City of Los Angeles

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City of Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA, USA
Apr 05, 2019
Full time
An Environmental Specialist plans, performs, reviews, and analyzes environmental studies, reports, and proposals to determine their environmental and policy impacts on the City; conducts studies which may require collection and evaluation of field and laboratory data to determine the environmental impacts from the storage, handling, or release of solid waste and hazardous materials; conducts noise measurements to assess impacts and enforces noise abatement policies; conducts environmental compliance inspections and enforcement procedures as necessary; coordinates and implements environmental compliance, remediation and enhancement projects and programs; makes recommendations in accordance with established environmental policy and relevant technical information; oversees environmental consultant activities and services; reviews, analyzes and/or prepares California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) documents, various environmental  permits, and grant applications; conducts outreach and education on environmental issues; works with other public agencies and the community, and may act as a technical team leader. REQUIREMENT(S)/MINIMUM QUALIFICATION(S) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in environmental, ecological, biological, chemical, atmospheric, environmental health, earth science, geography, ecological geography, geology, oceanography, environmental policy, sustainability, environmental planning, environmental engineering, urban planning and design, landscape architecture or a related field, with at least 15 semester units or 20 quarter units in environmental studies, such as environmental health, industrial hygiene, ecology, limnology, field biology, botany, geography, geology, toxicology, water quality, air quality, groundwater and surface water systems, regulatory oversight, environmental auditing, environmental policy, environmental planning, environmental law and environmental impact analysis;   or Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university AND one year of full-time paid professional experience performing work specializing in one or more of the following activities:  environmental review and analysis; air quality, water quality, noise abatement, solid waste and recycling, toxic or hazardous material management; development of site characterization and site remediation plans; environmental legislative and regulatory review and development; conducting environmental regulatory inspections and/or environmental audits; environmental project management for the protection and enhancement of environmental resources; or environmental policy or planning. PROCESS NOTES Applicants qualifying under Requirement #1 must list their school name and location, type of degree earned, major and completion dates, course titles with the number of semester or quarter units and completion dates in the Education Section of the application.  Applicants who fail to provide this information on their application will not be considered further and their applications will not be processed. College applicants in their final semester/quarter may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until they submit official proof of having received their degree. Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at For qualifying work experience gained outside of the City of Los Angeles, the term "professional experience" applies to positions that require possession of a degree from an accredited four-year college or university in order to obtain that position.  Therefore, to be considered "professional," non-City qualifying experience must be gained in positions after obtaining a four-year degree.  Experience in the marine environment is desired for some positions. Experience in aviation and/or aviation noise abatement is desired for some positions. Registration in California as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) is desirable for some inspection positions. Registration in California as a Distribution System Operator (DO) is desirable for some positions. Some positions may require a valid California driver's license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the past 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or convictions of major moving violations (such as DUI).   SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION :   In accordance with Charter Section 1010 (b) and Civil Service Commission Rule 5.31, selective certification will be used for some positions that require special skills and/or training in one or more of the following areas.  Only persons possessing the following may be considered for appointment to fill such positions.   Conducting and/or evaluating results of site assessments, soil and groundwater investigations, and/or cleanup of brownfield sites following requirements of regulatory agencies such as the Department of Toxic Substances Control or the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Permitting waste discharges following the requirements of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. Assessing air emissions and air quality compliance following the requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District or other regulatory agency with jurisdiction over air quality. Preparing environmental assessments pursuant to CEQA/NEPA requirements. Monitoring and assessing watershed protection measures for drinking water source management. Conducting noise studies or measurements, assessing noise impacts, and enforcing noise abatement policies, especially as related to California Airport Noise Standards. One year of full-time paid professional experience performing environmental assessments or studies in a marine environment. Conducting and evaluating greenhouse gas inventories, climate action plans, and climate change mitigations/impacts. Conducting and evaluating the results of site inspections for solid waste, recycling, or composting management at customer sites and/or facilities, including experience with CalRecycle regulations. Conducting and evaluating biological resources surveys and impact assessments, wetland delineations, and/or habitat restoration. Remember to say you found this opportunity at