Job Description

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Hiring Salary Range
$27.83 - $31.16/Hour
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TX Contract
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#120331 Senior Hazardous Waste Field Technician

Extended Deadline: Wed 2/8/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until filled. Initial application deadline: 1/5/2023.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/5/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/5/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The University of California, San Diego, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Senior Hazardous Waste Field Technician works under supervision of the Operations Supervisor and performs such duties as collection of hazardous waste chemicals, radioactive materials and biohazardous waste from university labs and facilities. The incumbent processes hazardous waste materials skills including: segregation, compaction, vial crushing, solidification, recycling/reuse, lab-packing, consolidation, storage for radioactive decay, marking and labeling shipping containers and preparation of shipping documents and transportation. The incumbent will also provide assistance to university faculty, researchers, staff and private contractors in matters of accumulation, packaging, storage, labeling and disposal of hazardous chemicals, radioactive waste and biohazardous waste. Assist with all the lab packing for the main site and off-site facilities, perform weekly chemical inspections on-site and off-site, and service the Nimitz Marine Facility, Medical Center and other off-site facilities.

Database activities include the maintenance of the Chemical Waste Tracking System with new regulations and processing changes. This position will also provide coordination between resources and personnel to arrange special pick ups and provide work direction to Lab Assistant IIIs in accordance with EH&S goals and Emergency Management Facility (EMF) operating procedures. The Senior Hazardous Waste Field Technician is part of the campus HazMat team which responds to hazardous spills and chemical emergencies and assists with hazardous materials clean up.

  • May be required to work overtime.

  • May be required to respond to hazardous materials spills and perform clean up.


  • Graduation from high school and two (2) years of experience in an Environmental Health and Safety program working with hazardous wastes; or two (2) years of college including appropriate science courses and one (1) year of experience in an Environmental Health and Safety program; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of county, state and federal regulations concerning chemical, radioactive, and biological hazardous wastes and the applicable transportation requirements.

  • Proven knowledge of basic chemistry, radiation, and biohazardous principles; health and safety requirements; and analytical techniques. Ability to follow procedures and perform spill cleanings.

  • Demonstrated ability to safely drive and maneuver trucks around campus while transporting hazardous waste. Ability to move or lift large chemical drums, carboys, bottles boxes, etc. using available carts, pallet jacks, or other devices. Ability to operate safely all equipment at the EMF including trucks and lift gates, forklift, hand trucks, pallet jacks, carts and other lifting aids.

  • Understanding of proper application and use of personal protection equipment including respirators, gloves, eye protection and protective clothing when in the presence of chemical, radiological, and biohazardous wastes and materials and the ability to monitor and train others.

  • Demonstrated ability to complete basic functions on a computer terminal using Microsoft Office Applications, including data entry, database queries, word processing, spreadsheet design and manipulation, flow chart, design, etc.

  • Understanding of the function of sustainability and the role of the EMF in reducing waste disposed as waste.

  • Solid verbal communication skills to effectively complete hazardous waste collection, management, and disposal and relate technical information to a diverse clientele using a professional and gracious manner in person, through email, and on the telephone. Strong interpersonal skills to interact with all members of a diverse organization.

  • Solid understanding of customer-service and quality performance techniques and procedures, and the ability to apply them in achieving quality and customer service goals.


  • DOJ/FBI and DMV clearances required prior to employment.

  • Must have a valid California Driver License prior to employment. Must obtain and maintain a valid Class C Driver License. Must participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program.

  • Must pass a medical examination and be cleared to perform physical requirements and wear respirators, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and personal protective clothing within 90 days of employment.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $58,109 - $69,906 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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