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Firefighter and Hazardous Waste Technician

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description



Are you passionate about an opportunity to protect people and their environment?


Do you like evaluating fire engineering mitigation controls to ensure protection of buildings and their occupants?


Do you love helping others during emergency situations? Do you want to ensure that hazardous chemicals and materials are handled safely?


If so, we are looking for someone like you to enhance our environmental health and safety team at APL as an early career technician in life safety/property protection/emergency services.


As the Firefighter & Hazardous Waste Technician at APL, you will...

  • Inspect building-wide fire systems across the APL campus as your primary responsibility.
  • Respond to emergency alarms or calls including fires, chemical spills, or medical emergencies.
  • Assist with collection, transport, segregation, and preparation of EPA regulated waste materials for transfer to a disposal handling company.
  • Assess and provide Hot Work and Confined Space permits.
  • Assist construction activities with operational fire suppression and alarm system requirements.
  • Conduct other environmental safety and health activities, as needed.


You meet our minimum qualifications if you...

  • Have a High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Completed Firefighter II training (or more)

  • Completed Maryland Emergency Medical Technician B training

  • Can acquire a Class B CDL within one year of hire must possess valid driver 's license at time of hire

  • Can complete Hazardous Material Technician certification and Pump Operator certification within one year of hire

  • Know about hazardous materials/hazardous wastes

  • Are able to lift 50 lbs move heavy materials such as 55 gallon drums and use hand tools, power tools, and a pallet jack.

  • Have excellent interpersonal communication skills

  • Are energized by working within a positive, collaborative team environment

  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

The shift work for our Fire Fighter and Hazardous Waste Technicians includes 48 hours on site followed by 96 hours off.


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of exciting, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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