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Title:  Health & Safety Specialist II

Department:  Environmental, Real Estate & Safety Services

Sacramento, CA, US, 95817-1899

Category:  Health and Safety

Minimum Pay Rate: $100,176.00 

Maximum Pay Rate: $132,720.00 

Apply by Date: 03/31/2023 

Posting Type: Open 


SMUD's Occupational, Health and Safety group is looking to fill a full time Health and Safety Specialist II position.


Prevents and controls occupational health and safety hazards in SMUD work environment by performing the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Continuous Improvement Safety, Loss Control/Prevention, Occupational Health, and Environmental/Hazardous Materials/Waste Management programs that pro-actively protect employees, the public and the environment.

Nature and Scope

This classification is comprised of two levels: Level I is the entry-level where incumbents are provided formal training and/or certification for progression to the journey-level of the classification. The incumbent is promoted/progressed to the journey level II upon successful completion of all training and/or certification requirements for the classification. Incumbents hired at the entry-level are required to successfully progress to the journey-level within 18 to 60 months, depending on the length of the training and/or certification program. If an employee is unsuccessful with progressing to the journey-level they will return to last class held or separate from SMUD.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in the analysis of SMUD work environments and the design of programs to control, eliminate and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors.
  • Develops and presents environmental training programs to small and large audiences of SMUD employees.
  • Assists in identifying potential health and safety hazards in existing or future systems, equipment, facilities, or processes; reviews the causes or effects of such hazards and evaluates the probability and severity of accidents that may result; develops plans to eliminate the hazards. Informs SMUD workforce of health and safety plans to prevent and control hazards and to help enforce compliance with state and federal regulations; sets up and conducts training sessions for management, supervisors, and workers on health and safety practices and regulations.
  • Assists in determining the effectiveness of safety plans and improvements and the necessity, if any, for modifications and/or new plans; monitors the progress of safety plans after implementation.
  • Participates in investigating employee accidents and unsafe working conditions; studies possible causes and recommends remedial action where necessary.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Required Education

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in occupational health, risk management, engineering, behavioral sciences, public/business administration or a related field or equivalent experience.

Required Experience Qualifications

Three or more (3+) years as an Environmental Specialist I or in some other capacity possessing a similar level of progressively responsible professional/technical work experience in developing and implementing comprehensive environmental and hazardous materials/waste programs.

Required Licenses/Certificates

Must possess and maintain a valid California Drivers License CDL and a satisfactory driving record not more than two moving violations in the last two years.

Knowledge Of

Industry trends, principles, procedures and practices regarding safety, occupational health and environment/hazardous materials/waste management policies, procedures and standards; practices and processes in conducting safety, loss control/prevention, occupational health and environmental audits, inspections and self-assessments; regulatory processes of the federal, state and local levels to effectively represent SMUD in environmental health and safety concerns; SMUD policies, procedures, and other special agreements; methods and techniques for report preparation and writing; techniques and practices for problem research and resolution; methods and techniques for record keeping; standard operating procedures for modern office equipment including a computer and applicable software; English grammar, punctuation and vocabulary standards.

Skills To

Promote regulatory awareness among business unit managers; recommend changes to work processes to reduce risk and work closely with other for the implementation of changes; conduct trend analysis of incident and other performance data; identify and analyze problems and recommend solutions; identify and assess training needs for staff; apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; utilize a personal computer and/or computer terminal, systems and software relevant to the job; communicate effectively orally and in writing internally/externally; establish and maintain effective working relationships internally/externally.

Desirable Qualifications

  • 5+ years of progressively responsible occupational health & safety work experience
  • Field safety experience, preferably in a utility setting
  • Construction safety experience
  • CSP Certification
  • Industrial Hygiene experience
  • Safety management systems experience
  • Instructor/Training background
  • Experience implementing safety programs

Physical Requirements

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.


Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD celebrates diversity, and inspires an inclusive culture based on trust and respect to create belonging and connection among our employees, customers, and communities. By working together, we are powering positive, equitable opportunities for all. We aspire to be a workplace where you can be yourself, achieve your best, and thrive together.


An example of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is when SMUD signed the California Equal Pay Pledge in 2020. This requires equal pay for employees who perform “substantially similar work,” when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility at the time those employees started within that classification. As such, initial hiring salary range is not subject to negotiation and salaries will vary over time based on performance.


SMUD is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected characteristic. All employment decisions are made on the basis of individual qualifications, merit, and business needs and interests.


Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries.


Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to


On-site Work

This role will be an on-site role that will require being in person at one of SMUD's campuses daily to complete work tasks.

SMUD provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. SMUD complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

SMUD expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of SMUD employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Req ID:  344