Virgin Orbit, LLC

Environmental Health & Safety Engineer - Air Quality Engineer | Future Consideration

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Regular Full-Time

Who we are




At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking an experienced Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Engineer professional who will play a key role in the implementation, operation and maintenance of environmental compliance and safety programs, with a strong emphasis on air permitting and air compliance. This role is for a hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California, though will require travel to, and work at, our Mojave Test Site as needed.

Your Mission

  • Develops, administers and implements environmental air quality compliance programs in accordance with South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) requirements.
  • Prepares and/or oversees preparation of Permit to Construct (PTC) and Permit to Operate (PTO) applications for SCAQMD and EKAPCD.
  • Provides support on the development, implementation and management of SCAQMD Rule 109 recordkeeping compliance facility wide
  • Applies knowledge of environmental regulations to evaluate facility projects, process changes, and assist other teammates in defining compliance requirements for processes and equipment.
  • Interacts with federal, state and local regulators to resolve compliance issues; assists with Federal, State and local regulatory audits. 
  • Oversight of monthly recordkeeping and performing emissions calculations for permitted sources and facility wide chemical usage to ensure compliance with emissions limits
  • Oversight of mobile and portable sources, including PERP registrations and monthly recordkeeping, and DOORS reporting and recordkeeping.
  • Oversees compliance and auditing efforts.
  • AER preparation and submittal, if applicable, air quality compliance monitoring and reporting.
  • Develop and implement effective environmental air quality compliance training.
  • Develop, implement and maintain site specific environmental air compliance policies.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations relating to the aerospace industry.
  • Other applicable environmental-related efforts, as required.

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • 5+ years of experience dealing with environmental compliance, air permitting and air compliance issues
  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering; Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology or a related discipline
  • Excellent computer skills - including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent communication, analytical, customer service and organizational skills
  • Experienced in air quality permitting and air quality compliance in California
  • Demonstrated knowledge of US EPA, California Air Resources Board, and local California air district regulations, related permit and CEQA guidelines
  • Strong knowledge and experience in interpreting, applying and documenting federal, state and local environmental regulations
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Multi-media environmental compliance experience is a plus, including:
    • NDPES permitting (industrial stormwater, construction stormwater and wastewater)
    • Hazardous and Non-Hazardous waste management
    • Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures (SPCC)
    • California Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA)
    • Spill Reporting & Emergency Response.
  • General knowledge of OSHA regulations, CAL OSHA regulations and Health & Safety disciplines.
  • Aerospace or Manufacturing industry experience is preferred, but not required
  • Ability to multi-task, to manage shifting priorities and to follow through on projects with minimal supervision
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’

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.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

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Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit 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.