Assistant Environmental Programs Specialist

  • Escondido CA
  • Escondido, California 92025, USA
  • Jun 11, 2018
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


If you want to join a hard-working team that shares a commitment to provide top-quality municipal services in a prime North County location, consider a career with the City of Escondido. We have an opening for the position of Assistant Environmental Programs Specialist in our Utilities Department/Environmental Programs Division. For a complete listing of job duties and qualifications, please refer to the corresponding job description, which can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from the City's website.

Under general supervision, assists in the administration of the City's storm water program and other related environmental programs or projects; assists in the development and facilitation of various activities with other departments, divisions, outside agencies, and the general public, as well as provides routine to moderately complex professional staff assistance to the Environmental Programs Manager/Utilities.
This is the entry-level class in the Environmental Programs Specialist series. Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of program knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Environmental Programs Specialist and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern.

Key Responsibilities

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.
Performs environmental field investigative and compliance work and special studies, performs site assessments in accordance with federal, state and local laws and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

Prepares outreach materials, conducts outreach efforts and trains City staff on storm water and environmental protection, provides information to property and business owners, tenants, City employees, and the general public through individual contact in the field, over the counter, at workshops or community events, and by telephone or other appropriate means.

Coordinates with and provides information and technical assistance to other departments, agencies, and organizations.

Develops, writes, and maintains a variety of reports, documents, correspondence and records related to areas of assigned responsibility; composes and presents written technical reports.

Assists in the development and implementation and monitoring of assigned environmental programs; performs technical and administrative duties in the implementation of program activities; participates in ensuring program compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and regulatory agency requirements.

Provides staff assistance and technical and administrative support to the Environmental Programs Manager/Utilities and other management staff, as well as boards and committees; researches, prepares, and presents technical, fiscal, and administrative studies, surveys, and reports.

Keeps current with federal, state and local regulations and their impacts on the City's storm water and environmental quality and protection.

Provides vacation and temporary relief as needed.

Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge of:
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned environmental program area.
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations including those affecting NPDES permits, the Storm Water Program, and other environmental permits and programs.
Permitting, legal, regulatory, and technical requirements of storm water quality management.
Modern principles and practices of chemistry, biology, microbiology, or environmental protection applicable to storm water, wastewater, hazardous materials or waste, or industrial waste.
Laws and ordinances pertaining to storm water and environmental protection.
Inspection, investigation or code enforcement principles and practices.
Pollutant detection methodology related to storm water runoff or other wastes.
Proper use of monitoring, sampling, and basic testing equipment.
Principles and practices of record keeping and records management.
Methods and techniques of data collection, research, and report preparation.
Terminology used in area of assignment.
Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and various software packages.
Organization and operation of municipal government.
Ability to:
Collect, evaluate, and interpret appropriate and applicable data, either in statistical or narrative form.
Exercise sound judgment to determine environmental program and permit compliance with existing laws and regulations.
Review documents and reports for completeness and accuracy.
Perform analytical, programmatic, and administrative duties in support of assigned programs, functions, and/or department involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
Conduct accurate and thorough research and prepare clear, complete, accurate, and concise analysis, reports, and recommendations.
Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Use computer software, equipment, and applications to assist in performing duties, e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation applications.
With supervision, apply procedures and techniques involved in the investigation, documentation, and enforcement of codes and regulations.
With supervision, apply procedures and practices for issuing notices of violation and schedules for compliance.
Understand the organization and operation of the assigned department, other City departments, and outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.
Work with teams and groups on various programs and projects and to create partnerships and coalitions.
Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, City staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility.
Represent the City in a professional manner when working with boards, community groups, and the general public.
Exercise independent judgment within established policy guidelines.
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.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience Guidelines

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, environmental science, biology, or a related field.

Administrative experience related to environmental science, physical science, engineering, storm water management, NPDES permit compliance, or other environmental compliance programs is highly desirable.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Closing date and time: 7/2/2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time

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$46,188.00 - $56,136.00 Annually