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WM Groundwater and Technical Program Director in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

I. Job Summary

The Groundwater and Technical Program Director is responsible for identifying and controlling company liability and associated costs for groundwater and associated media, teaming with operations to optimize WM landfill capacity and development and implementing and leading company-wide groundwater protection programs and policies within a defined geographic area of coverage.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and implement standards relating to the protection, control, and management of groundwater, surface water and the vadose zone (i.e., unsaturated zone(s) below ground surface) within a defined geographic area of coverage. Additional areas of responsibility include management and evaluation of leachate, landfill gas, gas condensate, etc. when they are a threat to surface water, groundwater, or the vadose zone.

Actively participates in the strategy and approval of the operating and capital budget for the groundwater and technical programs and review and approval of proposed modifications to groundwater-related remedial reserves.

Direct and manage internal and external (consultant) company resources. Manage asset development within the defined geographic area of coverage including facility impact determinations, expansion investigation scope and interpretation, groundwater/surface water permitting, regulatory negotiations, monitoring program development/change/optimization review and due diligence of potential property acquisitions.

Design and implement strategic project plans in response to more complex compliance and liability issues and problems. Responsible for interpreting environmental data, directly responding to NOVs or proposed Consent Orders, and commenting and directing responses to proposed regulatory rule revisions related to your areas of responsibility within the company.

Organize and execute routine communications with Market Area management regarding significant development projects and compliance/consistency with company-wide environmental protection programs.

Plan, organize and manage the groundwater and related-media portion of an environmental protection program within a defined geographic area of coverage. Under senior management direction, work toward predetermined goals and objectives.

Monitor emerging issues in environmental regulatory requirements. Initiate and participate in developing the company’s response to new or changing regulations on a regional and national basis.

Direct communication with local, state, or national stakeholders to discuss program or project objectives that meet WM objectives of environmental protection or performance.

Responsible for collaborating with WM staff, academic researchers and professional associations on technical projects related to landfills (e.g., emerging contaminants such as PFAS) and regulatory guidance/rule development.

III. Supervisory Responsibilities

May supervise a team of two or more.

IV. Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree or higher (accredited)

Experience: Minimum of 7 years of hydrogeology and landfill-related experience. Expertise in one or more of the following, applied research, geochemistry, GIS/data science and emerging contaminants is desirable.

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

Specific certification, licensing, or registration by at least one nationally recognized organization and/or one or more state organizations in the field of groundwater/ hydrology, geology, or geologic engineering is recommended.

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

MS Office familiarity, general computer acumen and ability to learn to utilize other job-related technical software. Familiarity with statistical methods. Research skills. A working knowledge of the company’s operations and business hierarchy.

V. Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.) most of the workday.

Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds part of the workday.

Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) rarely.

Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes or similar elements a portion of the workday or week.

Normal setting for this job is an office setting and landfill and hazardous waste sites.

20-25% travel is anticipated the first year of employment; subsequent travel may be comparable but variable depending on location and significance of key projects.


At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

The salary range for this position is $124,185- $168,015. The specific salary offered to a candidate may be influenced by a variety of factors including the candidate’s relevant experience, education, training, certifications, qualifications, and work location.

In addition, this position is eligible for [incentive pay and bonus].

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