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  2022-11-22     County of Santa Cruz - Public Works     701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor - Room 410, Santa Cruz     Salary: $4,829 – 6,115 / Month, $27.86 - $35.28 hour  

THE JOB: 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.

The current need is for temporary/extra-help and will be required to work primarily on Saturdays, and 1-2 days per week (Monday – Friday); however, the list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for a full-time, part-time, substitute, and extra-help (temporary) positions during the life of the eligible list.

*The official title of this position is Solid Waste Inspector I, which is the trainee and first working level in the Solid Waste Inspector series.

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

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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver’s license.

Knowledge: Some knowledge of material identification and their effects on the environment; health and safety procedures for hazardous materials handling; and basic environmental sampling methods.

Ability to: 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; and move fifty-five (55) gallon drums (equivalent to 600 pounds) using a drum dolly.

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated in the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral, and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at or mail/bring an application and supplemental questionnaire to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600. Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.

Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.

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