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Environmental Health and Safety Lead

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

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Wallops Island, VA, USA
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023

About The Role


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,300 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.


Based out of Rocket Lab's facilities in Wallops Island, VA the Environmental Health and Safety Lead is responsible for the delivery of Health and Safety services for Rocket Lab’s Eastern US and Canada facilities. You will support the Director of Test and Launch, and the Company Safety & Regulatory Organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.


  • Provide US based support at Rocket Lab’s East Coast based Test facility, Launch site and Production facilities for managers and staff relating to occupational and environmental health and safety regulations and compliance.
  • Locations to include:
    • Wallops Development Complex (WDC) and Launch Vehicle Integration Control Facilities (ICF) - Wallops Island, VA
    • Space Structures Complex (SSC) - Middle River, MD
    • Planetary Systems Corp - Silver Spring, MD
    • Archimedes Test Site - Stennis Space Center, MS
    • Sinclair Interplanetary - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Support US and Canada Production, Operations, Engineering, Program Management, Launch and Test teams with their delivery of Company mandated occupational health and safety management systems (Under the direction of the Manager - Safety and Regulatory Operations) in accordance with the site H&S operation plans.
  • Provide health and safety services for the business, including:
    • Task / job / equipment-based Risk Assessment and advice / guidance to department managers / supervisors
    • Deliver internal training in H&S topics for US Personnel and coordinate external H&S training requirements.
    • Coordination of relations with State OSHA bodies and other regulatory organizations.
    • Interface with Virginia Space and NASA WFF on Health and Safety matters.
    • Incident (accident) immediate response, first aid and investigation services. (Act as chief / deputy fire warden)
  • Provide Environmental Health and Safety services, including:
    • Implement and maintain Rocket Lab environmental policies as outlined by EPA, USCG, DOT, and any other applicable regulatory agencies.
    • Responsible for hazardous and non-hazardous waste management.
    • Conduct and monitor discharge permits/plans.
    • Hazardous and non-hazardous waste management including proper handling, labelling, and storage.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Health & Safety, Environmental Technology, or similar field
  • 5+ years of experience in environmental health and safety in a light manufacturing, aerospace environment, construction environment or logistics-based role.
  • Environmental health & safety skills to include: risk assessment, policy, training, project management, hazardous substances, and safety in manufacturing engineering


  • Bachelor’s degree in Health & Safety, Environmental Technology, or similar field
  • Certified Health & Safety Professional
  • 10+ years experience in Environmental Health and Safety in a light manufacturing, aerospace environment, construction environment or logistics-based role.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in emergency management and / or occupational health and workplace hygiene.


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.

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