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Tacoma, WA, US, 98421

Job Function:  Legal / EHS
Requisition Number:  469

Title:  Sr. Environmental Engineer

Grow Your Skills in Diverse Role at Growing Industry Leader with Broad Product Line

Make Your Mark and Enjoy a Great Culture, Even if You Are New to Refining

If you combine your environmental compliance background with the ability to achieve goals independently, this position offers you several attractive opportunities:

  • You will expand your experience across multiple areas of compliance in this broad role.
  • While refinery experience is preferred, as long as you have manufacturing experience plus the aptitude and motivation, we'll help you learn it.
  • This diverse position includes reporting, daily responsibilities, project/program management and contributing to special initiatives -- such as an upcoming refinery-wide turnaround in 2020. 
  • We hire with an eye to the future, and success in this role could set you up to take on additional responsibilities or move up.
  • With a relaxed and results-oriented culture that values work/life balance, we have a high number of long-tenured employees. Of course, we'll look to you to be flexible at peak times, but overall the hours are reasonable.

No doubt you've heard of Tacoma, but did you know that there is no state income tax in Washington? This progressive and dynamic city is regularly ranked as one of America's most livable cities; in 2018, for example, Sunset Magazine included it on their list of "20 Game-Changing Places to Live." If you enjoy striking natural beauty and outdoor recreation, Tacoma is a great place to live and work. Relocation assistance is available to highly qualified candidates.

U.S. Oil & Refining, a Par Pacific company, is an industry leader in the production and supply of high-quality motor, aviation and marine fuels and asphalt in the Puget Sound market. We have a refinery capacity of 42,000 bbls per stream day, and total storage capacity of 2.7 million bbls, with 1.4 million bbls of crude and the remainder products. We also offer biofuels in various blends at our loading rack.

Pictured: USOR features attractive assets (refinery, marine terminal, rail loading terminal, and refined product and crude oil storage) and a strategic Pacific Rim location. In what William Pate, President and CEO of Par Pacific Holdings, calls a "transformative acquisition," USOR will connect existing Par Pacific assets in Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies.

The Requirements

To meet the basic qualification for this role, you will have legal authorization to work permanently in the United States for any employer without requiring a visa transfer or visa sponsorship. In addition, to be a good fit for the Senior Environmental Engineer opportunity, you will have:

  • A bachelor's degree in Chemical or Environmental Engineering (preferred) or another relevant scientific/technical field.
  • 5+ years of experience in environmental compliance, preferably in refining, petrochemical or manufacturing.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state and local environmental regulatory requirements.
  • A demonstrated ability to develop processes and programs specific to the refinery business and culture.
  • Solid experience with clean air compliance programs is strongly preferred. 
  • Strong verbal communication and technical writing skills.
  • A detail orientation.
  • Solid organizational abilities.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • The ability to:
    • Clearly and concisely communicate to diverse groups at all levels, internally and externally.
    • Bring diverse groups together to a common goal and work through issues to find consensus solutions.
    • Think and work independently while also sharing ideas and working toward team goals.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to achieve goals independently.

Pictured: U.S. Oil is committed to the safety and well-being of its employees and contractors and strives to provide a safe working environment and assure that all operations are conducted in accordance with recognized industry standards. The Process Safety Management (PSM) Program at USOR is an important part of the overall refinery safety program.

The Role

Reporting to the Environmental Manager, you will join a team that also includes two full-time and one part-time environmental engineers and a contractor. You will assist the Environmental Department in meeting a myriad of environmental regulatory obligations. Your primary responsibility will be implementing and managing the site’s environmental compliance activities, with a focus on clean air compliance program requirements. This includes evaluating compliance issues and developing compliance plans and permitting strategies necessary to remain compliant and resolve any issues.

Other key responsibilities will include:

  • Communicating any compliance issues to management and serving as a technical liaison between Environmental, other refinery departments and environmental government agencies.
  • Training refinery personnel on permitting requirements and participating in regulatory agency refinery inspections.
  • Functioning effectively in a team setting necessary to promote unity and develop workable solutions.

More specifically, you will:

  • Build and maintain internal partnering relationships with other refinery departments such as Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Safety and the Laboratory.
  • Establish and maintain external working relationships with regulatory agencies, trade associations, consultants and contractors.
  • Monitor environmental policies/regulations and establish compliance programs for the refinery.
  • Ensure environmental compliance manuals and procedures are periodically reviewed and kept current.
  • Complete accurate/timely compliance reports to applicable federal, state and local agencies.
  • Provide environmental permitting support. 
  • Provide guidance and interpretation of environmental regulations to refining personnel.
  • Assist in the development of environmental procedures/guidelines.
  • Participate in the training of employees and contractors in required environmental procedures/guidelines.
  • Conduct refinery inspections.

Key environmental program areas regarding clean air compliance including Title V AOP, NSPS, MACT, NSR, NAAQS, risk management program, consent decree administration, greenhouse gas and more. As part of the Environmental Department, you'll also help support:

  • Clean Water Compliance Program.
  • RCRA Compliance Program.
  • Oil Spill Compliance Program.
  • Community Right-to-Know Program.
  • Remediation Program.
  • Transportation Support.
  • TSCA.






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