Under the direction of the Regulated Waste Program Manager, the Waste Management Specialist is responsible for the compliant transportation and waste determination of chemicals and other hazardous materials on campus.
The Waste Management Specialist minimizes the quantities of hazardous chemicals and other materials on campus; implements policies and procedures for laboratory cleanouts and universal waste storage and disposal requirements; consults on the safe management of laboratory chemicals and hazardous waste; performs program fieldwork (including waste collection, transport and handling, and incineration); and provides guidance for the safe transfer of building-to-building transfers of hazardous materials.
Additionally, this position will guide the campus regarding compliance with regulations mandated by the State of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Department of Transportation (DOT) as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Labor (OSHA).
This position will be within the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) department under the Division of Facilities, Planning, and Management (FP&M) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. FP&M is a full-spectrum service organization that builds, maintains, and operates the physical environment of the UW-Madison campus in support of the university's education, research, and outreach activities. The EHS department provides guidance, technical consultations, and expertise to the campus community in the areas of biological, chemical, environmental, engineering, radiation, and fire safety.
Identifies and develops plans to address safety issues, provides consultation, and tracks and manages cases in a specific area of specialty so all work, recreation, and research can be performed safely and in compliance will all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and standards. Makes recommendations for the control of identified hazards and assesses hazards using relevant regulatory methodologies.
20% Secures resources and schedules logistics for a safety program
20% Identifies operational and safety issues and develops improvement plans and standard operating procedures
20% Provides knowledge and guidance to internal and external stakeholders including leadership, in a specialized area of safety such biosafety, chemical, hazardous materials, agriculture, lake, radiation, and Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
10% Directs logistical activities, allocates resources and investigates components of specific health and safety cases
5% Communicates findings to necessary stakeholders
5% Reviews industry updates and may assist in developing safety communication materials based on industry changes
5% Responsible for implementing the UW-Madison's regulated waste management programs, with major emphasis placed on the area of hazardous (chemical), infectious, and universal waste management
5% Receives, handles, transports, incinerates, treat, and dispose all UW-Madison hazardous materials, including research animal and chemical waste safely and appropriately
5% Maintains and keeps hazardous waste and storage facility within regulatory requirements. The facility is inspected periodically by the State Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. EPA
5% Responsible for implementing hazardous waste regulations by making waste determinations and disposal considerations according to state and federal regulations
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Preferred Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Environmental Science or related field
REQUIRED: - Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Environmental Science, or a related field with some additional training in handling and transporting hazardous materials (including chemical waste) and chemical safety OR equivalent experience.
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chief Incinerator License, OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER Certification, and DOT CDL with a hazmat endorsement are required, OR the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships through effective oral and written communication.
PREFERRED: The list of preferred knowledge/skills below are highlighting competencies that an ideal candidate would possess. We do not expect nor require that a new employee would have all the competencies in the list below.
- Knowledge of chemical properties and hazards. - Knowledge of the chemistry of elements and compounds including reactions and chemical treatment procedures. - Knowledge of chemical sampling and analysis. - Knowledge of occupational safety principles, including identification of improper chemical handling practices. - Knowledge of laboratory operations, procedures, and techniques. - Knowledge of environmental science principles and activities which contribute to environmental pollution or pose risks to the community or the environment, including identification of improper chemical use, proper management of waste oil, and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) and environmental management practices. - Knowledge of chemical waste management principles, including the merits, efficacy, and propriety of various chemical waste management techniques; proper hazardous waste handling and storage procedures; laboratory chemical treatment methods; and hazardous waste disposal methods. - Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and university license conditions pertaining to chemical and environmental safety. - Understanding of the goals, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the Chemical and Environmental Safety program.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Occasional nights and weekends may be required.
Typical Work Hours/Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications
The minimum salary for this position is $60,000, but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.
This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf.
Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.
In the event you are required to work in or around animal facilities, you will be enrolled in the appropriate medical surveillance program.
How to Apply:
To begin the application process, click the "apply now" button. Please submit a resume and cover letter. In your application materials, detail your experience as it pertains to Waste Management Specialist position.
We also require contact information for three professional references, one of which must be your current supervisor. We will not contact your current supervisor without advance notice.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.