City of Ventura
Until Filled


Fire Department
Recruitment #17-J29-001
Salary:  $64,467.73 - $78,360.88/Year

Do you have proven experience performing hazardous materials or fire preventions enforcement duties? The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Hazardous Materials Specialist vacancy on the collaborative Fire Prevention team in the Fire Department. To be considered for this exciting career opportunity, apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time.
To learn more about the Fire department, visit https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/177/Fire-Department.

Under general supervision, to perform technical and specialized inspections and investigative work in the area of hazardous materials control and fire prevention; to review and approve hazardous materials, fire protection, and other plans and specifications; and conduct hazardous materials and fire prevention inspections. This is a civilian, non-safety position.


  • Is team-oriented, with the ability to work creatively and collaboratively within the organization and the community
  • Is sensitive to the needs of citizens, business owners and contractors, while enforcing regulations and gaining compliance
  • Maintains composure while responding to people who may be upset, irate or frustrated
  • Has experience conducting presentations and providing training
  • Has excellent communication and public relation skills

Reviews building and plot plans to ensure that hazardous materials control measures comply with local, state and federal codes, ordinances and nationally recognized standards. Consults with engineers, architects and developers who design hazardous materials control and fire protection systems to be used in buildings and properties. Reviews geotechnical contamination reports to assist in site cleanup. Conducts inspections of existing and new buildings and properties to obtain accurate hazardous materials inventories, to determine whether hazardous materials control and fire protection systems are properly designed, installed and maintained, to conduct risk assessment and to conduct fire prevention inspections.   Investigates complaints pertaining to violation of hazardous materials laws and gives correction orders as necessary. Initiates civil and/or criminal actions as necessary. Appears as expert witness at hearings/court proceedings. Provides technical advice to other departments and agencies for permit approval of various processes and installations. Reviews the City's Hazardous Materials Codes for adherence to accepted engineering standards and recommends code revisions. Develops policies and procedures where local, state and federal laws do not clearly regulate hazardous materials. Reviews investigation information to assist in determining cause of certain hazardous materials incidents. Prepares and presents hazardous materials and fire department education to City personnel and to the public and interprets and clarifies code requirements. Prepares detailed narrative reports, statistical data, and maintains required records and databases. Assists in budget preparation for assigned area. Performs non-hazardous staff duties during major emergencies and may serve on the Emergency Operations Center team.   Assists in preparing community promotions and public information related to assigned programs. Performs other duties as assigned.

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to 1) Graduation from college with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry or a closely related field and two years of experience performing hazardous materials or fire prevention enforcement duties, including responsibility for plan checking and field inspection of hazardous materials facilities or 2) Graduation from college with an associates’ degree in Environmental Science, Chemistry or closely related field and five years’ experience performing hazardous materials or fire prevention enforcement duties, including responsibility for plan checking and field inspection of hazardous materials facilities.
License: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License and an acceptable driving record is required.
Certificates: Certificate of completion of PC 832 is highly desirable prior to appointment and required within one year of appointment. Possession of, or the ability to obtain within 180 days of appointment, a valid California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector Certificate as required in the California Code of Regulations section 2715(j). Within 180 days of appointment, incumbents must complete and pass an aboveground storage tank training program and pass an approved Unified Program Agency examination as required by the California Health and Safety Code section 25270.5.
Desirable: Plans Examiner certification from the International Code Council; a University of California Hazardous Materials Management certificate; International Code Council Fire Inspector certification or; California State Fire Marshal Fire Inspector I courses and certification.

To view benefits, please visit our website at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/971/Benefits

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov. You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.
Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in July 2018, date to be determined.


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