Kalamazoo County - HHW TECHNICIAN (30 hours per week)
Starting Salary: K-04 (A) $15.19/hr.
Closing date: Until filled
Manage incoming hazardous materials in a safe and efficient manner in order to process and ship hazardous materials received from 12,000 plus customers per year, in accordance with safety protocols established by OSHA, DOT and HAZWOPER regulations. Apply principles of HAZMAT chemistry in order to correctly identify 700-800 different hazardous chemicals.
Collect, sort, and process a wide variety of hazardous materials at the Household Hazardous Waste facility. Apply principles of organic and inorganic chemistry to identify incoming hazardous chemicals. Assist in the management of the electronics, automotive, rechargeable batteries, and cell phones, scrap wire and ink jet cartridges recycling programs. Ensure that materials are bulked according to contractor specifications. Provide courteous service to customers; Problem-solve regarding disposal of customer materials. Provide environmental education directly to the public on the proper handling/disposal of household hazardous waste. Complete regular safety inspection of warehouse, grounds and storage buildings for safety concerns and report problems at all-staff safety meeting.
Associate's Degree in environmental studies, chemistry, biology or hazardous waste management is required, Bachelor's Degree preferred with 2-3 years customer service experience and experience in the environmental field or any comparable combination training, experience and education. Strong organizational skills including the ability to prioritize, written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills and computer skills are strongly desired. Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision desired. Knowledge and experience in hazardous waste management preferred including knowledge of DOT shipping and labeling requirements and experience with small manual and power tools. Forklift experience preferred.
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