HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPECIALIST II

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 15, 2019
Full Time Environmental Services Fire and EMS Public Safety
  • Salary: $75,672.00 - $104,772.00 Annually

Job Description





FIRE DEPARTMENT

FIRST DAY OF FILING :
06/17/2019 AT 8:00 A.M. (PT) - CONTINUOUS

EXAM NUMBER :
34401G

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT :

DEPARTMENTAL PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITY

THIS EXAMINATION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE MET AND IS SUBJECT TO CLOSURE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

Restricted to permanent employeesof the Los Angeles County Fire Department who have successfully completed their initial probationary period.

Current employees in the unclassified service in the County of Los Angeles Fire Department who meet the following criteria also qualify to participate in this exam:

  • Unclassified employees who have attained permanent County status on a classified position by successful completion of the initial probationary period, with no break in service since leaving the classified service.
  • Full-time employees in the unclassified service with at least six months of full-time experience in the unclassified service by the last day of filing.


WITHHOLD INFORMATION :
Permanent employees who have completed their initial probationary period and hold a qualifying payroll title may file for this examination if they are within six (6) months of meeting the experience requirements by the last day of filing. However, the names of such employees will be withheld from the certification list until the required experience is fully met.

DEFINITION:
Performs inspections and investigations under the auspices of the Unified Program Agency of sites that generate hazardous waste or handle hazardous materials, and functions as local health officer under authority of the County Code.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this journey level class report to a Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist and independently performs assignments related to the enforcement of hazardous materials/waste laws,regulations and local ordinances. Incumbents must exercise a knowledge of hazardous materials/waste laws and regulations as well as established procedures and methodologies for enforcement. Incumbentsmay be assigned to a variety of assignments involving hazardous materials inspections, emergency operations, and other functions.
Incumbentsmay berequired to bend, stoop, climb and lift moderate weights while performing inspections, investigations, site reviews and associated tasks; don personal protective gear required for response to hazardous materials spills, biological materials, or other threats; perform all such tasks under a wide range of temperature conditions and have the ability to pass a respiratory protection program examination.

Essential Job Functions
  • Analyzes industrial manufacturing processes to identify materials used, waste streams, their characteristics, and volume.
  • Explains regulations and provides advice on hazardous materials/waste management to businesses/agencies; identifies and recommends waste treatment and management techniques.
  • Reviews hazardous material incidents and makes recommendation for corrective measures to control or eliminate hazards.
  • Responds to emergency incidents or disasters involving the spill or release of hazardous materials/waste or threats to public health and the environment.
  • Coordinates and participates with police, fire, healthand other governmental agencies in joint inspections, investigations, and clean-up activities.
  • Collects field samples, evaluates data from instrument readings, conducts technical field tests, and performs various standardized environmental and occupational tests.
  • Issues noticesof violation regarding hazardous materials/waste requirements.
  • Prepares and provides technical testimony in legal and administrative proceedings.
  • Performs inspections of facilities that generate hazardous waste or handle hazardous materials to determine the nature of the facility operation, potential hazards, types of chemicals used, and handling, storage and disposal methods.
  • Investigates complaints from public and other agencies related to hazardous materials/waste; identifies hazardous waste, its source and quantity, and the responsible entity.
  • Collects, records, and prepares documents, oral statements, photographs and other evidence taken during investigations for enforcement.
  • Prepares reports, written memos and oral briefings regarding findings from inspections and investigations.
  • Enforces the proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials/waste.
  • Participates in recurrent classroom and practical training in a range of areas such asbioterrorism, chemical and radiation emergency response, and interface and liaison with other County departments and other agencies.

Requirements
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS :
Option 1: Two (2) years ofexperience as a Hazardous Materials Specialist I*.

Option 2:A Bachelor's degree** from an accredited*** institution in a physical or biological scienceANDthree (3) years of experience in the full time practice of hazardous waste control**** or other program element under a Unified Program Agency's responsibility.

