Hazardous Materials Specialist I

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $71,362 - $85,603 Per year CA 300 N San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States Apply before 5/14/2024 5:00


SALARYHazardous Materials Specialist I Salary:

$34.19- $41.02 Hourly

$71,362.81 - $85,603.23 Annually

Hazardous Materials Specialist II Salary:

$39.00 - $46.89 Hourly

$81,399.77 - $97,860.88 Annually

We are accepting applications to fill two (2) full-time Hazardous Materials Specialist I/II positions. One (1) vacancy will be based in Santa Barbara and one (1) vacancy in Santa Maria for the Hazardous Materials Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA).    
We are also accepting applications to establish an employment list for future Full-Time, Part-Time, Extra Help and 1414* vacancies for Hazardous Materials Specialists in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. 
*Civil Service Rule 1414. Appointment to Fill Vacancy During Leave of Absence. 1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.  
Please select the location(s) you would like to be considered for current and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position, pass the required selection steps and are in the area of selection, then your name may be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) where you have expressed that you are willing to work.
BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits. Click on the Benefits Tab above or to view more information.  
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:
  • Retirement reciprocity 
  • Time and service credit towards for an advanced vacation accrual rate 
POSITION: Under general supervision, conducts inspections and investigations in the enforcement of hazardous materials regulations; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:  Hazardous Materials Specialist I/II is a flexibly staffed series within the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), Leaking Underground Fuel Tank (LUFT) and Site Mitigation (SMU) programs.  
Hazardous Materials Specialist I is the entry-level class into the professional Hazardous Materials Specialist series.  Depending on the program, incumbents perform the less complex professional work in the following: inspection, evaluation, and approval of permit applications and regulatory inspections of storage, generation, and treatment facilities; review and comment on reports, direct and inspect the assessment and mitigation activities of contaminated properties; and review and approve work plans associated with contaminated sites. Initially work is performed under close supervision; as incumbents gain technical skills, work is performed more independently.  
Hazardous Materials Specialist II is the journey-level class of the Hazardous Materials Specialist series. Incumbents are responsible for more technical enforcement, site remediation, and consultation with industry. Incumbents may be assigned duties in the CUPA, providing regulatory enforcement within a district; or in the LUFT or SMU programs, providing regulatory oversight to site mitigation and cleanup County wide. Work is performed under general supervision of the program supervisor.
NOTE: Candidates may be appointed at the Hazardous Materials Specialist I or II level, depending on the candidate's qualifications and the needs of the department.
The CUPA regulates businesses and entities that handle hazardous materials, generate, store, or treat hazardous waste, or operate aboveground or underground storage tanks. The primary goal of the CUPA Program is to protect public health and the environment by promoting compliance with applicable laws and regulations. These businesses and entities regulated including but not limited to, automotive repair shops, gas stations, metal plating shops, light machining, petroleum storage facilities, agricultural facilities, dentists, wineries, and refineries. There are approximately 2,300 regulated facilities in Santa Barbara County. to find out more about the services provided by the Hazardous Materials program.
The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess: 
  • Experience working in a CUPA program; 
  • Experience conducting inspections and investigations of hazardous materials; 
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills;  
  • Ability to work well with the public and other government agencies; 
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness, while working independently with minimal supervision; 
  • Initiative and competence in planning and managing their own schedule;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team; 
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written. 
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Examples of Duties

CUPA District Specialist:  Position involves a variety of assignments which requires interpreting and implementing hazardous materials laws and regulations, providing information services to the public, and performing related field and office duties as required.  

  1. Performs inspections of regulated facilities to determine compliance with applicable environmental laws and County ordinances. Conducts investigations, gathers evidence, samples hazardous waste and other suspect materials, and analyzes data to properly assess regulatory compliance.  
  2. Reviews and approves facilities hazardous material business plans to assure completeness of reporting information and appropriate emergency preparedness planning and training.  
  3. Performs inspections of underground storage tanks (UST) and associated ancillary equipment. Performs the review and evaluation of construction plans submitted for new installation, modification and removal of USTs. 
  4. Performs inspections of hazardous waste generator facilities to ensure regulatory compliance in the management of hazardous waste storage and disposal. 
  5. Responds to public complaints related to hazardous materials. 
  6. Assures that all paperwork associated with each CUPA program element is completed in a timely manner, as per policy, and is accurate and representative of conditions identified during the facility inspection. 
  7. Demonstrates a full understanding of applicable policies, procedures, work methods and safety requirements associated with assigned duties. 
  8. Provides a variety of written reports, memos, and correspondences. Documents and maintains records of complaint investigations and inspection activities. 
  9. Performs inspections of above ground storage tanks and associated ancillary equipment. 
  10. Provides Countywide emergency response to hazardous material spills, leaks, and other reported hazardous material emergencies to minimize or prevent general health and/or environmental risk from contamination; identifies hazardous waste, assesses public health/safety risk, takes appropriate measures to mitigate waste hazard, and establishes cleanup procedures; determines probable sources of waste, and contacts appropriate agencies; may be required to oversee remediation efforts to ensure proper cleanup. 

Employment Standards

  1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in environmental science, physical science, environmental, civil or chemical engineering, biology, industrial hygiene, public health, chemistry, geology, or a related field; OR, 
  2. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities. 

NOTE: Applicants who are currently in their final quarter or semester of study leading to the required degree are encouraged to apply. Such applicants may compete in the examination process but may not be considered for appointment until they have attained the required degree. 
  • A valid California Class C Driver's License is required by time of appointment. 
  • As a condition of continued employment, the following are also required: Completion of OSHA-required Hazardous Waste Site Worker Operational Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Certificate is required within the first year of employment and maintain a valid certificate throughout employment; AND 
  • Possession of the ICC California Underground Storage Tank Inspector Certificate is required within 180 days of hire (per Title 23, California Code of Regulations, Division 3, Chapter 16, Article 10, Section 2715) and maintain a valid certificate throughout employment; AND 
  • Complete an aboveground storage tank training program and satisfactorily pass an examination within the first 180 days of employment (per Chapter 6.67 of California Health & Safety Code). 
Knowledge of:  Principles of general chemistry, physics, biology, and geology; standard laboratory techniques, equipment, and terminology; standard sampling techniques; principles and methods of statistical analysis; computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet software, web based databases; and standard English grammar, spelling, and usage.
Ability to:  Learn the properties of hazardous materials and their impact on the surrounding environment and human health; learn the methods and procedures employed in the regulatory oversight of hazardous materials ; learn to identify the adequacy of site assessments and remedial/corrective action plans; learn to conduct and analyze risk assessments; learn to evaluate chemical lists for hazard potential and adequacy of emergency plans; learn the technology, methods, problems and investigative techniques relating to hazardous substances, hazardous waste and underground storage tanks; learn American Society for Testing and Materials standards as well as State and Federal laws and regulations related to the storage, use, and disposal of hazardous substances; learn to respond to emergency incidents and conduct complaint investigations involving spills or other releases of hazardous substances, within the Incident Command System or Department-sanctioned system; learn local and regional industry practices in the management of hazardous substances; establish and maintain effective working relationships with business representatives, community groups, other agencies, staff, and the public; organize and prioritize work; analyze data and draw logical conclusions; operate and care for   equipment; communicate effectively in oral and written form.