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Environmental Compliance Inspector I/II

Effective: 07/01/08
Range G-64, G-69
Respirator Class: 2

Definition

Perform inspection, sampling, investigations, and other work related to enforcing local, state, and federal standards for wastewater discharge to the District's facilities; perform storm water ordinance inspections, investigations, sampling and other work related to the District’s contractual participation in the Contra Costa Clean Water Program Illicit Discharge Elimination Program; perform contract pretreatment and/or pollution prevention inspections, investigations, and/or other responsibilities for other agencies; provide technical assistance to customers and public agencies.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The use of respiratory equipment [including self-contained breathing apparatus (S.C.B.A.)] may be required for this position. Therefore, the Environmental Compliance Inspector I/II will be required to be free of facial hair that would interfere with the use of a respirator for annual fit tests and for any occasion, which requires use of respiratory equipment to comply with the District's respiratory program and Cal/OSHA standards.

Environmental Compliance Inspector I

This is the entry-level class in the Environmental Compliance Inspector series requiring a technical education to understand and learn duties involving application of technical concepts and terminology. Under close supervision, inspectors in this class initially perform simple to difficult tasks related to the sampling and testing of wastewater and inspection of industries and businesses. As experience and proficiency are gained, assignments become more varied and difficult while supervision decreases accordingly. Inspectors in this class normally advance to the Environmental Compliance Inspector II class after gaining experience and achieving proficiency, which meet the requirements for the Environmental Compliance Inspector II class.

Environmental Compliance Inspector II

This is the journey level class in the Environmental Compliance Inspector series. Inspectors in this class perform more varied and difficult tasks, including contacts with various industrial and public agencies to investigate, enforce, and explain the District's source control program. This class is distinguished from the Senior Environmental Compliance Inspector class, which may perform the most technically complex assignments.
This class is distinguished by the confidential work that is performed as defined by the Meyers‑Milias‑Brown Act. This is an advanced level clerical/technical class in various areas of the District.  It is distinguished from other advanced level clerical positions by its access to confidential information, public contact, and interface with the Board of Directors depending on assignment.

Supervision Received and Exercised


Environmental Compliance Inspector I

  • Receive general supervision from the Environmental Compliance Superintendent. Technical and functional supervision may be received from more senior environmental compliance staff.

Environmental Compliance Inspector II

  • Receive general supervision from the Environmental Compliance Superintendent. Functional supervision may be received from more senior environmental compliance staff.

Examples of Essential Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform a variety of activities regarding the District's Environmental Compliance program; perform field inspections, and review construction plans and specifications to determine if facilities are in accordance with District standards.
  • Inspect and sample industrial and commercial users of the District's facilities using chain of custody procedures; preserve and deliver samples to the laboratory.
  • Inspect hazardous material storage areas, pretreatment facilities, and general process operations of industrial and commercial users.
  • Enforce provisions of wastewater and storm water discharge permits, District's ordinances, and federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Operate and maintain sampling, flow metering, and other environmental compliance equipment.
  • Keep thorough records; prepare and evaluate reports and permits.
  • Gather evidence for and recommend administrative or other legal action.
  • Work persuasively and tactfully to gain the cooperation of industrial, commercial, and residential users.
  • Assist in the research, development, implementation, and presentation of new programs, including pollution prevention, public outreach, and public education.
  • Perform field measurements of wastewater flows and some chemical tests.
  • Provide information and assistance to engineers, architects, contractors, and industrial user personnel and others about objectives of the
  • District's Environmental Compliance Program and federal and state regulations dealing with wastewater discharge.
  • Obtain, compile, and evaluate information on industrial and commercial users.
  • Evaluate total toxic organic and spill management plans, baseline monitoring reports, periodic reports of continued compliance, sample chemical analysis results, and related plans and reports.
  • Perform special studies such as local limits, sampling and/or inspection projects, development of best management practices, and possible impacts of discharges on the treatment plant and collection system.
  • Respond to general inquiries from District staff, contractors, developers, engineers, realtors, commercial/industrial dischargers, and others including the general public regarding construction plans, District specifications, and regulations pertaining to wastewater discharges.
  • Perform intermittent staffing at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications


