Virgin Galactic

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Company Virgin Galactic
Category Safety
Req No.
Regular Full-Time
Location : Location

Who we are

Virgin Galactic, (NYSE: SPCE), recognizes that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human ingenuity, physiology and psychology. From space, we are able to look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than divides us.


“We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody — and change the world for good.”  Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Galactic


If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!


Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking an Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist to support the Spaceline Safety Manager and the Safety team.  This individual will assist in integrating ground safety best practices into Virgin Galactic’s operations and maintenance functions at the Spaceport America in New Mexico. 

Your Mission

  • Evaluates and ensures compliance of the Environmental, Safety and Industrial Hygiene Programs with all applicable government laws and regulations.
  • Ensures all applicable registrations, permits and licenses are in place and current for the hazardous waste program.
  • Oversees hazardous waste operations in New Mexico locations and works directly with departmental Waste Coordinators as a resource.
  • Gathers data for the purpose of identifying, reducing, or eliminating sources of pollutants and/or hazards that affect the work environment and health of the employees.
  • Assists with the monitoring of employee exposure to chemical and other toxic substances and physical hazards, including Industrial Hygiene (IH) sampling and coordinating the activities with Certified Industrial Hygienists and other safety consultants as required.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate occupational exposures to harmful substances and make recommendations for control or elimination of hazards in accordance with OSHA, NIOSH and ANSI requirements.
  • Acts as an information conduit to bring safety issues to the attention of management and to deliver safety information to the staff, contractors, and stakeholders.
  • Execute comprehensive facility safety inspections to ensure continuous improvement while maintaining regulatory compliance.
  • Investigates injuries and incidents.
  • Analyzes data for trends related to injuries, hazards, events and occurrences.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies, including OSHA, FAA, EPA, NTSB, State and local municipalities. 
  • Develops and implements effective safety programs to ensure that operations are fully compliant with Local, State, and Federal laws/regulations.
  • Serves as Emergency Response team member.
  • Develops proactive annual safety plans that provide solutions necessary to build and sustain a world‐class safety culture.
  • Demonstrates an excellent safety behavior and attitude, follows regulatory practices and rules, recognizes, and promotes hazard reporting and ensures effective safety reporting.
  • Builds and maintains excellent working relationships across the organization.
  • Continually seeks opportunities to improve the knowledge and skill level of all levels of leadership to positively impact the safe operations of the business.

What you bring

  • Detailed knowledge of, and experience working with, OSHA, EPA, FAA, State, and local regulators is highly desirable.
  • Bachelor's Degree in EHS field or equivalent experience. Will also consider a combination of education, certifications, and relevant work experience.
  • Experience with aerospace industry processes is highly desirable.
  • Experience with aviation flight line processes is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills with the ability to develop and deliver articulate presentations to groups of all sizes and levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform root cause analysis for injuries and incident/accident investigations.
  • Experience in Human Factors as it applies to Aerospace Operations and Maintenance
  • Experience in environmental programs.
  • Experience with Industrial Hygiene programs.
  • Experience preparing Job Hazard Analyses
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule outside the normal business days and hours to support operations or special events.
  • Ability to respond to serious emergency situations (24/7 on-call is not required).
  • Must be a “U.S. person” as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


Suggestions for Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a safety field is highly desired.
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Certifications or similar within aerospace/aviation field is beneficial.


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • 2+ years of safety experience.
  • Experience with regulatory agency policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Experience with start-up programs (desired).

*The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Physical and/or Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to work flexible hours outside of normal business hours on occasion.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight spaces.
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40 lbs. (unassisted). 


ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired employees. 

As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( “fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have expired since receiving the vaccination’s last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) . If  you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire. 


Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


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