Environmental Specialist

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22200 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

W.R. Grace is hiring an Environmental Specialist (ES) based in Columbia, MD who will report to the Corporate Senior Environmental Manager. The ES will be responsible for the management, enhancement, and implementation of the environmental programs for the Corporate Headquarters in Columbia, MD.  


  • Manages compliance and drives continuous improvement under Process Safety Management (PSM).  This position has a key role in Process Hazard Assessments and Risk Assessments.
  • Engagement of R&D personnel to ensure environmental compliance especially relating to hazardous waste storage areas, waste profiled development, and new material approvals regarding environmental permits.  Provides best practice suggestions and regulatory interpretation for compliance. Manages new chemical approval process.
  • Ensures alignment with Corporate Environmental and Sustainability initiatives and objectives.  Key role in Management of Change program.
  • Understand and fulfill all regulatory permit conditions and file required reports for:  Air Permits, Water Pollution Permits (NPDES, Pond), POTW Pretreatment, Radiological Health and Waste. Update all permits as needed. 
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with Regulatory Agencies. 
  • Identify and ensure systems are in place to comply with all applicable environmental regulations and initiatives:  Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, Clean Air Act (include NESHAPs), SARA reporting, Safety Data Sheets, Spill Reporting, Groundwater Monitoring, Waste Minimization, Pollution Prevention, and others as they are identified. Provides technical expertise in these areas.
  • Maintain accurate and complete documentation of reports, applications, permits, disposal, etc., and complete all reporting on time & in full compliance.
  • Develop & implement audits and inspections program to verify compliance and performance to achieve plant goals, corrective & preventive actions, etc.
  • Develop & implement regulatory and general training on Environmental topics. Incorporate best practices into training to focus on a culture shift.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and frequent walking.
  • Other duties as required/assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. Degree in Health and Safety, Safety Engineering, or Engineering (Chemical Engineering preferred), or 5+ years of equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years of EHS experience within a chemical R&D setting.
  • Effective communication skills and ability to engage employees at all levels of the organization in support of a proactive safety culture.
  • Proficient with Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Effective presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional safety and/or environmental certifications (CSP, CSSE, OHST, etc.)
  • SharePoint experience
  • Use of enterprise database systems. 


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans 
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement

U.S. Employee Benefits Summary (grace.com)

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