Metro Hazardous Waste Technician (closes 10/23)

Metro Hazardous Waste Technician - temporary

Salary $18.53 Hourly

Location Metro Transfer Stations, OR

Job Type Temporary

Department Property and Environmental Services

Job Number 2017-2331-PES-1

Closing 10/23/2017 5:00 PM Pacific

Position Summary

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 collection events (Round Ups), Metro Central Station (6161 NW 61st Ave., Portland) and Metro South Station (2001 Washington St., Oregon City).

We need help protecting the things we love about this place that we call home.  If you have an interest in recycling and sustainability and want to ensure our next generation of Oregonians have opportunities to clean air, water and land, we hope you will consider a position with our team as a hazardous waste technician. While not required of this position, it also helps to have knowledge of how hazardous waste impacts the environment.

We're a department oriented around teamwork and we look forward to welcoming new employees with great attitudes who are eager to learn and serve the public. Attention to detail, respect towards team members and an ability to provide excellent customer service are all super important.

This job offers opportunities to participate in the handling of incoming hazardous waste loads at Metro's Hazardous Waste Facilities and collection sites, including receiving, identifying, sorting and packaging of hazardous wastes from households and small businesses.

Still aren't sure about what this position is all about? Let us give you a tour! Applicants who are invited to interview will also be given the opportunity to tour our facilities beforehand so you can see what we're talking about.
To learn more about the Round Ups that Metro participates in, please watch a brief time lapse video.

This position reports to the Hazardous Waste Facility Supervisor. Lead direction is received from a Hazardous Waste Specialist.

We are excited to train the next hazardous waste technicians.  Are you ready to learn, grow and provide service to the public in an effort to put your hallmark on making Oregon great for generations to come?  Then consider applying to join our team as a hazardous waste technician.

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 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.

  • 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.

This position in represented by AFSCME 3850 as a Hazardous Waste Technician (click to read the full classification). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.


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.
Some proficiency in a second language (Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Vietnamese) is preferred.

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 federal, state 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: This position requires the ability to perform those activities necessary to complete the essential functions of the job, either with or without reasonable accommodation. Incumbents 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 aided by material handling equipment. Duties require incumbent to work indoors and outdoors, subject to inclement weather.

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 (503) 797-1570.

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.

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