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Hazardous Waste Supervisor Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, organizes and directs the university hazardous waste and environmental compliance sampling programs.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the second in a series of two classifications. It is distinguished from the Hazardous Waste Specialist in that incumbents have a greater degree of expertise, responsibility and independence in performing duties. Incumbents supervise Hazardous Waste Specialists, coordinate a hazardous waste landfill program and coordinate a wastewater program.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises the activities of subordinates.
  • Coordinates, prioritizes and schedules activities related to the collection, processing, storage, transportation and disposal of university generated hazardous waste; coordinates the hazardous waste land fill program.
  • Coordinates an environmental sampling program, which includes hazardous materials, wastewater, groundwater and soil, ensuring federal, state and local regulatory requirements are met.
  • Generates and maintains appropriate documentation and record keeping to meet environmental regulations.
  • Advises faculty, staff and students regarding proper waste management techniques and provides recommendations for appropriate action upon request.
  • Coordinates response to chemical hazardous materials incidents at university facilities, directing appropriate resources of staff, equipment and expertise to properly and safely mitigate hazards and address the emergency.
  • Develops and presents educational training sessions to faculty, staff and students regarding hazardous waste handling and other environmental compliance programs.
  • Advises management of the status of ongoing environmental compliance activities and makes recommendations for appropriate actions.
  • Interacts with hazardous waste disposal vendors to facilitate efficient, cost effective and timely off-site transportation and disposal of hazardous wastes.
  • Researches treatment and disposal technologies to identify viable methods required that meet anticipated regulatory changes and/or proper handling of atypical, difficult to dispose of waste materials.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of supervisory practices/principles.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal/regulations on hazardous materials and environmental sampling.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials and environmental sampling management practice/techniques.
  • Skill in supervising personnel and allocating appropriate resources to address simultaneous multiple program requirements.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Safety or Industrial Engineering or related field AND three years experience in hazardous materials management; OR, Seven years hazardous materials management experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Possession of a current State of Arizona Type C driver's license may be required upon employment.


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