Hazardous Materials Specialist I

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Environmental Services
  • Salary: $25.15 - $33.90 Hourly USD

Job Description


Hazardous Materials Specialist I $25.15 - $33.90 Hourly

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.5% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.5% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:
Effective July 2, 2021 - 1.2% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This position is open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply right away.

The recruitment is being conducted to establish an Open Eligible list to fill current and future Hazardous Material Specialist I vacancies within the Health Care Agency, Environmental Health Division. This recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies in this classification as well as vacancies in similar and/or lower level classifications.

The County of Orange, Health Care Agency is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of seven (7) service areas - Finance and Administrative, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Medical Health Services, Office of Care Coordination, Public Health and Strategy and Special Projects is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

The Environmental Health Division is comprised of various programs aimed toward protecting the health and safety of Orange County residents and visitors from harmful conditions in the environment. Staff enforce laws and regulations and emphasize education to assist businesses with providing healthy and safe communities. The Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) and Local Oversight Program (LOP) oversee activities relating to regulatory compliance of hazardous materials and waste management, enforcement or corrective actions, environmental cleanup activities at sites with contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, or hazardous material reporting.


The Hazardous Materials Specialist I is a trainee class for employees who do not possess the necessary experience to qualify as a Hazardous Materials Specialist II. This classification receives on-the-job training in various disciplines including hazardous materials, hazardous waste management, body art, waste tires enforcement, complaint investigation, environmental sampling, and/or leaking underground storage tank cleanup.

Other duties will include, but are not limited to:
  • Performing inspections and complaint investigations at regulated facilities
  • Using specialized protective clothing and equipment when collecting or evaluating hazardous wastes.
  • Preparing comprehensive reports, memos, and oral briefings resulting from investigations and inspections.
  • Providing responsive, high-quality customer service to county employees, representatives from outside agencies, and members of the public by providing accurate, complete, and up-to-date information in a courteous, efficient, and timely manner.

Candidates selected for the position are required to possess a valid California Class C Driver License and use their personal vehicles for conducting inspections and County business. The ideal candidate may also possess certifications in the following areas:
  • Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
The ideal candidate will also possess knowledge and experience in the following competencies:

Specialized Knowledge (CUPA - Hazardous Materials Surveillance)
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental health and safety laws and regulations
  • Ability to concisely write objective and detailed reports for field documentation
  • Knowledge of and physical capability to wear personal protective equipment and tools to collect or evaluate samples/evidence
  • Ability to work with multiple record management platforms to enter and retrieve data, review state forms, and complete reports
  • Proficiently using a variety of computer software such as, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.
Specialized Knowledge (Local Oversight Program/Industrial Cleanup - Hazardous Materials Mitigation)
  • Assists with investigations, remediation, and case closure requirements for leaking Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Maintain electronic and physical copies of cleanup case files
  • Applies basic principles of hydrogeology, chemical fate and transport, toxicology, risk analysis, public health and safety, and assessment and remediation to assist senior staff in providing technical evaluations of reports submitted to the program
  • Basic knowledge of California laws and regulations regarding leaking UST and non-UST contamination, investigation, and remediation
  • Participates in technical meetings with supervisor or senior staff to discuss progress of individual cases
Relationship Building
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationship with peers, supervisors, managers, clients and the public
  • Ability to treat others with respect, sensitivity and fairness
Oral and Written Communication
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, and in writing
  • Ability to listen attentively and understand what is being communicated by subordinate and supervisory staff, the public and managerial staff
  • Ability to review, evaluate and summarize data in writing in terms of trends or general indications of possible problem areas
Planning and Organization
  • Ability to investigate illegal activities associated with hazardous material, hazardous waste, and underground storage tank programs
  • Ability to think logically and organize thoughts and work priorities to accomplish work efficiently and independently

Click here to learn more about the minimum qualifications and physical, mental, and environmental conditions for the Hazardous Materials Specialist I.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified candidates. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Screening | (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those applicants that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Application Appraisal Panel (AAP) | Application Review (Weighted 100%): An Appraisal Panel (AAP) of job knowledge experts will thoroughly screen and evaluate the application and supplemental questionnaire for job knowledge, competencies and related experience described above.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedure listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and "ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update your profile at www.governmentjobs.com .

Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information regarding this recruitment please contact Linny Pham @ (714) 834-7324 or LiPham@ochca.com .

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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