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Posted on: March 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Environmental Compliance Inspector

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Basic Function

Under direction of the Regulatory Programs and Projects Supervisor, conduct pre- and post-construction inspections for areas of new and re-development for compliance with the City’s Phase II Municipally Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4) Permit; inspect commercial, residential, and public storm water control facilities; investigate complaints related to illicit discharges to the Stormwater Control System; survey and inspect commercial establishments for compliance with Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) regulations; survey and inspect commercial and residential properties for compliance with the Cross-Connection Control Program (CCCP); and maintain detailed records, create reports, and communicate findings of regulatory inspections.

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • The incumbent shall have knowledge of the following:
  • Moscow City Code relating to storm water management and the stormwater control system, the drinking water production and distribution systems, the sanitary sewer system.
  • Phase II NPDES Storm Water Permit provisions and requirements.
  • Stormwater erosion and sediment control BMPs, and FOG BMPs.
  • Local water quality issues and concerns, including the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process.
  • Basic water quality monitoring protocols and sampling methods.
  • Laws, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the Clean Water Act, and Pretreatment Regulations.
  • Environmental regulatory practices, requirements associated with environmental laws, and the subsequent federal and state regulations that apply to municipal utility operations.
  • Quality control and quality assurance programs.
  • Customer service, customer education and public relations.
  • Database development and preparing reports.

Essential Functions

  • The incumbent shall work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes competing deadlines.  The incumbent shall at all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Conduct field inspections of pre- and post-construction sites for compliance with City code, state regulations, and stormwater management plans, including erosion control plans and specifications.
  • Schedule inspections, and maintain current and accurate inspection records. 
  • Perform and assist with compliance inspections on new and existing commercial, residential, and public stormwater permanent water quality facilities, detention ponds, storm water outfalls, and drainage way improvements to ensure compliance with the MS4 permit and related criteria.
  • Conduct investigations into complaints, concerns, possible MS4 permit violations. 
  • Collect and compile essential information required to detect and eliminate illicit discharges and connections, and protect stormwater quality as part of the City’s Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) program.
  • Read, understand, and interpret field engineering plans and specifications. 
  • Attend preconstruction meetings as needed.
  • Respond to citizen questions and concerns about the City’s Stormwater program, water quality, and drainage issues. Educate citizens on local water quality issues and pollution prevention and its impact on the community.
  • Respond to and investigate construction site stormwater complaints.
  • Recommend actions and procedures necessary to bring dischargers into compliance, including the use of formal and informal enforcement actions.
  • Create inspection reports, warning letters, and recommendations for formal enforcement actions.
  • Review Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP).
  • Collect water quality samples for laboratory analysis and interpret laboratory data.
  • Assist in the implementation of stormwater Public Information and Education (PIE) outreach programs.
  • Survey and inspect commercial establishments for compliance with the Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) program, including FOG reducing Best Management Practices (BMPs). 
  • Collect and evaluate data on discharges to sewer collection system, waste disposal techniques, and treatment equipment and processes.
  • Create and maintain files of inspection reports, sampling reports, violation records, quality assurance records, and other written correspondence.
  • Assist with a PIE outreach program for the management and reduction of FOG to the City sanitary sewer system.
  • Survey and inspect commercial and residential properties for compliance with the Cross-Connection Control Program (CCCP).
  • Assist with the day-to-day activities of the CCCP, including operating the backflow assembly software database, reviewing individual backflow assembly test results for compliance, creating and disseminating customer notifications, responding to customer calls and complaints, and monitoring and communicating regulatory requirements with City staff and licensed testers.
  • Assist in the review of construction plans for conformance with the requirements of city, state and federal statutes and implementing regulations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Supervisory Functions

None

Education and Experience

An effective communicator who enjoys interacting with a wide range of stakeholders. Experience with education and outreach is preferred, especially as it relates to environmental programs. A Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science or a related field, and two (2) years of experience conducting regulatory inspections, including the application of rules and regulations is preferred.  

Licenses and Certifications

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Obtain a Certified Stormwater Inspector or similar certification within one (1) year.
  • Obtain a State of Idaho Backflow Assembly Tester license within two (2) years.

Competencies

ABILITY TO:

  • Resolve issues and conflicts with citizens, businesses, and property owners.
  • Explain regulations and procedures.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing (including email).
  • Create working partnerships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Gather and review data, and maintain databases and records. 
  • Perform in a support role for supervisors and operations staff.
  • Prioritize and schedule work.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Establish customer service and public relations using various techniques and materials.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Operate a computer terminal and varied software.

Software

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook

Work Environment

  • Indoor and outdoor work environment.
  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work.
  • Light physical work involving motor skills when utilizing computer or other instruments; requires work with standard office equipment, scientific and other measurement equipment, and files. 

Physical Demands

  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Standing
  • Pulling and pushing
  • Lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Climbing ladders
  • Extended operation of computer terminal
  • Seeing to conduct tests and analyze data
  • Walking
  • Kneeling or crouching
  • Moderate physical labor

*Typical hazards associated with an office environment, and visits to the field including construction sites, commercial establishments, and private residences.

Travel

Conferences and professional development opportunities.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

Affirmative Action/EEO statement

The City has an equal employment opportunity policy.  The City will not discriminate against an applicant for employment, which includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. 

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