Battelle Memorial Institute Environmental Engineer/ Researcher in Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

We are currently seeking an Environmental Engineer/ Researcher. This position is located at Kirtland AFB, NM.

Primary Function

This position will provide environmental support, knowledge, and experience to assist coordinating the activities of participating government agencies and other contractors to help ensure compliance with all established environmental regulations and policies.

The successful candidate will review environmental documents and provide recommendations on test events regarding environmental compliance; monitor and review operations and proposed construction projects to assure compliance with published environmental criteria; and conduct appraisals, field inspections, and follow-up activities of environmental and safety programs at test sites to determine effectiveness and compliance with all established environmental regulations and policies. He/She will also provide estimates for demolition of damaged targets and clean-up of any hazardous areas; calibrate and maintain various gas sensors and Photo-ionization detectors (PIDs). Finally, he/she will train personnel on environmental compliance responsibilities.

Major Responsibilities

  • Attend test team and Test Plan Working Group meetings and provide guidance on environmental/safety issues and requirements during the test planning process.

  • Provide guidance to the test team as to potential environmental costs.

  • Provide guidance to the test team on test locations, including camera and sensor locations, concerning environmental restrictions; coordinate with the test team and test site manager on the test bed location.

  • Review all construction designs and test fielding plans for hazards, safety, and environmental issues.

  • Submit and track the progress of necessary environmental approval documentation.

  • Provide RD-TS with a plan to mitigate posttest environmental issues.

  • Work with the Construction Engineer to develop a cost estimate for resolving any posttest environmental issues.

  • Conduct posttest monitoring and sampling for environmental hazards.

Position Requirements

  • Candidate must possess a BS degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science or related physical science degree.

  • 2-5 years of related professional experience

  • Demonstrated experience reviewing and providing recommendations regarding environmental compliance at DoD sites

  • Demonstrated experience conducting appraisals, field inspections, and follow-up activities at DoD sites

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and hold an active DoD SECRET security clearance.

  • Capable of becoming respiratory qualified and wearing a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) while performing inspections of underground tunnels and target structures.

  • Capable of performing work in areas with exposure to heavy construction, confined space environments, rattlesnakes, spiders, rodents, radiation, extremes in weather and walking or driving over hazardous terrain, in underground tunnels and target structures.

  • Strong communication skills and Microsoft Office proficiency skills are required.

  • OSHA CFR 29 Confines Space Training – 8-hour course

  • CPR, First Aid, First Responder

  • OHSA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, HAZWOPER regulation, 29 CFR 1910.120 – 40-hour course


  • Experience with field testing WMD threats including improvised threats like Improvised Explosive Devices and Unmanned Aerial Systems

  • MS degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or related physical science.

  • TS/SCI security clearance.

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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