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Senior Household Hazardous Waste Technician

Effective: 07/01/08
Range: G-62
Respirator Class: 1


Perform a variety of lead tasks in the handling and managing of hazardous waste collected from both households and conditionally exempt small quantity generators at the District's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility (HHWCF).

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the advanced journey level class in the Household Hazardous Waste Technician series and is distinguished from the II level by having lead responsibility and by the more complex and difficult duties handled and increased independence with which an incumbent is expected to perform assigned responsibilities.

The use of respiratory equipment (including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)) may be required for this position. Therefore, the Senior Household Hazardous Waste Technician 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 and general supervision from the Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor.
  • Exercise technical supervision over lower level positions in the Collection Facility, including contract staff. May exercise general direction and supervision over lower level positions, including contract staff, in the absence of the Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor and at mobile collection events.

Examples of Essential Duties

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

  • Be responsible for properly identifying waste for segregation, packaging, bulking, and transportation per applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Interface with contractors to schedule services and shipments of waste and supplies.
  • Review manifests, labels, inventory records, tracking documents, site safety plans, and other documentation pertaining to District compliance with hazardous waste management.
  • Perform a variety of site tasks including set up, clean up, inventory, routine inspections, facility maintenance, bulking, unloading and lab packing of hazardous wastes.
  • Respond appropriately to spills and releases of hazardous wastes by either performing containment and clean up or activating emergency response protocols.
  • Screen all Waste Inventory and Certification Forms from CESQG businesses, calculate pricing, schedule appointments, collect and manage fees collected from program participants and the sale of recyclable materials.
  • Perform hazardous categorization tests to identify unknown materials for proper labeling and subsequent disposal.
  • Operate certain equipment including, but not limited to, trucks, pumps, compactors, pressure washers, and forklifts.
  • Maintain appropriate records and logs by tracking facility statistics such as participation, usage and waste volumes; prepare reports.
  • Prepare and load shipments of hazardous waste as needed.
  • Transport hazardous waste, as necessary, including batteries to local recyclers and waste from possible future satellite facilities to the HHWCF.
  • Provide lead guidance and training to less experienced staff.
  • Respond to inquiries and provide information to the public; present positive public image of the District.
  • May act for the Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor in the supervisor’s absence.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments, including the safe handling of hazardous chemicals and wastes.
  • First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Forklift and/or other facility equipment operation.
  • Personal protective equipment and levels of protection required.
  • Principles and practices of good customer relations.

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 and packaging household hazardous waste; bend, squat, kneel, and twist; perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation; use of telephone; lift or carry weight of 75 pounds or less.
  • Sample, analyze, and package household hazardous waste and conditionally exempt small quantity generator waste.
  • Operate personal computer to input and track data and prepare reports using applicable software.
  • Assess exposure to hazardous materials and select appropriate safety and sampling equipment and procedures.
  • Wear protective clothing and glasses.
  • Communicate effectively in English.
  • Operate forklift and other facility equipment.
  • Properly manifest and label hazardous waste shipments.
  • Perform routine inspections of facility to maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Assist in performing environmental compliance audits of hazardous waste contractors.
  • Maintain documentation to properly inventory and track hazardous wastes processed at the HHWCF.
  • Read and interpret labels, specifications, regulations, and related material.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those encountered in the course of work.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, 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 increase 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:


  • One year of experience as a Household Hazardous Waste Technician II at the District or four years of experience managing hazardous waste in an industrial capacity.


  • Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
  • Passing of annual physical examination.
  • Successful completion of the following training:
    1. Forty hours of training in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 29 CFR 1910.120 and eight hours of annual HAZWOPER refresher training in compliance with regulations.
    2. Eight hours of general household hazardous waste training.
    3. Eight hours of annual cardio pulmonary resuscitation and first aid training and certification.
    4. Four hours of household hazardous waste screening training.
    5. Thirty-two hours of Haz Cat certification training.
    6. Forklift certification training.
    7. Department of Transportation training 49CFR – HM-126, HM-181, and HM-232.

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