Environmental Health and Safety Assistant

Posting Details

Job # 034145 Department Code 31003-1064 Department Environmental Health & Safety Services Job Title Environmental Health and Safety Assistant Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S4 FLSA Status Non-exempt Hours

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety Services at Syracuse University is seeking to hire an Environmental Health and Safety Assistant.

The Environmental Health and Safety Assistant supports a variety of Environmental Health and Safety operations and services. The position will report directly to the Research Safety Manager, but will support and assist the other units within EHSS . This position will perform a large variety of tasks including fume hood and emergency wash equipment inspections, environmental and air quality sampling, equipment calibrations, and spill response. This position will perform many of the operations associated with the University’s Radiation Safety Program and assist with aspects of the University’s Biosafety Program and general laboratory safety.


• Bachelors of Science degree in biology, chemistry, physics or an applicable environmental or safety related science, with a minimum of two years of college level chemistry and physics preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

•Minimum of 2 years experience in radiation, biological or chemical laboratory safety is preferred.

• Familiarity with environmental, health and safety sampling and monitoring equipment preferred.

• Experience working with a university based population preferred.

• Successful candidate is expected to establish their principle residence in the Central New York area within approximately 30 minutes driving distance from Syracuse University.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Understanding of chemical, biological and radiation safety and related regulations is desirable.

• Excellent written, verbal and analytical skills and strong attention to detail.

• Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office application suite and applicable applications.

• Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills.

• Must be able to communicate effectively with a diverse campus population.

• Ability to work autonomously in a highly matrixed, decentralized and complex work environment.

• Willingness to work collaboratively in support of all areas of the EHSS Department.

• Excellent organization and time management skills.

• Strong data management skills.

• A valid NYS Driver’s license and a driving record which meets University requirements is required.

• Must be medically fit and able to wear respiratory protection

• HAZWOPER 40 or 24 Hour certification preferred

• Able to lift up to 50 lbs, and able to handle and maneuver 55 gallon drums weighing up to 800 lbs through the use of a drum cart.


Fume Hood and Emergency Equipment Inspections:

• Conducts periodic performance inspections and rechecks of campus chemical fume hoods, spray booths, emergency wash equipment (eye washes/safety showers), etc., and distributes status reports to area supervisors and Campus Facilities’ maintenance staff and others as necessary to facilitate repairs and/or to review performance trends.

Radiation Safety:

• Performs tasks and activities in support of the Radiation Safety Program and the University’s NYS Department of Health issued radioactive materials license including: approval of requisitions for purchase of radioactive material and receipt of radioactive material packages; radioactive waste management, laboratory surveys and compliance inspections, radioactive source inventorying and contamination surveys, equipment calibration, dosimetry program operations, exposure monitoring, incident response, training preparation, etc.

Biosafety, Chemical and General Laboratory Safety:

• Performs tasks and activities in support of EHSS’ biosafety, chemical safety and general laboratory safety programs and operations. Maintains related data and records and creates related reports and correspondence. Develops technical guidance and other informational materials to promote and enhance laboratory safety and compliance. Responds to laboratory safety related inquiries, requests and concerns. Participates in providing lab safety training to laboratory personnel.

Equipment Calibrations and Maintenance:

• Performs functional assessments, including calibration and maintenance, of EHSS sampling and monitoring equipment in support of EHSS operations

Environmental Inquiries, Inspections and Sampling:

• Assists in responding to and investigating environmental, health and safety related inquiries, questions and concerns received by EHSS from the campus community, performs site investigations and conducts related sampling in response to these inquires, and prepares reports. Assists in conducting environmental health and safety related sampling, monitoring and evaluations.

• Participates in chemical, biological or environmental incident investigations and spill response actions including the continued ability to use chemical protective suits, respirators, specialized equipment and air monitoring devices.

Physical Requirements

Able to lift up to 50 lbs, and able to handle and maneuver 55 gallon drums weighing up to 800 lbs through the use of a drum cart.

Must be medically fit and able to wear respiratory protection


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume for full consideration.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

About Syracuse University About the Syracuse area EEOC Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community Quick Link http://www.sujobopps.com/postings/72855 Job Posting Date 09/08/2020 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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