Option 3:A Master's degree** from an accredited*** institution in industrial hygiene, chemistry, toxicology, geology, environmental health, public health, chemical engineering, or industrial engineeringANDtwo (2) years ofexperience in hazardous waste control**** or other program element under a Unified Program Agency's responsibility.

Option 4:California registration as an Environmental Health Specialist*****ANDtwo (2) years of experience in hazardous waste control**** or other program element under a Unified Program Agency's responsibility.

LICENSE REQUIRED :
A valid California Class C Driver License******is requiredto perform job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS :
3 - Moderate:Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT INFORMATION :
*To qualify under Option 1, applicants must hold or have held the County job title of Hazardous Materials Specialist I for the two (2) year period of time.

**In order to receive credit for any college or university degree, such as a Bachelor's Degree or higher, you must include a legible copyof either the Official Degree, Official Transcript(s), or Official Letter from the accredited institution (which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded) with the Registrar's signature and school sealat the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting an online application.If you are unable to attach your documents, you may email them to Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov or fax them to (323) 264-7159.Failure to provide any required documentation will result in application rejection. Please include your Name, Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the faxed or emailed documents.

Note:Official Transcript(s)is defined as a transcript that bears the college seal and states "official and/or copy" issued by the school's Registrar Office. Aprintoutof the transcript from the school's website is not considered official and, therefore, will not be accepted and will result in your application being incomplete and REJECTED.

***Accredited institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies, which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).

****Hazardous Waste Control is defined asthe enforcement of State law (California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 6.5) at hazardous waste generating sites.

*****Candidateswho expect to qualify under Option 4 must include a legible copy of their California Registered Environmental Health Specialist certification to the application at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting an online application.

LICENSE INFORMATION :
******Applicants for this examination must attach a legible copy of their California Class C Driver Licenseat the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting an online application.

Successful applicants for this position will be required to obtain a copy of his/her driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) before being appointed. A copy of your driving record must be presented at the time of your appointment . License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked.

AN APPLICANT WHOSE DRIVING RECORD SHOWS FOUR (4) OR MORE VIOLATIONS WITHIN THE PAST TWO (2) YEARS WILL NOT BE APPOINTED.
Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT :
This examination will consist of two (2) parts:

PART I:A multiple choice test, weighted 50%, assessing Deductive Reasoning Ability, Professional Potential, Achievement, Influence, Independence, Confidence and Optimism, and Reliability.

THE MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.

ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES WHO PASS PART I WITH A SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER WILL PROCEED TO PART II.

PART II:An evaluation of training and experience, weighted 50%, assessing Professional/Technical Knowledge and Expertise, Chemistry, Personal/Public Safety and Security, and Law and Government.

CANDIDATES MUST ACHIEVE A PASSING SCORE OF 70% OR HIGHER ON EACH WEIGHTED PART OF THE EXAMINATION IN ORDER TO BE PLACED ON THE ELIGIBLE REGISTER.

TRANSFER OF SCORES :
Applicants that have taken identical multiple choice test part(s) for other exams within the last 12 months, will have their test responses for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination. This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Your score will betransferred to the new examination and you may not be allowed to re-takeany identical test parts for at least 12 months.

Note:Test invitation letters and other correspondence will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the online application and also to the applicant's user account "inbox" at http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty . It is important that applicants provide a valid email address. The applicant's e-mail address must be able to receive e-mail notifications from fire.lacounty.gov. Please add Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov and info@governmentjobs.com to your email address book and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered asspam/junk/clutter mail.

Candidates should also log into their governmentjobs.com account and under their profile, review their inbox for notifications. For specific information on how to access your inbox, please check the governmentjobs.com frequently asked questions.

Notice of Non-Acceptance and Final Results letters will be sent by U.S. mail. Test scores cannot be given over the phone.

TEST PREPARATION :
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidatesprepare for employment tests.An Interactive Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.lacounty.gov/ . Please click on"Find a Job"and then"Job Search Toolkit." Test preparation information is located below the"Employment Test Assistance"section.

