Enforces local, state, and federal pretreatment regulations. Inspects businesses and industries for compliance; monitors area streams and impoundments; samples wastewater and soil; interfaces with representatives; responds to citizen complaints when necessary.
· Performs extensive sampling of industrial wastewater for conventional pollutants and for pretreatment-treatment monitoring to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
· Calculates Biochemical Oxygen Demand (B.O.D.) and Total Suspended Solids (T.S.S.) from test results to submit to supervisor for surcharge assessment; reviews laboratory reports for compliance with discharge limits.
· Surveys and inspects local businesses and industries to determine compliance with local, state, and federal environment codes; advises local business and industry requirements of environmental regulations governing their operations and solicits compliance.
· Enforces local, state, and federal regulations concerning pretreatment-treatment and pollution control; takes enforcement action for violations of ordinances with supervisor’s review; supplies information to support enforcement actions and attends court hearings with City Attorney.
· Responds to citizens’ complaints regarding pollution; investigates reports of sewage, oil, gasoline, or chemical spills and/or discharges; oversees any required clean-up.
· Completes detailed and comprehensive reports for spills, sampling, testing, surveys, inspections, and environmental assessments, maintains industrial waste files.
· Operates and maintains City vehicle and sampling equipment in good working order. Washes the outside of the van and vacuums and wipes down the inside. Washes the outside of the samplers with water and cleans the hoses and sample bottles with acid.
· Responds to emergency call-out on weekends, evenings and holidays.
· Samples wastewater treatment plant influent, effluent and sludge for permit-required parameters.
· Reviews construction plans for pretreatment-treatment and spill prevention requirements and explains pretreatment-treatment requirements for construction.
· Maintains own office area including dusting, vacuuming, and emptying trash.
· Performs all other related duties as assigned.
Education Associate’s degree in a life science or an environmental science required, or a combination of formal training (including college-level biology, chemistry, and math) and related experience equivalent to two years of college.
1 year of experience in pollution control field, including but not limited to compliance, sampling, field investigation, inspections, and consultation. At least one year of work experience should demonstrate the ability to solicit cooperation from people using tact and persuasion.
REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES
· Knowledge of basic chemistry and biology.
· Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.
· Ability to follow instructions, safety practices and standard operating procedures in performing assigned tasks.
· Ability to be punctual and attend work regularly
· Ability to work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or job type.
· Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
· Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
· Ability to learn, understand, apply, and explain technical information and regulations to businesses and industries as they relate to the enforcement function.
· Ability to deal with enforcement issues in a courteous and tactful manner and solicit cooperation toward compliance with environmental regulations.
· Ability to ascend/descend stairs to collect samples.
· Ability to work in unpleasant conditions – including exposure to various chemicals/gases and inclement weather-and in the presence of snakes, mice and insects.
· Ability to work efficiently with minimum supervision; determine priorities and schedule routine activities with established guidelines.
· Ability to safety operate and/or maintain assigned equipment including City vehicle (van), samplers and sample bottles.
· Ability to remove and replace manhole covers weighing up to 100 lbs.
· Ability to load/unload samplers weighing up to 50 lbs into and out of City vehicle (van) and move to and from inspection sites.
· Skill in use of personal computer including Microsoft Office or similar word processing programs, e-mail and the internet.
· Skill in basic mathematics.
· Must submit to and pass a pre-employment drug test, physical exam and functional capacity test.
· Must possess a valid State of Texas Drivers License Class “C” and good driving record as defined by City policy.