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Environmental Specialist

Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC
Pinehaven, South Carolina, US
Closing date
Aug 12, 2021
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Responsible for supporting environmental remediation and clean-up projects in support of the NAVY Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program Management Office (PMO). Assist with planning, initiating, monitoring, and close out of various environmental projects across the BRAC PMO offices.


Includes the following:
  • Provide environmental and technical assistance to support the BRAC Lead Remedial Project Manager with project oversight, including data collection, regular interface, cost estimate development, preparation of statements of work, and drafting correspondence according to established milestones with review for quality and progress assuring schedules, cost estimates, and strategies are accurate and executable.
  • Coordinate project schedules, resources, equipment and information.
  • Maintain project costs, tasks, milestones, and deadlines.
  • Complete weekly and monthly internal and external reporting.
  • Perform quality control and assurance inspections and surveys.
  • Develop project briefings and presentations.
  • Maintain and organize project files, invoices, estimates, and vendor information.
  • Investigate and resolve issues and escalate to management when necessary.
  • Provide technical editorial review on submissions to support organizations.
  • Assist with tracking project tasks, deliverables, and milestones.
  • Develop project briefs and agendas for status meetings.
  • Capture action items for project management teams, capture meeting minutes and disseminate to appropriate stakeholders.
  • Project management including successfully advancing projects through the CERCLA and RCRA process towards site closure or long-term management as appropriate.
  • Brief BRAC PMO Management and/or Lead Remedial Project Manager (LRPM) on project status.
  • Project management tasks may include data collection, regulatory agency interface, developing cost estimates, preparing statements of work, and drafting correspondence according to established milestones with reviews for quality and progress assuring schedules, cost estimates, and strategies are accurate and executable.
  • Review Installation Restoration (IR) Program reports to determine if the requirements of CERCLA, National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan (NCP), and RCRA are being met. Provide written assessment of findings to the LRPM.
  • Research and interpret federal and state environmental laws and regulations (proposed and existing) and determine their applicability to specific environmental projects that are conducted under the IR Program.
  • Participate in environmental subject matter meetings and prepare attendance notes. Required meetings include, but are not limited to project meetings with contractors, meetings with regulatory agency representatives, internal staff meetings, and organization meetings.
  • Assist LRPMs in providing briefings to Base Closure Managers (BCMs) and BRAC management.
  • Attend environmental subject related conferences including industry and regulatory agencies.
  • Provide assistance with preparing written journal articles for publication in periodicals on environmental topics.
  • Work with a variety of contract types such as Firm-Fixed Price, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), Multiple Award Contracts (MACs), Remedial Action Contracts (RACs), Cost Reimbursable, and Comprehensive Long-term Environmental Action Navy (CLEAN) contracts.
  • Draft project cost estimates, utilizing available cost estimation tools as well as independent research and professional experience.
  • Suggest innovative technical principles, practices, theories, and resolutions to technical issues to BRAC PMO Management and/or LRPMs.
  • Interact on a daily basis with personnel from multiple environmental regulatory agencies including but not limited to; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; California Department of Toxic Substances Control; California Regional Water Quality Control Boards; local air pollution control districts and boards; and California Integrated Waste Management Board.


No supervisory/management authority.

  • Bachelor's degree in the physical sciences, including Environmental Science, Geology, Chemistry, Biology, or Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of six (6) years environmental experience including at least three (3) years working on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) environmental projects or other federal environmental projects.
  • Current U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) certification and appropriate refresher.

  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Ability to successfully pass a drug screen and background check.
  • Ability to pass a Department of Defense security investigation in support of access to limited privilege and sensitive information with no access to classified information.
  • Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and standards applicable to the specialty, such as but not limited to federal and state environmental regulations relevant to environmental remediation of CERCLA hazardous substances, munitions, radiological, lead-based paint, asbestos, and petroleum. This includes but is not limited to CERCLA, Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), state hazardous waste laws and regulations, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act.
  • Ability to perform regular and recurring field inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is a considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing.
  • Experience in broad-based geologic and engineering disciplines, including investigation and remediation of various environmental media such as soil, sediment, groundwater, and soil gas.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, and Outlook).


Work is performed in an office setting, with occasional visits to environmental remediation sites with moderate risks of discomforts that require adherence to safety precautions.
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