Environmental Health Specialist

Denver, CO
Sep 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health Specialist

Position #217079 - Requisition 11294

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

Environmental Health and Safety has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Environmental Health Specialist position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support of research activities. Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Position Emphasis:

As part of the Environmental Health and Safety Department, this full-time University Staff (unclassified) Environmental Health Specialist position develops and conducts training and outreach, inspects laboratories, audits research, academic, and institutional support activities for compliance with applicable Federal, State, local regulations, and funding entity requirements. Additionally, this position supports campus wide programs in laboratory safety, chemical exposure monitoring, indoor air quality assessments, respiratory protection, and medical surveillance.
  • Performs laboratory inspections and audits for compliance to applicable Federal, State, local regulations, and funding entity requirements as well as to assess staff and student risks and laboratory safety.
  • Communicates compliance findings, conducts compliance assurance follow up measures and corrective action activities and assists with the generation of compliance metrics.
  • With direction from the Senior Industrial Hygienist - performs personnel and area sampling.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

Hiring salary range begins at $48,000.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in occupational health, environmental health, public health chemistry, physics, toxicology, microbiology, related engineering degree or a directly related field from an accredited institution.

Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis. Related technical/paraprofessional experience may include:
  • Respirator fit testing.
  • Job hazard analysis.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality investigations and related sampling and (monitor/sample CO2, ozone, VOCs, PM10-2.5, CO, RH, Temp and explain health affects).
  • Experience sampling and field monitoring for various chemical and biological contaminants (use of field instruments and various media).
  • Ergonomic assessments.
  • Experience selecting appropriate PPE based on sampling results, hazard type, activity, and technical standards of performance.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to obtain 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operator certification within 3 months of hire.
  • Must be medically approved to wear respiratory protection, including N95 or PAPR, half and/or full face mask, and SCBA.
  • Must be willing and able to receive vaccinations to protect against infectious disease related to their potential exposures.
  • Must be willing and able to participate in medical surveillance as applicable to potential work exposures, which may include blood or urine collection and the administration of health questionnaires.
  • Must be willing and able to stand and sit for long periods, squat, bend, kneel, and walk for long periods.
  • Must be willing and able to lift and carry ~50lbs.
  • Must be willing and able to push or pull (with drum dolly or other mechanical aid) up to 500 lbs. (equivalent to 55 gallon liquid drum).
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license.

NOTE: This position has been designated as essential personnel, "Subject to call 24 hours per day, seven days per week" and may be required to carry a pager. Position may also be required to "Stay over late" or "Come in early" to "Cover" shifts, as needed and may be required to respond to any emergencies as needed. If hired, you will be required to provide effective off-hours phone contact info for emergency call-in purposes.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in a similar biomedical/higher education setting.
  • Current 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER certification.
  • General experience in the following areas: laboratory safety programs; hazardous materials/waste management; biosafety; toxicology; personnel sampling; indoor air quality; radiation safety; environmental sampling; and/or training delivery and design.


  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Understanding of risk assessment and sampling design.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to use spreadsheets, databases and potentially statistical software to maintain and analyze data.
  • Strong written and verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to interact with others in a professional setting, remaining courteous even when faced with difficult situations and clients.
  • Strong basic educational foundation in basic chemistry, biology/microbiology, or environmental health regulatory compliance, and computerized data systems is important.
  • Ability to understand auditing and investigative principles.
  • Must be familiar with industry regulations and technical or accrediting entity standards such as: ASHRAE/ASSE/AIHA (as related to job), OSHA, NIOSH, RCRA, and TSCA.
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands, to manage multiple tasks throughout the work week, and to work autonomously with minimal oversight.
  • Ability to assist with the management of the Respiratory Protection Program including conducting fit testing, providing training on respiratory protection and use, updating written program, ensuring that proper medical clearance is given, and maintain related employee records and associated billing records.
  • With guidance from senior staff, provides consultation, training, and outreach to campus community about proper control of occupational hazards to prevent exposures, occupational injury and illness. This includes the selection of appropriate personnel protection equipment (PPE).
  • Ability to review SDSs, chemical product information sources, technical references, and peer reviewed literature to assess potential hazards.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers. Review of applications will begin 9/28/2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please visit: http://www.cu.edu/cu-careers and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references)

Job Category: Research Services

Primary Location: Denver

Department: U0001 -- Denver-Anschutz Administration - 60078 - ADM-VCR EH&S Anschutz

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 28, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Cory Smith

Posting Contact Email: Cory.Smith@ucdenver.edu

Position Number: 00217079


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