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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Environmental Program Coordinator

Series: Health & Safety









CLASS SUMMARY:  The Environmental Health and Safety Program Coordinator is a stand-alone classification. The Environmental Program Coordinator is distinguished from other classifications by its responsibility for performing professional level duties to manage complex environmental health and safety programs and projects.


 These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Manages environmental health and safety programs and projects to include but not limited to: hazardous materials,   environmental protection, occupational and fire life-safety, emergency planning and preparedness, and fire protection systems. Coordinates activities with internal departments and external agencies. Daily  30%
  2. Interprets and applies local, state, and federal laws, regulations and codes relating to health safety and the environment.  Researches, develops, and implements environmental health and safety programs and makes recommendations for the prevention or correction of unsafe working conditions. Daily 20%
  3. May serve as a lead to staff which includes assigning, monitoring work, and providing work direction. 10%
  4. Maintains records and documents related to environmental health and safety programs and projects; prepares related reports for the immediate supervisor, college departments, and governmental agencies. Daily 5%
  5. Coordinates inspections, planning, and procedures with outside regulatory agencies. Monitors contract work and services for hazardous waste, recycling, air quality monitoring, and sampling/analysis projects.   Works in partnership with College community groups, stakeholders, and committees to foster a healthy and safe work environment.  Daily  5%
  6. Investigates hazardous material releases, accidents, and complaints; assists in the implementation of corrective actions; and provides status reports to the supervisor.  Weekly 5%
  7. Provides technical support to administrators, faculty, and staff on environmental health and safety issues.  Provides information and training to stakeholders on how to prevent environmental, health, and safety problems. Evaluates and improves procedures to facilitate safe work practices. Weekly 5%
  8. Audits campus and department operations for compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations; resolves day-to-day operational problems.  Weekly  5%
  9. Participates in the environmental health and safety review process for new construction and renovation projects.  Weekly 5%
  10. Responds to requests for information from internal departments, external agencies, and organizations relating to environmental health and safety programs and project activities.  Monthly 5%
  11. Assists with multiple operational budgets and long term facilities improvement budget lines in support of environmental health and safety programs. Develops action plans and evaluates program goals for operational and funding needs. Monthly 5%
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Incumbents may be required to travel to other sites.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Associates degree in Science, Engineering, or a related field and four years of technical experience in environmental health and safety program management such as environmental compliance, fire-life safety, occupational safety and hazardous materials: or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing/Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require:

  • Valid Arizona Driver's License;
  • 40 hours  certification - OSHA training for Hazardous Waste Operations
  • Certified Asbestos Building Inspector
  • DOT HM-181 Hazmat Transportation Certification

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Environmental health and safety management practices
  • Accident investigation principles and procedures
  • Environmental health and safety rules, procedures, and practices
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and codes
  • Fire protection systems
  • Chemical and biological laboratory operations
  • Environmental health and safety auditing principles and procedures
  • Contract administration principles
  • Contract language and document preparation
  • Program development

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Conducting environmental health and safety audits
  • Conducting accident investigations
  • Conducting research
  • Developing and implementing procedures
  • Interpreting local, state and federal laws and regulations
  • Sampling and testing of hazardous materials
  • Maintaining proper records and documentation
  • Recognizing hazardous situations and taking appropriate corrective action
  • Providing services to meet customer needs
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions and fine finger movements – using the fingers to manipulate/handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons;  climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, and lifting.

Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be working in areas with fumes, odors, dusts, gases, poor ventilation, hazardous materials, loud noise, low lighting, or extreme temperature.

Ability to wear required personal protective equipment, i.e. gloves, apron, safety shoes, respirator.

NOTE:  The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Human Resources
Date: 02/02
Revised by Human Resources: 03/05, 10/12, 05/15