City of Kent

220 4th Ave S
Kent , WA
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Environmental Compliance Specialist

City of Kent
Kent, WA Full time
Posted on May 18, 2018

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title: Environmental Compliance Specialist
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 05/25/18 5:05 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $5,481.00 - $6,666.00 Monthly
$65,772.00 - $79,992.00 Annually 
Job Type: Regular Full-time
Location: 220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Environmental Compliance Specialist in our Public Works Department.  The Environmental Compliance Specialist inspects industrial sites and investigates sources of pollution to ensure compliance with city codes and standards, along with NPDES permits.  The ideal candidate will be able to determine the proper corrective action when violations are discovered to assist property owners in achieving compliance.  Knowledge of construction and development standards, as well as relevant city, county, state and federal codes, standards, requirements and regulations are also critical to success in this position.

This is a benefited position that is not represented by a union.  

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

The selection process for this position will consist of an interview, along with an assessment of candidates' writing abilities.  A short writing exercise will be given as part of the first interview.

Under the direction of the Environmental Supervisor, perform inspection of storm drainage and industrial waste facilities to ensure compliance with City Codes and Standards, as well as National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit requirements and provide temporary support of construction management.  Facilities including, but not limited to, retention/detention ponds, Low Impact Development stormwater facilities, underground storage tanks, bio-swales, flow control structures, manholes, catch basins, conveyance systems, grease traps and grease interceptors.
Work is characterized by specialized, technical inspection of storm drainage facilities, industrial waste facilities and related administrative work.  Duties include, but are not limited to, field inspection of storm/drainage and industrial waste systems and facilities; set up and maintain inspection files and records; communication with property owners, internal departments and personnel, external agencies, etc.; and attendance at meetings as required. 
Work is performed under general supervision.  Supervisor defines objectives, priorities, and deadlines and assists employee with unusual situations which do not have clear objectives or precedents.  Employee plans and carries out assignments and handles problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, procedures and/or accepted practices.  Work is evaluated for technical soundness and conformity to practice and policy
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Inspect storm/drainage systems and industrial waste systems including, but not limited to, bio-swales, retention/detention ponds, underground storage tanks, flow control structures, manholes, catch-basins, grease traps, grease interceptors and conveyance systems to ensure the systems are in compliance with City codes, standards and all other mandates, including NPDES permits.
Meet with the Environmental Supervisor regularly to receive and/or discuss job assignments, ongoing inspections, work schedules and priorities.
Research needed information on storm/industrial waste systems to be inspected; review construction plans and specifications, facility sketches, verify actual site and location of facilities to be inspected. 
Set up, update and maintain inspection files throughout the inspection process.  Information maintained may include, but is not limited to, property owners' names and addresses, notification letters, maintenance correction letters, facility sketches, construction plans, site plans, City operation and maintenance standards, inspection reports, records of telephone conversations, maintenance checklists, standard forms, and correspondence.
Schedule inspections and provide related information as needed, follow-up with written notifications to owners of inspections scheduled, and perform related administrative work to ensure smooth inspection process.
During inspections, identify, record and report all defects/deficiencies and maintenance necessary on facility sketches to bring storm and industrial waste systems into compliance with the City's codes, standards and requirements, as well as NPDES permit requirements.
Collect samples from storm/industrial waste systems and prepare samples for delivery to laboratories for evaluation of Water Quality, and summarize laboratory sample analysis results to be submitted to Environmental Engineering for review and enforcement of Water Quality Standards.
Prepare field reports and detail any changes or updates required in the systems inspected.
Prepare correction list to be used in the Maintenance Correction letters to property owners to notify them of repairs, maintenance or corrections necessary to bring their storm/industrial waste systems into compliance; coordinate abatement actions as necessary.
Perform re-inspection and follow-up after maintenance corrections are made by property owners, and communicate with City Attorney's office to recommend citations for property owners, as needed.
Communicate with internal City departments and personnel, private companies, engineering firms, consulting firms, contractors, and other agencies regarding private storm/industrial waste systems.  Check on and respond to complaints from owners of private systems.
Attend pre-construction meetings when they pertain to public or private storm/industrial waste systems, provide input into plan reviews, construction inspections, final inspections, and walkthrough for storm/industrial waste facilities.
Attend meetings, seminars and training sessions to maintain current knowledge of inspection codes, regulations, standards, etc.
Assist the Construction Inspector(s) in Public Works with their duties on public and private development projects. 
Actively support the vision, mission, values and behavior statements of the department and the City.

Perform related duties as assigned.
May act as witness providing inspection documentation for hearings and other legal proceedings.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • City of Kent construction and development standards
  • City, county, state, and federal codes, standards, requirements and regulations relating to Fish and Wildlife; Water Quality; Surface Water, Industrial Wastewater, Utility & Drainage; National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems permits; and other applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures
  • City utilities, storm and drainage systems and facilities
  • Water quality sampling techniques and methods
  • City organization, operations, policies and objectives
  • Drafting, surveying and hydraulics
  • Applicable health and safety regulations
  • Technical aspects of the field of specialty
  • Research and analytical methods, practices and procedures
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment including personal computers and related software
  • Policies and procedures related to construction inspection
  • Inspecting storm/industrial waste drainage facilities to ensure compliance with standards and requirements
  • Maintaining accurate records and preparing routine reports and correspondence
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Using interpersonal skills effectively in a tactful, patient and courteous manner
  • Inspect, identify and report defects/deficiencies in private storm/industrial wastefacilities and corrections needed to bring systems into compliance with City standards and regulations as well as other permit requirements
  • Research, review and understand public and private storm/industrial waste facilities for inspection
  • Work from construction plans, blue prints, site drawings, sketches, and electronic files
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, and general business correspondence
  • Effectively utilize water quality sampling techniques to collect samples from drainage facilities as required
  • Understand and summarize results of the laboratory analysis of samples taken, and prepare appropriate reports as required
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices
  • Effectively present information in one-on-one situations to supervisor and/or other employee of the organization and to respond to inquiries from property owners or the public
 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  High school diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by two (2) years of post high school training in construction, inspection, utilities maintenance, or a related field; and
Experience: Three (3) years of journey-level experience and leadership in the installation, maintenance, operation, and repair of utility systems and facilities.
Or:  In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties listed above.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License, or ability to obtain within 30 days
  • New employees must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check; successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course; and all employees must maintain an excellent driving record
  • Successfully complete the Confined Space Training as required by WAC 296-62-14511
  • New employees must successfully pass the City's pre-employment substance abuse screening
    In the event the State of Washington mandates or requires a license or certification, the inspector will be given 24 months, or a related timeframe specified by the state (whichever is shorter), to obtain such license or certification.