Title: Hazardous Materials Tender
Department: Emergency Management Updated: 01/2018
Division: Hazmat FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CASUAL Wage Range: Not Available

This employee is responsible for assisting hazardous materials responders during hazardous materials incidents. Tenders will assist entry teams in the donning and doffing of personal protective equipment; and obtaining necessary tools and materials used by teams. Tenders will be required to have a minimum of 24 hours of hazardous materials training in addition to the initial 8 hours of training.  This employee must maintain 10 hours of training with the team throughout a one year period. Tenders must meet general health physical requirements and be able to lift 50 pounds.



·         Perform decontamination functions.

·         Operate basic monitors (defensive mode).

·         Return equipment to service.

·         Perform documentation.

·         Wear protective equipment.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.





·         An Associate’s Degree in Business or Public Safety is preferred. 

·         Knowledge of the operations, services and activities of a comprehensive Emergency Management Program.

·         Knowledge of emergency response systems operations.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.  

Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.      

·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                        

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                             

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      

  • Prior to starting employment, the candidate must complete a satisfactory background check.  The background check is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, employment history, credit check, and professional and personal references.
  • Must pass a full medical physical and physical agility evaluation.
  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan operator license and maintain this license throughout employment in this position.
  • Available for overnight travel to attend meetings and education.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Specific vision requirement includes close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment.

·         Push or pull carts, reach with hands and arms forward, above and below shoulder level.

·         Lift, move or carry objects, equipment and supplies weighing up to 75 pounds.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel in an ergonomically correct manner.

·         Work environment may vary from indoor to field work and extreme temperatures. 

·         May need to work in confined spaces.

·         Stand and walk, climb stairs.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate to excessive with many interruptions.

·         Exposure to hazardous materials, contaminated substances/objects, bodily fluids, dust, vapor fumes which may be toxic, communicable diseases,

·         Surfaces will vary such as slippery or uneven.

·         Tasks require the use of Personal Protective Equipment such as OSHA mandated suites, gloves, footwear, masks, eyewear, etc.

·         Work involves an element of risk in the event of a breach of security.





Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.