Environmental Technician


March 26, 2021

Fremont, CA, US

Tesla is seeking a dynamic Environmental Technician to join the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Team. The role will support various environmental compliance programs for Tesla’s Fremont Factory, located in Fremont, CA. Programs of focus include industrial stormwater, and spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) programs, with limited support for soil management and hazardous waste characterizations and sampling efforts. Reporting to the Environmental Affairs Manager for the California region, this role will be responsible for partnering with environmental program leads and cross-functional team members to perform regulatory and permit-required inspections, generate corrective actions and collaborate with responsible owners to close them, provide environmental sampling support, improve training programs, perform data review and analyses, and perform hazardous waste determinations. The role requires significant time in the field inspecting, maintaining, cleaning, and replacing stormwater filtration devices, often during inclement weather conditions. Be part of the Tesla EHS Team that builds capacity, provides solutions, and drives continuous improvement throughout the Global Tesla Organization.
The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, thorough investigator, self-driven and works well with cross-functional teams. The ideal candidate also takes pride in his/her organization skills and attention to detail. He/she appreciates a setting where superior work is encouraged, recognized, and rewarded. This position is based out of Fremont, CA and it will involve some travel to local Tesla sites as needed.
  • Complete tasks to ensure compliance with California’s Stormwater Industrial General Permit (IGP)
  • Operate material handling equipment
  • Manage stormwater filter/treatment control inventory, and order new supplies when necessary
  • Utilize vacuum sources, leaf blowers, and pressure washing equipment to clean storm drains and filters
  • Manage Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Plans and Inspections for bioretention units and sand filters
  • Manage and maintain Site Map of Treatment Control Devices and various stormwater filters, including filter fabric, media cartridges, and booms/filter socks
  • Implement recurring maintenance schedule for filters and document work completed daily to satisfy record keeping requirements
  • Perform routine inspections, including O&M Agreement Inspections, best management practices (BMP) inspections, and non-stormwater discharge inspections
  • Perform routine SPCC inspections
  • Initiate corrective actions when deficiencies are observed during inspections, and work with responsible owners to close them;
  • Maintain cleanliness and housekeeping around storm drains;
  • Support construction projects for BMPs as needed;
  • Perform IGP required housekeeping/cleaning of the factory rooves and storm drains located on the rooves;
  • Support various environmental sampling tasks, including stormwater, soil, wastewater, and hazardous waste;
  • Review and analyze sampling data; and,
  • Monitor process equipment and construction projects utilizing flame ionization detectors (FIDs) or photoionization detectors (PIDs).

  • High school graduate
  • Environmental coursework is a plus
  • 2+ years of experience in high tech industry or similar environment
  • Passion for the environment and pollution prevention
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Ability to operate mobile equipment such as forklifts, tuggers, and carts
  • Ability to work in inclement weather conditions, including heavy rain
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Ability to interface with manufacturing associates and cross functional peers
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to leverage electronic platforms for inspections and record keeping; and,
  • Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) or Qualified SWPPP Practitioner/Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSP/QSD) Certification is a plus, but not required.