Hazardous Spill Technicians

Salary Range $27,900 - $45,300

Tasks and Duties

  • Maintain readiness of equipment for emergency deployment.
  • Conduct initial environmental incident site survey and make appropriate notifications to government agencies, law enforcement, and subordinate personnel.
  • Discern applicable government regulations to the environmental threat.
  • Maintain up-to-date documentation on equipment maintenance.
  • Safely operate abatement and safety equipment within approved limits.
  • Identify pollution sources, develop and institute a containment plan. Monitor plan effectiveness and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Remove pollutant material applying all known precautions as well as transport and storage regulations.
  • Monitor extent of impacted wildlife. Make appropriate governmental notifications.
  • Set up site safety zones and publish safety precautions appropriate for each zone. Monitor equipment and personnel movements between zones.
  • Set up decontamination stations.
  • Conduct on-going test as site remediation progresses.
  • Document all aspects of response activities including initial survey, response plan, site safety zones, abatement plan, and environmental impact.

Employment Trends

Number of environmental science and protection technicians, including health employed in 2006: 36,000

Projected Number of environmental science and protection technicians, including health that will be employed in 2016: 43,560

The numbers of positions for environmental science and protection technicians, including health is expected to increase by 21% between 2006 and 2016.

Education Required

Education distribution: Percentage of environmental science and protection technicians, including health* with...

  • college degrees: 46%

  • some college: 35%

  • high school diploma or less: 19%**

Skills Required

Knowledge and skills required include:

  • Chemistry
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Computer Systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Physics
  • Small Boat Operations
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal Relationships
  • Water Quality
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography

Working Conditions



Work environments for hazmat removal workers vary with the material they are handling. Some must wear protective suits for several hours at a time. Completing projects often requires night and weekend work. Overtime is common, particularly for emergency or disaster response workers.

Hours Per Week

As hazardous spills don't occur often, these workers may not get a certain set of hours per week. It's more dependent on when a spill happens, and then to get the hours for that it depends on how big the spill is and what exactly has spilled.

Physical Activity

Physical activity varies with each spill. For example some spills may require you to transport hazardous waste while others may require you to maintain and repair equipment.

Interests or Personality

- A want to help the environment

- A positive can do attitude

- Must be able to finish things they start


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"SWS Environmental Services Is an Environmental Services Contractor That Has Been Providing Emergency Spill Response, Environmental Remediation, Hazardous Waste Disposal, and Industrial Cleaning Services for the past 30 Years." SWS Environmental Services. SWS Environmental Services. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.