Virgin Orbit, LLC

Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer - Air Quality Engineer

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


Long Beach, CA



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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.


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Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer - Air Quality Engineer 


Position Summary 

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking an experienced Senior 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

  • Develop, administer and implement environmental air quality compliance programs in accordance with South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) requirements
  • Prepare and/or oversees preparation of Permit to Construct (PTC) and Permit to Operate (PTO) applications for SCAQMD and EKAPCD
  • Air program manager for SCAQMD facility wide compliance at our Long Beach facilities
  • Air Program manager for EKAPCD facility wide compliance at our test site in Mojave, CA
  • Apply knowledge of environmental regulations to evaluate facility projects, process changes, and assist other teammates in defining compliance requirements for processes and equipment
  • Interact 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
  • Oversee 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 in accordance with government requirements
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations relating to the aerospace industry
  • Assist with other applicable environmental compliance related efforts, as required
  • 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 working 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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. 


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