Hazardous Waste Technician

Apr 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position:

The Environmental Health and Safety Department of Kansas State University seeks a qualified Hazardous Materials Technician or Specialist to join their team and support environmental compliance efforts on campus.  The position exists to ensure the legal and safe management and disposal of regulated materials and also assists with other environmental compliance programs at Kansas State University. 

The Hazardous Materials Tech/Specialist is responsible for hazardous, universal, and medical waste collection and processing, related facility compliance inspections and for providing consultation to KSU hazardous material users and waste generators (i.e., principal investigators, faculty, staff and students).  This position is part of a hazardous materials emergency response team that promptly addresses hazardous materials incidents on campus (during and after hours) and conducts related abatement activities.  The position assists the Environmental Compliance Manager with the development and compliance assurance of environmental protection programs mandated as part of RCRA, CAA, CWA, TSCA, the Controlled Substances Act, and other environmental protection acts and related regulations. 

Information about the Department: The mission of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is to achieve compliance with applicable federal, state and local environmental and safety statutes, regulations, enforceable agreements, and permits, and to strive for continual improvement in the environmental health of the campus. EHS is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental, health and safety policies, procedures and programs. This includes, but is not limited to environmental compliance monitoring, tracking and reporting; hazard analysis, safety training, incident investigation and emergency response. Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:
  • Manage hazardous materials/waste, universal waste and medical waste by collecting, transporting, segregating and characterizing waste in accordance with federal and state regulations and university policies.  Prepares lab packs and combines bulk waste streams.  Duties include picking up waste, determining shipping classes of waste and materials and performing basic chemical analysis to characterize unknown compounds.  Supervises and trains student staff to aid in the collection of hazardous materials from points of waste generation.  Responds to hazardous materials incidents on campus and performs related abatement.

  • Perform compliance assessments of laboratories, classrooms, shops and other institution facilities for compliance assurance of hazardous waste management/storage requirements, chemical safety, and institutional procedures.  Communicate the nature of non-compliance items directly to staff, faculty, and students. Document compliance deficiencies in writing and/or in computer database or software program.

  • Maintain hazardous waste management database and redesign/alters database (MS Access) to accommodate program changes. Use other proprietary database software. Enter and query data (inspection results, waste pickups, waste and material disposal information, etc.). Sign and prepare or assist with preparation of hazardous materials manifests and land disposal restriction (LDR) paperwork. Prepare lab pack inventories and assign waste and shipping codes. Prepare waste profiles. Document pollution prevention efforts. Assist with waste pick up request forms and procedures revisions.

  • Conduct faculty/staff/student hazardous materials and waste management training.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS/BA in chemistry, environmental engineering, environmental science, chemical engineering, or closely related degree. Education must include chemistry coursework in physical and organic chemistry. Eight or more years of directly related work experience in the management of hazardous materials/waste may substitute for required BS/BA degree.
  • One to two years of directly related work experience in the management of hazardous materials/waste. Work experience in environmental compliance or industrial chemistry, particularly in higher education or research settings, may substitute for directly related experience in hazardous materials/waste management if education requirement is met. A related graduate level degree may substitute for 1-2 years job-specific professional work experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous work experience directly managing hazardous waste in an academic or research setting.

  • CHMM certification.

  • Master's degree in environmental management, environmental science, or related field.

  • Strong knowledge of chemistry principles and an understanding of other physical sciences. Understanding of the hazardous properties of chemicals and related adverse reactions.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read and interpret written instructions, regulations, policy, procedures and SOPs.

  • Customer service skills and interpersonal skills. Ability to interact with others in a professional setting, remaining courteous even when faced with difficult situations and clients.

  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements of RCRA and DOT pertaining to the management and transport of hazardous materials. Demonstrated skills in hazardous materials management.

  • Computer proficiency in PC environment – Microsoft Office (using internet browsers, Outlook, Word, Access databases, Excel spreadsheets, specialized database software). Ability to use computerized data management systems. 

Other Requirements: 
  • Required a valid driver's license
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER certification and DOT 49CFR174 hazmat upon hire or within 90 days of hire
  • Available to respond to hazardous materials incidents on campus (call back)
  • A pre-employment/post offer physical and annual medical exam is required
Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit a resume, letter of interest, and at least three professional references. Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins May 22, 2017; applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate: $32,599 - $50,528  Benefits Summary: This position is benefits eligible: health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance program, paid time off – vacation, sick and holidays. To learn more visit: http://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/  Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.