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Environmental Technician

American Refining Group Inc.
Bradford, Pennsylvania, US
Closing date
Jul 20, 2024

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Full-time, Non-Exempt (NE27) commensurate with experience.

Company Information:

ARG is the longest continuously operating refinery in North America dating back to 1881. Privately held, the employees and leadership pride themselves on offering competitive pay, generous benefits and a supportive culture of growth and learning. In addition to a 401k retirement plan to which the company makes matching contributions, ARG offers participation in an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to qualified employees, through which they share in the profits of the company.

Scope & Responsibilities of Environmental Technician I: (Not limited to)

This position is primarily responsible for conducting field-related activities necessary for meeting environmental compliance standards. Specific duties will range across all disciplines including waste, water, air, spill prevention countermeasure and control (SPCC), storage tanks and remediation. The primary focus of efforts will involve obtaining samples, conducting calibrations, acquiring various data, and maintaining records used to demonstrate compliance with applicable local, State, and Federal regulations. Under minimal supervision, successful candidates will also perform a limited amount of general administrative duties including data entry and file maintenance. The potential scope of responsibilities for this position includes but are not limited to the following:

  • Administer the Refinery's Leak Detection and Repair Program in accordance with NSPS Subpart VV & NESHAP Subpart CC. This includes maintaining accurate identification for approximately 6,000 components in VOC service.
  • Collect fuel, flare gas, and benzene fence line monitoring samples and ensure timely shipments to analytical lab(s).
  • Conduct monthly testing, develop emission estimates and ensure equipment is properly calibrated in accordance with NESHAP cooling water emission requirements.
  • Perform routine Title V compliance audits to confirm compliance with applicable requirements such as weekly pump seal inspections and daily visible emission observations.
  • Conduct process heater and boiler flue gas emission testing using a portable flue gas monitor.
  • Annually inspect storage tanks equipped with internal floating in accordance with Federal air quality regulations.
  • Perform daily EPA Method 9 and Method 22 visible emission assessments.

Storage Tanks
  • Perform monthly external storage tank inspections for all applicable tanks per Pennsylvania Code Chapter 245.
  • Audit storage tank operating permits on an annual basis (minimally) to ensure accuracy of internal database.

  • Collect representative water samples and ship to Pennsylvania State accredited labs for analysis.
  • Populate ARG's monthly/semi-annual Discharge Monitoring Reports with analytical and process data in preparation for submittal to PADEP.
  • Populate ARG's semi-annual (pre-treatment permit) certification report in preparation for submission to Bradford Sanitary Authority.

  • Conduct waste storage area inspections for proper labeling and defective conditions.
  • Assist in the coordination of refinery waste transportation and disposal.

  • Gauge remediation wells for Separate Phase Liquids (SPL) &/or water depth weekly and conduct SPL recovery as appropriate.
  • Perform daily creek inspections and abatement activities as needed.
  • Assist in monitoring and maintaining the groundwater pump and treat system.

Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure
  • Conduct response equipment readiness inspections and maintain adequate supplies.
  • Routinely inspect stormwater inlets and related spill containment equipment.

  • Complete and submit maintenance requests and work orders as needed.
  • Actively participate on the Emergency Response Team (ERT) for Fire Brigade, HazMat, Confined Space or Rope Rescue response.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by Supervisor/Management.

Benefits Available to Environmental Technician I:
  • Health Insurance including Medical, Dental, Optical & Prescription
  • Health Savings Accounts & Flexible-Spending Plans
  • Life, Accident and Critical Illness Insurance Options
  • Short & Long-term Disability Coverage
  • Escalating Paid Vacation Plans
  • Paid Holidays & Personal Days
  • Education & Employee Assistance Plans
  • Employee Stock Ownership & 401 (k) Plans

Education & Experience for Environmental Technician I:
  • Associate degree in sciences, environmental or related field(s) required; strong understanding of chemistry is desirable.
  • Specialized education, internship or experience with environmental concepts and practices preferred.

Other Qualifications of Environmental Technician I:
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of applications including Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as other applicable software.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
  • Become certified in EPA Method 9 for visible emissions and trained in the handling and shipment of Hazardous Materials (HazMat).
  • Able to interpret and effectively apply governmental, industry and company-specific regulations or policies.
  • Possess effective communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrates teamwork using a collaborative work style.
  • Results oriented with strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities.
  • Ensure all compliance tasks and deadlines are effectively tracked and managed.
  • Successful participation and completion of all company mandated &/or job-related training programs.

Physical & Cognitive Demands of Environmental Technician I:

COGNITIVE DEMANDS: Meet deadlines, focus attention, work independently, independent judgments, work with a team, communicating, reading comprehension, critical thinking/troubleshooting.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: seeing, speaking, hearing, sitting, walk/climb, stand/reach, listening, writing, driving, keyboarding. Push/pull/lift/carry or otherwise transport 50 pounds.

Capable of climbing, entering vessels through standard manways and working in elevated locations or confined spaces.

Work in extreme heat or cold environments with exposure to hazardous materials.

May be required to work overtime, holidays, weekends scheduled time off &/or shift work as required to support plant operations.

Occasional travel may be required.

Additional Notes:

This position, as well as every other position at American Refining Group, is required to conduct their work at a high level of safety and quality performance. We require our employees to adhere to safety policies and procedures and expect they will help and encourage colleagues to do so as well. Our goal is to strive for a Zero-Incident environment that is a benefit to our employees and community. Our commitment to safety is identified as one of our core values: "Safety is our Compass". Employees are expected to understand and operate under current Process Safety Management guidelines in accordance with their role. Adherence to our Refinery Conduct of Operations in refinery and safety-sensitive functions is critical to our ongoing commitment to reliable operations.

American Refining Group, Inc. executes and maintains an ISO certified Quality Management System to meet specified customer requirements for product performance, safety, and service.

Employees are expected to understand and operate under the guidelines of the Quality Management System while executing the functions of their position.

ARG culture promotes ongoing training and mentoring that is intended to be a developmental partnership for all (employees are subject to ongoing performance reviews and feedback).

This is not a job bid - external recruiting is being conducted concurrently with internal posting. Applicants will be selected based on qualifications and a job interview; final selection will rest solely with the Company.

Qualified individuals must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; they are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities.

EEO Employer -ARG is committed to providing reasonable accommodation in our recruiting and employment practices. If assistance is needed to participate in the application or interview process, or to perform essential job functions, please contact Human Resources at 814-368-1392.


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