Hazardous Materials Technician I

County of Santa Cruz - Department of Public Works

THE JOB: Under general supervision, inspects refuse being discharged at County landfill sites for unacceptable, hazardous, or toxic materials; accepts and stores wastes from the public at the County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility; maintains all storage and disposal records; informs the general public of the County, State and Federal laws and regulations concerning the disposal of hazardous materials; informs the general public of the laws and regulations concerning the disposal of hazardous materials; controls traffic in the active disposal area; general environmental monitoring; and performs other duties as required. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for full time, part time, substitute, and extra help (temporary) positions during the life of the eligible list. *The official title of this position is Solid Waste Inspector I, which is the trainee and first working level in the Solid Waste Inspector series.
*Effective July 11, 2020, positions in this job classification will be furloughed by 7.5%

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

Completion of lower division college level core coursework in chemistry, biology, environmental studies, social ecology or hazardous materials OR certification of training that meets the California State Standard for training required for hazardous waste workers.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License.

Knowledge: Some knowledge of material identification and their effects on the environment; health and safety procedures for hazardous materials handling; and basic environmental sampling methods.

Ability to: Learn County, State, and Federal laws and regulations concerning the identification, handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public, co-workers, and others contacted in the course of work; react quickly, efficiently, and calmly and adopt an effective course of action in the event of a hazardous materials incident; maintain accurate and legible records; prepare written reports, records, and inventories; direct and control traffic in a safe manner around active disposal areas; determine what types of materials are hazardous; determine what materials may be disposed of directly at the landfill, and which hazardous materials may be stored or packaged together; lift and move five (5) gallon cans (equivalent to 50 pounds) in adverse environmental conditions; and move fifty-five (55) gallon drums (equivalent to 600 pounds) using a drum dolly.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at www.santacruzcountyjobs.com or mail/bring an application and supplemental questionnaire to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.