• 501 Poli Street, Ventura, California
  • Jan 18, 2023
Full Time Environmental Services
  • Salary: $72,717.63 - $88,388.98 Annually USD

Job Description


The City of Ventura is continuing to accept applications for Hazardous Materials Specialist!

The City of Ventura Fire Department has an immediate vacancy for the position of Hazardous Materials Specialist. The Ventura City Fire Department is a Participating Agency (PA) with Ventura County Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application and supplemental questions promptly. This is an exciting time to join the Fire Prevention Division team and start a rewarding career.

The Hazardous Materials Specialist works under general supervision and is responsible for performing technical and specialized inspections and investigative work in the area of hazardous materials control and fire prevention. The position is responsible for reviewing and approving hazardous materials, fire protection, and other plans and specifications. The Hazardous Materials Specialist is also responsible for conducting hazardous materials and fire prevention inspections. This is a civilian, non-safety position.

This is an advanced journey level classification. The Hazardous Materials Specialist is expected to perform advanced journey level inspection work. Provides technical expertise on hazardous materials to Fire Department staff. Advancement to this classification is not flexibly staffed. Acts as functional lead to other inspectors.

The ideal candidate will have experience with hazardous materials and fire code enforcement, the ability to professionally communicate and utilize various software programs and technology to deliver effective service, and will possess applicable ICC Certifications (or be able to quickly obtain the required certifications as indicated).


Ventura Fire Department

The Ventura Fire Department provides all-hazards emergency response out of six fire stations that serve an area of approximately 32 square miles. The Department is staffed with 75 sworn and 11 non-sworn personnel in three Divisions: Administration, Operations, and Fire Prevention. Last year, the Fire Department responded to over 17,800 fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and rescue calls. The department takes pride in its team-oriented working environment, and genuine commitment to serve the community.

To learn more about the Ventura Fire Department, visit: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/177/Fire-Department .


City of Ventura

The City of Ventura is located just north of Los Angeles County and south of Santa Barbara County and is frequently considered one of America's most desirable places to live. The City is a full-service municipality that was founded in 1782, incorporated in 1866, and serves nearly 110,000 residents within its 32 square miles. With nearly 700 employees, the City is dedicated to delivering key services to our businesses, residents, and visitors to ensure Ventura remains a fiscally stable, economically vibrant, safe, clean, and desirable community.

Locals and visitors enjoy Ventura's impressive park system that includes 32 parks and historic sites, and more than 800 acres of open green space. The City offers a remarkable year-round climate, friendly people, and a spectacular coastline. Ventura is an exciting location for a variety of outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing, surfing, whale watching and windsurfing. Other activities include the Channel Islands National Park, championship golf, world-class shopping, wine tours, and more. Learn more about the City of Ventura at www.CityofVentura.ca.gov


The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits! Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for more information.

This recruitment is open until filled. The first review of application is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 5:30 pm. Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed weekly. Applications meeting minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the Department for consideration.

To be considered for this career opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire. For initial consideration, please submit your application and supplemental questionnaire by the first review date. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City's Career Page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs or by selecting here Hazardous Materials Specialist .

If you have questions about the recruitment process please contact Human Resources at recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov .


A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to 1) Graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry or a closely related field and two years of experience performing hazardous materials or fire prevention enforcement duties, including responsibility for plan checking and field inspection of hazardous materials facilities or 2) Graduation from college with an associates' degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry or closely related field and five years' experience performing hazardous materials or fire prevention enforcement duties, including responsibility for plan checking and field inspection of hazardous materials facilities.

License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License and an acceptable driving record is required.

Certificates: Certificate of completion of PC 832 is highly desirable prior to appointment and required within one year of appointment. Possession of, or the ability to obtain within 180 days of appointment, a valid California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector Certificate as required in the California Code of Regulations section 2715(j). Within 180 days of appointment, incumbents must complete and pass an aboveground storage tank training program and pass an approved Unified Program Agency examination as required by the California Health and Safety Code section 25270.5.

Desirable: Plans Examiner certification from the International Code Council; a University of California Hazardous Materials Management certificate; International Code Council Fire Inspector certification or; California State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector I courses and certification.


Submit an online City job application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline or first review date at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs . It is important that your City job application show all the relevant education, training, and experience you possess. Resumes, CVs and cover letters may be attached to your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a completed job application or supplemental questionnaire. Submitting an incomplete application or supplemental questionnaire, may disqualify you from further consideration in the recruitment process.

Application Filing Deadline :

Applications and supplemental questions will be accepted on a continuous basis. The first review of applications will take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 5:30 pm. For initial consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply before this date. Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed weekly. Applications meeting minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the Department for consideration. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date.

Department Selection Interview :

A select number of candidates will be invited to a panel interview process that will be scheduled once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received for this position. Selected candidates will be notified of specifics at any time after the first review date. Please note, given the current COVID-19 situation, initial panel interviews may be conducted via video teleconference. Selected applicants will be notified of specifics at the appropriate time.

The department selection interviews will be scheduled promptly after the panel interview process is completed.

The Eligibility List established for this classification may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov .


The City of Ventura values human rights, goodwill, respect, inclusivity, equality, and recognizes that the City derives its strength from a rich diversity of thoughts, ideas, and contributions. As leaders in public service, we aspire to be an employer of choice by promoting an organizational culture that reflects these core values. We seek to attract, develop, and retain a talented and dedicated workforce where people of diverse races, genders, religions, cultures, political affiliations and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers our employees to provide the highest level of service to our community of residents and businesses; they're counting on us.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create an environment that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our workforce. We welcome you to join our team!

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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