Waste Characterization Specialist

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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The purpose of the Waste Characterization Specialist position is to determine the characterization needs of a facility to undergo decommissioning. Characterization of a facility identifies the radiological and industrial hazard associated with a facility to be decommissioned in order prepare detailed work plans and identify the required waste paths.
The general accountabilities associated with this position are as follows:

  • Perform historical reviews and gap analyses to determine characterization needs of a facility
  • Perform field walk downs to define scopes of work
  • Prepare characterization documents; scoping survey plans, characterization plans and sampling work plans using the Integrated Work Control Process
  • Provide input for the development of schedules of characterization activities to align with project milestones set out in the APWB
  • Coordinate and monitor field activities with various service groups: IH, RP, Trades, WMO, etc.
  • Arrange for sample shipment and analysis with internal and external analytical chemistry laboratories
  • Review survey results and sample analysis results
  • Prepare characterization reports
  • Train and mentor facility staff in all areas of characterization;
  • Liaise with CNL support group personnel and external contractors providing characterization services;

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Honours Bachelor Degree in Engineering or Science from a university of recognized standing or, membership in an Engineering or scientific professional organization authorized by statute to establish qualification for membership in that organization.
  • 8-10 years of experience in a nuclear operational or decommissioning environment.
  • Knowledge of physical radiological, chemical and biological properties of waste.
  • Knowledge of industry standards for Waste Management principles and practices.
  • Must have experience in 2 of the following areas:

o Experience with reactor characterization and decommissioning
o Experience with tank and stored liquid waste characterization
o Experience with fuel rod bay characterization and decommissioning.
o Experience with characterizing class 1 nuclear labs containing fume hoods and glove boxes.
o Experience with remote sampling tool development for complex characterization work.

  • Effective at leading, team building and communicating to organize and direct a working group.
  • Possesses strong verbal & written communication skills and good questioning attitude.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledgeable of CNL’s compliance program requirements and experienced in preparing/providing supporting documentation to demonstrate compliance.

Ability to:

  • Interpret complex drawings and specifications in either paper of electronic format
  • Work under pressure, conflicting priorities and regulatory requirements
  • Ability to work effectively independently or in a team to meet schedule deadlines.
  • Be available to take assignments outside of the CRL site.


Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $99,700.00-$160,300.00 per year


  • tank and stored liquid waste characterization: 8 years (Required)
  • nuclear operational or decommissioning environment: 8 years (Required)
  • reactor characterization and decommissioning: 8 years (Required)
  • characterizing class 1 nuclear labs, containing fume hoods: 8 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's Degree (Required)


  • Vancouver (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19