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Environmental Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety - 41196
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 16, 2022
Title Environmental Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety - 41196
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Environmental/Occupational Health

Environmental Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety - 41196

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.

The Environmental Specialist implements environmental compliance and monitoring programs to protect the environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations. The incumbent's primary responsibility area will focus on Water Quality Programs, including (but not limited to) surface water and sanitary sewer management regulatory compliance.

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 08/31/2022. This position is open until filled.


Develops, implements, and monitors campus, systems, procedures, and training in the environmental protection discipline. Primary program area responsibility:

Water Quality Programs:

  • Maintains campus permits, submits permit applications and revisions as necessary. Submits related reports and annual updates; assists with payment of permit invoices.
  • Maintains compliance with all state and local regulations (i.e. EBMUD, SWRCB) related to sanitary sewer management.
  • Responsible for implementation and updates to current sanitary sewer management programs.
  • Develops management practices and procedures as required to prevent prohibited discharges to the sanitary sewer.
  • Responds to emergency events related to sanitary sewer overflows and slug discharges.
  • Prepares and updates guidelines for drain disposal of chemicals from laboratories and physical plant operations, and develops procedures to minimize hazardous waste generation.
  • Provides drain disposal guidance to campus clients, tracks drain disposal inquiries and maintains compliance with campus Wastewater Permit and EBMUD Ordinance 311.
  • Serves as campus liaison with city, state and federal regulators, including inspectors, engineers, source control and enforcement personnel.

Monitors compliance and serves as campus liaison with city, state, and federal regulators, including inspectors, engineers, source control, and enforcement personnel.

  • Develops and implements a campus wide Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP); maintains NPDES permit coverage from the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).
  • Serves as lead regulatory contact for campus on surface water regulatory compliance, including permit compliance, inspections, and written reports. Performs planning, program development, and training to comply with laws and regulations pertaining to storm water pollutant sources.
  • Tracks compliance metrics and supervises preparation of annual reports for submittal to the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).
  • Assists campus departments to obtain appropriate permits from various local city, county, regional and state entities.
  • Other environmental compliance programs as needed.

Performs outreach and communication to campus within relevant field.

  • Conducts training of staff in departments with regulatory obligations, and develops informational, and educational outreach documents for targeted campus personnel. Assists with training program development as requested.
  • Assist with website updates for environmental protection programs; utilizes appropriate communication to effectively outreach to audiences.

Performs technical work related to environmental protection programs, including:

  • Provides technical guidance and regulatory assistance to other EH&S Specialists and staff in other campus units.
  • Using GIS software; creates maps and related graphic-based information tools to assist the Environmental and Hazardous Materials Management programs.
  • Serves as construction support and backup as necessary; includes providing technical guidance to project managers and contractors in related environmental regulations.

Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures.

  • Develops and maintains a program to conduct internal audits for campus environmental programs.
  • Maintains environmental protection compliance calendar, tracking important regulatory deadlines and requirements to mitigate risks to the University.
  • Develops strategies to comply with new or modified regulations in a manner that both ensure compliance and maximize use of limited campus resources.
  • Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment.

Monitors compliance and may serve as campus liaison with regulatory agencies.

  • Serves as campus liaison with city, state and federal regulators, including inspectors, engineers, source control and enforcement personnel.
  • Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and recommends corrective action as needed.
  • Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of relevant scientific data.
  • Conducts soil, air, and water sampling and/or monitoring related to environmental programs.

Within specific field maintains knowledge on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices.

EH&S Staff Development:

Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.

Member of Designated Spill Response Team (Regular rotation, 24/7, every 6 weeks, or more frequently as needed.)

  • Provide technical support to the Dedicated Spill Response Team (DSRT) program by serving as a "Designated Responder". Must be accessible via telephone and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during business hours. Will perform directly or coordinate any necessary field activities to evaluate and mitigate a hazard.
  • Provide technical support to the DSRT program by serving as the "Lead Off-Hours Responder". Must be accessible by UCPD via telephone and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during non-business hours. Must be within one hour of campus and may not engage in activity that will affect the ability to respond.
  • To serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DSRT program as outlined in the EH&S DSRT Program Guidelines. These include occupational physical qualifications. Medical baseline is required.

EH&S Emergency Response:

  • At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration/ Research, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), serve in a designate role within the EH&S Emergency Support Function and be on call to the campus Emergency Operations Center in a campus designated disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release. Provide appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.

Required Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields.
  • Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
  • Required knowledge of appropriate regulations pertaining to surface water quality, wastewater quality, groundwater quality, and hazardous materials management.
  • Demonstrated experience in wastewater disposal determinations, and environmental (water, soil or other matrix) sampling and analysis techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining regulatory guidance, procedure writing, program development, and report writing.
  • Demonstrated success in public outreach and community relations.
  • Demonstrated experience in directing field sampling, including knowledge of use of field monitoring equipment, data loggers, and standard environmental sampling procedures.
  • Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
  • Strong skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced proficiency in ArcGIS.
  • Website management experience.

Governing Laws and Regulations

  • A number of federal, state and local laws and regulations and UC Berkeley policies and procedures guide incumbent's responsibilities.
  • The incumbent will interpret technical environmental regulations and guidelines that govern educational institutions in the areas of hazardous materials and wastes; surface wastewater discharges (storm and non-storm water), hazard communication, and risk assessment.
  • Responsibilities, including permits, may be required by laws and regulations administered by the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Department of Fish and Game, Army Corps of Engineers, US EPA, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Air Resources Board, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, EBMUD, and/or local CUPAs.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $74,300.00 - $104,400.00.

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How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

Other Information

This appointment is eligible for up to 50% remote work.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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