Environmental Health and Safety Assistant

Posting Details

Job # 036995 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

Standard University business 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 Environmental Health and Safety Assistant position is a non-exempt position that 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 groups within EHSS . This position will perform a large variety of tasks including fume hood and emergency wash equipment inspections, environmental health and safety investigations, 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.


Bachelor 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.
1-2 years radiation, biological or chemical laboratory safety experience 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 principal residence in the Central New York area.

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.


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.
Performs periodic radon monitoring and maintains related equipment and records.

Fume Hood and Emergency Equipment Inspections:
Conducts periodic performance inspections and rechecks of laboratory chemical fume hoods, 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.

Biosafety, Chemical and General Laboratory Safety:
Perform tasks and activities in support of EHSS biosafety, chemical safety and general laboratory safety programs and operations. Maintains associated 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 used in emergency responses or in response to general environmental / occupation inquiries.

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.
Support environmental compliance operations and tasks.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


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.

Quick Link https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/86800 Job Posting Date 05/06/2021 Application Deadline Full Consideration By Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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