Environmental Technician II

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 6/03/2019


Environmental Technicians II perform a variety of technical and analytical tasks for environmental, water quality, or natural resource science programs. Environmental Technicians II are assigned to programs in both the Water Bureau and BES, such as drinking water quality monitoring and compliance, industrial pretreatment and source control, environmental investigations and monitoring, stormwater management, and watershed and environmental management.  Environmental Technicians II work under general supervision and are responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting water quality sampling, technical investigations and advanced environmental analysis, requiring pollution prevention controls through plan review, and coordinating and implementing watershed planning and improvement projects. Environmental Technicians II also coordinate activities and projects as part of large, multiple and/or complex environmental, water quality and natural resources programs. Technicians may also initiate, respond to and/or monitor regulatory compliance at the City, State and Federal levels.  Tech II staff generally have education or experience in any of the following and related fields: environmental science, ecology, hydrology, water quality, natural resources, botany, engineering, general biology, wildlife biology, chemistry, geology, planning, research methodology, GIS, and database development and management.

The Industrial Stormwater Section Environmental Technician II position is located within Pollution Prevention Services, Environmental Compliance Division at the Water Pollution Control Laboratory. The Environmental Compliance Division manages the bureau's regulatory compliance and enforcement programs related to City, State, and Federal regulations. The Industrial Stormwater Section is key to ensuring businesses and industries comply with State and local stormwater discharge regulations to protect City assets and surface waters.

Under the direction of the Industrial Stormwater Section Manager, this position administers Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System {NPDES) 1200-Z Industrial Stormwater General Permit issued to facilities within the City. In addition, this position performs source investigations and enforces Portland City Code in association with discharges to the City's storm sewer system.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Knowledge and experience in at least two of the following areas: environmental science, stormwater  management,  hydrology,  water  quality,  general  biology, micro biology, wildlife biology, botany, chemistry, engineering, or statistics.
  2. Skill in using a variety of computer applications such as MS Excel, MS Word, databases, charts and graphics, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.
  3. Ability to evaluate, analyze and interpret environmental data and clearly present technical information in oral, written or other forms.
  4. Ability to perform field inspections and/or monitoring and interpret and/or record field conditions/data as they apply to drinking water, stormwater and/or sanitary sewer discharge programs.
  5. Knowledge and ability to interpret federal, state and local regulations relating to environmental programs such as wastewater, stormwater, groundwater, drinking water, or hazardous waste and explain the regulations to the public or internal stakeholders.
  6. Ability to read, interpret and evaluate various technical documents such as environmental testing reports, stormwater management facility construction schematics, wastewater pretreatment process flow diagrams, and site assessments.
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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