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Hazardous Materials Specialist

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Hazardous Materials Specialist - 31312 University Staff

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Environmental Health and Safety

Job Title: Hazardous Materials Specialist

Position: #809485 – Requisition: #31312

Job Summary:

The Hazardous Materials Specialist supports hazardous materials management activities for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Main responsibilities for this position include the safe collection, segregation, and disposal of hazardous materials at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campuses. The position serves as part of a hazardous materials emergency response team that responds to hazardous materials incidents on campus.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Maintain records of waste generation:
    • Green tag equipment and laboratory spaces to ensure safe disposal and/or safe working environments for contractors. Manage recordkeeping duties such as filing chemical waste pickup requests, completed manifests, disposal requests, and performing the corresponding data entry into the appropriate databases. As needed, bulk chemicals with a clear understanding of compatibility concerns to avoid undesired chemical reactions. Conduct chemical analysis of unknown chemicals and assist with or complete profiles for new waste streams as necessary. In some instances, the incumbent will be asked to assist with collecting chemical waste from points of generation and properly classify compatible materials into the corresponding DOT/EPA hazard groups.
  • Responds to hazardous materials incidents on campus:
    • In routine and emergency capacity, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) ranging from an N95 respirator up to a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Required to carry a call-back pager for a week at a time on a rotating basis with the rest of the response team members.
  • Decommissioning activities:
    • Verify equipment and rooms have been properly decontaminated as part of the green tagging program, perform laboratory clean-outs and moves, and use survey equipment to monitor for the presence of contaminants.
  • Perform compliance assessments:
    • Of laboratories, classrooms, and other institutional facilities for general departmental or unit requirements including Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) waste storage requirements, controlled substances security, chemical safety, institutional procedures, and waste management. Document compliance deficiencies in writing and electronically. Enter inspection results, waste pick-ups, ethanol sales, and other activities into corresponding databases. Conduct weekly ethanol sales on behalf of the division.

Why Join Us:

The Hazardous Materials division promotes the safe use, management, and disposal of chemicals through outreach activities and assistance to the research community. Working to build strong relationships with researchers and students ensures compliance with the appropriate federal, state, and local regulatory requirements for laboratory and general environmental applications.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado 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, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, physical sciences, or a directly related field from an accredited institution and 1 year of professional level experience in hazardous materials management.
    • A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 2-3 years of previous experience working in a hazardous materials management position that includes working with waste management databases and filling out various equipment/chemicals disposal forms.
  • Experience handling and disposing of hazardous materials as a hazardous waste contractor and/or in a similar setting such as biomedical research, higher education institute, research laboratories, or other teaching environments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • 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.
  • Strong knowledge of chemistry principles is a required skill along with an understanding of other physical sciences. Additional knowledge or coursework in regulatory environmental compliance and a foundation in toxicology are strongly desired.
  • Demonstrated skills in hazardous materials management including an understanding of the cradle-to-grave process for chemical waste management, and a basic understanding of lab packing, including the disposal process that includes manifesting and profiling.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and the ability to read and interpret written instructions, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are required.
  • Must be able to read and interpret information found on Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and other reference sources.
  • Ability to manage daily duties and emergency response efforts at times under strenuous physical demands and harsh conditions, including the use of SCBA/negative pressure respirators, dollies, and heavy monitoring or sample collection equipment.
  • Computer proficiency with a broad range of Microsoft software and the ability to use computerized data management systems.
  • Excellent customer service and public speaking skills. Ability to interact with others in a professional setting, remaining courteous even when faced with difficult situations and clients.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to prioritize weekly and monthly tasks effectively to accomplish objectives established division manager or to communicate the need for assistance when appropriate.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Special conditions for this safety position include the potential for un-announced drug screening and annual physical examinations including enrollment into CU Anschutz medical surveillance program.
  • The incumbent will need to be medically approved to wear respiratory protection in the form of negative or positive pressure respirators, including N95, full face respirator, SCBA, or Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR).
  • This position will require the collection of titers, serum, blood, or urine for testing or storage.
  • This position will receive vaccinations and screening to protect against infectious diseases related to their potential exposures including, but not limited to Hepatitis and TB.
  • This position will need to stand and sit for long periods, squat, bend, kneel, walk for long periods, and will need to be able to lift and carry ~50lbs (e.g., when needed for waste handling and SCBA tank worn on back), and push or pull (with drum dolly or other mechanical aid) up to 500 lbs.
  • 40 hours Hazardous Waste Operator and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification upon hire or within two months of hire date.

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
  1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
  3. Three to five professional references including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Questions should be directed to: Bret Turner,

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by October 11, 2023. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as $59,864 - $76,147.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Total Compensation Calculator:

ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at​.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado 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.

Vaccination Statement:

CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Job Category: Research Services

Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 20696 - ADM-AVC EH&S Anschutz

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 27, 2023

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Bret Turner Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00809485

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