With oversight from EHS's Hazardous Materials Services Manager, the Hazardous Materials Specialist performs duties and provides services related to the University's hazardous materials and solid waste programs (eg, chemical waste, radioactive waste and regulated medical waste). The primary function of the position is to enable the safe, effective and efficient management of hazardous materials and wastes in a manner that is compliant with applicable local, state and federal rules and regulations. S/he will provide services and implement procedures and programs that promote a safe, responsible, healthful and compliant work environment for the University.
The position will have responsibilities that develop and oversee programs, procedures and policies that support and maintain regulatory compliance, including:
Collection, segregation and overall management of hazardous wastes (Chemical, Radiological, Regulated Medical)
Updating and maintaining records and documentation related to hazardous wastes
Lead or participate in the generation of reports related to hazardous wastes to maintain regulatory compliance
Lead or participate in the management of hazardous waste storage facilities
Serve as a technical resource for the campus community
Maintain applicable permits and licenses for program-related facilities, vehicles, etc.
Provide training to faculty, staff, students, vendors and others, as necessary
Conduct inspections, audits, self-assessments and risk analyses
Provide support, as necessary, to the operations, maintenance and monitoring activities required for inactive hazardous waste disposal sites
Respond to hazardous materials emergencies
Ours is a values based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of collegiality, integrity initiative, excellence, civility and stewardship as well as support university sustainability goals.
Bachelor's degree or other formal four-year training program in science, engineering or similar field, or equivalent work experience
Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
Effective leadership and interpersonal skills to effectively lead and mentor colleagues.
Demonstrated use of Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point.
Proven record of completing work on time and within budget
Ability to work in a diverse culture
Ability to meet hazardous materials response criteria, including HAZWOPER training, medical clearance, demonstrating technical proficiency, and on-call availability both during and after normal working hours
Must have a valid NYS driver license and a good driving record
Ability to obtain a valid commercial driver license with hazardous materials endorsement within 3 months of hire.
Must pass a pre-employment drug test and will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
Ability to lift 50 pounds or more
Ability to pass a background check, as required by Cornell.
Experience in hazardous waste management programs, including laboratory-related waste handling operations, and hazardous materials response.
Strong working knowledge of USEPA and NYSDEC regulations for hazardous waste generators
Experience with EHS management systems
Experience working in a University setting
Experience working directly with regulators
Specialty training and/or certifications in the following:
Environmental regulations, including RCRA
DOT hazardous materials transportation and shipping
Incident Command System
Other safety or environmental (CHMM, CIH, CSP, CPESC)
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