in nature, while providing valuable professional and technical expertise.

· Use multiple sources to learn new professional and technical information, ensuring exposure to new techniques and/or practices; maintain knowledge relevant to field of expertise.

· Proactively communicate with various clients to provide expert advice and professional and technical expertise to improve work efforts and impact outcomes.

· Effectively facilitate large project and group meetings, including external participants.

· Collaboratively negotiate with internal and external parties to reach agreements on complex, high profile, difficult and contentious issues.

· Review compliance commitments of work group to show that they have been captured and set up properly in the appropriate database; provide compliance training to others in work group as needed.

· Recommend and implement corrective/preventive procedures to improve compliance performance.

As required:

· Conduct research, gather data, and draft language to support the development of policies, and programs in their core environmental area(s) including any associated procedures or guidance that is necessary.

· With the assistance of the Hazardous Materials/Waste Programs team, craft and/or propose alternative language, using expertise in environmental sciences and understanding of operational impacts, to pending legislation that requires amending.

· Assist with communicating PG&E's position regarding proposed regulatory changes to Governmental Relations, CCEEB, USWAG, other lobbying groups, and/or at industry association meetings.

· Serve as subject matter expert to Law Department on pending/existing litigation, claims, audits, reviews, and similar issues.

· Occasionally represent PG&E at agency meetings; instrumental in advocating for new/revised regulatory changes on PG&E's behalf.

· Develop and monitor project-specific metrics and provide regular updates to clients and environmental leadership team.

· Meet expenditure guidelines and be accountable for financial decisions made.

· Break complex issues into appropriate parts in order to understand the issues at hand as well as the needs of the organization in terms of expenditures.

· Maintain contact with leaders to ensure progress of issues/queries and address expenditure concerns adequately.

· Identify common problems and escalate issues to the next level after attempting to solve issues.

· Link financial decisions to overall business objectives and financial impact on clients.

· Monitor the progress and performance of self and/or others (e.g., contractors, LOB partners) in relation to assigned workload; proactively communicate with team members to ensure workload is managed effectively and meets client needs.

· Identify issues that affect LOB partners and make recommendations to address problems.

External interaction includes directing project-related work and contract administration with contractors and vendors; also working with regulatory agencies on permits, approvals, changes to regulations and other complex projects and tasks. Internal contacts primarily are with business partners, colleagues, and the environmental leadership team. May present information

and projects to senior management and officers. May partner with internal or external stakeholders to solve problems or explore alternative solutions.

· Sound working knowledge of California and Federal laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to environmental disciplines.



· BS or BA degree in an environmental discipline, sciences, or engineering

· 8 years of cumulative experience in a relevant environmental field.

· Valid driver's license


· Comprehensive understanding of Hazardous Materials Business Plan regulation and Hazardous Materials compliance

· Experience working with various waste contractors and internal stakeholders to characterize waste, including:

Recommending analytical testing

Reading laboratory reports

Interpreting Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
· Create or review waste profiles to various disposal facilities

· Expert knowledge of hazardous materials/waste industry practices, standards, and equipment

· Deeply knowledgeable with various waste regulations including:

40 CFR USEPA Regulations

RCRA: Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

TSCA: Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (PCBs)

Part 112: Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans

49 CFR DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations

CCR Title 22 Division 4.5 Environmental Health Standards for the Management of Hazardous Waste

· High level of IT platform proficiency on standard software packages, the web, and mobile apps.

· Comprehensive understanding of Fire Codes

· MS in environmental discipline, sciences, engineering, or MBA

· Program management training (e.g., Project Management Professional (PMP) certification)

· ISO 14001 management systems training

· Registered environmental assessor/Professional auditor training

· Six Sigma and/or Lean training

· Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)

· Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)

· 40 Hr. OSHA HAZWOPER Training

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Employee Privacy Notice The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect on January 1, 2020. CCPA grants new and far-reaching privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information PG&E collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed through the following link: Employee Privacy Notice

PG&E will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment in a manner consistent with all state and local laws.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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