Environmental Engineer - West Point, VA

West Point / Virginia / United States

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Environmental Engineer - West Point, VA

19th & Main St
West Point, Virginia, 23181
United States

The Environmental Engineer is responsible for assisting the Environmental Manager ensure that environmental compliance is maintained by preventing pollution from a large, fully-integrated Kraft pulp mill.

 What you need to succeed:

Required Qualifications

  • Prefer a candidate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical or Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Science, but will consider a strong candidate with a Bachelor’s Degree in other engineering or science programs.

  • This is an entry-level position, but preference will be given to applicants with experience in environmental compliance at a manufacturing facility as an intern or co-op student. 

  • Proficient computer skills (including MS Office, most importantly Excel and Microsoft Word)

  • Willing and able to walk and work in an industrial location indoors or outdoors, including walking up and down steps and ladders with all safety equipment (hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs, gloves, steel-toed shoes, etc.)

  • Eligible to work in the United States

Required Competencies

  • Drive and excellent work ethic

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent planning, organizational, time management and prioritization skills

How you will impact WestRock:

The Environmental Engineer will perform the following work functions:

  • Manage the mill Recycling Program to minimize waste sent to landfill.

  • Assist in the Management of the Mill Landfill.

  • Assist in the Management of the Mill Wastewater Discharge Permit Cluster Rule/BMP Requirements:

  • Assist in the Management of the Mill Oil Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention (SWPP) Plans:

  • Complete Annual Chemical Inventory (Tier II) Reports.

  • Write quarterly Local Emergency Response Notification Letters. 

  • Assist in managing the New Chemical Review Program.  Evaluate the Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and other pertinent information on all new chemicals brought on site and fill in the New Chemical Management forms accordingly.

  • Assemble the information necessary for annual SARA 313 Form R Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reports. 

  • Complete annual reviews of Continuous Releases. 

  • Review Continuous Emissions Monitor Systems (CEMS) data daily and assist addressing issues and maintaining CEMS reports.

  • Troubleshoot Data Acquisition and Handling System (DAHS) to find the root cause and how to correct those errors.  

  • Develop monthly, semi-annual and annual Title V air permit reports for review by the Sr. Environmental Engineer.

  •  Maintain current Visual Emissions Evaluations (VEE) certification by attending semi-annual smoke school training (cost is reimbursed by the Company).  Perform monthly VEEs on all required equipment.

  • Help manage the Environmental Training Program.  Ensure Mill procedures are up to date and posted on the Mill Web Site.  Assign training to new employees.  Help develop training materials and teach classes.

  • Perform and document various mill environmental compliance inspections.

  • Develop monthly wastewater reports.

  • Help develop and implement emergency procedures and drills for the facility. 

  • Assist with special projects that may include performing analytical testing in the mill Technical Laboratory.

  • Assistance in Other Areas. Assist or manage projects that may include air emissions testing, trials using new equipment or materials, developing new procedures or training materials for any of the environmental compliance areas to improve pollution prevention or operate more efficiently.

  • Approximately every five to six weeks, in rotation with other Environmental Department team members, participate in weekend call duty.  When on call duty, attend morning meetings at the Mill on weekends and holidays, check reports and operator logs for any issues, provide status reports to Mill personnel via email, and remain on call to respond to emergencies.

What we offer:

  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence

  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities

  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential

  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.



If this sounds great to you and you think you fit in, please submit your application. We want to hear from you!

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