Mankato, MN, USA
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant to the City Manager and the indirect supervision of the General Superintendent. The Environmental Sustainability Coordinator works collaboratively with staff, committees and citizens to coordinate, facilitate, and advises the development, implementation, monitoring, and improvement of local government policies, programs, and initiatives that promote local environmental sustainability. This position will be responsible for organizing activities, events, enforcement, and conducting research that promotes environmental sustainability through education, citizen engagement and habit transformation. In addition, this position will provide direct oversight to the city chemists to include the Water Treatment Plant Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Process Chemist and Water Quality Specialist.
Duties / Responsibilities
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:
Coordinates and facilitates both internal and community involvement in establishing sustainability initiatives.
Coordinates and facilitates complex interdepartmental problem solving, compliance and enforcement efforts.
Designs and implements education and outreach programs for employees, businesses, and residents on best sustainability practices.
Prepares and conducts presentations to government organizations, residents, and businesses.
Develops, implements, and presents public education and participation programs relative to water quality.
Prepares reports, requests, resolutions, draft ordinances, policies and other City administration and City Council documentation.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental units and private agencies in matters relating to public utility services.
Serves as project manager for City sustainability initiatives.
Prepares grant applications, and manages grant projects.
Reports any operational, maintenance, sampling discrepancies, plant problems, or variation in standard operations.
Supervises the operation and maintenance of the chemist function; including, but not limited to:
Providing the purpose, motivation, and direction on work assignments to personnel in terms of work methods, safety requirements, level of service required, and standards of performance expected with the goal of improving the organization and community.
Directing, providing, coordinating, and overseeing principal and subordinate staff training.
Reviewing the work performance of employees on a continual basis and completing performance evaluations on subordinate staff.
Serves as the Biosolids Coordinator, and has defined responsibility and authority for ensuring that the National Biosolids Program (NBP) is an effective and quality system which is implemented and followed at all times.
Monitors industrial wastewater discharges.
Prepares and monitors industrial discharge permits.
Establishes quality control programs and procedures in accordance with "Standard Methods," Environmental Protection agency (EPA), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) guidelines.
Maintains records and ensures compliance with required Hazardous Waste program for the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF).
Maintains files, records, and other databases; and operates various pieces of office equipment.
Creates and maintains logs/records, and conducts inventories.
Conducts research and projects, as directed or required, for plant operations and efficiency on source water, stormwater, refuse or water loss.
Recommends capital improvement plan ideas.
Performs physical/mental demands of the work environment requirements for this position.
Attendance during regularly scheduled work hours, and outside of regular hours as necessary.
Effective and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations, and citizen customers.
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:
Performs analysis on Mankato's stormwater ponds, creeks, streams and rivers to determine impact of various sources.
Trains and oversees part-time, interns and seasonal employees.
Performs other related functions as assigned or apparent.
Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science or closely related field; and a minimum of two (2) years' experience managing/coordinating an environmental or natural resource program; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in professional chemical analysis.
Experience working in a water or wastewater treatment plant.
Experience with stormwater programs, source water or similar programs.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must obtain a Minnesota Type IV Waste Disposal Operator Certificate within one (1) year of employment.
Must obtain Minnesota Class "D" Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator Certification within two (2) years of employment.
Must obtain Minnesota Class "D" Water Supply System Operator Certification within two (2) years of employment.
Must possess a valid driver's license and be able to drive in the state of Minnesota.
Must successfully complete a background examination, physical examination, and drug testing.
Must comply with organizational and departmental policies.
Must comply with data practices policies and standards relative to not public data. Any access to not public data should be strictly limited to accessing the data that are necessary to fulfill the employment responsibility. While data are being accessed, incumbent should take reasonable measures to ensure the not public data are not accessed by individuals without a work reason. Once the work reason to access the data is reasonably finished the not public data must be properly stored according to city policy and the Minnesota Statutes.
Hours of Work
Regular working hours for this position are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This position may be required to work outside of regularly scheduled hours in response to emergencies, special projects and/or circumstances.
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