Environmental Technician Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$43,031.46 - $71,719.23 Annually
Apr 24, 2021
May 08, 2021
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Job Announcement

Performs all functions related to the collection, segregation, stabilization, packaging, labeling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste collected from Fairfax County residents through the Fairfax County Household Hazardous Waste Solid Waste Management Program. Responds to questions and telephone calls from citizens and Fairfax County-based businesses. Conducts all necessary analytical testing methods to ensure proper waste characterization. Performs lab packing for chemical disposal, assists in the coordination of the monthly pickup of hazardous materials by the county-approved hazardous waste disposal vendor, assists in recycling various waste streams as part of county waste minimization initiatives, assists in conducting business hazardous waste disposal events (CESQGs), and maintains accurate record keeping data. Trained and knowledgeable with RCRA, DOT, and OSHA (HAZWOPER) regulations. Applies all applicable federal, state, and local regulations regarding the acceptance, storage, and disposal of household hazardous waste. Coordinates orders and maintains supplies with the program supervisor. Engages in safety working practices and complies with Solid Waste safety programs and guidelines. Complies with the DPWES Safety Competencies. Duties are performed under general supervision. Working hours for this position include weekends and holidays. This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of hazardous waste materials and chemicals, their packaging and disposal;
  • Knowledge of EPA Subtitle D and C regulations for collection and disposal of waste as well as Virginia Regulation 9 VAC 20-60-10 et seq. regarding hazardous waste collection, storage, treatment, and transportation;
  • Knowledge of hazardous waste testing methodologies;
  • Knowledge of safety regulations relating to the handling of hazardous waste chemicals;
  • Ability to wear required personal protective equipment including respirators and protective clothing;
  • Ability to collect samples for laboratory and quality control analysis;
  • Ability to identify organic compounds and toxic chemicals using established identification techniques;
  • Ability to operate a forklift;
  • Ability to prepare accurate and complete documentation required by regulatory agencies;
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions;
  • Ability to work independently.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from high school or GED issued by a state department of education, with coursework in chemistry or other physical or biological sciences; plus three years’ experience in environmental work, such as conducting regulatory inspections, processing chemicals and/or household hazardous waste, or acceptable laboratory experience.

  • Valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License.
  • DOT Medical Card.
  • OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hour course within 6 months of hire.
  • DOT Hazmat Course 49 CFR within 6 months of hire.
  • RCRA within 6 months of hire.
  • CDL Class B - with Hazardous Materials Endorsement H or X within one year of hire.
  • Forklift Safety Training Certificate within 3 months of hire.
  • First Aid within 6 months of hire.
  • CPR within 6 months of hire.
  • AED within 6 months of hire.

  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a pre-employment physical examination, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • Adequate color perception is necessary to identify chemical changes.


Proficient knowledge of RCRA Hazardous Waste, non- RCRA hazardous waste, non-hazardous Waste, and Universal Waste. Knowledge of OSHA HAZCOM, GHS, and SDS Instructions. Experience in waste sampling determination methods. Proficient experience with Microsoft Office Suite. Proficient knowledge with RCRA, DOT, and HAZWOPER. Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act Certification. DOT Hazardous Material Employee Certification. 40-HAXWOPER certification.

This position requires one to be able to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, kneel, crouch, reach, crawl, lift, and handle materials with manual dexterity. Visual acuity is required to read and operate electronic & field monitoring equipment. Employee may be required to lift up to 50 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include written exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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