Environmental Technician

Stanislaus County - Stanislaus County, CA3.8

About the Department and the Position GENERAL INFORMATION

This recruitment is being conducted to fill a vacancy for the Department of Environmental Resources and establish an eligible list to fill future full-time and part-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County.

Oral examinations are tentatively scheduled for the week of 10/8/2018.

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.


Stanislaus County is located in Central California within 90 minutes of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and California's Central Coast. With an estimated 538,388 people calling this area home, the community reflects a region rich in diversity with a strong sense of community. Two of California's major north-south transportation routes (Interstate 5 and Highway 99) intersect the area and the County has quickly become one of the dominant logistics center locations on the west coast.

The County is home to a vibrant arts community with the world-class Gallo Center for the Arts, a symphony orchestra, and abundant visual and performing arts. Stanislaus County is a global center for agribusiness, positioned by its mild Mediterranean climate, rich soils and progressive farming practices.

The area is recognized internationally for agricultural innovation with wine, almonds, poultry, milk, cattle, and walnuts being some of the features industries. The County is also home to Stanislaus State University, Modesto Junior College and benefits from satellite locations of other high quality educational institutions. The County was established in 1854 and has a total land area of 1,515 square miles. Temperatures range from an average low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, to an average high of 85 degrees in the summer.

The Department of Environmental Resources (DER) and Parks & Recreation have a combined total of 11 service areas. The DER service areas include Administration, Environmental Health, Code Enforcement, Solid Waste, Hazardous Materials, Landfill, Groundwater Management, and Milk and Dairy. The Parks & Recreation service areas include Administration, County Centers/Community Parks, Woodward Reservoir and Modesto Reservoir. The two departments have a total of 151 full-time employees with a Fiscal Year 2018 - 2019 combined budget of nearly $42 million.


This position is distinguished from the classification of Hazardous Materials Specialist in that it is an assistant level position. Incumbents in this position perform a variety of hazmat related duties as needed to assist the staff under the supervision of a program manager and the guidance of Hazardous Materials Specialist. Incumbents may be subject to overtime, weekend and call-back assignments.

This classification may also be used to fill seasonal or part-time extra-help positions, such as those relating to farm business plan inspection and temporary collection events.

Typical Tasks
  • Identify and analyze hazardous materials through the use of scientific methods and principles to determine proper disposal methods;
  • Retrieve, repack and transport abandoned hazardous waste from roadside dumping sites;
  • Work in computer databases that manage regulated facilities, hazardous materials and hazardous waste;
  • Verify information regarding compliance with hazardous materials laws and regulations;
  • Respond to abandoned hazardous waste disposal sites, work with Hazardous Material Specialists in assessing the level of contamination, site conditions, and land use factors;
  • Prepare clear, complete and technically accurate reports to management officials or to the State;
  • Conduct community presentations and workshops to apply interpretation of appropriate laws of regulating hazardous materials;
  • Collect environmental data, analyze and evaluate data and reach sound conclusion of percentages of hazardous waste collected in the county;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with the general public, business and industry, and other professionals and government agencies;
  • Wear personal protective clothing and equipment, including respirators;
  • Make oral presentations before groups and communicate verbally in a clear and effective manner;
  • Knowledge of basic hazardous materials management principles and practices;
  • Work with Hazardous Material Specialists, senior Hazardous Material Specialist and managers in gathering information for program needs, such as purchase requests, vendors, etc.;
  • Strategically build and maintain relationships with vendors for purchasing supplies and disposing of hazardous materials;
  • Conduct cost comparisons with vendors for services and supplies;
  • Input data of hazardous materials collected and disposed of;
  • Effectively serve as lead worker to temporary employees during operations;
  • Perform investigative and follow-up work;
  • Properly label waste description, accumulation and start dates on the appropriate containers in the waste storage areas;
  • Segregating hazardous waste stored on premises;
  • Conduct daily facility safety inspections on hazardous waste containers on premises;
  • Identify proper UN, EPA and special permit numbers on the uniform hazardous material manifests or logs;
  • Fill out bill of lading and uniform hazardous waste manifest forms; and
  • Perform other job duties as related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Ability, Knowledge, Education/Experience) SKILLS/ABILITIES
  • Read, interpret and apply laws, rules and regulations;
  • Keep records and prepare concise, accurate reports;
  • Meet the public with tact, courtesy and firmness, as necessary; and
  • Lift and dump full hazardous materials containers and/or other heavy objects.
  • Basic laboratory analysis and techniques;
  • Principles of environmental sanitation; and
  • Methods of making sanitary inspections and enforcing laws.
  • Two (2) years of college with a major in Environmental Health Science or a related field, including a minimum of 12 units in basic science courses, OR
  • Experience sufficient to demonstrate competency in the abilities and knowledge specified.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "duties" section of the online application.

  • Class B Commercial License with Hazardous Endorsement; OR
  • HAZWOPER 40 hour training; OR
  • Forklift Operator Certification; OR
  • Lab Pak Level 1 Training; OR
  • U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Training.

Application and Selection Procedures CLASSIFICATION INFORMATION

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Technical Services bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months for a total of eighteen months. The probationary period does not apply to unclassified positions.

The County of Stanislaus is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to submit online application(s) for open position(s).

Stanislaus County is committed to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, supervisors, and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy related condition, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), political affiliation or belief, or military or veteran status.

Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete application.
Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Applicants requiring testing accommodations are required to complete and submit the Testing Accommodation Request Form prior to the test administration date. Special arrangements for religious convictions should be included in the "Additional Information" section of the application form.

http://www.stancounty.com/personnel/pdf/ADATestingForm.pdf (Download PDF reader)

  • Pass County-paid pre-employment drug screening and job-related background investigation.
  • Perform job duties in a manner assuring a safe working environment for oneself and others.
  • Maintain confidential information according to the legal standards and/or County regulations as required.
Application and/or examination results may be appealed by applicants presenting facts alleging irregularity, fraud and/or error in application screening or in exam scoring. Appeals must be in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer within seven (7) days after the examination results are mailed.


The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at http://www.stancounty.com/riskmgmt/ under "Disability Management."


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Stanislaus County reserves the right to revise the examination plan described in this bulletin to better meet the needs of County service. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The information contained in the bulletin is information, which sets forth a general summary of benefits for this respective position. This information is not legally binding. The benefits and other information regarding this position may be found in the Stanislaus County Code, the Stanislaus County Personnel Policies manual, or in the applicable Memorandum of Understandings, and such information prevails over information contained in this bulletin. Questions regarding this bulletin may be directed to the Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office/ Human Resources.