Virgin Orbit, LLC

Environmental Health & Safety Specialist (Long Beach)

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



Job Type:


Who we are



At Virgin Orbit, we are launching the small satellite revolution, enabling missions that were previously unimaginable. We are delivering Virgin’s legendary customer experience by combining advanced technology with a diligent, hard-working team. We have built a workplace and a workforce of the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today are launching the industries of tomorrow. We have engaged a diverse and inclusive community of doers and dreamers alike, empowering all those working today to build satellites and constellations that will change the world.


At Virgin Orbit, we are opening space for good. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.



Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking an experienced Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist professional who will play a key role in the implementation, operation and maintenance of environmental and safety programs. This role is for a knowledgeable hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This role requires someone who can work in a high pace environment. This is a full-time position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of site specific safety policies by Cal/OSHA standards
    • Confined space entry program
    • Fall Protection program
    • Lock-out/ tag-out program
    • Electrical safety program
    • Emergency Response Plan
    • Fire Safety program
    • Fire Prevention Plan
    • Area Safety Audits
    • Safety Committee
  • Manage hazardous and non-hazardous waste program, including:
    • Proper handling, labeling and storage, and conducting weekly inspections of all waste areas, including satellite accumulation areas throughout the Factory
    • Maintaining hazardous waste logs (90 & 180 Day)
    • Assist Lead EHS Specialist and Senior EHS Engineer as needed with waste characterization and profiling
  • Oil, hazardous material and hazardous waste spill prevention, response and reporting
  • Maintain consistent communication with Operations, Facilities, EHS Manager and EHS Engineer about site projects that may impact EHS related plans and permits
  • Order and maintain adequate safety supplies: PPE, fall protection, LOTO, arc flash, welding safety, monitoring equipment, testing supplies
  • Assist in hazardous operations as required for article testing and development
  • Order and maintain adequate spill supplies: spill pads, empty drums, secondary containment, and other equipment necessary to maintain safe handling and correct disposal of hazardous waste
  • Performs environmental compliance and due diligence audits, including:
    • Monthly Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures (SPCC)/Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) inspection
    • Assist EHS Engineer with ensuring compliance with various air permit operating conditions, as required by SCAQMD
  • Assist with the site Industrial Hygiene program
    • Site industrial hygiene program
    • Respiratory Protection Program
    • Understands and/or worked on cryogenic fluid systems
    • Understands and/or worked with pyrophoric materials
  • Conducts and/or coordinates employee safety and environmental training programs and emergency response training drills
  • Investigate industrial accidents and injuries to determine causes and preventive measures
  • Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment, including fire extinguishers and emergency lights, in order to identify and correct potential hazards
  • Collaborates with supervisors and leads to complete job hazard analysis (JHA) and PPE assessments
  • Monitor employee exposure to job and chemical hazards
  • Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees’ exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards
  • Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections and environmental testing
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Perform other duties assigned

What you bring

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

  • 5+ years of experience in Environmental, Health and Safety disciplines required; Industrial Hygiene/Hazardous Waste Management
  • HAZWOPER training
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certification or previous EMT experience
  • Extensive knowledge in environmental hazards, safety disciplines with experience in safety, ergonomics, environmental compliance and industrial hygiene
  • Strong knowledge and experience in interpreting, applying and documenting federal, state and local safety, transportation, and environmental regulations
  • Knowledge of Cal OSHA, EPA, DOT and local and state regulations
  • Experience using Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook)
  • Ability to pass a respirator medical evaluation
  • Proficiency in completing Job Hazard Analysis (JHAs)
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Ability to work overtime when necessary
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 40lbs (unassisted)
  • Must be a U.S. person as defined by the ITAR (22 CFR §120.15)
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability and desire to perform in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Self-driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement, inter-team communication skills, and attention to detail
  • Must be able to provide proof of US-approved Covid-19 full vaccination status, unless otherwise exempted by an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation from Virgin Orbit


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

  • Experience with emergency response crews in incidents involving hazardous and non-hazardous material releases to air, soil, and water
  • Experience assisting with workers compensation investigations
  • Ability to multi-task, to adapt to shifting priorities and to follow through on projects with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational and communication skills are essential
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
  • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness

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. 


Stay in touch with the latest news and updates from Virgin Orbit by following us on:  

YouTube   twitter logoTwitter  insta logoInstagram   facebook logoFacebook  linkedin logoLinkedIn


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.