Hazardous Waste Specialist

University of Oregon
Safety & Risk Services - Environmental Health & Safety

Job no: 528232
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Operations/Infrastructure, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Safety & Risk Services - Environmental Health & Safety
Classification: Environ Health Safety Pro 2
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $21.40 - $32.71 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Posting closes October 29th, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a complete application, including an online application, a cover letter, and resume at https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/528232/hazardous-waste-specialist.

Department Summary
Safety and Risk Services’ (SRS) mission is to collaborate with all campus constituents (students, staff, faculty and visitors) and the surrounding community, to safeguard life and health and mitigate threats to the university’s core mission of academic excellence, research, and public service. Safety and Risk Services comprises Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Geographic Information Systems, Risk Management and the University of Oregon Police Department. SRS fulfills its mission by providing a variety of professional services, technical assistance, trainings, and regulatory oversight.

Position Summary
This Environmental Health & Safety program specialist appropriately disposes of hazardous, universal, and biohazardous wastes generated by the university. The position minimizes the hazard of regulated waste through prompt and efficient processing and record keeping, and trains university waste generators on required disposal practices.

Hazardous Waste - Assist with implementation, review, revision, and maintenance of university policies and procedures regarding hazardous waste collection, disposal, and regulatory compliance. Promote campus wide compliance with regulatory requirements through regulatory interpretation, operational assessments, consultation, and training with affected departments and personnel. Interface with and respond to regulatory agency personnel during inspections and site visits. Collect, transport, characterize, bulk, and label waste for storage in the 90-day storage area. Schedule and coordinate waste shipments with hazardous waste vendor. Record waste collection data into hazardous waste database. Prepare and/or sign hazardous waste manifests. Review and reconcile invoices. Inventory and purchase waste containers. Monitor satellite waste accumulation areas for compliance with EPA and OSHA regulations. Assist in laboratory/shop clean-outs to include the segregation of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, reusable products, and non-chemical supplies.

Hazardous Materials Management - Assist the Facility Manager with management of the Chemical Reuse Facility storage area. Select discarded chemicals appropriate for campus reuse, and provide for appropriate labeling, storage, and up-to-date materials inventory. Regularly evaluate materials for disposal per EHS protocol and/or at the discretion of the Facility Manager. Provide assistance to the Chemical Safety program with user consultation and training on shipping dangerous goods.

Incident Response - position provides essential services to university operations, both routine and emergency. Must be available for 24-hour call-back response to incidents involving hazardous materials, or other incidents as necessary.

Special Requirements
• This position requires the 40-hour HAZWOPER training, or will successfully acquire training within 6 months of hire.
• This position will require a valid driver’s license and the ability to obtain UO Driver's Certification

Work Schedule
This position provides essential services to university operations, both routine and emergency and must be available for 24-hour call-back response to incidents involving hazardous materials, or other incidents as necessary.

Minimum Requirements
• A Bachelor's degree with primary focus (45 quarter hours or 32 semester hours) in the physical sciences; AND
• Two years of related professional experience in environmental, health, or safety; OR
• A satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or professional certifications.

Graduate level courses in the subject areas may be substituted, on a credit-hour basis, for a portion of the required experience.
Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses.

Professional Competencies
• Good written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to operate specialty equipment, including analytical and bulk material handling apparatus.
• Database computer skills necessary to accurately enter and maintain critical information.

Preferred Qualifications
• Preference may be given to applicants who have completed graduate-level courses or have additional experience in waste management, industrial hygiene, occupational health, public health, or environmental compliance programs.

FLSA Exempt: No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union. 

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.