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Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor

Effective: 10/18/05
Range S-74
Respirator Class: 1


Plan, organize, direct, supervise, and review the operation of the District’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Section. Prepare periodic reports and analyses for District management and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB); coordinate contractors, monitor contract compliance and make recommendations regarding contract work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator at all times to comply with the District’s respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive direction from higher level professional or management personnel.
  • Exercise direct supervision over subordinate Household Hazardous Waste positions.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Organize, plan, direct, supervise, review, and evaluate the activities and work of subordinate staff, including the collecting, processing, storing, and disposing of household hazardous waste and conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) waste.
  • Develop, administer, and monitor household hazardous waste transportation and disposal contract; review and approve progress payments.
  • Organize and administer the Household Hazardous Waste programs as assigned and monitor the Household Hazardous program budget.
  • Coordinate implementation of mobile household hazardous waste collection events.
  • Prepare reports; make public presentations and recommendations for Board action.
  • Prepare reports and permits for submittal to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the County Health Services Department, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Assist in employee training.
  • Annually develop and implement Household Hazardous Waste Section strategic plan goals to support District goals.
  • Maintain Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility equipment and supplies for the household hazardous waste operation.
  • Update and maintain the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility Operations and Contingency Plan and Health and Safety Plan.
  • Assist in the planning of public outreach programs and advertising.
  • Maintain high quality public relations at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility using principles of exceptional customer service; respond to customer inquiries.
  • Coordinate the application and renewal of all permits required by federal, state, and local agencies; interpret and enforce household hazardous waste regulations; ensure the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility meets all requirements of agencies such as the Department of Toxic Substances Control, Cal/OSHA, and other applicable regulatory and inspection agencies.
  • Serve as liaison between management and other agencies in emergency evacuations; prepare incident and accident investigation reports.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • All applicable Hazardous Waste Regulations to include, but not limited to:
    1. California Code of Regulations, Title 8 (Cal/OSHA)
    2. California Administration Code, Title 22 (Division 4 and 4.5)
    3. California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 6.5
    4. Code of Federal Regulations, 29 CFR, 40 CFR and 49 CFR
    5. California Department of Toxic Substance Control requirements
    6. Other relevant federal, state, and local codes and regulations
  • Supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • Budgetary procedures.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Principles and practices of exceptional customer relations.
  • Policies, procedures, and requirements governing the functions of the Household
  • Hazardous Waste Collection Facility operation, including emergency response procedures.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know, remember, understand, interpret and explain procedures, rules, regulations and safety precautions; intermittently analyze household hazardous waste, observe collection and disposal of waste, problem solve best way to get work done.
  • Intermittently sit at desk; walk and stand while collecting, analyzing and packaging household hazardous waste; bend, squat, kneel, and twist; perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation; lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less. May be required to communicate via mobile communication device.
  • Direct all activities in the Household Hazardous Waste section.
  • Enforce District procedures, requirements, and policies and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Sample, analyze, and package household hazardous waste.
  • Use personal computers and software for facility administration.
  • Assess potential exposure to hazardous materials and select appropriate safety and sampling equipment.
  • Read and interpret labels, specifications, regulations and related material.
  • Wear protective clothing, glasses, and equipment.
  • Maintain a variety of records, fees, and documents.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, letters, technical records, memoranda, and other documents.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those encountered in the course of work.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing to a variety of questions, inquiries, and complaints from the general public.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, Department of Toxic Substances, the District’s Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.
  • Identify conditions requiring the call out of emergency response assistance and call out in case of emergency.
  • Work shifts, weekends, nights and holidays as assigned and/or changed.  Days and hours may be changed periodically in order to meet public demand and increased volume of waste to be collected.

Special Physical Requirements:

Must be able to wear respiratory protection equipment for chemical exposure protection. 

Experience and Education

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Two years of experience in a lead or supervisory position in the hazardous waste management field.


  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a natural science, physical science, engineering, environmental science, or a closely related field.
  • Alternatively, possession of a hazardous materials management certification and five years of experience in a lead or supervisory position in the hazardous waste management field.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Successful completion of the following training:
    1. Forty hours of training in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 29 CFR 1910.120 and annual HAZWOPER refresher training in compliance with 29 CFR 1910.120.
    2. Eight hours of general household hazardous waste training.
    3. Eight hours of general health and safety training.
    4. Eight hours of annual cardiac pulmonary resuscitation and first aid training and certification.
    5. Four hours of household hazardous waste screening training.
    6. Four hours of Haz Cat certification.
    7. Four hours of forklift certification.
    8. Sixteen hours of Department of Transportation (49CFR) training.

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