Environmental Compliance Inspector I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering as they apply to area of assignment.
  • Practices, methods, materials, and equipment used in wastewater flow measurement, sampling, and chemical analyses.
  • Policies and regulations governing the construction, operation, and maintenance of sewer systems and facilities.
  • Safety hazards and appropriate precautions applicable to work assignments.
  • Inspection and sampling techniques as they apply to industries and wastewater discharges.
  • Federal, state, and local hazardous waste, pretreatment and storm water regulations.
  • Pollution prevention, public education, and outreach principles.
  • The principles and best management practices of a fats, oil, and grease (FOG) program, including grease trap and interceptor sizing, retrofitting and maintenance.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis analyze compliance reports, interpret lab data and chemical analysis results, and remember regulations. Intermittently identify commercial and industrial businesses that require permitting, observe and remember inspections, understand principles of sampling, problem solve investigations, and explain violations and permit requirements.
  • Intermittently sit at desk; walk and stand while performing inspections and investigations; bend, squat, kneel, and twist while performing sampling activities and inspections; perform simple and power grasping, pushing and pulling, fine manipulation; lift or carry weight of 50 pounds or less; and occasionally lift weight of 100 pounds or less.
  • Sample, preserve, and analyze wastewater and storm water.
  • Operate and maintain sampling, flow metering, and other environmental compliance equipment.
  • Perform field measurements of wastewater flows and some chemical analyses.
  • Analyze and interpret laboratory water, wastewater, and other test analysis reports.
  • Ability to use personal computers and software for environmental compliance administration.
  • Read and interpret engineering plans, specifications, and related material.
  • Maintain a variety of records, files, and documents.
  • Prepare clear and concise letters, technical records, memoranda, reports, and other documents.
  • Research, draft, negotiate, and issue industrial user wastewater permits.
  • Learn wastewater collection, treatment, disposal, and recycling.
  • Learn Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility regulations, policies and procedures and work in all aspects of the facility.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Prepare maps, sketches, graphs, and charts.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  • Learn and observe all appropriate safety precautions as required by the District including, but not limited to, Cal/OSHA General Industry Safety Orders, the District's Respiratory Protection Program, and District Safety Directives.
  • Work shift, on-call, weekends, and holidays as assigned.

Special Physical Requirements:


Must be able to wear respiratory protection equipment for chemical exposure protection. May be required to enter confined space. Must be able to wear S.C.B.A. and perform job duties in protective clothing and equipment including S.C.B.A. weighing 32 pounds.

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:

  • One year of experience as an Environmental Compliance Inspector or similar position in a related field. One year of related college level coursework may be substituted for experience.

Education:

  • Equivalent to completion of two years of college, including satisfactory completion of college level organic and inorganic chemistry. Satisfactory completion of two college level hazardous materials technology courses may be substituted for the organic chemistry course.

Licenses and Certificates

  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • California Water Environment Association Grade I Environmental Compliance Inspector Certificate and the Sacramento State Pretreatment Facility Inspection Certificate shall be obtained within two years of appointment.
  • Possession of a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Certificate within one year of District employment.

Environmental Compliance Inspector II

In addition to the qualifications for Environmental Compliance Inspector I:

Knowledge of:

  • The District's organization, functions, rules, and regulations.
  • Pollutants of concern, such as mercury, total toxic organics, endocrine disruptors, household hazardous wastes and bio-solids management and disposal.
  • Wastewater collection, treatment, disposal, and recycling.
  • Household hazardous waste and small quantity generator waste collection, sorting, packing, and other principles.
  • Household hazardous waste facility operation.
  • The principles and practices of a trucked waste program.

Ability to:

  • Conduct the more complex and varied assignments.
  • Coordinate special projects.
  • Provide guidance and training to less experienced staff and others including the public.
  • Work independently and make sound judgments regarding compliance with District standards.

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:

  • Eighteen months of experience comparable to that of an Environmental Compliance Inspector I in the District.

Education:


  • Equivalent to the completion of two years of business college or community college courses in a related field.

Licenses and Certificates

  • California Water Environment Association Grade II Environmental Compliance Inspector Certificate and Sacramento State Pretreatment Facility Inspection Certificate shall be obtained within two years of appointment.

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