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Hazardous Materials Supervisor

Salary: $32.72-$39.94 hourly / $5,690-$6,947 monthly / Range: 6326

DEFINITION: Under direction, plans, organizes and directs the activities in a major hazardous management/waste unit; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the first full supervisory level in the Hazardous Materials Specialist series. Incumbents supervise the daily operations of a unit of staff responsible for such programs as hazardous waste generators, underground storage tanks and business plans.

This class is distinguished from that of Hazardous Materials Program Manager in that the latter is responsible for the overall planning and administration of the division.


1. Plans, directs, assigns and evaluates the work of subordinate professional and support staff; accompanies staff in field inspections to ensure uniformity and completeness; prepares and conducts training sessions for staff.
2. Develops, interprets and implements policies, regulations, procedures and programs for the work unit; reviews legislation and evaluates impact of State policies and procedures on local programs; identifies operational problems or inefficiencies and recommends corrective action.
3. Performs the more complex or sensitive investigations or studies involving emergency hazardous material control laws, regulations, and technologies; directs major monitoring and surveillance activities and initiates prosecution actions with the District Attorney.
4. Represents the division in responding to media inquires; gives public speeches to educate hazardous material handlers and the public in the proper management of hazardous materials.
5. Prepares project reports for management and governmental agencies; prepares records, statistics and correspondence.


1. Three years of professional experience in hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene, toxicology or epidemiology; or,
2. one year as a Hazardous Materials Specialist, Senior with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Thorough knowledge of: 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; state and federal laws and regulations relating to hazardous materials management, infections waste and underground storage tanks; chemical and laboratory techniques to identify hazardous materials and epidemiological hazards.

General knowledge of: principles and practices of personnel management, supervision and training; program development, management and evaluation.

Ability to: 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 hazardous risk situation, interpret findings and make appropriator recommendations; educate staff and the public on appropriate hazardous material practices; write technical reports; supervise and train subordinates; handle difficult public contact situations and negotiate compliance points; deal effectively with industry, community groups and agencies to gain cooperation in environmental management; analyze inspection and investigation findings.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at time of appointment.

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