Friday, January 28, 2022

Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist (LOP)

Local Oversight Program

Recruitment #21-5655-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.


Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.


Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California's seventh-largest county.  The County employs 9,700 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $3.4 billion.  Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city.  One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas.  As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens.  The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles.  The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.  



Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents. Health Care Services Agency currently has multiple career opportunities for experienced professionals to become part of a service delivery team dedicated to the optimal health and well-being of Alameda County residents.  For more information about the Health Care Services Agency, please visit



Alameda County Department of Environmental Health operates various programs to protect the public.  For more information about the Department of Environmental Health, please visit



Under general direction conducts hazardous waste investigations and evaluates and interprets problems of environmental and public health hazards. This classification provides lead responsibility for those programs staffed by Hazardous Materials Specialists or Hazardous Materials Technicians and is assigned the more difficult or complex tasks.


Positions in this classification are located in the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), Local Oversight Program (LOP), and the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program, and within the Director’s Office of the Environmental Health Department, reporting to a Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist or the appropriate program Chief. Incumbents in this position conduct investigations and site data analysis for industrial, governmental and community sites for potential health hazards, environmental impact or regulatory compliance concerns. In all assignments, the Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist assists in the development, standardization and implementation of the Department’s environmental management protocols.


The Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist is distinguished from the Senior Environmental Health Specialist in that the latter is primarily responsible for environmental and public health impacts associated with the improper use or storage of hazardous materials or has responsibility for the safe operation of Household Hazardous Waste Facilities, HHWF's. Positions in this class differ from those in the next higher class of Supervising Hazardous Materials Specialist or appropriate program Chief, as incumbents do not exercise full supervisory authority in hiring, evaluating or disciplining staff, but they do assist in these processes.



In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications and knowledge, skills and abilities listed below, the ideal candidate for this position will have strong background in site remediation and thorough knowledge of State regulations and guidelines applicable to Leaking Underground Fuel Tank (LUFT) and other Site Cleanup Program (SCP) cases; strong ability to gather, analyze and compile information and implement regulations to address compliance related issues and problems; and demonstrated experience leading others in the field of environmental site assessment and remediation.


Ideal candidates will also be well prepared to assume a technical lead role that includes training/mentoring others, as well as representing the programs and the Department in interactions with the public and other agencies. Ideal candidates will also:

  • Be a technical lead for LOP programs, planning, organizing, delegating, and reviewing the work of other team members.  
  • Be a supportive team leader training, coaching, and mentoring staff to optimize team members; able to detect when a situation should be prioritized and or when it should be referred to upper management.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with team members and others; relate well to people of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds. 
  • Interpret, apply, and explain relevant laws, regulations, pertinent Federal, State and Local standards, and program requirements and concepts.
  • Develop, standardize, and implement environmental protocols and regulations to address compliance related issues
  • Perform field investigations; prepare clear, concise, comprehensive reports and correspondence; and maintain accurate records.
  • Interpret technical data and reports related to environmental contamination.
  • Problem-solve, exercising sound good judgment; thinking logically, taking initiative, and reacting calmly under pressure to arrive at sound conclusions. 
  • Communicate effectively, clearly, and concisely, both orally and in writing with staff and the general public.
  • Be a strong collaborator and consensus builder with exceptional organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to plan and organize work for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner. 
  • Be flexible and adaptable with the ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; manage time and resources to appropriately prioritize and complete goals relating to regulatory case oversight; learn and adapt to new procedures and processes quickly and successfully. 
  • Identify and detect safety issues and hazardous working conditions; check equipment and/or work area regularly.


For a detailed listing of the essential responsibilities and core competency requirements for this position, please click here for the job description.


The minimum professional requirements for admission to the competitive assessment process include:


Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in industrial hygiene, environmental health science, physical science, engineering science or a related field. Eligibility for certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene if assigned to the CUPA Program is desirable. Professional registration as a Geologist or Engineer if part of the LOP Program is desirable.

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The equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the class of Hazardous Materials Specialist in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

The equivalent of three years of full-time experience in the class of Hazardous Materials Technician including some lead experience in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in a position equivalent to the County's class of Hazardous Materials Specialist. Work experience equivalency is not limited to public agency experience. A Master's degree in an appropriate field may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Some lead or supervisory experience is desirable.

Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Incumbents must be certified under applicable Occupational Health and Safety standards as established within HAZWOPER guidelines within 6 months of appointment.


Special Requirement:


  • LOP Specialty: The Local Oversight Program designation requires possession of the minimum experience requirement specifically to include: providing regulatory and technical oversight for leaking Underground Storage Tank sites and other contamination sites; review and analysis of technical data and evaluates the effectiveness of corrective actions at contaminated sites; and conducting environmental investigations; investigating potential community health hazards; evaluating sites based on current and future use; and ensuring compliance with the applicable laws and regulations. 
  •  May require working under adverse working conditions and in adverse weather.
  • When assigned to the HHW, employee may be asked to perform various physical demands such as lifting up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, climbing and walk or stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • When assigned to CUPA/LOP may be asked to walk on uneven surfaces or walk or stand for prolonged periods of time.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:


Knowledge of:

• Public Health, industrial hygiene, environmental sanitation, environmental contamination, geology and engineering practices and principles.
• Method, techniques and practices used in the determination, mitigation and elimination of health hazards.
• Pertinent Federal, State and local standards, guidelines, codes, laws and regulations governing environmental contamination.
• Practices in the transportation and disposal of hazardous wastes.
• Statistical methods and survey techniques.
• Operations of a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
• Categorizing and packaging hazardous wastes for shipment.
• Advanced principles and practices related to environmental contamination.
• Computer applications related to work.

Ability to:

• Perform field investigations.
• Collect samples of substances.
• Prepare comprehensive reports.
• Interpret technical data and reports related to environmental contamination.
• Exercise sound independent judgment.
• Maintain accurate records and prepare clear and concise technical and administrative correspondence.
• Interpret and apply relevant laws and regulations.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing with staff and the general public.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with team members.
• Direct and train staff.
• Delegate work assignments.
• Review work in progress.


The examination will consist of the following steps: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. 2) Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process which is a review of candidates' Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process. 3) Those candidates selected as best qualified will move on to the next step in the examination process, an oral interview examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview examination may contain situational exercises.




We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.


To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:  



Deadline for Filing

5:00pm, Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Review of Minimum Qualification

January 11, 2022

Supplemental Questionnaire Review for Best Qualified

February 4, 2022

Oral Interview Exam**

February 18, 2022

**The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.




Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.


NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Nicole Lewis-Bolton, Human Resources Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 272-6468 •



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