Job Details

Valley Water
  • Position Number: 3171277
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Occupational and Environmental Safety


Environmental Health & Safety Specialist I/II (EH&S Specialist) (2 Positions)

Valley Water



Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01484-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Emergency, Safety and Security

Closing: 7/6/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Description

NOTE Regarding Salary: A 3% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) will apply as of 6-27-22

Environmental, Health and Safety Unit (Position Code 572 & 643)
Environmental Health & Safety Specialist I: $8,586.93 - $10,994.53 monthly Environmental Health & Safety Specialist II: $9,476.13 - $12,129.87 monthly
COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
*To protect our most valuable assets, our employees, as well as the communities we serve, Valley Water requires all newly hired Valley Water personnel to be fully vaccinated (for COVID -19) or to be formally excused from the requirement through the **reasonable accommodation process (for details, see bottom of job posting)

Valley Water Telework Program: Eligibility for telework will depend on the type of work performed, operational needs, and the ability for the employee to perform the essential functions of their job duties while teleworking. Employment with Valley Water requires employees to live within 150 miles of their primary physical work location located in San Jose, California by their start date.
This position is eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, typically working 40% remote and 60% onsite.

Overview:We are seeking an Environmental Health & Safety I/II Specialist to join Valley Water's Environmental, Health & Safety Unit. The Safety Specialist will report to the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager and will provide administrative and technical support for the Valley Water-wide health and safety programs; including, assisting with assignments associated with facilities environmental compliance. The Safety Specialist will perform technical and administrative duties associated with managing programs related to occupational safety, industrial hygiene, environmental issues, health issues, fire protection, hazardous waste and hazardous materials storage and handling, biological safety, and/or other closely related environmental, health and safety (EH&S) subject areas.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, oversee, act as project lead, and participate in the development and implementation of Permit Required Confined Space Program, Control of Hazardous Energy Program, Electrical Safety Program, and Hot Work Permit Program.
  • Administer and coordinate the Fire Prevention and Emergency Action Planning program including recruitment and assembly of Employee Emergency Response Team members, conducting a minimum of 10 emergency building evacuation drills per year. Include hazardous materials tabletop drill scenarios for those normally occupied facilities with Hazardous Material Business Plans. Update facility Emergency Action Plans as required.
  • Coordinate required training, and other activities, such as new hire employee safety orientation, confined space entry, control of hazardous energy, fire extinguisher training, hot work permit, other training requirements as assigned and providing consultation on safe work practices.
  • Conduct contractor safety qualification reviews. Evaluate contractors and suppliers prior to contract award, whose work for Valley Water involves construction, maintenance and any other activity that has associated life safety critical tasks or operations such as assembly and use of scaffolding, lockout/tagout, confined space entry, working at elevated locations, live electrical work, excavation or trenching, tunneling, hot work, delivery and off-loading of bulk hazardous materials from tanker trucks, or any other activity that requires specialized training to prevent serious injury or a catastrophic event.
  • Conduct Tier II inspections (facility safety inspections) based on Valley Water and regulatory requirements for specific sites, e.g., SCVWD work instructions, Cal/Fed OSHA, NFPA, Cal Fire Code, Cal EPA, DTSC etc. Generate a report using Simple but Needed (SBN) database. Serve as secondary/backup Tier II Inspection coordinator. Utilize the SBN database to track and update changes to Tier II inspection findings, i.e., reassigning findings, closing findings, and updating progress with correcting findings. Assist Unit Managers or designated staff with addressing Tier II Inspection findings. Explain regulatory requirements and reasoning behind inspection findings. Provide recommendations and available options for correcting findings. Review inspection findings that have been submitted for closure by Unit Managers.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Level I:
Two (2) years of experience administering environmental, health or safety programs and projects.
Level II:
Four (4) years of experience administering environmental, health or safety programs and projects.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Level I
  • Operate and maintain a variety of safety equipment and hand and power tools.
  • Learn to and administer safety training to Valley Water staff.
  • Learn, interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, standards, technical written material, and Valley Water policies, procedures, and work instructions.
  • Perform mathematical calculations.
  • Read engineer drawings, architectural, mechanical, and other technical documents.
  • Maintain records and prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use common desktop applications and software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, and prudence within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Level II
  • Operate and maintain a variety of safety equipment and hand and power tools.
  • Learn to and administer safety training to Valley Water staff.
  • Learn, interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, standards, technical written material, and Valley Water policies, procedures, and work instructions.
