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Environmental Specialist

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City Of Elk Grove Elk Grove , CA 95759

Posted 2 months ago

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The City of Elk Grove is seeking an experienced professional to support waste operations and to facilitate compliance with various environmental health and safety regulations.

This position will provide support to the Special Waste Collection Center (SWCC), which is the City's permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facility. This individual will be responsible for evaluating site conditions/operations, making recommendations, ensuring regulatory compliance, completing annual reporting requirements, and implementing policies and procedures.

This position requires a strong working knowledge of Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations (RCRA); California Waste Regulations (Title 22); California DTSC requirements; and HHW collection, storage, packaging, and transportation operations. In addition to waste regulations the candidate must have a strong knowledge of Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations (DOT) and a strong health and safety focus (OSHA). The individual must possess or have the ability to retain HAZWOPER Certification.

The City of Elk Grove is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and professionalism.


Under direction from the Integrated Waste Manager, performs specialized work including the oversight of the City's contract for the safe and effective collection, processing, recycling, and management of typical household hazardous, universal, designated, and/or special waste at the City's Special Waste Collection Center (SWCC); performs a variety of administrative and technical tasks in support of assigned area of responsibility.

Representative Duties:The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Provide oversight of the contract with the Facility Operations Contractor for the City's SWCC, which includes overseeing the day-to-day operations.

  • Develop performance standards for the Facility Operations Contractor and the various transportation contractors and oversee their performance, including but not limited to the acceptance, processing, management and disposal of hazardous materials delivered by the SWCC.

  • Provide technical assistance to staff in the development, implementation, and management of hazardous materials management program.

  • Oversee and ensure compliance with each permit.

  • Review, make recommendations and approve any necessary changes to the SWCC Operations Manual, Hazardous Materials Management Plan, Injury Illness and Prevention Plan, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan, and all other guidance documents required for the operations of the SWCC.

  • Identify, prepare and submit grant applications related to the SWCC or any type of hazardous/special waste and, if awarded, oversee the grant and prepare grant progress reports.

  • Manage request for proposals for division services, which includes soliciting suppliers, reviewing proposals, and making selection recommendation.

  • Ensure that scheduled inspection of hazardous waste generators and annual reporting are completed timely.

  • Monitor and approve hazardous waste manifests.

  • Prepare and submit required reports and data to various agencies; keep detailed records of all waste accepted and where it was ultimately disposed or destroyed.

  • Research techniques and procedures related to utilizing proper packaging, storage and shipping methods, controlling emissions, and the implementing of controls to prevent accidental releases and exposures and planning for and responding to emergencies and incidents that may occur.

  • Create, implement, and manage new programs at the SWCC as conditions change and new sources are found to reuse or recycle various waste streams.

  • Ensure compliance with all hazardous waste regulations and stay informed of changes in regulations.

  • Oversee responsibilities of the fee collection procedures and ensure that correct amounts are being charged when conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) businesses arrive at the facility and are required to pay a fee for using the facility.

  • Oversee MOU's with other jurisdictions; track usage by non-Elk Grove residents and prepare monthly invoices as necessary; review and verify data on invoices received from partner jurisdictions.

  • Maintain adherence to and assist the Integrated Waste Manager in setting the annual budget for the SWCC; track budget expenditures of the Facility Operations Contractor, which includes monitoring the usage of supplies, ordering new supplies as needed, reviewing and approving all invoices.

  • Educate City employees, residents, and businesses about identification and management of hazardous materials; develop and distribute educational materials, prepare lectures and public presentations, and provide information and assistance to residents and businesses to increase participation and coordinate special disposal projects.

  • Provide training on identification and handling of hazardous materials to Integrated Waste Division staff; ensure that Division staff has the proper personal protection equipment, safety equipment and tools needed to effectively manage hazardous materials, and hazardous material exposure.

  • Manage all hazardous waste generated by the City of Elk Grove and abandoned hazardous or unknown materials found within the City limits, and ensure the proper disposal of these wastes.

  • Analyze reports and studies; prepare business correspondence.

  • Oversee the use of City-owned property at the SWCC and maintain an inventory record of City-owned property.

  • Stay informed of current developments, trends, and practices in the field of hazardous waste facility management.

  • Respond to sensitive complaints, concerns, and questions from the public.

  • Performs related duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services, and activities of an integrated waste management program including solid waste reduction, recycling, composting techniques and public education activities.

  • Hazardous material, industrial hygiene, transportation, and disposal practices.

  • Chemical components and properties of common household products, and their effect on the environment.

  • Chemical and physical properties of materials.

  • Methods and procedures used in inspecting, identifying, and correcting hazardous conditions associated with hazardous materials or wastes.

  • Asbestos, lead or lead-based paint survey procedures and asbestos and lead abatement design practices and procedures.

  • Principles and practices of emergency preparedness.

  • California and Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations; HHW Title 22 and OSHA hazardous waste worker regulations.

  • Federal and state standards, acts, and regulations regarding recycling programs and hazardous materials.

  • Local environmental, political, and planning issues of concern to solid waste disposal.

  • Review and interpret the impact of legislative changes.

  • General understanding of Wasteto-Energy technology and green movement.

  • Recognize problems and develop recommendations for complex environmental management problems and oversee corrections.

  • Community based strategies for climate resilience and energy efficiencies.

  • Strategies for greenhouse gas reductions.

  • Source reduction and recycling methods and practices related to the environment, the economy. Municipal, commercial, and industrial waste reduction and recycling programs.

  • Principles and practices of project management.

  • Organization and management techniques.

  • Advertising and promotion approaches including public relations, personal sensitivity and ability to gain compliance.

  • Methods and techniques used in customer service and public relations.

  • Principles and procedures of record keeping.

  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.

  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Ability to:

  • Coordinate a variety of integrated waste management functions related to solid waste reduction, recycling, composting, and public education activities.

  • Complete OSHA required training programs and maintain all required certifications.

  • Speak effectively in public and represent the City on recycling and energy conservation issues.

  • Identify and respond to community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.

  • Collect and interpret information and data.

  • Prepare clear and concise statistical and narrative reports.

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and be sensitive to changing priorities and deadlines.

  • Lead professional and technical personnel on a team or project.

  • Provide technical advice to subordinate personnel in solving difficult problems or assignments.

  • Effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the unit.

  • Analyze and use information to make sound decisions and recommendations.

  • Work cooperatively with other departments, City officials, and outside agencies.

  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

  • Provide project management, budget, and project schedules to meet changing priorities and deadlines

  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in chemistry, physical sciences, environmental engineering, or related field.


Four (4) years of experience developing and promoting recycling or Household Hazardous waste resource recovery programs or other comparable environmental or Solid Waste Management programs.

Substitution of Education:

An additional one (1) year of paid full time experience in developing and promoting recycling or Household Hazardous waste resource recovery programs or other comparable environmental or Solid Waste Management programs, may substitute for the required education.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain in the first year of employment, the following certificates:

  • Certified OSHA Hazardous Site Worker (HAZWOPER)

  • Certified OSHA Hazardous Site Supervisor

  • Forklift certification within six months of start date of employment

  • Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) is desirable.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office located at the Special Waste Collection Center, with occasional travel from the SWCC to City offices. Exposure to inclement weather conditions, noise, and chemical odors is likely.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a facility that stores and handles materials, which may require standing or sitting for prolonged periods; occasionally stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, and twisting; lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling moderate to heavy amounts of weight, and/or frequently lifting and moving up to 10 pounds, and/or occasionally lifting and moving up to 50 pounds, and operating motorized equipment such as a forklift or vehicle; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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