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Environmental Specialist (7145U), Environment, Health & Safety 29420
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 10, 2022
Title Environmental Specialist (7145U), Environment, Health & Safety 29420
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 (7145U), Environment, Health & Safety 29420

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.

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 21, 2022

  • Under general supervision, implements EH&S programs / policies in the campus environmental protection program. Performs technical work related to Environmental Protection Programs, including:
  • Maintains campus permits, submits permit applications and revisions as necessary. Submits related reports and annual updates, assists with payment of permit invoices.
  • Ensures compliance with all State and Local regulations.
  • Serves as a technical resource for Facilities Services, Capital Projects (CP), EH&S Specialists, and other campus departments for assigned compliance programs
  • Serves as campus liaison with city, state and federal regulators, including inspectors, engineers, source control and enforcement personnel.
  • Environmental compliance programs assigned may include: air quality, wastewater, water quality programs, above ground storage tanks, and other compliance programs as needed.

  • Contributes to the development of EH&S programs, systems and procedures:
  • 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 University.
  • Assists with website updates for environmental protection programs; utilizes appropriate communication to effectively outreach to audiences
  • Using GIS software, creates maps and related graphical-based information tools to assist the Environmental Programs teams.

  • Recommends improvements in processes, design, procedures and operating equipment.
  • Conducts soil, air, and water sampling and/or monitoring related to environmental related programs.
  • Conducts training, informational, and develops educational outreach documents for targeted campus personnel. Assists with training program development as directed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned:
  • Assists with other Environmental Protection Programs as assigned.
  • Respond to emergency events related to sanitary sewer overflows and slug discharges.
  • Support the Dedicated Urgent Response Team within scope of training and expertise.
  • At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Administration, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), must be available in a campus disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release, to serve in the appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.

  • Maintains and applies working knowledge of technical aspects of various regulatory requirements and the impact to the operating unit.
  • Applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards with minor refinements to procedures as applicable.
  • 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.

Required Qualifications
  • Solid, comprehensive working knowledge/understanding of a specific EH&S field including laws and regulations related to environmental compliance.
  • Solid organizational skills to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Skill in the appropriate use of technology and relevant scientific equipment as required (ArcGIS proficiency, MS Access).
  • Experience with Adobe programs and in developing publications and outreach materials.
  • Website management experience.

  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

**Governing Laws and Regulations:

Primarily 40 and 29 CFR, as implemented through the California Code of Regulations, Health and Safety Code, and other jurisdiction-specific regulations and requirements.Working Knowledge of:
  • Applicable California Air Resources Board regulations and reporting (i.e. Greenhouse Gas Reporting, SF6 regulations, Diesel vehicles, Refrigerants, Emergency Generators)
  • Applicable Bay Area Air Quality Management District regulations and reporting (i.e. emergency generators, boilers, greenhouse gases, surface coatings, spray booths, sandblasting, cogeneration)
  • Applicable State Water Resources Control Board regulations and reporting (i.e. sanitary sewers, underground storage tanks, emergency containment tanks)
  • Applicable East Bay Municipal Utility District requirements and reporting.
  • Applicable Department of Toxic Substances Control regulations.
  • Certified Unified Protection Agency authority and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Training and experience implementing environmental compliance programs preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is a non-exempt, biweekly paid position. Hourly pay range is $29.84 - $43.44, commensurate with experience.

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How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment 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.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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