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CUNY Environmental Health and Safety Specialist in Brooklyn, New York

Job Title: Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Job ID: 20788

Location: Brooklyn College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Brooklyn College invites applications for an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist in the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. Under the general direction of the Director, the EHS Specialist assists with the management of all areas of laboratory health and safety, including hazard assessments, health and safety technical services, and waste management in support of the College’s research, teaching, or service activities.

The Environmental Health & Safety Specialist performs the following duties:

  • Assist with performing health and safety inspections and recommending appropriate corrective action. Conduct routine checks including but not limited to: fire safety surveys, ventilation systems evaluations, air monitoring and safety equipment audits in support of lab operations.

  • Administer the campus-wide chemical inventory program. Develop training and educational materials and conduct training for faculty, staff and researchers on variety of EHS topics, including regulatory requirements (e.g., OSHA, RCRA, FDNY).

  • Coordinate handling, storage and disposal of hazardous waste, including chemical radioactive, and infectious materials. Assist with planning and implementation a hazardous waste minimization program. Identify, collect and consolidate hazardous, non-hazardous, and regulated medical waste.

  • Administer the radiation safety program. Coordinate institutional license and prepare periodic surveys of radioactive material use area are. Maintain all required records.

  • Serve as departmental representative with Fire Department and other regulatory bodies, as required, during on-site compliance inspections and regulatory reporting. Represent the Director of EHS at on- or off-campus meetings as required.

  • Serve as an Emergency Coordinator for the campus contingency plan. Respond to hazardous materials incidents and implement necessary spill control measures and decontamination procedures using Level C chemical protective clothing as required.

  • Maintain up-to-date training and education, including licenses & permits, specific to responsibilities. Keep abreast of EHS regulatory issues and technologies; Recommends the use of new technology as appropriate to meet changing requirements and to improve efficiency.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Current Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is desirable but not required

  • Knowledge of the technical specialty, applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines related to area of expertise.

  • Proven ability to quickly assess situations through demonstrated problem-solving skills and knowledge of technology related to EHS discipline.

  • Computer skills commensurate with job responsibilities (e.g., spreadsheet development, word-processing).

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Ability to promptly respond in-person to all campus locations outside of normal business hours, as needed.

  • Professional certification or license may be required by regulation for specific technical areas

  • Knowledge and understanding of radiation safety and ability to serve as campus Radiation Safety Officer (i.e. completion of a 40 hour training course or ability to obtain within 3 months of hire)


Assists in managing academic and administrative environmental health and safety programs.

  • Prepares reports of activities, inventories, incidents, environmental monitoring and related matters

  • Assists in the inspection of laboratories, chemical storage rooms and other facilities, ensuring compliance with government and university regulations

  • Administers biological, chemical, and radioactive waste disposal programs by communicating with faculty and staff, organizing collection, and contacting appropriate disposal vendors

  • May assist in developing compliance strategies and programs for various requirements such as EPA regulations, OSHA/PESH standards and New York's occupational and environmental regulations

  • Works with members of the College community to provide professional guidance and assistance on environmental health and safety implications of various projects

  • May respond to environmental health and safety complaints

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Assistant




$47,340 - $81,855; Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Candidates must attach a cover letter (referenced Job# 20788), current resume and three professional references (name, title, organization, and contact information).


July 27, 2019


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.