1308 Environmental Management Technician


TITLE Environmental Management Technician




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Environmental Management

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for Administrative Services


The Environmental Management Technician assists the Director of Environmental Management in the acquisition, handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous chemical materials on Missouri State University campuses to ensure compliance with environmental laws, rules, and regulations.  The Environmental Management Technician works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to promote proper handling of chemicals and chemical wastes and safety practices in areas where chemicals are in use.


Education: A Bachelor's degree is required; a Bachelor's degree in an environmentally-related discipline, such as physical, biological, or health sciences, engineering, or an appropriately related field is preferred.

Experience: At least two years of experience working within an environmental management program is required; three or more years of experience is preferred. Experience obtained as a Graduate Assistant in environmental management is acceptable. Experience in environmental programs in higher education is preferred.

Skills: A strong knowledge of chemical principles and an understanding of hazardous properties of chemical is required.  Must be self-directed and detail-oriented; must be able to work effectively in cooperation with diverse individuals and convey technical information to non-technical personnel. Competency with Microsoft Office applications and the ability to develop Excel spreadsheets, Power Point presentations, and reports is required.  The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Training: Completion of the twenty-four hour Hazardous Materials Technician-level training is preferred.

Effort: The ability to lift up to fifty pounds and maneuver 55 gallon drums on an occasional basis is required.

Other: The scope of this position involves frequent work with hazardous or bio-hazardous waste materials.  The position requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable.


1. Conducts compliance inspections of chemical use/store and waste generation areas (such as laboratory facilities and art studios) on a scheduled basis as determined by the Director of Environmental Management, completes inspection checklists and documents non-compliance issues as appropriate, including container labeling, accumulation period monitoring, container safety, and spill equipment maintenance.

2. Works cooperatively with chemical users and waste generators (i.e. principal investigators, faculty, staff, and students) to ensure compliance and provides guidance as appropriate.

3. Transports hazardous and bio-medical waste from satellite accumulation areas to the central waste storage area, characterizes and labels stored chemicals, and maintains waste databases and documentation.

4. Performs basic chemical analysis to assist in characterizing unknowns, bulks and consolidates similar wastes as appropriate, and coordinates with hazardous waste contractors processing campus waste for disposal.

5. Conducts and documents inspections of the central waste accumulation area, storm water runoff areas, and the oil containment areas on campus.

6. Assists in waste neutralization, discharge, and disposal of empty containers in compliance with University policy and procedures.

7. Assists in chemical spill response activities as necessary, which may involve after normal work hour activity.

8. Maintains a working knowledge of federal and state regulations related to hazardous waste (i.e., RCRA, TSCA, CWA, CAA) and provides research assistance related to regulatory agency (USEPA, MDNR, DOT, OSHA) compliance issues.

9. Manages the storage and handling of Universal Waste (UW) materials to be recycled (fluorescent bulbs, batteries, toner cartridges, mercury devices, etc), picks up UW  materials from other campus departments as necessary, and coordinates and assists Facilities Maintenance personnel in collecting and managing these materials from across campus.

10. Conducts training programs as appropriate on topics related to waste management and laboratory safety.

11. Serves on the Environmental Management Policy Panel and other appropriate committees in support of environmental compliance goals.

12. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

13.  Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Director of Environmental Management. 

14. Supports the overall success of Environmental Management and the University’s sustainability efforts by performing all other duties as assigned. 


The Environmental Management Technician is supervised by the Director of Environmental Management.