District Attorney Hazardous Waste Examiner

  • County of Riverside
  • Riverside, CA, USA
  • Oct 25, 2018
Full time EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Protection Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics

Job Description

District Attorney Hazardous Waste Examiner #13895

Under general direction, performs non-sworn duties in the investigation of environmental criminal and civil violations for the District Attorney's Office involving unlawful treatment, transportation, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes, underground storage tank violations, and streambed alterations, among other environmental crimes; assist in the review of cases involving violations of environmental safety regulations resulting in death, serious disability or serious hazardous exposure to employees and performs other related duties as required.

The District Attorney Hazardous Waste Examiner is an advanced journey level classification and reports to a sworn senior investigator, prosecutor, or a managing attorney for case orientation and direction. Incumbents are responsible for exercising considerable judgment and independence in performing assignments of above average difficulty, which require comprehensive knowledge of assigned projects, environmental case laws and regulations, including county, state, and federal laws, and regulations that prohibit the illegal disposal of hazardous materials and wastes. Incumbents may direct lower level staff in technical and functional duties related to the investigation and prosecution of environmental crime cases in collaboration with a sworn senior investigator, prosecutor, or a managing attorney.

The District Attorney Hazardous Waste Examiner is characterized by the responsibility to perform the full range of complex and specialized non-sworn duties with minimal technical supervision in the investigations of environmental crimes. This class is further distinguished from the District Attorney Investigator in that it does not affect arrests, control suspects, carry a handgun, or have an assigned County vehicle.

Education & Experience

OPTION I
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in environmental health, hazardous waste management, chemistry, toxicology, water quality, occupational health, or a related field to the assignment. (A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental health, hazardous waste management, chemistry, toxicology, water quality, occupational health, or a related field to the assignment may substitute for one year of the required experience.)

Experience: Three years of professional journey level experience with the County of Riverside performing duties that involved hazardous materials and waste management, hazardous waste inspections/investigations, environmental health investigations, or environmental engineering.

OPTION II
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in environmental health, hazardous waste management, chemistry, toxicology, water quality, occupational health, or a related field to the assignment. (A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental health, hazardous waste management, chemistry, toxicology, water quality, occupational health, or a related field to the assignment may substitute for one year of the required experience.)

Experience: Four years of professional journey level experience in hazardous waste management, hazardous waste inspections/investigations, environmental health investigations, environmental engineering, or a closely related field.

ALL OPTIONS
Knowledge of: The principles of hazardous materials management; county, state and federal laws and regulations governing hazardous waste and materials management; methods and techniques of investigating, interviewing, inspecting and gathering evidence of environmental hazardous materials and wastes; sampling techniques and related apparatus used to monitor and/or collect samples of substances for analyses; environmental research and statistical methods; the basic understanding of rules of evidence and courtroom procedures; advanced understanding of chemistry as it relates to compatibility; advanced understanding of toxicology as it relates to human and environmental exposures; principles of personal safety and protection.

Ability to: Perform hazardous waste investigations; plan, organize and conduct environmental research; understand and interpret county, state and federal hazardous materials and waste laws, rules and regulations; communicate sensitive and complex technical information both orally and in writing; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; prepare clear and concise reports; establish and maintain effective working relationship with allied agencies, various governmental agencies, and other staff members; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  OTHER REQUIREMENTS ***RESUME IS REQUIRED***

License/Certificate:  Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Upon hire or transfer, incumbents will be required to successfully complete and maintain in a current status all necessary trainings, certifications, and/or programs as outlined by the Department, including but not limited to:

40 Hour HAZWOPER Training (Cal OSHA)
40 Hour Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Workers (Cal OSHA)
First Aid Training (including CPR)
PC 832 Arrest, Search and Seizure
CA OSHA Medical Surveillance Program

Depending on assignment, additional trainings and conferences may be required.

Due to the nature of environmental/hazardous materials investigations, employee are expected to work flexible schedules including weekends and 24-hour on-call status. Overtime is often expected.

Physical Requirements: Independent body mobility to stand, move 55-gallon drums of materials with drum dolly; climb through refuse piles, walk on uneven ground or wet surfaces; upper body strength to reach and move items from high shelves; ability to read standard text, labels, color change indication test papers, monitoring equipment display screens and computer screens; strength to lift and carry tools or personal protection and test equipment weighing up to 25 lbs.; physical capability to wear personal protective equipment including Level B, C and D suits with air purifying cartridge respirators and supplied air; ability to lift materials weighing up to 70 lbs.

Environmental Requirements: Will be required to work in an office and all types of field environments, be exposed to inclement weather conditions; work with hazardous materials/wastes including dust, odors and fumes from disposal operations and chemically contaminated sites; ability to tolerate very hot and cold temperatures; walk or stand for extended periods of time; walk over refuse and rough terrain; bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time; view and inspect hospital waste loads containing infectious human material.
 

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this posting, please contact Natalie Hagen at 951-955-4277 or nhagen@rivco.org

 

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Job Level

Executive-level  

Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$58,933.06-$95,189.33