Environmental Compliance Inspector (Wastewater & FOG Team)

  • Seattle
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • Mar 22, 2017
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Protection Waste Management/Recycling Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

Position Description

With an annual budget of over $1 billion, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a dynamic and multi-faceted, rate-payer funded utility.  Our promise focuses on providing efficient and forward-looking utility services for our residential and business customers, and keeping Seattle the best place to live. SPU is committed to the delivery of a high quality water supply and providing essential wastewater, storm water and solid waste services to more than 1.5 million customers we serve in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

SPU's Drainage & Wastewater Line of Business is seeking a talented Environmental Compliance Inspector for their Wastewater Source Control Program. This person will report to the Wastewater & FOG Program Supervisor. 

Job Responsibilities

Essential Duties include, but not limited to...

1. Conduct site visits/inspections of food service establishments to ensure compliance with city codes associated with the Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) program, and educate facilities on these requirements and best management practices. 

2. Record field observations and prepare follow-up reports. This requires the ability to research and interpret federal, state, and local codes, and communicate with business owners, managers, and other parties involved to meet the standards stipulated within the codes. 

3. Investigate and analyze sewer line segments with a history of sanitary sewer overflows and/or frequent maintenance, which is the result of grease laden wastewater discharges to the sewer system. 

4. Respond to and investigate reports of unauthorized discharges to sewer system to ensure compliance with applicable city, state, and federal codes. 

5. Conduct education and outreach activities to businesses and residents to inform the public about grease associated with the discharge of FOG as well as other unauthorized discharges to the drainage and wastewater system. Provide instruction on Best Management Practices for both commercial and residential customers. Attend outreach events with industry associations and community organizations. These events may fall on weekends and/or after typical working hours. 

6. Enforce city codes pertaining to unauthorized discharges (including FOG) to the sewer system Work with a supervisor, the City Law Department, and other departments/agencies as necessary. Prepare enforcement letters, assess penalties, and track corrective actions associated with non-compliant wastewater discharges. Evidence and records must be gathered, generated, and maintained in a manner suitable for legal actions and court cases. 

7. Programmatic monitoring to include collecting and analyzing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other data resources to track program metrics. Based on the results of this data and operational knowledge, review and make recommendations for updating program Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and work flow. 

8. Respond to spills and act as an incident commander, mobilizing resources and directing/coordinating clean-up efforts. 

9. The above duties requires a thorough understanding of sewer systems and proficiency in the use of software platforms including, but not limited to CCTV Data (Granite), GIS (ArcMap), Access Databases (Linko), Asset Maintenance Tracking software (Maximo, FOMS, Utiliview), and standard office programs (MS Word, Excel, and Access, ETC.). 


Minimum Qualifications: 
Education: An Associate's Degree in Civil Engineering, or two years of college level coursework in Engineering, Construction, or related field.
Experience: Two years' experience as an Environmental/Stormwater/Industrial Compliance Inspector, or related field.
Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

An ideal candidate would also have these qualifications...
1. Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and 200, and National Incident Management System (NIMS) 700 certifications. 
2. Current or ability to obtain HAZWOPER certification.
3. Experience conducting wastewater investigations, including working with businesses and residents. 
4. Experience working in a regulatory inspections program and issuing enforcements. 
5. Experience operating a motor boat.

Additional Information

*All candidates must attach cover letter and resume or your application will not be considered. 

Special Conditions: 

- Ability to be exposed to wastewater systems and its odors.
- Must be able to work on-call for Spill Response team one week per quarter, or as assigned. 
- May be required to lift over 50 pounds.
- Current Washington State driver's license or ability to obtain the license prior to start date.

Job offers are contingent on a pre-placement physical, review of criminal history, as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process.

Closing 4/4/2017 4:00 PM Pacific

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Government- Local/Regional


$37.22 - $43.32 Hourly