Fire and Hazardous Waste Technician

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary: Entry level position to provide life safety/property protection/emergency services and assist EPA regulated waste management as part of the Environmental/Health/Safety (THS) Group.


  • Conduct building-wide fire system inspections. (30%)
  • Assist with collection, transport, segregation, and preparation of EPA regulated waste materials for transfer to a disposal handling company. (30%)
  • Respond to emergency alarms or calls including fires, chemical spills, or medical emergencies. (10%)
  • Assess and provide Hot Work and Confined Space permits. (10%)
  • Assist construction activities with operational fire suppression and alarm system requirements. (10%)
  • Assist with other daily THS activities, as needed. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • 0-3 years of work experience
  • High School Degree or equivalent
  • Fire Fighter II
  • Emergency Medical Technician B
  • Ability to obtain a Class B CDL within one year of hire
  • Knowledge about hazardous materials/hazardous wastes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with EPA regulated hazardous or universal waste streams.
  • Associate's degree in Fire Engineering, Fire Science or other relevant discipline.
  • Knowledge of rules, regulations and guidelines of various federal or state agencies governing fire and building safety programs, fire prevention, fire alarm systems and suppression systems
  • Knowledge of building fire system designs and building code requirements

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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