Radiation Safety Officer/Project Manager - West Valley (#613)

New York is leading the nation in the fight on global climate change and the transition to a clean energy-powered economy.  With the passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act [PDF] (CLCPA), New York has codified the most aggressive climate change program in the nation with goals to: 

  • Produce 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030
  • Reach zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040
  • Install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035
  • Install 6 gigawatts of solar by 2025
  • Install 3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030

Additionally, the law creates the Climate Action Council comprised of the leaders of various state agencies and authorities as well as legislative appointments to develop a plan outlining how the state will achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050, and eventually net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy. 

NYSERDA’s West Valley Site Management Program (WVSMP) seeks a qualified Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)/Project Manager to help deliver on its mission and achieve New York’s nation leading goals.  This individual will serve with a team of individuals with diverse technical disciplines to manage NYSERDA’s responsibilities at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center in the Town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County, NY. 

Primary Responsibilities 

The primary responsibility for the RSO will be to implement the Radiation Protection Programs for:

  • The State-Licensed Disposal Area, a 15-acre, 1960’s era, shut down radioactive waste disposal facility with a Type A broad scope Radioactive Materials License (RML) under 12 NYCRR Part 38, and
  • The Retained Premises, a largely undeveloped 3,100-acre tract of land with low-levels of contaminated environmental media licensed under 10 CFR Part 50 as part of a 1960s license for a Production (Reprocessing) Facility. That reprocessing facility was shut down in 1972 and is now being decontaminated, demolished and decommissioned by the US Department of Energy’s West Valley Demonstration Project

The individual must have the ability to:

  • Write, critically review and edit reports and standard operating procedures for radiation safety and radiation protection activities such as frisking, donning and doffing PPE, managing and implementing a personnel dosimetry program, respiratory protection program and conducting environmental sampling and surveys)
  • Prepare Radiation Safety Hazard Evaluations considering environmental conditions (soil, sediment, water, and ambient radiation levels), process knowledge, past practices, and other pertinent information to identify radiation work controls including PPE, dosimetry, bioassays, respiratory protection, and engineering and administrative controls needed to conduct work in compliance with state and federal regulations and ALARA
  • Independently perform health physics calculations to determine the need for dosimetry, task-specific monitoring, respiratory protection, or engineering controls
  • Problem solve, including strong analytical and reasoning ability, and have an intrinsic desire to adhere to strict regulatory, security and health and safety requirements
  • Sometimes work outdoors, potentially in inclement weather. Outdoor work may include walking on slopes and uneven surfaces
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience as an RSO or in an equivalent position
  • Bachelor’s Degree plus formal training in radiation safety and radiation protection
  • One year of project management experience is a plus

To Apply

Please submit one file that includes both your cover letter and resume to recruiter@nyserda.ny.gov and include the Title and Job Code 613 in the Subject Line.