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Hazardous Materials Inspector II- San José Fire Department

Job in San Jose - Santa Clara County - CA California - USA , 95111
Company: City of San Jose, CA
Contract position
Listed on 2021-02-24
Job specializations:
  • Science
  • Research/Development
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose's website at

The San José Fire Department is recruiting to fill three Hazardous Materials Inspector II positions in the Bureau of Fire Prevention Division. The Hazardous Materials Inspector II's may be assigned to Hazardous Materials Development Services group to perform plan reviews and inspections, or to Hazardous Materials Code Enforcement group to conduct detailed field inspections at facilities storing, handling, or using hazardous materials including highly hazardous materials unique to Silicon Valley. Both group activities do cross over, as required for back up and special demands and for cross training, as needed.

The Hazardous Materials II inspector inspects, reviews, and enforces commercial and industrial facilities for compliance with the San Jose Fire Code, California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) regulations, CSFM adopted sections of the California Building Code Series, San Jose Hazardous Materials Storage Permit Ordinance, S and applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) nationally recognized standards.

Duties for this position include, but may not be limited to:

* Providing technical assistance to facilities, consultants, architects, engineers, contractors, department officers/staff and the Fire Marshal on the application and/or interpretation of fire safety codes/regulations and on resolution of fire safety and hazardous materials issues identified in the design, construction or operations of buildings and integrated systems;
* Reviewing and analyze hazardous materials inventory statements for chemical classification;
* Reviewing and analyze hazardous materials business plans, construction documents, monitoring and treatment system plans for compliance with codes and regulations;
* Inspect commercial and industrial facilities and construction sites including reviewing facility maintenance records and document finding in inspections reports.
* Conducting enforcement as necessary including preparing citations and other administrative orders, conducting compliance meetings,
* Preparing enforcement cases for the City Attorney and District Attorney including the preparation of analytical data, reports, assisting in interpreting laws and regulations and providing court testimony, as required;
* Responding to complaint investigations for alleged violations of the aforementioned codes and standards.
* Assisting outside agencies and other City Departments including, Code Enforcement, Building Department, Planning Department, Public Works, and Environmental Services-Wastewater Pretreatment.
* Conduct public record request record searches

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this department. This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this department. The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate's qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Hazardous Materials II classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: A Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry, or a closely related field, including 18 semester units or 24 quarter units of Chemistry.

2. Experience: Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in industrial or hazardous materials inspection or permit issuance, enforcement, and explanation of laws, ordinances, and codes, one year of which must be at the level of a Hazardous Materials Inspector I with the City of San José.

3. Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's License is required.

4. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

* Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.
* Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
* Conflict Management - Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.
* Customer Service - Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently in a timely, accurate, respectful and friendly manner.
* Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
* Multi-Tasking - Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).
* Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.

You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.

* Please indicate your degree and where you obtain this degree.
* Please list the chemistry courses completed to meet the 18 semester units or 24 quarter units of chemistry.
* Describe how you meet the two years of required experience. Please include the following in your response: Job Title, Name of Organization/Agency, Dates of Employment, Specific Job Duties and Responsibilities.
* Please describe your experience in conducting investigations and inspections at commercial, industrial, or environmental settings including reference to related laws, codes, ordinances or services.
* Please describe your background in chemistry and chemical classification systems. Please include your experience applying this knowledge in a commercial or industrial environment.
* Please describe your experience in application of California Fire Code and California Building Code or other hazardous materials government codes.

You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Courtney Phommachack at (Please contact us using the "Apply for this Job Posting" box below)
Position Requirements
Less than 1 Year work experience
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