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Environmental Sampling Technician

Date: Sep 14, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830-8050

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6556 

UT-Battelle’s Environmental Protections Services Division (EPSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking an Environmental Sampling Technician to support multiple environmental monitoring and surveillance programs to ensure compliance with state, federal, and DOE requirements.




  • Work as part of a team to execute sampling and data collection activities of various environmental media (air and water discharges, ambient air and surface water, groundwater, wildlife, soils, vegetation, etc.) at environmental monitoring field locations in and around the Oak Ridge Reservation, conducting work according to all applicable standard operating procedures, sampling and analysis plans, safety work plans, radiological work permits, and other internal requirements.


  • Strict adherence to safe work practices is required.  Perform work according to established work packages and participate in pre- and post-job safety briefings for each work event.


  • Ensure compliance with permit and procedural requirements for recordkeeping, document control, sample chain of custody, data entry, and sample handling and management.


  • Operate, maintain, calibrate, and troubleshoot environmental monitoring equipment, including automated and manually operated instrumentation.


  • Perform field and laboratory testing using colorimetric and wet chemistry techniques.


  • Coordinate sampling events and monitoring station maintenance activities by scheduling and involving appropriate personnel, including facility managers, safety support services, radiological control technicians, and various craft and trade personnel.



Qualifications Required:


  • Associates degree in a related discipline with 5+ years of experience.
  • General proficiency with personal computers. 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.


Qualifications Preferred:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
  • Prior experience with Microsoft Access, Excel and Word.
  • Experience monitoring a variety of environmental media utilizing field instruments and test kits and/or the collection of samples to comply with EPA approved procedures.
  • Experience with radiological air sampling and EPA stack sampling methods.
  • Experience conducting wet chemistry laboratory analyses.
  • Experience working at a Department of Energy or other federal government facility.
  • Department of Transportation, Radiological Worker, and Hazardous Waste Operator Trainings.



Essential Functions

  • Work outside in all weather conditions and routinely traverse uneven surfaces.  Ability to lift up to 100 lbs. (using 2 man-lift).
  • Duties for this position include sampling stack emissions and operating stack monitoring equipment; candidates must have the physically ability to and be willing to routinely climb ladders up to 65 feet above the ground surface (utilizing fall protection safety equipment) and must be able to complete technical tasks while working from platforms at that height.  Candidate will be required to satisfactorily complete training on fall rescue techniques and be comfortable initiating rescue actions in the event of an emergency.
  • Wear applicable protective equipment including, but not limited to: respiratory, eye, hearing, head, arm, hand, finger, full body, leg, foot, toe, and fall protection equipment.  Use of radiation anti-contamination clothing and radiation dosimetry equipment is also required.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.