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Chief Environmental Justice Scientist

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Little Washington, Ohio, US
Closing date
Aug 24, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Environmental Justice
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Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 312286
Directorate: Energy & Environment Directorate
Division: Earth Systems Science Division
Group:Risk & Environmental Assessment
Job Description
The Earth Systems Science Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is currently seeking a nationally/internationally recognized Environmental Justice Scientist to join its Risk and Environmental Assessment (REA) Group. The individual will develop and lead a multidisciplinary team of subject matter experts assisting federal agencies with developing strategies and guidance to support environmental justice and equity goals around climate and energy project impacts as well as to analyze environmental justice consequences from various actions to satisfy regulatory requirements and to develop creative solutions for environmental justice impacts.
This position requires knowledge and research experience related to environmental justice analysis and communication of market demographics, measures of social equity, and policy analysis, including the following:
- Environmental and Risk Assessment
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning and economic impact modeling.
- National and regional economic input-output modeling and analysis.
- Geospatial analysis.
- Environmental justice and other socioeconomic analyses.
- Tribal engagement
- Stakeholder engagement
- Complex Decision-making
- Tradeoff Analysis
- Establish PNNL as an S&T leader in environmental justice for energy and climate change impacts
- Maintain national and international recognition
- Lead environmental justice and equity strategies and guidance development.
- Lead the development of proposals, technical reports, white papers, and technical presentations.
- Define and lead project work for tasks/projects.
- Publish research in leading peer-reviewed journals.
- Present research efforts and technical work products at national forums.
- Lead business development opportunities.
- Develop and maintain an internal and external professional network.
- Mentor and train junior staff.
The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:
Senior Environmental Justice Scientist level 5:
Established nationally as an expert in at least one S&E domain. Establishing new approaches at a national level and advancing state of the art concepts. Sought out to participate in peer reviews, and book chapters establishing the foundational aspect of the discipline. Sought out as an invited speaker at national forums. Displays a significant record of technical products influencing their discipline. Recognized by Lab leadership, sponsors and collaborators as a resource for resolving challenges with impact at a significant programmatic or Lab mission level.
Environmental Justice Scientist/Fellow level 6:
Recognized internationally as an authority by developing and advancing state of the art concepts. Setting the national and international agenda for resolving major challenges. Sought out to organize and chair sessions at national and/or international meetings. Displays a significant sustained record of technical products influencing their technical discipline.
Influences national professional policies and standards. Sought out by Lab leadership, policy advisors, and/or sponsors to set national program direction with impact at a Lab mission level.
Minimum Qualifications
- For Level 5: BS/BA with 9 years of experience, MS/MA with 7 years of experience, and PhD with 5 years of experience. Based on client and project requirements, US citizenship is required. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignment Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.
Preferred Qualifications
- BS/BA with 11 years of experience, MS/MA with 9 years of experience, and PhD with 7 years of experience.
- Master's or PhD in social sciences or related field.
- Demonstrated expertise with Environmental Justice and NEPA reviews and other related policies and regulations.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated record of publications in peer review journals and/or customer interactions, tribal engagement, and stakeholder engagement.
- Demonstrated publication track record
- Demonstrated expertise in environmental planning and policy, environmental variability and change in space and time
Equal Employment Opportunity
Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at
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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a "country of risk" without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.
Closing Statement
- May include limited travel to complete assessments of environmental impacts.
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support
Group: Risk & Environ Assessment
Opening Date: 2021-06-22
Closing Date: 2021-08-21
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