CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
invites applications for the position of:
Hazardous Materials Coordinator
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Hourly-$44.95 - $55.19
Biweekly-$3,596.00 - $4,415.00
Monthly-$7,791.33 - $9,565.83
Annually-$93,496.00 - $114,790.00
OPENING DATE: 03/30/21
CLOSING DATE: 04/19/21 05:00 PM
APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:
Performs a variety of field and office duties to implement and maintain a comprehensive hazardous materials control, mitigation and response program; conducts inspections and investigations of facilities and sites where hazardous materials are stored and used; enforces appropriate regulations, codes and laws and acts as liaison with regulatory agencies; monitors results of ongoing activities to determine compliance with federal, state and local hazardous materials regulations; manages the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) program and serves as the City’s representative with state regulatory agencies; performs fire-cause and origin investigation; performs related work as assigned.
This single-position classification involves the enforcement of state and local regulations regarding the storage, use, and mitigation of a wide variety of hazardous materials. Duties include the performance of complex inspections and providing direction in developing and implementing the hazardous materials management programs for private businesses and public agencies. This classification is distinguished from the lower level classification of Inspector by the higher level of expertise and specialized knowledge required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:
The Hazardous Materials Coordinator receives general supervision from the Fire Marshal. Project and technical direction may be provided to professional, technical, administrative, and contract staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks that may be found in positions of this classification.)
- Responds to hazardous material complaints, spills and releases to assess the public health and safety risk and oversee mitigation processes; provides information to City staff, emergency responders, contractors and manages projects mitigating the effects of hazardous materials spills and releases and site remediation.
- Reviews business and risk management prevention plans of proposed and existing hazardous materials handling facilities and provides information and assistance to industries, other agencies and the public on compliance requirements for chemical inventory and emergency preparedness.
- Analyzes industrial processes to identify waste streams, chemicals used, wastes evolved, waste storage and disposal methods; issues Notices of Violation and Correction Notices as required.
- Evaluates and provides recommendations for the mitigation of hazardous conditions resulting from the release of hazardous materials; oversees hazardous waste site remediation from spilled hazardous materials, leaking underground tanks, pipelines and contaminated sites; performs cost recovery for hazardous materials incidents.
- Provides regulatory oversight of sites and facilities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations pertaining to storage, handling and use of hazardous materials; ensures that underground storage tanks are installed, repaired, monitored and modified to meet regulatory compliance.
- Reviews and approves permit applications for the installation, removal or modification of underground storage tanks; conducts on-site inspections as required.
- Manages the state-mandated CUPA program to ensure uniformity and compliance with pertinent regulations.
- Provides expert technical support and advice to the public, agencies and others regarding the storage, handling, use and disposal of chemical and biological agents.
- Acts as the technical expert to command staff and line personnel regarding hazardous materials; serves on the San Luis Obispo County Hazardous Materials Team; and assists the Fire Marshal and staff with special projects.
- In conjunction with the Fire Marshal, reviews land use projects for their hazardous materials generation potential, provides input into land use mitigation processes with other departments.
- Conducts fire investigations to determine cause and origin. Examines and collects physical evidence. Performs fire-scene photography, witness interviews, completes all necessary reports, and testifies in court as an expert witness.
- Monitors and tracks progress of locations and sites where hazardous materials and hazardous waste discharges have occurred.
- Maintains current knowledge of applicable codes, laws, regulations and practices related to the storage and use of hazardous materials; attends code classes, seminars, meetings and training as assigned.
- Prepares and maintains accurate inspection and investigation reports; reviews and approves consultant invoices.
- Develops and maintains record keeping systems, including databases to support CUPA and related programs.
- Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
- Principles and practices of chemistry, biology and/or geology as applied to regulated hazardous materials, hazardous wastes and industrial wastes and water quality.
- Underground tank and pipeline technology.
- Federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances applicable to hazardous materials management, hazardous waste storage and underground storage tanks.
- Procedures associated with hazardous materials clean up and mitigation.
- Environmental sampling and testing techniques.
- Software applications related to GIS system design and maintenance.
- Techniques for explaining technical concepts to non-technical individuals and groups.
- Computer applications related to the work.
- Principles and techniques of conducting analytical studies, evaluating alternatives and making sound recommendations.
- Techniques for effectively communicating with developers, contractors, property and business owners, various public and private groups, the public, and City staff in person and over the telephone.
- Fire behavior, hazardous materials, suppression tactics and strategy.
- Implement and maintain a comprehensive hazardous materials control, mitigation, and response program.
- Evaluate and determine mitigation measures for hazardous materials violations.
- Read, interpret, apply, and explain complex laws, codes, regulations, rules, policies and procedures.
- Work effectively with businesses, property owners, permit applicants, residents, and other City departments to assure timely and effective customer service.
- Conduct and document effective emergency and scheduled inspections relating to hazardous materials storage, disposal, and spills.
- Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
- Perform effective cost recovery for hazardous materials incidents.
- Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within policy and legal guidelines.
- Maintain accurate automated and manual records and files.
- Organize own work, setting priorities, multi-task effectively, and meet critical deadlines.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work, including business and property owners, regulatory agencies, members of the public, and the development community.
- Investigate fires to detect the cause and origin, and ascertain what actions caused it.
- Work in a standard office setting and operate standard office equipment,
- Read printed materials, charts, gauges, and a computer screen.
- Communicate efficiently and effectively in person, over the telephone, and over the radio.
Occasionally respond to major emergency or investigative situations outside of scheduled working hours.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in environmental sciences, industrial hygiene, public health, toxicology or a related field;
Two years of experience in environmental management or enforcement of environmental regulations;
A Hazardous Materials Specialist certification;
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Fire suppression or fire prevention experience may be substituted for the education outlined above on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.
One year of experience in hazardous materials mitigation and compliance is desirable.
POSSESSION AND MAINTENANCE OF:
- A valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.
- ICC certification for Underground Storage Tank Inspection within 6 months of hire.
- ICC certification for Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection within 6 months of hire.
- CA SFT Fire Investigation 1A within 6 months of hire.
- CA SFT Fire Investigation 1B within 12 months of hire.
- CA SFT Fire Investigation 1C within 18 months of hire is desirable.
- A valid California Hazardous Materials Specialist certification is highly desirable.
THIS POSITION WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING BEFORE A FINAL OFFER IS MADE:
- Pre-employment Physical
- Livescan Fingerprinting (DOJ & FBI)
APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT: