Metra’s Safety and Environmental Compliance Department is responsible for the implementation, oversight, and coordination of the agency’s passenger and employee safety programs which are designed to promote the safest travel and working environment possible. The department’s environmental compliance function includes inspection and testing for environmental safety (air quality, hazardous materials storage, etc.) at Metra-controlled facilities. The department also oversees environmental mitigation, employee training, and the agency’s hazardous waste disposal program.
Reporting to the Department Head, Industrial Hygiene the HazMat Environmental Safety Specialist will coordinate hazardous materials program activities and operations to ensure Metra's compliance with mandated environmental regulations, oversee hazardous waste disposal and permitting, and coordinate response to hazardous material and other rail emergencies. The position will also conduct hazardous waste inspections and environment studies, review chemical purchase request, oversee Metra's compliance with underground and above ground storage tank requirements, and conduct mandated environmental training to all Metra employees. In addition, the position will maintain records of hazardous waste disposals and environmental permitting and prepare related reports, serve as the hazardous materials liaison, and research and recommend program processes and procedures.
Coordinate the hazardous materials program operations and activities including the development of guidelines for hazardous waste disposal and recycling, inspection of Metra facilities, and compliance with federal and state regulatory agencies. Participate in the development and implementation of program goals, objectives, policies, and priorities. Coordinate response to hazardous material and other rail emergencies with contracted personnel, Metra staff, and government agencies. Review existing operations and plans for new operations to assess compliance with federal and state regulations; conduct monthly hazardous waste inspections; and recommend changes to ensure compliance. Review, analyze, and approve hazardous materials shipments and disposals for compliance with containment and quantity allotments; maintain records in Metra's EHS system; and complete environmental permit applications. Employees may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Bachelor's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science, or a related field.
Five (5) years of chemical or hazardous materials program experience including managing hazardous waste disposal, environmental sampling, and monitoring and generating compliance reports.
Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of hazardous materials management and disposal.
Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of hazardous materials accident investigation.
Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of storing and disposing of hazardous materials.
Good knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations including those related to underground and above ground storage tanks.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Good research, analytical, and problem solving skills.
Skill interpreting and applying federal, state and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Skill analyzing hazardous materials incidents and risk potential.
Skill conducting asbestos and lead-based paint sampling and abatement.
Ability to work in both field and office environments.
Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Metra employees and outside agencies.
Ability to train staff in hazardous materials handling, disposal, and safety techniques.
Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) or ability to obtain within 24 months of hire.
Asbestos Inspection License or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire.
Lead Risk Assessor License or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire.
Must be willing to travel within and outside Metra’s 6-county region.
Must be available on-call 24-hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year, including weekends and holidays.
Internal Number: 3562
Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.