You can also access practice tests for the computerized component of the test by going to the following website: http://www.shldirect.com/en/practice-tests .

While these practice materials will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION :
The names of the candidates receiving a passingscore in the examinationwill be placed on the eligibleregister in the order of their score group for a periodoftwelve (12) monthsfollowing the date of promulgation.

Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

SPECIAL INFORMATION :

BACKGROUND CHECK AND MEDICAL EXAMINATION INFORMATION :
The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a conditional offer of employment . The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history,any convictions or court records that are exempted by a valid court order do nothave to be disclosed.

Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment will be required to complete a criminal background check, including a fingerprint scan, followed by a medical examination. A candidate with a conviction history which has a direct and adverse relationship with the duties of the Hazardous Materials Specialist IIposition may have his or her conditional offer of employment rescinded and be removed from the certification list pursuant to Civil Service Rule 6.04.

In addition, candidates must successfully complete a medical examination and be able to perform all of the essential functions of the Hazardous Materials Specialist II classification. A candidate who does not successfully complete a medical examination or is unable to perform all of the essential functions of the Hazardous Materials Specialist II classification may have his or her conditional offer of employment rescinded and be removed from the certification list pursuant to Civil Service Rule 6.04.

AVAILABLE SHIFT :
Any Shift - Appointees must be willing to work any shift, including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The eligible register resultingfrom this examination will be used to fill Hazardous Materials Specialist II vacanciesin the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, as they occur.

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION :
Applications must be filedonline only. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. We must receive your application online by 5:00 p.m. (PT), on the last day of filing.

Apply online by clicking on the green"Apply"button, when it becomes available, at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application by using this website. If you are unable to access the website, you may enter the following link to access your profile: http://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty .

NOTE:We must receive your application and any required document(s) by 5:00 p.m. (PT), on the last day of filing. Please check your application to ensure that the required document(s) are uploaded by logging on to the County of Los Angeles Department of Human Resources website and reviewing your submitted application.

Applicants must submit all documents to be considered (official diplomas, official transcripts, certificates, etc.) during application submission. All documents must be clear and legible. Although resumesmay be uploaded as attachments to the online application, resumes cannotbe accepted in lieu of completing the online application.

If you are unable to attachdocuments, you may email them to Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov or fax the documents to (323) 264-7159at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of submitting your online application. Failure to provide the documentation will result in application rejection . Please include your Name, the Exam Number, and the Exam Title on the faxed documents.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Selection Requirementsand you have completely filled out your application. Please fill out your application and the Supplemental Questionnaire completely and correctly to receive full credit for any related education, training, and job experience. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your actual job title, beginning and ending dates, total number of hours worked (full or part-time), and description of work performed. Provide any relevant job experience and training in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for this job. Your application will be rejected if it is incomplete. We may reject your application at any time during the selection process.

IMPORTANT NOTE :
Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject toVERIFICATIONat any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.FALSIFICATIONof any information may result inDISQUALIFICATIONorRESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT. UtilizingVERBIAGEfrom the Class Specification and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of dutiesWILL NOTbe sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in anINCOMPLETE APPLICATIONand you may beDISQUALIFIED.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING ONLINE FILING :

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER :
It is important that you provide your own Social Security Number (SSN) at the time of filing to ensure your application is processed accurately. Please include your SSN for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a SSN.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES :
For applicants who may not have regular access to a computer or the Internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County by visiting visiting http://www.colapublib.org/libs .

NO SHARING OF USER ID, E-MAIL, AND PASSWORD :
If you do not already have an account/profile with the County of Los Angeles, you will need to create one. All applicants must file their application online using theirownuser ID and password. Using someone else's user ID and password may erase the original candidate's application record.

ADA Coordinator Phone:(323) 838-2239
Teletype Phone:(800) 735-2922
California Relay Services Phone:(800) 735-2922
Department Fax:(323) 264-7159
Department Contact Name:Fire Examination Section
Department Contact Phone:(323) 838-2239
Department Contact E-mail: Fire-Examination@fire.lacounty.gov


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