U.S. nationals: Environmental Professional 1 (Water Quality)

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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What You Will Do

Join our multi-disciplinary water quality team within Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. You will utilize your education and experience in this early career environmental professional position to assist in meeting our water quality requirements while widening the depth and breadth of your skills on our multi-discipline team. Our team provides technical leadership and direction throughout LANL for compliance with local, state, and federal regulatory requirements. 


Reporting to the Water Quality Team Leader within the Environmental Compliance Program Group this Environmental Professional 1 will support:

  • The Water Quality Team above ground storage tank (AST), surface water and groundwater regulatory programs to meet New Mexico and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations through interpreting and implementing of applicable regulations; collecting and reporting of compliance and performance data; preparing internal/external correspondence, and assisting in responses to regulatory agencies.
  • Provide sampling and technical support to the Water Quality Team related to the AST Program, New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Groundwater Discharge Plans (GWDP), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Programs for outfalls, spill investigation/responses, and other environmental media as necessary.
  • Utilize Environmental Management Systems by providing input to the Laboratory’s Integrated Project Review Tool (IRT) to identify permit and regulatory requirements during project development, design, and implementation phases for Laboratory wide projects for the WQ and SW Teams within EPC-CP and utilizing Geographic Information System (GIS) tools to develop products that support Water Quality Team Programs.


What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Implementing Regulations

An understanding of and some experience with AST environmental regulations, groundwater regulations, and surface water regulations including compliance and/or permitting programs. Specifically, generating and maintaining records according to established protocols and regulatory requirements under Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and AST regulations in New Mexico.

Problem Solving

Ability and experience to work well in both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environments through strong interpersonal skills while working effectively within a team environment and providing excellent customer service.

Communication Skills

Demonstrated ability to communicate both verbally (presentations, one on one, meetings) and written (correspondence and reports) in a clear concise manner with superiors, peers, customers, other personnel, and regulators.

Water Quality Program Experience

A combination of experience in water quality programs including both field experience (data collection, inspections, and sampling of outfalls, surface waters, and groundwater wells) and non-field experience (environmental management systems, models, geographic information systems, and commercial software packages) used to interpret and report environmental data/information.  

Education/Experience: Requires a BS in Earth Science/Environmental Science/Engineering, or related field and a minimum of 2 years directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications:

Additional Education and Training

An advanced degree in water resources, hydrology or related degree.


An awareness of Laboratory structure and environmental, health and safety policies, practices and procedures including tools such as Integrated Project Review Tool (IRT) for Laboratory wide projects, issues management processes, and integrated work documents.


Demonstrated ability to create positive energy within a team environment resulting in an increased role of responsibility.

Data Evaluation

Some experience evaluating storage tank information, hydrologic data, water quality data, or statistical methods for surface water systems and application of these results under a regulatory environment.


This position will be cleared to a DOE “Q” clearance.

Note to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a resume, transcript, and comprehensive cover letter addressing qualifications and experience related to each of the job requirements (Minimum Job Requirements and Desired Qualifications) of the position.

Travel Requirements: Minimal, attend trainings and conferences.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):  Ability to use stairs, ability to lift 35 pounds 3-4 feet and load into truck, and ability to carry 35 pounds in off-road conditions/uneven surfaces.



Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States.  Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level).  Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements:  To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Laboratory Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations.  The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.



Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Free basic life and disability insurance
  • Paid maternity and parental leave
  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)
  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance
  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)
  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs
  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)