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NYS Hazardous Waste Management Program Intern (ID: 109938) for Summer 2024


Dept of Environmental Conservation

625 Broadway
Albany , NY 12233
E-Mail: cecia.bicknell@dec.ny.gov

Division/Unit: Materials Management


Web Site: www.dec.ny.gov(New Window)


Proposal Information


One of the Bureau of Hazardous Waste and Radiation Management missions is to ensure that hazardous waste management facilities across New York State are operated properly and safely. This goal is accomplished through the permitting process, site inspections, and compliance with associated enforcement. An internship with the Hazardous Waste Compliance and HW Permitting sections is comprised of: RCRA Reporting & Manifest Record Management Processing hazardous waste manifests in NYS information system pulled from EPA: RCRAInfo Reviewing hazardous waste manifests from the previous three years with regards to missing annual report submittals for EPA and NYS DEC records Collecting annual Closure, Post-Closure, Corrective Action costs of RCRA facilities to satisfy RCRA Financial Assurance obligations Engineering Report & Plan Review Learning RCRA-regulated listed and characteristic hazardous waste commonly found in groundwater and soil, and its associated remediation methods; Contaminants such as VOC's (PCE and TCE), metals, and other contaminants of concern Assisting Corrective Action and Post Closure science/engineering staff reviewing work plans and reporting on: soil vapor intrusion, groundwater monitoring, remediation site management, long-term groundwater inspections, and corrective action Applying geological and hydrological principles to evaluate corrective action measures Applying regulatory requirements and technical guidance standards to analyze groundwater and soil sampling results, and for decision-making Communications Development Working with staff on developing hazardous waste outreach and guidance materials for internal/external websites Assisting staff in the preparation of public outreach and guidance materials required for writing and implementing new hazardous waste regulations/policies Aiding staff in planning and coordination of annual NYS hazardous waste inspector training Partnering with staff on updating compliance inspection forms to capture regulatory changes Working with staff to create templates for permit modules Regulatory Research & Development Assisting staff by locating and acquiring background documents required for hazardous waste regulatory packages and hazardous waste regulatory fee bills Working with staff on background research for new regulatory proposals Authenticating and correcting cross references within the hazardous waste regulations Researching historic formal enforcement cases to cumulate the use of individual violations to ascertain assessed penalties associated with each violation Archival Records Management Paper (sort/verify and cull/file) and electronic(scan/name/e-file) document management Records Retention (prepare and package records/create transfer lists/send to retention) This internship will be completed at NYS DEC Central Office in Albany. Candidates should expect to complete their hours during Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 8am-4pm in office.



Proficiency with MS Office suite

basic information systems

Ability to work well independently

able to work as a member of a team

excellent communication and organization


Internship Areas: Engineering, Environmental Conservation, Planning/Analysis/Research, Policy Enforcement

Logistical Information

Payment? Tbd

Number of Hours: 10 - 19

Location: Albany

Number of Interns Needed: 2

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing Graduate Student

Minimum Standing: Sophomore

Degree Concentrations: Agricultural Studies, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Engineering, Environmental Studies