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Recruitment #18-TM5-01


THE JOB: Under direction supervises, administers and manages the State mandated sampling, monitoring and reporting programs for industrial waste, hazardous and solid wastes, groundwater, surface water, landfill gas, leachate, air quality and soils; reviews contracts reports and tests performed by contractors and environmental consultants, interprets test results and identifies problems, makes recommendations or requires corrections to problems; takes samples, conducts field tests and trains staff on proper sampling and inspection techniques; plans, develops and delivers a variety of safety and educational programs to landfill and inspection staff; supervises inspection of solid waste loads, operation of County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities and solid waste data acquisition at landfill gatehouses, or supervises inspections of industrial waste users for compliance with State and Federal standards; may conduct chemical analysis of solid, industrial or hazardous wastes; reviews newly adopted and standing legislation related to solid and hazardous wastes and resource recovery, or industrial waste pretreatment, waste minimization and source control, and recommends programs and procedures for compliance; represents the County as a technical expert or liaison at the Federal, State and local level for solid and hazardous waste management and related issues, or industrial waste management and waste minimization; researches grant sources, prepares grant applications, and administers grant funded programs; prepares bid proposals and requests for grants for solid waste, hazardous waste and resource recovery projects or industrial waste, waste minimization and source control projects; reviews and makes recommendations on bids and quotes; coordinates with landfill and inspection staff consultants and engineers on landfill construction plans or industrial and hazardous waste discharge pretreatment systems; may serve as construction project resident engineer by reviewing and inspecting work to ensure conformance with plans, specifications and County regulations, as well as maintaining required documentation and processing progress payments; monitors and interprets conditions during storms and other hazardous situations and recommends appropriate actions; prepares complex technical reports and recommendations; plans, develops and implements the Household Hazardous Waste Program and the environmental control programs for the County landfills, or the Industrial Waste, Waste Minimization and Source Control Programs, and other related programs and projects; makes public presentations; attends meetings, conferences, and pertinent educational programs; inputs, accesses and analyzes data using a computer; may act as a technical advisor to District or County boards on policy and technical environmental issues. There is one vacancy in the Department of Public Works. The Environmental Programs Coordinator will work in the Sanitation Operation division.

Employment Standards

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

Equivalent to graduation from college with a major in biological, chemical, physical or soil science, environmental health, environmental or sanitary engineering, industrial hygiene or related field and two years of professional experience in a related field which provides the knowledges and abilities listed below.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of chemical and physical characteristics of organic and inorganic wastes; principles of chemistry, engineering, biology, geology, hydrology, and water, air and soil quality management; research methodology and standard statistical procedures; Federal and State statutes, regulations, legislature and regulatory processes, programs and responsibilities related to solid, hazardous or industrial waste management; methods of storing, handling, recovery, disposal, recycling and minimization of solid, hazardous or industrial wastes; and the principals and practices of hazardous materials safety training, solid or industrial waste inspection and waste minimization practices. Some knowledge of grant development, administration and budgeting.

Ability to: Effectively supervise and train lower level staff to execute required operational and inspection duties in a safe and sound manner around solid, hazardous or industrial waste; collect, compile, analyze and evaluate technical, statistical and relate resource data; prepare and present studies, reports, requests for proposals, grant applications and contracts; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; synthesize and explain complex technical data to a non-scientific audience; understand, interpret, explain and apply laws, ordinances, rules and regulations; plan, organize and complete complex technical projects and make recommendations; design and deliver effective training programs; speak effectively before groups; prepare clear, complete and technically accurate reports; walk over rough terrain; learn to input, access, and analyze data using a computer.


ANNUAL LEAVE – 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS – 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT – Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County pays a portion of retirement contribution and participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE – County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE – Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN – Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.
OTHER – Other pay and benefit items apply to certain positions or assignments, such as Bilingual Pay and Night Shift Differential.

Selection Plan

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 on 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 Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them 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 in one of the following ways:  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. For application materials, contact County of Santa Cruz Department of Public Works Personnel Division, (831) 454-2607.

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.  

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.