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SOLID WASTE INSPECTOR II (#TN4 )

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$31.40-$39.75 hourly / $5,443.00-$6,890.00 monthly / $65,312.00-$82,680.00 yearly
SOLID WASTE INSPECTOR I (#TN1 )

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$27.05-$34.25 hourly / $4,689.00-$5,937.00 monthly / $56,264.00-$71,240.00 yearly


Definition

Under general supervision, inspects refuse being discharged at County landfill sites for unacceptable, hazardous, or toxic materials; accepts and stores wastes from the public at the County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility; maintains all storage and disposal records; informs the general public of the County, State and Federal laws and regulations concerning the disposal of hazardous materials; informs the general public of the laws and regulations concerning the disposal of hazardous materials; controls traffic in the active disposal area; general environmental monitoring; and performs other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

SOLID WASTE INSPECTOR I - This is the trainee and first working level in the Solid Waste Inspector series. Incumbents in this class receive classroom and on- the-job training in waste compatibilities, storage and disposal regulations, and health and safety procedures.

SOLID WASTE INSPECTOR II - This is the journey level in the Solid Waste Inspector series. Incumbents in this class work independently performing inspections and duties which require discretion and judgment as well as attending related refresher courses on a quarterly basis.

Typical Tasks

Inspects refuse as it comes into the landfill or as it is being discharged on the landing at the landfill site. Identifies unacceptable or hazardous waste materials and ensures proper removal. On appointment, the inspector will accept waste from the public at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for storage and eventual disposal. Educates the public on hazardous waste materials and other unacceptable materials and informs the public on disposal methods. Makes final determination on acceptability of materials and directs the public and commercial users to the appropriate areas. Maintains all records and prepares reports as required. Enforces the County "No Scavenging" rule at active disposal areas. Controls traffic and maintains a buffer between the heavy equipment and the public in and around active disposal areas. Works with the Solid Waste Analyst to package and prepare waste for offsite disposal in a Class I landfill. Controls placement of recyclable materials in designated areas. Performs sampling of landfill surface water, ground water, leachate, soils and monitors landfill gas collection systems.

Employment Standards

Knowledge

Solid Waste Inspector I

  • Some knowledge of material identification and their effects on the environment.
  • Some knowledge of Health and Safety procedures for hazardous materials handling.
  • Some knowledge of basic environmental sampling methods.

Solid Waste Inspector II

  • Working knowledge of the above, plus
  • Working knowledge of methods of handling, storing and transporting hazardous materials.
  • Working knowledge of County, State and Federal laws and regulations concerning hazardous materials.
  • Working knowledge of maintenance of safety and emergency response equipment at a hazardous materials storage facility.
  • Some knowledge of basic environmental sampling methods.

Abilities

  • Learn County, State, and Federal laws and regulations concerning the identification, handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public, co-workers and others contacted in the course of work.
  • React quickly, efficiently and calmly and adopt an effective course of action in the event of a hazardous materials incident.
  • Maintain accurate and legible records.
  • Prepare written reports, records and inventories.
  • Direct and control traffic in a safe manner around active disposal areas.
  • Determine what types of materials are hazardous.
  • Determine what materials may be disposed of directly at the landfill, and which hazardous materials may be stored or packaged together.
  • Lift and move five (5) gallon cans (equivalent to 50 pounds) in adverse environmental conditions.
  • Move fifty-five (55) gallon drums (equivalent to 600 pounds) using a drum dolly.

Training and Experience

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

  • Solid Waste Inspector I: Completion of lower division college level core coursework in chemistry, biology, environmental studies, social ecology or hazardous materials OR certification of training that meets the California State Standard for training required for hazardous waste workers.
  • Solid Waste Inspector II: Successful completion of probation as a Solid Waste Inspector I for the County of Santa Cruz; or, one year experience in identifying and handling hazardous and toxic materials OR completion of a certificated program in Hazardous Materials Management.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Miscellaneous

Benefit Status: 41
EEOC Job Category: 03
Bargaining Unit: Gen Rep
Worker's Comp Code: 0285
Occupational Grouping: 74

Analyst: CE/MM
Revised Date(s): 4/92

CLASS: TN4; EST: 10/1/1990; REV: 4/1/2008;
CLASS: TN1; EST: 10/1/1990; REV: 4/1/2008;