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Salary: $69,659.20 - $84,676.80 Annually
Location: Placerville, CA
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Environmental Management
Job Number: 1908-4616


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The County of El Dorado is recruiting applicants for Hazardous Materials/Recycling Specialist in the Environmental Management Department, Hazardous Materials Division.  This recruitment will establish a list for the purpose of filling current and future full time, part time and extra help vacancies for up to three (3) months. 
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We currently have the following vacancy:
  • One (1) full time vacancy located in Placerville, CA 
    • The ideal candidate for this vacancy possesses a working knowledge of hazardous materials/waste regulations laws, knowledge of Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), and will have a strong background in Chemistry.  We are seeking a  goal-oriented, team player with the desire and ability to effectively work on a small crew or independently in both office and field environments.  The optimal candidate needs be able to multitask, as the position requires the individual to perform various duties on a regular basis.  The superlative candidate will also have excellent communication skills and should be able explain complex regulatory information to the business community. Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist is preferred but not required. Field experience as an emergency responder to hazardous materials incidents and field inspection work is preferred.  
A training and experience evaluation will be utilized to determine an applicant's ranking for referral to specific vacancies.  Based upon the information in the application and/or responses to supplemental questions, the applicant's education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. 

Supplemental questions play an integral role in this recruitment process. Please take the time to provide thoughtful and thorough responses. The information you provide may be used to determine your ranking for referral to specific vacancies. All work experience that is described or included in your response(s) MUST be included in the "Work Experience" section of your application. Do not refer to a resume or other documentation.

Under direction, performs professional office and field work involved with the County's solid waste reduction, recycling, household hazardous waste, and Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA); assists with response and performs site analysis of hazardous materials incidents; verifies compliance with requirements, and maintains records of hazardous material usage, storage, and disposal throughout the County; and performs related duties as assigned.
Receives direction from an Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor. Exercises no direct supervision over staff.
This is the fully qualified journey-level classification. Incumbents are responsible for implementing sections of the County's Hazardous Materials Ordinance, applicable hazardous materials state and federal statutes, and the County's Solid Waste Management Plan. Incumbents perform field inspections and  office assignments requiring the use of independence judgment and initiative within established guidelines. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.
This position is distinguished from the Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor in that the latter is the first line supervisory-level that is responsible for the oversight of staff and Environmental Management programs as assigned.

Examples of Essential Functions

  • Prepares comprehensive reports related to inspections, investigations, and studies completed in assigned program areas.
  • Participates in environmental review processes of assigned projects; identifies and evaluates concerns regarding discretionary entitlement applications of a complex nature; processes environmental assessment questionnaires and environmental impact reports; provides information regarding public health and sanitation issues involved in projects to proponents, the public, and public hearing bodies.
  • Provides general information regarding department policies, procedures, and regulations; receives and responds to inquiries, requests for assistance, concerns, and complaints from the public regarding department activities and programs.
  • Reviews submittals via the California Electronic Reporting System database for hazardous material business plans, hazardous waste which must be submitted by all businesses handling, manufacturing or storing hazardous wastes.
  • Inspects facilities with underground storage tanks (USTs) and those that store hazardous materials/hazardous waste to ensure compliance with state guidelines.
  • Issues permits for the installation, modification, or closure of USTs; identifies areas where unauthorized releases have occurred, documents condition, of site and completes reports.
  • Inspects facilities with aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) that store petroleum to ensure that they meet state and federal requirements for spill prevention.
  • Assists in emergency response if there is a hazardous material incident; contacts manufacturers for latest recommendations to contain the spill, decontaminate the site, and the effects of possible exposure.
  • Performs site analysis at incident sites; determines size and nature of problem; uses sampling and monitoring equipment to measure the presence of constituents of concern, site conditions, and other relevant conditions.
  • Uses HAZCAT kit or other available methods to determine chemical nature of substances and potential hazardous.
  • Monitors work of clean-up crews at an incident site, including those sites where no responsible party can be identified; coordinates clean up with state health services or other applicable agency.
  • Performs studies relating to waste management; samples soil and wells near landfill sites for metals and for biological contamination; develops alternative for new landfill sites, and procedures for closing and reclaiming existing landfill.
  • Participates with professional associations and coordinates the County's hazardous materials plan with neighboring counties, regional bodies, and state and federal agencies.
  • Plans, develops, and implements recycling projects; coordinates private and public sector recycling projects.
  • Conducts waste stream analyses and audits.
  • Assists in planning, program development, and implementation of public education and awareness programs for residents, schools, government, consumers, businesses, and industry that specialize in source reduction, recycling, and proper disposal and/or resource recovery of hazardous and non- hazardous waste through a wide variety of media efforts including video, television, and radio.
  • May responds to food facility or sewage after hours under direction of the Environmental Health Specialist.
  • Makes on-site visits to verify compliance with requirements for Permanent Household/Small  Business Hazardous Waste and Used Oil Collection Facilities.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Education & Experience Requirements (typing "See Resume" in application will not be accepted)

