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Senior Hazardous Materials Technician (7142C), Environment, Health & Safety 25481
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2021
Title Senior Hazardous Materials Technician (7142C), Environment, Health & Safety 25481
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation
    Public Safety

Senior Hazardous Materials Technician (7142C), Environment, Health & Safety 25481

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 28, 2021


Hazardous Waste Management

Main Campus responsibility, including College of Chemistry: includes Solvent, Chemically Contaminated Lab Debris, and general Campus collection
  • Coordinate the collection and transportation of hazardous waste generated by the College of Chemistry, campus, and off-campus facilities to the central waste processing facility, the Hazardous Materials Facility (HMF).
  • Following established technical and safety guidelines, collect wastes from individual laboratories; ensure accuracy and quality assurance; verify proper packaging, marking and chemical compatibility; complete associated paperwork and data entry for record keeping; manage required supplies and equipment.
  • Interface with lab contacts, resolve discrepancies and provide limited on the spot client training or guidance as needed.
  • Using box trucks and utility vehicles, transport packaged materials to the campus HMF including the loading and unloading of materials.

Radioactive Waste Pickup and Processing:
  • Coordination, collection and transportation of radioactive waste and materials to the HMF from campus labs, following established procedures and regulations.
  • Handling, packaging, and QA of radioactive waste in storage at the HMF
  • Perform routine radiation surveys vehicles, waste collection sites, and the HMF as required under the Waste management radiation use authorization (RUA)
  • Assist in the management of the Decayed waste program.
  • Prepare waste for shipment off site for processing and disposal. Performance of pre and post shipment radiation surveys.
  • Update and keep current, the rad safety database for rad waste received (RSIS)
  • General housekeeping of the HMF rad storage area.

Biohazardous Waste processing
  • Pick up and coordinate shipment of biohazardous waste from labs and central accumulation rooms.
  • Routine Chemical Waste Processing:
  • Following established technical guidelines, verify contents, sort, weigh, label and store according to chemical compatibility and hazard class.
  • Package and prepare hazardous waste for shipping according to Department of Transportation requirements (may include preparing Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests).
  • Consolidate hazardous waste liquids and solids using appropriate PPE, including a full-face air purifying respirator. Operate a hydraulic compactor for consolidation of debris.
  • Coordinate transportation and disposal of hazardous waste to permitted Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDF).
  • Support responses to any spills incidental to waste collection processes.
  • Support waste minimization efforts
  • Drives university vehicles to fulfill job requirements. Must maintain a valid driver's license.

Manage Supplies
  • Manage an inventory of current supplies and order new supplies when necessary to maintain hazardous waste operations. Supplies include: drums, containers, labels, personal protective equipment, tape, marking pens, uniform hazardous waste manifests, packing materials, tubs, etc.
  • Research new equipment and vendors, coordinate service of damaged equipment, review invoices, and maintain other facility supplies.

Decontamination Services
  • Decontaminate labs and equipment that are scheduled and routine. Remove associated chemical inventory and process as hazardous waste.

Dedicated Urgent Response Team
  • Provide technical support to the EH&S Dedicated Urgent Response Team (DURT) Program by serving as a Designated Responder as needed during business hours. Must be accessible via telephone and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill).
  • Provide technical support to the DURT Program by serving as an Off-hours Responder on rotation with other responders. It is currently every 4th week, but is variable depending on staffing levels. Must be accessible via telephone and readily available to respond to on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) around the clock during assigned periods. This is an unrestricted on-call position.
  • Must maintain the ability to effectively respond, and be within 50 miles or one hour of the campus.
  • To serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the Urgent Response Program as outlined in the EH&S DURT Program Guidelines. These include occupational and physical qualifications. Medical evaluation is required initially, and every 2 years.

Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to:
  • Perform routine maintenance activities at the material/waste processing facility.
  • Maintain facilities and equipment in safe operating condition.
  • Perform other duties, similar to above listed duties, when requested.

At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release. Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.

Required Qualifications
  • Familiarity with hazardous waste management requirements, including federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to proper handling, packaging, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste (see Governing Laws, Regulations, Policies and Procedures below).
  • Knowledge of equipment, technologies, and systems utilized in hazardous waste management.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with diverse audiences in English.
  • Proficiency in using PC-based computers and related email, data entry, and associated software.
  • Ability lift, carry, push, and pull 40 pounds routinely (5 gallon drum) and move items exceeding 100 pounds (e.g. 55 gallon drums on cart). See Physical/Environmental/Mental Demands Form.
  • Ability to interact in a positive and team-oriented manner with a variety of co-workers and clients, maintaining a positive attitude and professional demeanor at all times
  • Valid CA Driver's License with initial and periodic review of DMV driving record.

Governing Laws, Regulations, Policies and Procedures:
  • Incumbent's responsibilities are guided by federal, state and local laws and regulations, which include (but are not limited to): Hazardous Waste Management Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Specific requirements for UC Berkeley are outlined in UC Berkeley's hazardous waste management policies and procedures, as approved by Department of Toxic Substances Control.


Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and two years of experience in an environmental health and safety program, or two years of college including appropriate science courses and one year of experience in an environmental health and safety program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a non-exempt, biweekly paid appointment. Hourly pay is commensurate with experience within the range of $27.01-$32.49 per hour.

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How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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