Environmental Compliance Inspector III

City of Santa Rosa | Santa Rosa, CA

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Posted Date 1/07/2020
The City of Santa Rosa is seeking to fill one Environmental Compliance Inspector III vacancy. This is the advanced journey level position in the Environmental Compliance Inspector classification series. Under general supervision, an Environmental Compliance Inspector III enforces local, state, and federal standards for discharges into the wastewater and storm water systems by inspecting businesses and obtaining water samples to determine requirements for discharge permits and compliance with the permits.  This class is distinguished from the Environmental Compliance Inspector II in that the inspections include industrial users and the Environmental Compliance Inspector III develops and implements programs related to pollution prevention. This class is distinguished from the Environmental Compliance Supervisor in that the latter has supervisory and administrative responsibilities for the Environmental Services Section.

Ideal Candidate:

The Ideal candidate has the skills to evaluate and implement new regulations and technical information to anticipate the impacts on the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) and the discharging businesses including experience with permit writing and integrating new programs or projects to comply with new regulations or ancillary projects related to a POTW. Detail oriented and self-motivated, the ideal candidate is thorough in regard to follow through in all tasks, exercises good judgment,  and has experience delivering effective presentations, performing complex monitoring projects with a minimum of supervision, and has the ability to read and interpret construction and hazardous material/waste documents. The successful candidate will establish and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders, be proactive in conflict resolution,  communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; and  demonstrate characteristics of a team player, leader, and mentor to co-workers. The ideal candidate will be familiar with a collection system and treatment plant fundamentals, driven to stay current with regulatory information, and understands the EPA Pretreatment Program, hazardous material/waste, and industrial storm water program pertaining to a wastewater treatment facility. Possession of either a California Water Environment Association Environmental Compliance Inspector III certificate or work experience equivalent to five (5) years in environmental inspection is preferred.


Essential Duties:
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification:
  • Interpret and implement Title 15 of the Santa Rosa City Code (Sewers) and the sewer codes of the sub-regional system partners;
  • evaluate industrial sewer discharges to classify and prepare permits for industrial or commercial discharger;
  • inspect industrial and commercial facilities to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, ordinances, standards and laws;
  • develop and implement Pollution Prevention Programs to ensure legally defensible data and actions;
  • keep inspection records and documents current;
  • plan non-compliance enforcement actions;
  • respond to spills that involve the sanitary sewer and storm water collection systems;
  • respond to complaints and meet with industrial and commercial dischargers regarding industrial waste problems;
  • reviews development plans and blueprints for new and tenant improvements from other departments and public entities for appropriateness with wastewater containment and discharge into the sanitary sewer and storm water systems;
  • conduct a variety of required sampling programs and chemical and biological laboratory and field tests;
  • conduct investigations to provide support for legal action in response to permit non-compliance;
  • track industrial and commercial user discharge volumes and loadings for billing and data collection.
Additional Duties:
In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties Section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties which may be assigned.
  • Prepare technical reports for the State Water Quality Control Board and the Environmental Protection Agency;
  • prepare compliance letters to industrial waste dischargers;
  • maintain and update Industrial Questionnaire and Permit file;
  • prepare and conduct presentations to industrial users and the general public;
  • collaborate with other City Departments implementing various programs;
  • and perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:  Applicable local, state, and federal ordinances, standards and laws; chemistry and biology as they relate to environmental compliance enforcement; principles of the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities; chemicals and their safe use; laboratory equipment and procedures; industrial waste flow and sampling techniques.
Ability to:  Effectively communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; maintain harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of business; work effectively in a team based organization; prepare and maintain correspondence and reports; apply wastewater control principles and techniques to the solution of difficult environmental problems; conducting sanitary and environmental studies; analyzing complex environmental situations; understand basic hydraulic and environmental engineering concepts; read engineering drawings; interpret rules, regulations and laws relating to environmental compliance; comprehend and make inferences from written material; enter data into a computer terminal or PC device; conduct required sampling programs and laboratory tests; enforce regulations with tact, firmness and consistency.
Experience and Education:  Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience - Sufficient experience in environmental compliance inspection or related field to demonstrate possession of the above knowledge and abilities; Education: Equivalent to four year degree of Environmental studies or related field including course work in chemistry, biology, wastewater treatment, or related course work. Completion of Sacramento State Pretreatment Facility Inspection course or other course work approved by the Utilities Department within two years of employment.

License or Certificate: This classification requires the use of a personal or City vehicle while conducting City business. In order to drive, individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely and must possess a valid class C California motor vehicle operator's license. 
An Environmental Compliance Inspector III Certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association is highly desirable.


Selection Process:
Applicants possessing the MOST DESIRABLE qualifications based on a screening of the application materials and supplemental questionnaire will be invited to continue in a selection process that may consist solely of an application screening, or may include an oral appraisal interview, assessment center, or another activity selected by the Human Resources Department. An eligible list will be established as a result of this selection process and may be used to fill future vacancies.

Working Conditions:
Incumbents assigned to this classification communicate with industrial and commercial users orally, face to face and using a telephone. Work is performed indoors in an office setting and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. In the office, incumbents enter data or information into and retrieve it from a computer terminal, PC or other keyboard device when performing such tasks as tracking laboratory data and updating quarterly EPA reports. During site visits, incumbents walk over uneven or rough surfaces while setting sampling equipment, and lift and carry a full sampler weighing up to 75 pounds unassisted for short distances. Analysis of discharges can require differentiating between colors on a strip chart or in solution. During site inspections, inspectors may use and draw maps, graphic schematics, or blueprints of site layouts; inspectors also examine written records in order to determine compliance with regulations.
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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