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Senior Environmental Compliance Inspector

Effective: 07/01/08
Range: G-73
Respirator Class: 3


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 pretreatment and/or pollution prevention inspections, investigations, and/or other work under contract for other agencies, provide technical assistance to customers and public agencies.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the advanced level class in the Environmental Compliance Inspector series. This class is distinguished from the II level by the more complex and difficult work performed.  Positions assigned to this class require significant technical skills and knowledge, and work with a minimum degree of supervision using established procedures, guidelines, and District policies. This class is distinguished from the Environmental Compliance Superintendent class, which may be responsible for the supervision of a group of inspectors and/or responsible for performing more complex special assignments.

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

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Receive general supervision from the Environmental Compliance Superintendent. May receive direction from higher level professional or management staff.
  • May exercise technical or functional supervision over less experienced 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; may be assigned the more complex and difficult inspections and investigations.
  • 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 discharge permits, contracts, District's ordinances, and federal, state, and local regulations dealing with wastewater and storm water discharges.
  • Take lead role supporting the District’s Pollution Prevention Program.
  • Operate and maintain sampling, flow metering, and other environmental compliance equipment.
  • Keep thorough records; prepare and evaluate reports, industrial user permits and contracts.
  • Gather evidence for and recommend administrative or other legal action.
  • Work persuasively and tactfully to gain the cooperation of industrial, commercial, and residential users.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prepare periodic reports to District management, and federal and state agencies regarding District compliance with mandated programs.
  • Prepare and present reports to District Board and others.
  • Work directly with federal and state agencies to obtain documents and information regarding legislation and program development.
  • Provide lead guidance to less experienced personnel.
  • Work directly with management and District legal counsel regarding complex source control issues.
  • Develop District standard specifications for environmental compliance/pretreatment requirements.
  • Research, develop, implement, and present new programs, including pollution prevention, public outreach, and public education.
  • 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 treatment plant and collection system.
  • Perform intermittent staffing at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering as they apply to area of assignment.
  • Pretreatment processes and methods employed by dischargers to meet the District's regulations.
  • 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.
  • Principles and best management practices of a fats, oils, and grease (FOG) program, including grease trap and interceptor sizing, retrofitting, and maintenance.
  • Pollutants of concern, such as mercury, total toxic organics, endocrine disrupters, household hazardous wastes, and bio-solids management and disposal.
  • Pollution prevention, public education, and outreach principles.
  • 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.
  • Use and operation of computers including database, word processing, flow monitoring and spreadsheet software.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis know functions of Environmental Compliance Section, understand and remember codes and regulations regarding pollution control.  Intermittently analyze calculations, complex data, chemical formulas, capacities, treatment methods, and computer software; identify locations, chemicals, color, and odor of hazardous materials and treatment equipment; interpret regulations, codes, permits, business plans, instructions, chemical analysis reports and building plans; observe industrial facilities, characteristics of samples, and safety compliance; problem solve equipment repair and special projects, quantities of samples, flow monitoring, and treatment options; and explain codes and regulations to public and staff.
  • Intermittently sit at desk; walk, stand, squat, twist and kneel while conducting inspections, investigations and sampling activities; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and 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.
  • Operate and maintain sampling, flow metering, and other environmental compliance equipment.
  • Perform field measurements of wastewater flows and some chemical analyses.
  • Properly respond to emergency situations and/or releases of hazardous materials to the sanitary sewer and/or storm drain systems.
  • Use personal computers and software for environmental compliance administration.
  • Read and interpret engineering plans, specifications, and related material.
  • Analyze, interpret, apply, and explain complex and technical policies, procedures, codes, statutes, descriptions, documents, and make recommendations.
  • Work independently and make effective judgments regarding compliance to District standards.
  • Provide training and lead guidance to less experienced technical staff.
  • Maintain a variety of records, files, and documents.
  • Prepare clear and concise letters, technical records, permits, contracts, memoranda, and other documents.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Prepare maps, schematic diagrams, sketches, graphs, and charts.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing to a variety of questions, inquiries, and complaints.
  • Learn all aspects of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility including, but not limited to, customer service, sorting chemicals, product identification, Hazcat analysis and the quality control program.
  • 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:


  • Five years of experience as a Source Control Inspector or in a related field.


  • 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 courses.

Licenses and Certificates

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

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