Transportation Specialist – (Environmental Scientist) (Job #28682)

Website Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Salary $22.02 – $45.82 Hourly
Location Salt Lake County, UT
Job Type Full Time
Agency 480 Department of Environmental Quality
Job Number 28682
Closing 10/21/2021 11:59 PM Mountain
Recruiter Crystal Haywood, 801-536-4281
# of Openings 1
Location 195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City Utah
Background Check You must successfully pass a criminal history check.
Schedule Code B – Competitive Career Service – Employment in this position requires a probationary period.
This position is eligible for a full benefits package. See benefits tab below for details.
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Job Description

The Department of Environmental Quality is looking for a Transportation Specialist (Environmental Scientist) to work in their Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC). The Transportation Specialist will provide Generator Site Access (GSA) program oversight, regulation enforcement and determine state and federal regulatory compliance of hazardous materials that arrive in Utah for radioactive waste disposal. As a DWMRC Transportation Specialist and Hazardous Materials Inspector, you represent the Division in all aspects of the transportation of hazardous material and radioactive waste via rail and truck, and in the administration and enforcement of its safety regulations over shippers/consignees, permittees and agents. This position may be filled at any of the advertised levels listed below. Salary depends on the job level offered within the series.  

Principal Duties
As the Transportation Specialist you will typically:

  • Plan and carry out an itinerary of periodic inspections of the transportation and handling of hazardous material truck and rail shipments checking for compliance with applicable hazardous materials regulations, state rules and license conditions.
  • Investigate shipper’s, generator’s, permittees and consignee’s packaging, marking, labeling, shipping procedures and documentation of the shipments of hazardous materials.
  • Conduct investigations of non-compliant actions and develop evidence of violation of the hazardous materials regulations.
  • Collect and document pertinent information, interview witnesses, perform comprehensive analysis of findings, write detailed reports.
  • Inspect bulk and containerized packages containing waste and/or hazardous materials assuring the package integrity and report an unintentional release of waste and/or observing radioactive material contamination or exposure.
  • Perform radiological surveys of packages, transport vehicles and conveyances using instrumentation that measures contamination and dose.
  • Interface, communicate and work with representatives from the transportation industry, permittees and radiation safety officers.
  • Provide technical expertise in the shipment of hazardous materials.
  • Prepare daily inspection report information and input into a database summarizing observations and findings.
  • Conduct investigations of accidents/incidents resulting in safety concern, determine probable cause and report failure to conform to relevant regulations.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal person for this position will possess:

  • Knowledge of state and federal transportation regulations.
  • Knowledge of state and federal radiation regulations.
  • The ability to use or quickly learn to use radiation monitoring equipment.
  • The ability to interview drivers, facility personnel and shippers regarding waste shipments.
  • The ability to interview facility personnel and ascertain compliance with license, permit and shipping requirements.
  • Experience managing Generator Site Access Database.
  • The ability to climb aboard truck and rail conveyances to conduct inspections.

The selected candidate for this position may be brought in as an Environmental Scientist I with a salary range of $22.02-$33.07 per hour or an Environmental Scientist II with a salary range of $25.91-$38.93 per hour, or an Environmental Scientist III with a salary range of $30.49-$45.82 per hour.  

Preference may be given to those with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science field. Preference may also given to those with experience radioactive waste and transportation issues.

Why You Should Join Our Team
As a benefited employee of the Department of Environmental Quality, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance.

The Agency
For more information about the Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control, click here.


Supplemental Information

  • Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
  • Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.


State of Utah
4315 S. 2700 W., Suite 2100

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84129

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