Environmental Specialist

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous decisions and improvements to the College Learning Environment.
Successful candidate will ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations by maintaining, improving, and creating initiatives for environmental compliance and risk reduction for Kirkwood’s main and outlying campuses.

The work schedule for this position will be first shift during weekdays, but may need to come in after hours for emergencies. 

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence


  • Become familiar with Kirkwood’s environmental compliance needs (including but not limited to waste compliance, air emission compliance)
  • Work with internal stakeholders and external partners to ensure compliance and permits
  • Update and write standard operating protocols (SOPs)
  • Maintain accurate records related to waste inventories, inspections, hazardous waste shipments, and air emissions
  • Coordinate lab packs and other waste disposals
  • Maintain college’s emergency spill response protocols and equipment
  • Conduct and coordinate inventories of hazardous wastes and hazardous materials
  • Use the CampusOptics software for compliance and risk reduction (chemical inventory, inspections, and other activities)
  • Provide environmental training to and interact with employees to ensure safe handling of waste, appropriate waste packaging, and disposal procedures for worker and environmental health
  • Conduct on-site inspections
  • Perform other related work duties as assigned
  • Be knowledgeable of and maintain Federal, State, and local environmental compliance
  • Stay informed of current and proposed environmental regulations
  • Requires organizational skills, good communication skills, and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated 
  • Become HAZWOPER certified within 6 months of hire
  • Work and communicate effectively with individuals
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences. 
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves a combination of working in an office setting and light to medium work. Position involves exerting up to 10-50 pounds of force occasionally (10-33%). Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing. Position may require the use of a various respiratory protection devices, incumbent will be required to obtain a medical clearance and subsequent fit test for respirators.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, chemistry, or related field; or education/experience combination equivalent 
  • Understanding of chemical safety 
  • Ability to understand and apply Federal, State, and local environmental regulations 
  • Good interpersonal relationship skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Valid Driver License with a good driving record and ability to be covered through the College’s insurance
  • Experience working in higher education
  • Working knowledge of hazardous wastes, air pollutants, and other hazardous materials
  • Experience in handling of hazardous materials and wastes
  • Experience in understanding processes that can produce hazardous air pollutants and hazardous wastes
  • Familiarity with RCRA, DOT, and OSHA regulations
  • Experience in data entry 
  • Proficiency in various office and spreadsheet software including but not limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and ability to learn other software programs
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: equity@Kirkwood.edu or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Kirkwood Community College prides itself on fostering a diverse workforce and values unique perspectives throughout its campus community. The college is a convenient, innovative, visionary educational leader striving to remain affordable and accessible. With more than 140 majors and programs, Kirkwood boasts 16,000 annual college-credit students while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions in the state. All degree-seeking students are eligible for federal financial aid and the college offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year to students from all walks of life.

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 98102

Posted 11 days ago

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