Metro Hazardous Waste Technician (Closes Feb 2)

Hazardous Waste Technician - temporary

 Salary $18.17 Hourly Location Metro Transfer Stations, OR


Job Number 2017-2331-PES

Closing 2/2/2017 5:00 PM Pacific

Position Summary
Metro recycles most of the hazardous waste it collects and disposes of the rest. We're hiring part-time temporary workers to help with this collection and disposal process.

Under the direction of the Hazardous Waste Facility Supervisor, this position participates in the handling of incoming hazardous waste loads at Metro's hazardous waste collections and Hazardous Waste Facilities, including receiving, identifying, sorting and preparation for disposal of hazardous wastes from households and small businesses.

This is a part-time temporary position with variable work hours, not to exceed 1040 hours in a 12 month period. Work locations include various locations off-site at hazardous waste clean-up events, Metro Central Station (6161 NW 61st Ave., Portland) and Metro South Station (2001 Washington St., Oregon City).

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.


Essential Job Duties
An employee in this position must be able to perform all of the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform. A temporary employee will generally not perform the full scope of duties as listed in the job classification.

  • Assists in receiving, identifying, sorting, and preparation for disposal of incoming household and small business hazardous waste.

  • Assists in setting up and operating off-site hazardous waste collection events.

  • Assists in the cleanup of hazardous waste materials spills.

  • Prepares inventory counts, report forms and transport manifests.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements
High school diploma or GED and any combination of education and experience which would provide the candidate with the desired knowledge, skill and ability required to perform the job. Specialized training or experience in a field related to hazardous waste management is preferred, but not required. Requires the ability to work weekends.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, haulers, other Metro staff and the public

  • Ability to learn and put into practice the fundamentals of waste handling and disposal requirements

  • Ability to learn and follow instruction regarding EPA, DEQ and other regulations pertaining to hazardous waste

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

  • Ability to provide quality customer service

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions


Additional Information
Working conditions: Temporary hazardous waste technicians are often required to perform the elements of this position while encumbered by protective equipment or clothing. This is a highly physical position and may require frequent or continuous standing, stooping, bending, twisting, walking, talking, sitting, fingering, grasping, handling and good general hearing. May also require occasional reaching, feeling, repetitive motions of the hands/wrists, kneeling, climbing, and the ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds and push and/or pull up to 1000 pounds.

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources at 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Representation/classification: This position is represented by AFSCME Local 3580 and falls under the Hazardous Waste – temporary classification.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check:In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Metro participates in the State of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and provides paid sick leave.


01 Why are you interested in becoming a Temporary Hazardous Waste Technician?

    02 Please describe your experience working with hazardous waste or hazardous materials.

      03 Please give a brief description of any experience you have had in working with the general public and providing customer service.

        04 Temporary Hazardous Waste Technicians work part-time, varying shifts. What days and hours are you available to work?