Environmental Compliance Specialist

Kansas State University – Manhattan, Kansas

Supports environmental compliance and the management and disposal of hazardous materials. This position conducts or assists the Environmental Compliance Manager with the development and compliance assurance of environmental protection programs mandated as part of RCRA, TSCA, HMTA, Controlled Substances Act, CAA, CWA, and other environmental protection acts and related regulations. Manages hazardous materials and waste, conducts facility compliance inspections, and provides consultation and outreach to the campus. This position is part of a hazardous materials emergency response team that promptly addresses hazardous materials incidents on campus (during and after hours) and conducts related abatement activities.

  • Conduct, develop and update training and outreach materials on environmental compliance, hazardous materials, and waste management.
  • Prepare annual environmental reports for regulatory agencies.
  • Perform inspections of laboratories, classrooms, shops, and other institutional facilities for compliance assurance of hazardous waste management/storage requirements, chemical safety, environmental regulations, and institutional procedures.
  • Document compliance deficiencies in writing and/or in computer databases or software programs.
  • Calculate air emissions by review of technical specifications of source equipment, raw fuel/contaminant materials, pollution control equipment, and related regulatory criteria.
  • Collect, transport, segregate and characterize hazardous materials, hazardous waste, universal waste, and medical waste.
  • Bulk and transfer chemicals to a drum or lab pack.
  • Maintain hazardous materials and air emissions database.
  • Participate as part of the emergency response team and respond to hazardous materials spills and releases during and after hours.
  • Collect environmental media samples and determine appropriate sampling and analytical methods to assess the presence of contaminant levels.
  • Position may receive vaccinations to protect against infectious diseases related to their potential exposures, such as hepatitis.
  • Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals, radiation, and potentially infectious materials.
  • Will use chemical incident response assessment instrumentation including but not limited to Photoionization Detector, 4/5 gas meters, combustible gas meter, mercury monitor, mercury vacuum. Will use environmental samplers or sampling equipment/devices.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree and one to three years of relevant experience. Various licensure is required; exact licensure is dependent upon job duties assigned. An educational equivalency may be used as determined relevant by a hiring manager.

Other Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
  • 40-hour HAZWOPER certification and DOT 49CFR174 hazmat upon hire or within 90 days of hire
  • Must have a valid Kansas driver’s license within 3 months of hire
  • A pre-employment/post-offer physical and annual medical exam is required
  • Must be medically approved to wear respiratory protection in the form of negative or positive pressure respirators, including N95, half and/or full-face mask, SCBA, and PAPR
  • Ability to transport up to 50lbs
  • Push and pull full 55-gallon drums using a drum dolly or other mechanical aid
  • Respond as needed for the Emergency Response Team
  • Requires enrollment in the hazmat medical surveillance program and respiratory protection program
  • Must be medically cleared to use related PPE, including SCBA
  • EHS has rotating shared on-call 24/7 responsibilities