ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE INSPECTOR I
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE INSPECTOR II
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under supervision (Environmental Compliance Inspector I) or general supervision (Environmental Compliance Inspector II), performs a variety of technical work in support of the City’s industrial waste and pretreatment inspection programs including the inspection and monitoring of commercial food service and automotive service establishments for compliance with state environmental regulations and local regulations regarding discharge of grease, oil, and related materials into the City’s wastewater collection system; investigates and enforces compliance with storm water pollution N.P.D.E.S. permit regulations; and maintains a variety of records, files, and related documents. Distinguishing characteristics
Environmental Compliance Inspector I: This is the entry-level class in the Environmental Compliance Inspector series. This class is distinguished from the Environmental Compliance Inspector II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series. Assignments are generally limited in scope, contain fairly routine tasks, and are performed within a procedural framework established by higher-level employees. Positions at this level are primarily responsible for inspecting and monitoring commercial food and automotive establishments. Employees at the “I” level are expected to learn the full scope of duties, including reporting requirements, and, once fully proficient in the pretreatment program area, are expected to learn duties associated with the industrial waste program. As experience is acquired, incumbents perform with less immediate supervision and continue to learn the full scope of duties and responsibilities. Advancement to the “II” level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the assigned functions, possession of required licenses and certifications, completing the progression criteria established by the Department, and upon review and approval of the department head.
Environmental Compliance Inspector II: This is the full journey-level class in the Environmental Compliance Inspector series. Employees within this class are distinguished from the Environmental Compliance Inspector I by the performance of the full range of duties as assigned. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by progression from the Environmental Compliance Inspector I level when experience and required licenses and certifications are obtained and progression criteria met, or when filled from the outside, require prior directly related experience and possession of required licenses and certifications.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Participates in the implementation and enforcement of state environmental regulations and City grease trap and pretreatment ordinances.
- Inspects commercial food service and automotive service establishments for compliance with state environmental regulations and City grease trap and pretreatment ordinances; ensures compliance with municipal codes on discharge limits of grease, oil, and related materials into the City’s wastewater collection system.
- Assists in monitoring industrial and commercial facilities for compliance with state and federal mandates and local ordinances as assigned; assists in performing bi-annual inspections for the industrial waste program; assists in inputting data related to program activities.
- Investigates complaints received regarding alleged violations of waste discharge standards including possible illicit discharges into the storm water conveyance system.
- Conducts water quality sampling for sewer overflows; conducts water quality quarterly baseline sampling; places and removes sampling devices to collect discharge samples.
- Operates and calibrates a variety of simple laboratory, sampling, and related equipment including pH meters, flow meter, atmosphere monitor, conductivity and other various meters, chlorine residual/free chlorine sampler, and automatic sampling devices as assigned; program ISSCO samplers for the collection of wastewater samples from regulated industrial users.
- Plan checks and reviews blueprints to ensure proper sizing of fixtures and to ensure all required fixtures are connected to equipment.
- Calculates required capacity of grease removal equipment for new establishments.
- Prescribes frequency of preventative maintenance for grease removal equipment.
- Prepares and maintains a variety of records, files, and related documents including on inspections and related activities; collects and calculates totals for monthly and annual reports; prepares correspondence and summary reports.
- Provides information, advises, and responds to inquiries from business owners and operators, other governmental agency staff, and the public concerning environmental compliance regulations, requirements, and policies.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
- Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations including uniform plumbing codes related to sanitary sewer connections and those related to industrial waste and storm water discharge standards.
- Sanitary sewer conveyance systems.
- Mechanical function of grease removal equipment.
- Wastewater treatment processes and technology.
- Methods and techniques of inspection and sampling.
- Principles and practices of record keeping and basic report preparation.
- Occupational hazards and standard safety practices associated with area of work assignment including safety principles and practices related to waste collection traps.
- Principles and practices of customer service.
- Operational characteristics of equipment and tools used in work activities including field analysis equipment for water quality sampling.
- Basic mathematical principles.
- Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
- Enforce pretreatment regulations and rules through investigation and identification of non-compliance and seek resolutions.
- Recognize potential violations of pretreatment ordinances and discharge standards.
- Read and interpret blueprints, plans, and maps.
- Plan review new construction for sanitary sewer connections.
- Communicate technical information related to storm water, sanitary sewer, and industrial waste activities.
- Maintain accurate records and prepare reports of inspection activities.
- Exercise initiative and judgment relative to enforcement activities.
- Prepare and maintain a variety of records including computerized records; prepare accurate and complete reports.
- Interpret and apply policies, procedures, and standards to specific situations.
- Perform mathematical calculations.
- Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
- Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
- Work independently and efficiently to carry out assignments.
- Deal effectively with the public and represent the City in a positive and professional manner.
- Operate and use modern office equipment including computers and supporting applications.
- Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
- Safely drive and skillfully operate and calibrate required laboratory and sampling equipment.
- Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Environmental Compliance Inspector I/II
Education/Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. Supplemental specialized training/coursework in water and/or wastewater technology is desirable
Environmental Compliance Inspector I
Experience: Two years of experience in the wastewater technology field. Experience in inspection/compliance is highly desirable. College-level coursework in wastewater technology may be substituted for up to one year of required experience on a year-for-year basis.
License or Certificate: Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license. Possession of a related Wastewater Technology certificate is desirable.
Environmental Compliance Inspector II
Education/Training: Completion of progression criteria established by Department.
Experience: Two years of responsible experience performing duties comparable to an Environmental Compliance Inspector I with the City of Escondido or comparable environmental compliance inspection experience.
License or Certificate: Possession of a valid Class C driver’s license. Possession of a Grade I Industrial Waste Inspector certificate.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Field setting with travel from site to site. Exposure to extreme noise in manufacturing environment; fumes and odors of process venting; dust from manufacturing; mechanical hazards in operating vehicles; radiation hazards possibly resulting from manufacturing processes or facilities; all types of weather and temperature conditions. Work schedule is 9/80; subject to 24-hour emergency call back and may require working standby duties, overtime, varying hours, weekends and holidays. Work environment is informal, both team and autonomy oriented, having both routine and variable tasks, with variable pace and pressure. Work is performed in the office and laboratory at the Resource Recovery Facility and in the field at manufacturing facilities and commercial and industrial establishments.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a field setting and operate assigned equipment. FREQUENT walking, standing, sitting, fine-finger dexterity to manipulate computer, operate and calibrate equipment; OCCASIONAL bending and stooping, squatting, pushing/pulling, twisting at waist, upward and downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of neck, lifting objects weighing up to 10 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 200 yards, lifting objects weighing 11-50 lbs. from below waist to waist level and transporting distances up to 200 yards with or without assistance, grasp and grip to lift and carry equipment, hand and arm strength and foot dexterity to operate automobile or light pickup; INFREQUENT crawling, climbing, reaching at and above shoulder height, kneeling, balancing above ground, lifting objects weighing 11-50 lbs. from chest level to above shoulders, with or without assistance.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to observe manufacturing processes and observe situations in performance of inspections.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction. Hearing sufficient to hear warning signals in unfamiliar surroundings at industrial and commercial establishments.
Date: October 2004
Johnson & Associates