Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$4,435.60 - $5,543.20 Monthly
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Extra Help
Environmental Health Services
Job Number

The County of San Mateo Health System's Division of Environmental Health is seeking a Household Hazardous Waste Technician I-Extra Help to join the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program team at the HHW facility located in the City of San Mateo, and other various temporary event locations throughout the County.

The Hazardous Materials Technician I is the entry and trainee level class in the environmental health technician series.  Under close supervision, employees perform more routine assignments and, as experience is gained, there is greater independence of action within established guidelines.  

This Household Hazardous Waste Technician will perform fieldwork in the Household Hazardous Waste Management and perform a variety of basic waste handling tasks associated with collection, segregation and handling of residential hazardous wastes for recycling and/or disposal.

Extra help shifts are routinely 6-8 hours, in the morning and early afternoons, and most commonly available on Saturdays throughout the year, except holiday weekends and facility shut down periods in December - February, while other shifts are occasionally available Wednesday - Friday.  There is no guarantee of a minimum number of hours per week; and the number of shifts available for all extra help staff per week will vary.

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

  • Assist or independently conduct environmental health surveys or inspections.
  • Keep records of field visits and prepare periodic standard reports.
  • Answer service requests and complaints from the public; provide instructions and information to customers.
  • Recommend proper course of corrective action to supervisor according to established Environmental Health policies and guidelines.
  • Supervise the work of a small group of seasonal workers, including work furlough participants.
  • Attend training sessions.
  • Collect and transport samples following established protocol.
  • Post warnings and closures with respect to the recreational water program.
  • Act as site supervisor for waste collection and bulking events.
  • Prepare site for events, including set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading vehicle with equipment, PPE and other necessary items.
  • Segregate hazardous materials/waste into compatible waste streams and consolidate into bulk drums or lab packs.
  • Pick up and prepare waste for consolidation, proper recycling or disposal including reviewing, verifying and signing of manifests.
  • Prepare and receive shipments of recyclable wastes and other items; unload hazardous wastes from participants' vehicles.
  • Manage the volume of paint at the latex collection sites and bulk and ship paint to be recycled.
  • Handle participant appointments and confirmation mailers, including phone calls, voice mail and online.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate is customer service oriented, works well as part of a team, has a basic understanding of scientific principles of chemistry, and be able to apply safety practices to handle hazardous materials, and has an OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER certificate. The candidate must be willing to work with hazardous materials on a daily basis.

NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment.


Licensure/Certification:  Must obtain an OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER certificate within 2 months of hire.

Education and Experience:  Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. 

Knowledge of:  Laws, regulations and standards related to the program or area assigned; principles, terminologies, methods and techniques related to the program or area assigned; government agencies, community organizations and business establishments as they relate to the program or area assigned; safety principles, practices and equipment related to the work assigned; techniques for dealing with the public, in person or on the telephone; data gathering and inspection methods and techniques; environmental health hazards; event or project planning, organization and coordination; county and CAL OSHA safety rules, procedures and equipment; and principles of basic supervision and training.

Skill/Ability to:  Interpret laws, regulations and data related to the work assigned; read and interpret technical material related to the work assigned; handle, operate and maintain equipment and/or materials related to the work assigned, including operating a forklift and working with chemicals; advise and instruct others on compliance requirements of assigned program assigned; perform research, investigation and follow-up related to assigned program.
- Work with minimum field supervision; train and supervise work furlough participants and other seasonal workers; keep records and write simple, clear, concise reports and correspondence; deal effectively with co-workers, other agencies' representatives and the general public; work independently and as a team member; follow established protocols for collection and transportation of samples; effectively post warnings and closures with respect to the recreation water program; follow oral and written instructions; lift and carry heavy equipment and supplies up to 50 pounds in the course of work; bend, stand and walk for extended periods of time.


If you are interested in being considered for this extra help position, the following materials must be submitted via e-mail in a Word or PDF format. 
  • Resumé
  • Responses to Supplemental Questions

Supplemental Questions:
  1. Based on the description of this job, list the specific work tasks that you have performed which you believe have helped you prepare for a Household Hazardous Waste Technician position.
  2. Describe your training and/or experience that have prepared you to work independently in the field.
  3. Describe your experience assisting customers over the telephone and in person, taking messages, maintaining logs and/or calendars and providing information to members of the public.
  4. Which days of the week (Wednesday - Saturday) would you typically be available to work in the mornings and early afternoons?
  5. Do you have a valid HAZWOPER certificate?  If so, when would the next annual refresher by required?
Please include the words "Household Hazardous Waste Technician I-Extra Help" in the subject area of email submissions to:

Charles Ice, Environmental Health Program Supervisor
Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.
NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (responses to supplemental questions and a resume) will not be considered.
San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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