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Chemical Safety Technician

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Chemical Safety Technician
Department Rsrch Laboratory & Safety Svcs (6811)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

This Chemical Safety Technician position will assist the Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Officer (LCHO) with facilitating a safe and compliant work environment for University researchers. Applicants should expect to perform the following duties in support of the Laboratory Chemical Safety Program (LCSP): laboratory inspections, workplace sampling and monitoring, detection equipment maintenance, hazardous waste packing assistance, hazardous material transport/shipment, chemical safety training, chemical safety committee support, chemical safety record/database maintenance, program development and other duties, as required, in support of the LCSP.

Research Laboratory & Safety Services (RLSS) is a unit of the Office of Research & Discovery which is responsible for the oversight and management of biological, chemical, and radiation safety.

With more than $622 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, the University of Arizona currently ranks #23 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #6 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provide technical assistance and services for researchers and other University departments/entities with research involving hazardous chemicals.
  • Participate in laboratory audit program, researcher training program and emergency response activities, as required.
  • Perform data entry and data stewardship tasks within a Windows-based data management environment to maintain the RLSS chemical database and client records.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

In addition to ABOR minimum qualifications below:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license in good standing with two (2) years of driving experience.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work in a respirator, protective clothing, or a warm environment.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook applications.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree or equivalent certification in Occupational or Public Health & Safety or environmental sciences AND two years of chemical laboratory experience; OR, Four years of chemical research laboratory technician, public or occupational health experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, environmental engineering, public health, toxicology or related discipline with specific training in industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazard communication, hazardous material handling, or other foundational disciplines of chemical safety.
  • Broad based demonstrated knowledge of laboratory procedures and equipment, chemical hazards and compatibilities, public health policy, chemical safety regulations and standard laboratory safety practices.
  • Individual should be able to demonstrate skills in communicating safety regulations, University requirements and industry best/standard practice.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $17.90 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24586
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Richard Wagner

Open Date 02/12/2018
Review Start Date 02/19/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have an Associate's degree (or equivalent certification) in Occupational or Public Health & Safety or environmental sciences AND two years of chemical laboratory experience; OR, Four years of chemical research laboratory technician, public or occupational health experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Can you lift up to 50 pounds?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Will you have a valid driver's license upon the first day of employment with a minimum of two years of driving experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you able to work in a respirator, protective clothing, or a warm environment?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Candidate Provided Letter(s) of Recommendation
Optional Documents