State University of New York at Oswego — Fire Safety System and EHS Specialist

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a full-time Fire Safety System and EHS Specialist.

Posting Date: October 13, 2016

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit: or

Date of Appointment:  January 2017

Description of Responsibilities:  The Fire Safety and EHS Specialist will be responsible for managing fire safety systems and environmental programs including testing, inspecting, recordkeeping, and training. Will work collaboratively with other facilities staff, faculty, and technicians when required for more complex work.

The Fire Safety System and EHS Specialist will also be responsible for additional duties including:

  • Manage the University’s Fire Extinguisher program.
  • Issue Hot Work Permits and coordinate Life Safety system Impairments.
  • Responsible for coordinating the daily operations of EHS activities pertaining to fire alarm systems, sprinkler system, and life safety equipment operations and maintenance.
  • Supervise other testing and calibration procedures.
  • Develop and conduct employee and student fire safety training sessions.
  • Assist and work with the Emergency Evacuation Drill Coordinator to plan and coordinate evacuation drills as needed.
  • Manage Universal Waste program including lamps, batteries, pesticides, and mercury.
  • Function as the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) manager.
  • Assist and work with the Hazardous Waste Coordinator.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Associate in Applied Science degree in Fire Science or a closely related science field
  • 1 year previous experience in a related technical field
  • Ability to read and understand construction blueprints, diagrams, and specifications used in installation activities
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional weekend and evening hours if necessary
  • Capable of performing physical labor to include carrying and moving equipment and tools weighing up to 50 pounds (with assistance)
  • Able to work in unusual and sometimes difficult positions such as climbing ladders, scaffolding and high lift equipment, working within ducts, crawl spaces, above ceilings, etc.
  • Ability to wear a respirator
  • Able to prioritize multiple projects and work effectively in a busy and fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • NICET (National Institute of Certification in Engineering Technology)  certifications
  • Experience interpreting and applying EPA, OSHA, and local regulations.
  • Experience delivering training programs to employees
  • Able to obtain NYS Code Enforcement Certificate within 12 months

To Apply:  Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of unofficial transcripts, resume, and contact information for three professional references to:

If you have any questions about the position, please contact:

Timothy Ganey, Search Committee Chair,

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Files must be complete to be considered.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department:  Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is responsible for providing campus wide compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, safety, and fire regulations. In addition to providing compliance, we are responsible for the design and implementation of programs that enhance faculty, students, and staff with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to have a safe and enjoyable experience both on and off campus. EH&S‘s friendly staff provides guidance, training, and support to all campus departments as needed. Our goal is to increase the environmental stewardship and safety awareness of all who thrive within the campus community.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery) on the Human Resources Website: