Hazardous Materials Inspector II

  • City of San José
  • San Jose, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Public Safety Non-Management
  • Salary: 90,043.20 USD
  • Salary Top: 109,408.00
  • Apply By: Dec 31, 2021


The San José Fire Department's (SJFD) core mission is to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response.  SJFD is a high-volume, high-performance, all-risk Fire Department that protects approximately 200 square miles including, residential, commercial, high-rise, wildland interface areas, and several high-hazard occupancies.  For additional information visit sjfd.org.

Job Description

The San José Fire Department is recruiting to fill three Hazardous Materials Inspector II positions in the Bureau of Fire Prevention Division. The Hazardous Materials Inspector II’s may be assigned to Hazardous Materials Development Services group to perform plan reviews and inspections, or to Hazardous Materials Code Enforcement group to conduct detailed field inspections at facilities storing, handling, or using hazardous materials including highly hazardous materials unique to Silicon Valley. Both group activities do cross over, as required for back up and special demands and for cross training, as needed.

The Hazardous Materials II inspector inspects, reviews, and enforces commercial and industrial facilities for compliance with the San Jose Fire Code, California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) regulations, CSFM adopted sections of the California Building Code Series, San Jose Hazardous Materials Storage Permit Ordinance, S and applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) nationally recognized standards.

Duties for this position include, but may not be limited to:

  • Providing technical assistance to facilities, consultants, architects, engineers, contractors, department officers/staff and the Fire Marshal on the application and/or interpretation of fire safety codes/regulations and on resolution of fire safety and hazardous materials issues identified in the design, construction or operations of buildings and integrated systems;
  • Reviewing and analyze hazardous materials inventory statements for chemical classification;
  • Reviewing and analyze hazardous materials business plans, construction documents, monitoring and treatment system plans for compliance with codes and regulations;
  • Inspect commercial and industrial facilities and construction sites including reviewing facility maintenance records and document finding in inspections reports.
  • Conducting enforcement as necessary including preparing citations and other administrative orders, conducting compliance meetings,
  • Preparing enforcement cases for the City Attorney and District Attorney including the preparation of analytical data, reports, assisting in interpreting laws and regulations and providing court testimony, as required;
  • Responding to complaint investigations for alleged violations of the aforementioned codes and standards.
  • Assisting outside agencies and other City Departments including, Code Enforcement, Building Department, Planning Department, Public Works, and Environmental Services-Wastewater Pretreatment.
  • Conduct public record request record searches.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this department. This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this department. The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience.  In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Hazardous Materials II classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay. 

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

1.  Education:  A Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, or a closely related field, including 18 semester units or 24 quarter units of Chemistry.

2.   Experience:  Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in industrial or hazardous materials inspection or permit issuance, enforcement, and explanation of laws, ordinances, and codes, one year of which must be at the level of a Hazardous Materials Inspector I with the City of San José.

3.  Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's License is required.

4.  Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Special Instructions

Please mention you found this employment opportunity on the CareersInGovernment.com job board.

Additional Information

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Courtney Phommachack at Courtney.phommachack@sanjoseca.gov.

-Link to Benefits Page

-Link to Department Website

-California Equal Pay Act

-This classification requires a Pre- Employment Physical Respiratory Exam.

This position is Open Until Filled. We will review the first batch of applications submitted by 1/25/2021. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks. Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, please complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.

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