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Hazardous Materials Specialist, Senior

Salary: $27.45-$33.51 hourly / $4,774-$5,828 monthly / Range: 5974

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, coordinates and conducts more difficult inspection and investigations in the enforcement of hazardous materials regulations; serves as on-site emergency coordinator at major chemical spill sites; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the advanced journey level in the Hazardous Materials Specialist series. Incumbents perform the more difficult and complex work within an assigned program (i.e., planning, prevention, abatement, emergency spill response, disclosure/right-to-know, enforcement, site remediation, facility permitting), or geographical area, including coordination of difficult investigations, monitoring, and surveillance activities. Work is performed under general supervision.


1. Coordinates and conducts the more difficult, complex regulatory oversight of facilities that are permitted as hazardous waste generators, underground storage tanks, and hazardous materials establishments involving a multitude of industrial processes, a large number of substances, and new or unknown substances.
2. Coordinates and conducts the more difficult hazardous materials investigations of abandoned dump sites, illegal dumping, tank leakages, chemical incidents, and major or repeated violations; provides information to the enforcing agency, such as the District Attorney or County Counsel for prosecution of violators of hazardous materials regulations, as stated in the Department's Enforcement Procedures.
3. Shall fill various Incident Command System (ICS) positions in emergencies and in training, as appropriate.
4. Coordinates specialized services such as contingency planning, emergency response planning, emergency unit van response, laboratory contracting and equipment acquisition.
5. May review/conduct risk assessments based on approved industry and regulatory standards, associated with potential/actual exposures to hazardous substances, to determine if human and/or environmental health has been impacted.
6. Assists in the training of staff and the development of procedures and policies affecting the division.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a bachelor's degree in environmental science, physical science, environmental or chemical engineering, biology, industrial hygiene, public health, chemistry, geology, or a related field, AND:

1. two years of professional experience in hazardous materials management, industrial hygiene, or toxicology; or,
2. one year as a Hazardous Materials Specialist II with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: A valid California Class C Driver's License and a current OSHA Hazardous Waste Worker Operational Certification are required by time of appointment.

Knowledge of: current practices in fields of engineering, environmental science and public health as they relate to hazardous materials management; water quality, liquid and solid waste management; underground tank technology; industrial hygiene; chemistry and laboratory techniques to identify hazardous materials and epidemiological hazards; State and federal laws (including the Uniform Fire Code, California Health and Safety Code, and associated regulations) applicable to hazardous materials management, hazardous waste storage, pollution prevention, and underground storage tanks; computer and mathematical modeling; emergency response procedures including the Incident Command System; rules of evidence; investigation, regulatory oversight and environmental sampling techniques and standards; industrial processes and remediation techniques; resource recovery techniques; geohydrologic and chemical principles; toxicology; personal protection, risk assessment, and mitigation principles; evidence gathering and prosecutorial practices; principles of incident command and responsibilities of emergency responders and details of providing chemical incident response services.

Ability to: read and interpret: blue prints and engineering drawings and specifications for proper construction of monitoring wells, underground storage tanks, process flow designs for facilities regulated within the CUPA and other related projects; coordinate enforcement and emergency response efforts within this and other agencies; gather evidence, statements from suspects and witnesses, environmental media samples, analytical data and photographs and accurately testify in court as an expert witness; analyze inspection and investigative findings on hazardous materials issues and prepare clear, concise reports and recommendations; perform/review risk assessments based on approved industry and regulatory standards, associated with potential/actual exposures to hazardous substances, to determine if human and/or environmental health has been impacted, and to be able to explain this interpretation to the public, industry and interested parties; rapidly analyze information and make quick and accurate decisions in emergency situations; interpret complex legislative documents; plan and coordinate field investigations and major emergency incidents; evaluate effectiveness of field work and recommend changes in operations; sample and conduct field analysis of solid, liquid, and gaseous materials and interpret results; assess the potential and/or actual risk associated with hazardous conditions, interpret findings and make appropriate recommendations; educate staff and the public on appropriate hazardous material practices; write accurate and concise technical reports; work cooperatively with co-workers and the public and interested parties; organize and prioritize workload; establish and maintain effective working relationships with business representatives, community groups, other agencies, staff, and the public; communicate effectively in oral and written form.


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