Knowledge of:

  • Properties of hazardous materials and safety practices for their handling and disposal.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures pertaining to hazardous materials and solid waste management.
  • Law enforcement and emergency service networks and their response areas within El Dorado County.
  • Principles and practices of physical, biological, and social sciences as they relate to public health and environmental quality control.
  • Principles and practices of hazardous materials incident response.
  • Principles and practices of solid waste management.
  • Principles and practices of scientific research and statistical methodology.
  • Investigative techniques and principles of evidence.
  • Proper use and operation of field testing equipment and materials used in environmental health inspections.
  • Operation, policies, and procedures of the Environmental Management Department.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and County staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination.
  • Computers and software programs (e.g., Microsoft software packages) to conduct, compile, and/or generate documentation.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and coordinate various hazardous materials and used oil recycling activities of public and private groups.
  • Perform site analysis at hazardous material incidents to identify materials and appropriate response.
  • Plan and implement hazardous and solid waste management studies.
  • Conduct thorough routine and special inspections and investigations.
  • Understand, interpret, and analyze all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, and standards relevant to enforcing applicable regulations and guidelines.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, public service announcements, newspaper articles, brochures, educational material, and other written material.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Simultaneously conduct multiple inspections and investigations, and accurately document findings and maintain appropriate records.
  • Exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Operate an emergency response vehicle and use analytical and safety equipment at an incident.
  • Obtain information through interviews, and work firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Perform mathematical computations and statistical analysis.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Effectively represent the department and the County in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional, and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals.
  • Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications, and modern business equipment to perform  a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of the required experience, education, and training that would provide the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.
Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in biological or physical sciences, environmental health science, engineering, or a related field, and two (2) years of experience in hazardous materials management.
Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Driver's License by time of appointment and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an ICC UST Inspector Certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an OSFM APSA Inspector Certification within one (1) year of employment.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a 40 hour OSHA Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials Categorization.
  • Certificate of Completion within one (1) year of employment, First Responder Awareness, First Responder Operations, and Hazardous Materials Technician training.

Other Requirements

Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; strength, stamina, and mobility to inspect various commercial and residential County sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points, and to operate a motor vehicle to visit various County and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. The job involves frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate construction inspection tools and equipment. Positions in this classification  bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 35 pounds. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals on a case-by-case basis.
Employees work partially in an office environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperature conditions and partially in the field with occasional exposure to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, and hazardous substances. Employees may interact with members of the public or with staff under emotionally stressful conditions while interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


  • Incumbent must pass a biennial hazardous materials medical surveillance physical in accordance with US Code and Regulations and CA Labor Code and Regulations (29 CFR Part 1910.120 and 8 CCR).
  • Must be available for on-call or overtime duty.
  • Must be able to attend night and evening meetings and work flexible hours. Must be able to pass an annual respirator fitness test.

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