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Hazardous Materials Specialist Trainee (Fire Department)

at County of San Bernardino

Pay: $23.34 to $29.88/hour
$23.34 - $29.88
Posted: 10/5/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2584928
Keywords: materials

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

The Job

Excellent Benefits!!!

The San Bernardino County Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), is recruiting for Hazardous Materials Specialist (HMS) Trainees for the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), who are responsible for interpreting and implementing hazardous materials laws and regulations, while performing a variety of inspection and investigation assignments, under close supervision.  The resulting eligibility list will be valid for three (3) months. 

The Hazardous Materials Division of the San Bernardino County Fire Department is designated by the State Secretary for Environmental Protection as the CUPA for the County of San Bernardino in order to focus the management of specific environmental programs at the local government level. The CUPA is charged with the responsibility of conducting compliance inspections for over 7000 regulated facilities in San Bernardino County. These facilities handle hazardous material, generate or treat a hazardous waste, and/or operate underground storage tanks. The CUPA provides a comprehensive environmental management approach to resolve environmental issues. This balanced approach utilizes education and effective enforcement procedures to minimize the potential risk to human health and the environment and establish an atmosphere to promote fair business practices. The CUPA is designed to consolidate, coordinate, and uniformly and consistently administer permits, inspection activities, and enforcement activities throughout San Bernardino County.


Certificate: Must obtain a Registered Environmental Health Specialist Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Public Health, and maintain throughout employment.
Background: A successful background check is required prior to assignment.
Travel: Travel throughout the County is required to perform duties in the community. A valid CA driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance is required at time of appointment.
Promotion: Hazardous Materials Specialist Trainees are eligible for promotion to Hazardous Materials Specialist I  upon obtaining registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) with the State of California, completing a training program, and receiving a recent satisfactory work progress report.  Trainees must qualify for promotion to Hazardous Materials Specialist I within 36 months or employment will be terminated. Hazardous Materials Specialists I are eligible for promotion to Hazardous Materials Specialist II  upon meeting the minimum requirements for the Hazardous Materials Specialist II and receiving a recent satisfactory work progress report.  Hazardous Materials Specialists I must qualify for promotion within 24 months or employment will be terminated.

Minimum Requirements

Letter of Eligibility: Possession of a valid "Letter of Eligibility" from California Department of Public Health (CDPH) affirming certification as an Environmental Health Specialist Trainee under Section 106615(d) of the California Health and Safety Code. A legible copy of the letter is required and must be submitted with the application. For information on obtaining a "Letter of Eligibility," visit the CDPH website.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate is prepared and scheduled to take the REHS examination, has proficient use of Microsoft Office computer programs, and is familiar with the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS).  

Selection Process

A written examination/writing exercise will be administered in November 2019, and will consist of an evaluation of knowledge and skills in the following topics:
Written Communication Skills
Reading and Applying Rules and Regulations
Interpersonal Skills
Approximately one week prior to the test date, eligible candidates will be notified of the test information. Applicants scheduled for an examination must show photo identification or equivalent.

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