  • Perform mathematical calculations.
  • Read engineer drawings, architectural, mechanical, and other technical documents.
  • Maintain records and prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Use common desktop applications and software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, and prudence within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Assess safety training needs; develop and coordinate safety training programs in assigned area; monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of programs.
  • Gather and analyze information regarding accidents; reconstruct accidents; determine relevant issues and causes; recommend preventative measures.
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate safety practices and regulations.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations such as CalOSHA, technical written material, and Valley Water policies and procedures.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision and within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines.
Ideal Knowledge:
Level I
  • Common technical environmental, health and safety programs, including confined space entry, fall protection, control of hazardous energy, electrical and arc flash safety, hazardous materials and hazardous waste management, hearing conservation, respiratory protection.
  • Use of common safety equipment.
  • Common desktop applications and software as well as specialized software related to the work.
  • Processes, equipment, and environmental conditions involved in construction and facility maintenance work, including standard protective devices and accident prevention measures.
  • Principles, practices, and methods effective in safety training.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Technical report writing.
  • Research, analytical, and statistical methods.
  • Best practices for office procedures, methods, and equipment.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Principles and techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Valley Water staff
Level II
  • Common technical environmental, health and safety programs, including confined space entry, fall protection, control of hazardous energy, electrical and arc flash safety, hazardous materials and hazardous waste management, hearing conservation, respiratory protection.
  • Use of common safety equipment.
  • Common desktop applications and software as well as specialized software related to the work.
  • Processes, equipment, and environmental conditions involved in construction and facility maintenance work, including standard protective devices and accident prevention measures.
  • Principles, practices, and methods effective in safety training.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Technical report writing.
  • Research, analytical, and statistical methods.
  • Best practices for office procedures, methods, and equipment.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Principles and techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Valley Water staff
  • Methods and techniques of developing and conducting safety training programs.
  • Applicable federal and state laws, including the labor code relating to federal and state OSHA regulations, federal DOT regulations, and federal, and local environmental, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of sound environmental, health, and safety management and accident/injury prevention.
  • Principles and practices of basic industrial hygiene programs.
  • Illness and Injury Prevention Program components and concepts.
  • Principles and procedures used in the proper handling of chemicals and hazardous waste.
  • Principles and methods of developing and presenting safety education and training programs for employees.
  • Permissive exposure limits, threshold limit values, and time-weighted averages for exposure monitoring.
  • Roles and responsibilities are defined in the Valley Water's Injury and Illness Prevention Program.
Ideal Training and Education:
Level I:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in industrial safety, construction technology, environmental sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, or a related field.
Level II:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in industrial safety, construction technology, environmental sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, or a related field.

Level I and II
Education Substitution
Directly related experience may be substituted for the college requirement on the basis of one and one-half years of experience for one year of education to a maximum of four years.

Required License or Certificate

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
  • Incumbents are expected to obtain and maintain certification for specific programs and equipment in which they conduct training and maintain equipment.
To review the Classification Specification, please click here (Download PDF reader)

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.
COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
* Fully vaccinated means (1) it has been at least two weeks since a person has completed the entire recommended series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and (2) the person has provided proof of vaccination in a form consistent with the requirements for verification of vaccine status in the State of California's July 26, 2021 Public Health Officer Order.
**Limited Exemptions to Vaccination Requirement
An individual who has been provided a job offer may request a reasonable accommodation to the vaccination requirement if they:
1. Have a contraindication recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the vaccine's manufacturer to every approved COVID-19 vaccine. A contraindication means a condition that makes vaccination inadvisable;
2. Have a disability and are requesting an exception as a reasonable accommodation based upon this disability; or,
3. Object to COVID-19 vaccination based on their sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.




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