Hazardous Materials Inspector

East Bay
4/13/2019 at 5pm
$92,435.00-$112,355.00 Annually

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Fremont is a well-managed and innovative city, and has recently generated national attention by ranking second on the “Best Run City in America” list by 24/7 Wall Street, and America’s third “Sharpest, Smartest City” by Reader’s Digest. Located in the heart of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, Fremont prides itself on innovation, green technology, a low crime rate, great schools, a low unemployment rate, quality parks and nearby open space, and an incredibly diverse population of over 235,439 residents. As a full service city, Fremont employs over 937 regular employees and has a General Fund budget of $205.7 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year. 

Fremont is an employer that values its people, creativity, quality service, integrity, open communication, collaboration, mutual respect, and diversity.  Employees find their work challenging, yet rewarding, and most importantly, enjoy the chance to make a difference through public service.  


As a member of City of Fremont’s Fire Department, the Hazardous Materials Inspector performs administrative, inspection and technical tasks to assist in the administration and implementation and of the City’s Unified Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste Management Program (CUPA), and Fire Code/Fire Prevention Programs.  The Hazardous Materials Inspector is vital to the mission of the Fire Prevention Division to ensure that over 1000 regulated facilities—in such diverse sectors as automotive, semiconductor, medical device, opto-electronic, alternative fuel and biotechnology research, development and manufacturing—remain safe places to work.


- Conduct compliance inspections in businesses and industrial facilities that generate hazardous waste, use aboveground or underground storage tanks or handle hazardous substances reportable under federal, state and local statutes.
- Respond to inquiries concerning City's hazardous materials storage, handling, use and disposal requirements, procedures and fees to inquiring parties.
- Interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, and codes related to hazardous materials/hazardous waste handling, storage, management and disposal.
- Review Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Management Plans for completeness.
- Process permit applications and issue storage permits.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of an electronic data and information management system for the hazardous material section.
- Prepare notices of plan deficiencies.
- Review submitted closure plans for completeness and coordinates site cleanup with other agencies and monitors closure activities.
- Prepare notices of violations and monitor violations for timely correction.
- Re-inspect violations upon notice of correction.
- Serve as a technical information resource concerning hazardous materials and hazardous waste properties and handling techniques.
- May participate in the development review process.
- May conduct training sessions on hazardous materials and hazardous waste, or related topics.
- May represent the city as a technical expert in court.
- Participate in the maintenance of an automated information system related to hazardous materials sites in the city.
- Perform related duties as required by the Fire Marshal/CUPA coordinator.

Ideal Candidate


The successful candidate will have any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be as follows.

- A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, toxicology or a related field and one year of experience in the handling, use and storage of hazardous materials and/or hazardous wastes; OR
- Certification in Hazardous Materials Management plus additional courses in related fields and two years of experience in handling, use and storage of hazardous materials and/or hazardous wastes; OR
- 30 semester units in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, toxicology or a related field and two years of experience in handling, use and storage of hazardous materials and/or wastes.


A forty-hour OSHA certification is desirable.  ICC or SFM certification in California Fire Code is desirable.

Possession of a current ICC California UST Inspector certification is required within 180 days from date of hire.  Successful completion of CalEPA Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector training program is required within 180 days from date of hire. Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license is required.


Current benefit features include:

- CalPERS Retirement Benefit*
- Classic Employees - 2.0% @ 60 benefit, 3 year final average compensation.
- New Employees - 2.0% @ 62 benefit, 3 year final average compensation.
- Required PERS contributions vary by plan.  All required contributions are tax deferred.
- Cafeteria Benefits Plan for employees/dependents includes up to $2,181 monthly to purchase medical, dental and vision plans; child care and medical expenses can be paid for with pre-tax dollars.

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Special Instructions


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The first review of applications is Noon, March 13, 2019.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.