Hazardous Materials Specialist II

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Apr 17, 2021
Full Time Environmental Services
  • Salary: $63,232.00 - $85,259.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Environmental Health/ Local Oversight, Industrial Cleanup Programs


Hazardous Materials Specialist II $30.40 - $40.99 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.

This recruitment will establish an Open eligible list. This list will be used to fill current and future Hazardous Materials Specialist II positions within the Health Care Agency (HCA), Environmental Health Division, Local Oversight, and Industrial Cleanup Programs. This recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower 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 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 HCA, 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 and communities with providing healthy and safe communities.

The Local Oversight and Industrial Cleanup programs oversee activities to identify the type and extent of contamination caused by hazardous materials and oversee appropriate corrective actions. In addition, complex fate and transport modeling and human health risk assessments are used to evaluate sites within the Industrial Cleanup program.

The Hazardous Materials Specialist in the Local Oversight and Industrial Cleanup program is responsible for technical and specialized work in the fields of hazardous material and leaking underground storage tank cleanup. The position provides regulatory oversight of environmental cleanup activities at sites with contamination from leaking underground storage tanks and hazardous material release sites. Other duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Reviewing and evaluating technical environmental site assessment work plans and reports, remedial action plans and monitoring reports
  • Communicating technical matters both verbally and in writing to environmental consultants, property owners and other interested parties
  • Determining if documented site contamination presents human or ecological risk based on regulations or guidance pertaining to individual programs
  • Conducting field inspections of environmental cleanup sites
  • Evaluating input criteria and toxicity data in review of complex human health risk assessments (Industrial Cleanup Program)
  • Evaluating soil, ground water, and soil vapor data in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Low Threat Closure Policy (Local Oversight Program).

The ideal candidate for the Local Oversight Program and Industrial Cleanup Program will have experience conducting Phase II environmental investigations and human health risk assessments related to underground storage tanks, dry cleaners or other industrial facilities. The ideal candidate will also have experience working in the field of environmental consulting or regulatory oversight related to compliance with California environmental laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards pertaining to underground releases. Possession of a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Certificate is desirable, but not required.

The ideal candidate will also possess knowledge and experience in the following competencies:

Specialized Knowledge | Technical Expertise

  • Knowledge and understanding of technical principles as well as review and interpretation of human health risk assessment and environmental toxicology
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmentally hazardous substances, and chemical fate and transport in the environment
  • Knowledge in evaluating the vapor intrusion pathway
  • Reviewing complex documents for compliance with state laws and regulations
  • Understanding manufacturing processes and materials which result in hazardous materials or hazardous waste
  • Working effectively with computer hardware and software
  • Analyzing complex risk management plans
  • Assessing risks to human health or the environment
  • Performing environmental sampling and monitoring
  • Experience in conducting inspections and/or investigations related to the release of environmentally hazardous substances
  • Proficient using a variety of computer software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

Relationship Building
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with peers, supervisors, managers, vendors, the public and the other State and local agencies
  • Generating enthusiasm and motivating others to act in support of program objectives

Oral/Written Communication Skills
  • Preparing written inspection reports, technical and enforcement letters, and case summaries
  • Enforcing restrictions and regulations varying in difficulty and complexity
  • Collaborating with stakeholders of various backgrounds, organizations and levels
  • Communicating effectively, persuasively and tactfully both in person and in writing
Upon hiring or transfer to this classification, incumbent must possess or complete the following certifications within 180 days of hire:

  • 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course

Please click here for the minimum qualifications for Hazardous Materials Specialist II as well as the physical, mental and environmental conditions.

Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all application materials for minimum and desirable qualifications. After screening, applicants who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications will be referred to the next step in the recruitment process.

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.

Structured Oral Interview (Oral Exam) | (Weighted 100%): Applicants will be interviewed and rated by job knowledge experts. Each applicant's rating will be based on responses to a series of structured questions designed to elicit the applicant's qualifications for the job. Only the most successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures 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.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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