Job Title: Environmental Specialist III
Opening Date/Time:   Tue. 10/31/17 12:00 AM Mountain Time
Closing Date/Time:   Tue. 11/14/17 5:00 PM Mountain Time
Salary: $19.92 – $22.90 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Solid Waste Management Campus – 3071 Highway 50, Grand Junction, Colorado
Department: Operations


Position takes a lead role in facilitating the daily operations and operational tasks of the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection (HWC) Facility.  Facilitates the Materials Reuse Program and the Materials Recycling Program, as well as assisting with the management of the Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) Waste Collection Program.    Assumes management responsibility for the HWC Facility and staff when the Hazardous Materials Manager (HMM) is absent.  Assorted duties include:  collecting, handling, processing, segregating, and packing hazardous waste materials received from the public and CESQG’s; lifting, weighing, and packaging electronic waste; loading properly packaged and labeled hazardous materials and electronic waste onto trucks for transportation to offsite disposal/recycling facilities; interacting with the general public while collecting household hazardous waste, performing all register duties, answering the telephone and checking and returning phone messages as necessary. Provides assistance to the HMM with other related hazardous waste issues.
 Essential Duties:
(The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

Hazardous Waste Collection Facility Duties

Provides customer service at the facility; includes providing information to the public regarding proper waste disposal, setting disposal appointments for CESQGs, and answering and returning telephone calls.

Assists the HMM with managing the day to day operations of the HWC Facility; includes overseeing staff, processing hazardous waste brought to the facility by program participants, working the cash register, performing closing register duties and deposits.

Screens and accepts appropriate hazardous wastes received for disposal at the HWC Facility.

Assists with CESQG waste disposal requests and appointments.  Reviews safety data sheets, determines if waste can be accepted, and investigates CESQG status as necessary.

Properly identifies, classifies, inventories, and stores household and CESQG hazardous wastes.  Safely segregates and/or consolidates hazardous materials based on chemical compatibility for storage, disposal and recycling.

Packages or bulks hazardous materials for disposal or recycle according to applicable Department of Transportation requirements.

Bulks latex paint, oil based paint, and flammable liquids manually into 55 gallon drums.

Bulks latex and oil based paints into 55 gallon drums through the use of commercial can crushers.

Processes fluorescent light bulbs utilizing a bulb crusher.

Perform unknown chemical testing using the HazCat chemical identification kit to properly classify, segregate and store unknown chemicals according to their hazard class.

Facilitates the Materials Reuse Program, maintains the reuse shelves, and provides information to the public regarding waste reduction.

Facilitates the public recycling bins in the HWC Facility recycling lot.  Trains staff on overseeing the bins during hours of operation and informs the HMM which bins need to be schedule for weekly transport.

Assists with the recycled latex paint program to include but not limited to processing activities, tracking, and customer sales.

Assist the HMM to ensure proper sorting and packaging of hazardous waste and coordinates and prepares for Hazardous Waste Shipments.

Assume management responsibility for the HWC Facility and assigned staff when the HMM is absent or unavailable.

Assist HMM with training new facility staff.

Assist the HMM/Regulatory Compliance Manager with the Industrial and Special Waste program through the Mesa County Landfill.

Assists the HMM with internal monthly reporting.  Updates/manages excel spreadsheets tracking HWC Facility participation, materials reuse, CESQG programs, and other hazardous waste items that enter the facility.

Performs weekly HWC Facility inspections to ensure safe operations and compliance with regulations and facility operation/safety plans.

Maintains good housekeeping practices in the maintenance of the HWC Facility.  Cleans facility and grounds as needed.

Performs facility-closing procedures as necessary.

Inventories and requisitions HWC Facility supplies and informs the HMM of needed supplies.

Works with the Jail Inmate Work Crew to perform a variety of taskes around the HWC Facility such as assistance with the e-waste program and site upkeep.

Assists the HMM with coordinating, working, and overseeing one-day collection events throughout Mesa County.

Cleans up spills according to the Health and Safety procedures.

Assists with developing and implementing new operational procedures.

E-Waste Collection Program Duties

Screens and collects electronic waste from Mesa County residents and businesses.  Provides information to the public regarding electronic waste disposal options, policies and procedures of the Mesa County Landfill.   Other duties include weighing the electronic waste and working as a cashier when receiving payment from a program participant.

Assists with the e-waste program to ensure proper sorting and packaging of e-waste and associated duties.

Works with the Jail Inmate Work Crew to stack televisions, computer monitors, and packaging e-waste as necessary.

Other Related Job Duties: 

Assist with or performs public tours of the HWC Facility.

Safely operates forklift/skid loader to move pallets of e-waste and other materials on-site.

Oral and written communications must be clear and effective.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

 Minimum Requirements:
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in hazardous waste management, environmental science, health science or related field and two (2) years of related experience.  Or

Any combination of education, training, and two (2) years experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.

Skills:  Proficient with Microsoft Office

Licenses and Certifications:

OSHA 40?hour HAZWOPER certification preferred
DOT Security Awareness Training (can be obtained after hire)
DOT Shipper Training (can be obtained after hire)
HazCat chemical identification certification (can be obtained after hire)
CPR and First Aid certifications (can be obtained after hire)

 Supplemental Information:

This position may require use of a respirator or supplied air while processing hazardous materials.

This position requires standing, stooping, sitting, bending, twisting, and lifting up to 80 pounds.

The employee is frequently exposed to dirt, smoke, fumes, extreme heat and cold for long duration, outside atmospheric conditions, traffic noise, and dust for sustained periods of time.

The employee is frequently exposed to loud noise.