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Director of Environmental Health & Safety

As the Director for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at Montana Tech manage all environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues for the college, providing quality service to the campus buildings, and supporting the college's programs, events and academic mission.  Is the primary point of contact for all matters related to the Montana Tech’s EHS.  Work with the college staff, faculty and students to ensure a clean and safe work and studying environments.

  • Ensure that the institution is in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, etc. pertaining to the environment, health and safety, including the development and implementation of written programs required by the standards.
  • Provide assistance, guidance and consultation to the campus by developing, distributing, and enforcing policies and procedures for the campus regarding the environment, health and safety.
  • Determine occupational safety and health training requirements for campuses, and develop, organize and present appropriate training to employees.
  • Respond to complaints, conduct investigations and recommend solutions to minimize safety and health problems on campus.
  • Organize and conduct annual evacuation drills, earthquake drills and other exercises as needed.
  • Inspect laboratories and laboratory safety equipment on campus to ensure proper working condition.
  • Annually facilitate and organize program audits with safety committee, SHIH Advisory Board Members and OSH/IH Alumni Volunteers.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the campus Safety Committee, providing guidance and expertise.
  • Represent Montana Tech on the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
  • Provide ergonomic training, evaluations and recommendations for employees on the Montana Tech campuses and UM Western when requested.
  • Provide support to the workers’ compensation program, including maintaining the OSHA records, performing incident investigations, and providing follow-up with employees after an accident.
  • Administer the hazardous waste management program for the campus community according to RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) and the State of Montana regulations.  Interpret and apply the regulations to ensure compliance.
  • Administer the universal waste management program for spent light bulbs, batteries, pesticides, and thermostats according to state and federal regulations.
  • Coordinate the respiratory protection program on campus. Determine personnel on campus who, in the course of their work, need to wear a respirator. Administer the medical questionnaire and ensure it is sent to the doctor for evaluation to determine employee’s fitness for wearing a respirator. Provide training for those who must wear respirators. Fit test all required personnel with a respirator to ensure protection. Maintain necessary records for regulatory purposes.
  • Coordinate the Hazard Communication program: maintain the inventory of hazardous chemicals on campus and ensure that departments maintain the SDSs (Safety Data Sheets) for their areas.
  • Establish and maintain an effective waste minimization program according to RCRA requirements.
  • Serve as the emergency manager for Montana Tech and coordinate all emergency response efforts including the emergency notification system.  Implement policies and procedures for Montana Tech’s emergency management programs.
  • Direct and supervise a safety and health intern year-round.
  • Reports to the Vice Chancellor for Finances and Administration.


Successful applicant must possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health or a closely related degree plus 3 years’ experience.


  • knowledge of complex federal, state, and college regulations pertaining to occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, radiation safety, hazardous waste, ergonomics and emergency management.
  • Must be able to identify and resolve problems in situations where clear guidelines are lacking. 
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to quickly analyze information, research and make effective recommendations on a wide variety of subjects.
  • Must have excellent written and communications skills.
  • Requires working knowledge of chemistry, health physics, hazardous waste, safety, industrial hygiene and workers’ compensation.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of emergency management and response procedures is required.
  • Must be able to meet NRC requirements for a radiation safety officer and OSHA requirements for a chemical hygiene officer as well as all state and federal certification requirements for hazardous waste handling and other job responsibilities.
  • Requires knowledge of computers and ability to learn new software.
  • Must have extensive skills in preparing regulatory, preventative and informative safety training programs that have a wide range of complexity.
  • Must also have extensive skills in accident/injury investigation, safety inspection and job safety analysis.


  • A Master’s degree
  • A certification to teach CPR and First Aid
  • Professional certification from a recognized agency

For full consideration application materials must be complete.  Please include a cover letter addressing qualifications, a resume and contact information for 3 professional references. 

Applications received by April 13, 2018 will be guaranteed full review and consideration.  Applications received after that date may be considered until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check. 

Montana Tech is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana Tech makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, Montana Tech provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans.  To claim veteran’s preference please complete the employment (veteran’s) preference form located on the employment page and email to  You must include the job title of the position in which you are applying.

To request an accommodation, contact Cathy Isakson 406-496-4380;


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