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Environmental Safety Coordinator

The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, US
Closing date
Jun 15, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
The Environmental Health and Safety Office is looking for an Environmental Safety Coordinator. Use your chemistry background to work as part of a team in an established waste management program. This program performs the safe collection, transportation, and disposal of chemical, radioactive, and biological wastes generated on campus. You will interface with laboratory personnel to ensure appropriate waste packaging, movement and disposal for personal and environmental safety. This position routinely moves 50 pounds, moves drums and containers using carts and trucks, and wears a respirator.

Selected candidates will be expected to participate in an exercise to demonstrate knowledge of chemistry during the interview.

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:

About the Environmental Health and Safety Office
The Environmental Health & Safety Office (EHS) provides services intended to promote health and safety, regulatory compliance, and environmental management. We offer a variety of services in the areas of Biological, Chemical, Occupational, and Radiation safety as well as select Environmental programs. Some of the direct services that we offer include chemical and radiation exposure monitoring, worksite hazard evaluations, workplace safety surveys, safety equipment recommendations, safety program reviews, safety training, and disposal of hazardous chemical, radioactive and infectious waste. Consultative services include regulatory compliance assistance programs to address OSHA, EPA, and CDC/USDA-related responsibilities within health care, research, academic, facility and service environments.

EHS has over 100 safety-related educational programs that are intended to inform individuals of potential hazards in their workplace. By utilizing the information presented, individuals will be capable of identifying risks inherent in their work and developing safe work practices and protocols in order to protect not only themselves, but others in the immediate area. Our goal is to continuously improve workplace safety for faculty, staff, and students.

For your efforts, you will enjoy:
  • Working with qualified staff who will develop your skills to successfully perform this role.
  • Competitive compensation, with the potential for annual increases; health insurance, and a retirement plan with employer contributions.
  • Paid leave provisions: 24 days of vacation, 9 holidays and sick leave accrual.
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees establish their career and enhance the quality of personal life. For more information, visit Benefits at UI.


Education or Equivalency Required

  • A Bachelor's degree in chemistry, or
  • Associate degree in chemistry, industrial technology, hazardous materials management, or environmental science, that includes coursework in chemistry and organic chemistry, plus two years related working experience, or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Qualifications
  • Effective communication skills to interpret safe disposal information and discuss procedures with diverse laboratory personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and contribute to a positive and productive team culture.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs and mobile devices for data recording and retrieval.
  • Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards, including the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver's License with a Hazardous Materials Endorsement within 3 months of employment.

Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience with handling hazardous materials.
  • Familiarity with chemical safety, waste management, research environments, RCRA, DOT and OSHA regulations.
  • Familiarity with radiation safety and associated regulations.
  • Familiarity with biological safety and associated regulations.
  • Experience with data entry.
  • Experience with use of forklift.

Position and Application Details and Instructions:
Include your driver's license information under the Experience & Credentials section, as a license.

Upload the following required documents and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification, and verification of a valid state or commercial driver's license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact: VPR Talent (

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

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