Environmental Health Specialist & Sustainability Coordinator

Boise, ID
Admin – Occupational and Environmental Safety
Full Time

Requisition Number: 160593

Position Overview

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the position of Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental Compliance. This position will help establish Boise State University as a Green Campus by developing and promoting sustainability initiatives and educating faculty, staff and students. In addition, the Sustainability Coordinator and Environmental Compliance will manage the water quality programs and permits, support environmental health and occupational safety on campus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development and execution of sustainability program planning across campus.
  • Actively participates in project identification and prioritization, grant writing, promoting student involvement and tracking of project execution and progress.
  • Educates faculty, staff, students and visitors as to campus sustainability initiatives regarding energy and water efficiency, renewable energy, smaller carbon footprint, waste reduction and global citizenship.
  • Promotes working and living green in all aspects of campus life.
  • Recommends and implements approaches and metrics to ensure the sustainability program is progressing towards goals.
  • Oversees execution of various sustainability projects and programs being implemented by other campus departments and leads development and implementation of a long-term strategic plan for sustainability.
  • Collaborates with various campus departments and the community to grow sustainable options and pool resources to achieve goals.
  • Manage the University’s water quality management programs for the campus.
  • Along with Facilities Operations and Maintenance and other University departments, work to ensure compliance with the provisions of regulations and permits pertaining to water quality and water discharges, such as the Environmental Protection Agency stormwater discharge permit and the Boise City wastewater discharge permits. Requires good knowledge of federal, state and local regulations pertaining to water quality management.
  • Act as the liaison with federal, state, local and other parties for the University in management of water pollution problems such as the perchloroethylene plume in the groundwater beneath the campus.
  • Research and advise the University Administration on environmental issues to foster informed decision-making.
  • With appropriate internal review and consultation; and coordination with supervisors and legal counsel; develop, implement, and maintain water quality pollution prevention plans required of the University by federal, state and local regulations, such as the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure plan.
  • Respond to and investigate incidents of pollutant releases.
  • Ensure compliance with the provisions of regulations and permits pertaining to water quality and water discharges from research laboratories, such as Boise City wastewater discharge permit for research laboratories in the College of Engineering.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Represent EHSS and the University on internal and external committees with regard to the aforementioned programs.

Skills:Minimum Qualification (Including Certificates and Licenses)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environment Health and Safety, Environmental Science, Occupational Safety, or closely related field.
  • Two years’ experience including the following:
    • Knowledge of applicable environmental, health, water quality, air quality, and occupational safety and health standards, and technical information/data sources.
    • Computer Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Work in a cooperative and professional manner and communicate effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
    • Write technical reports in language understandable to university employees and students; deal effectively with all members of university community; and communicate effectively.
    • Understanding of, and experience with, methods, practices, and procedures associated with campus sustainability. The ability to analyze, recommend, develop, and promote campus sustainability initiatives.
  • Good oral presentation skills
  • The nature of the position and department necessitates that the candidate have good multitasking capabilities. The ability to switch tasks and leave projects undone for periods of time is required.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license; be willing to participate in a medical surveillance program; pass a security review, and be able to respond to emergency situations at all hours.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Professional license or certification
    • Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and Certified Laser Safety Officer (LSO)

Please upload a cover letter and resume along with your application. Applications must be received by April 24, 2017.


Boise State University
Boise State University is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, and members of other underrepresented groups. EOE/AA Institution. Veterans preference may be applicable.