Junior Operations Specialist (DOE Waste Treatment Facility) in Richland, WA at Johnson Service Group

Date Posted: 1/18/2022

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Job Description

JobID: 386892

Johnson Service Group is recruiting for four (4), Junior Operations Specialists. This position is located at the Hanford Waste Treatment Facility Construction Site (22 miles north of Richland) and works a 4 x 10 schedule, Monday-Thursday, 6:30 am to 5:00 pm. Selected applicants need to be able and willing to work overtime as needed.

This role offers a W2 hourly base rate (time and a half for overtime) + per diem and mobilization/demobilization.  U.S. Citizenship is required.


In accordance with Bechtel's duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace for our employees and to safeguard the health of our families, customers, and visitors, we have adopted mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols for each work location, which include a proof of vaccination requirement for all Hanford facilities.

The Operations Specialist will be directly responsible for supporting, planning, and coordinating operations and maintenance activities associated with assigned plant equipment and systems. This position will include supporting all operations efforts for the facility.

• Perform all work safely and with the utmost concern for the safety of self and other employees.
• Perform all work in compliance with environmental permits and regulations.
• Perform activities and meet the goals and objectives established by the facility management organization
• Represent Plant Operations for interfaces with other project organizations on issues affecting operations.
• Demonstrate an understanding system design and operation, including environmental, safety, and health aspects and regulatory conformance through completion of assigned operations qualifications
• Remain apprised of operational status and ongoing modification activities. Support control of fieldwork in assigned areas, including integration of project activities, repairs, and equipment operations activities.
• Review safety basis and environmental permitting documents to ensure that requirements can be successfully implemented with planned resources.
• Review Project design and other documents for, maintenance and testing impacts, repair methods and provide comments within area of expertise.
• Support implementation of project wide initiatives affecting plant operations personnel and resources.
• Create plans for Plant Operations readiness to operate WTP facility systems, structures, and components.
• Review system operating manuals, emergency response procedures, and other operational documents and ensure that they can be effectively implemented by operating staff.
• Develop facility related procedures, work instructions and training materials and support training implementation
• Perform Facility walkdowns to support Design, Construction, and Operational needs.
• Identify deficiencies and initiate corrective actions as needed.
• Perform assessments and surveillances as assigned
• Ensuring the standards set by the conduct of operations procedures are upheld in the planning and performance of all facility activities
• Support the Waste Treatment Plant Nuclear Safety Quality Culture by emphasizing the values of safety and quality in the performance of work in order to protect self, others, and the environment
• This job description is not intended to include every duty, task, or instruction for which an employee is responsible. Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisors request


  • Associates Degree in engineering or science or equivalent education desired. Associates Degree in engineering or science may be substituted for two years of experience.
  • 4+ years of experience in a combination of startup, operations, and maintenance of nuclear or high hazard waste treatment facilities.
  • Knowledge of DOE operating policies, rules and regulations, and knowledge of industry codes and standards in the area of expertise desired.
  • A working knowledge of Conduct of Operations highly preferred.
  • A working knowledge and operation of remote/field/control room systems such as mechanical systems, pumps and fluid systems, electrical systems, cranes and hoists, process jumpers, remote waste handling equipment, power manipulators, and instrumentations, lifting hardware, etc. and associated inspection requirements.
  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
  • Must be able to obtain a DOE badge for access to the Hanford Site.
  • Upon reporting, must be able to complete and pass a medical evaluation for badging purposes. The examination includes, but is not limited to ability to pass blood pressure test, able to bend, twist, pull, push, climb, and lift more than 20 lbs.
  • Must have full mobility, be able to walk on uneven or broken surfaces (rocks, gravel, etc.).

Per Diem Details:
If applicable, mobilization and demobilization expenses (mileage, lodging, and M&IE) are authorized to and from the assignment location if point of origin is more than 50 miles away. Demobilization is authorized only if the assignment is completed per the assignment end date, or Bechtel ends the assignment earlier than specified.

Contract employees are expected to drive their own car to the assignment location. Lodging plus methodology is approved for the settling-in period of the first 30 days or until long-term lodging is occupied, whichever occurs first. For mobilization, demobilization and during the settling-in period all charges, except M&IE per diems, are to be invoiced by the agency to Bechtel with required receipts. After long-term lodging is occupied, or the 30-day period has elapsed, the per diem allowance for lodging, meals and incidental expenses will be no more than 55% of the approved FTR rate. Meals will be expensed via daily entry into myTime time record system. Expense reports including receipts will continue to be required for lodging. Actual lodging costs up to 55% of the approved FTR rate will be reimbursed.

Contract employees on single status assignments of 3 months or more may be granted trips home. Trips are not to exceed a frequency of once every 28 days provided that a minimum of 30 days, from the trip departure date, remain in the assignment. Trips are expected to be scheduled over the weekends and will be on the contract employee’s own time. Up to 3 days of home leave travel expenses will be reimbursed including parking and car rental at home (if own car was driven to project location). M&IE is only paid on travel days. Deviations in home leave schedules require project approval. Reimbursement for travel via common carrier (airline, train, or bus) may not exceed the cost of economy class airfare.

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