Assistant Environmental Inspector/Environmental Inspector I/II

  • San José
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • Feb 07, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Sustainability Water Quality

Job Description

Positions & Duties

The City of San Jose's Environmental Services Department currently has vacant Environmental Inspector I/II positions for which the City is recruiting. Qualified candidates identified through this process may also be used to fill subsequent and possible future Assistant Environmental Inspector vacancies, if and when they become available. If you are interested in being considered for employment in these classifications, please apply to this job announcement to ensure you are considered for current and future opportunities.

To learn more about Cascade Opportunity, please visit City of San José Human Resources Employment website at: 

The Environmental Services Department is currently recruiting for Assistant Environmental Inspector and Environmental Inspector I/II positions in the Watershed Protection Division within the Watershed Enforcement, Food Service Facility Inspection, Source Control, and Environmental Engineering work groups. The Watershed Protection Division provides services that support the City's efforts to protect water quality in local creeks and the Bay. These services are integral to the City's management of both wastewater and stormwater. The Watershed Protection Division is comprised of more than 100 employees with four key functions: Stormwater Management, Environmental Enforcement, Industrial Pretreatment, and Laboratory Services.

The work groups for these positions are described below.


Watershed Enforcement - This group is responsible for stormwater inspection programs, which include inspection of San José businesses and active construction sites for implementation of practices that protect stormwater quality. This group also responds to incidents of illegal discharge to the storm sewer system. These programs are required under the City's Stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. On an annual basis, this group inspects more than 2,500 businesses, approximately 200 stormwater treatment measures, and more than 100 construction sites, as well as responding to approximately 600 complaints of illegal discharge.

Food Service Facility Inspection - This group is responsible for an inspection program focused on food service facilities with an emphasis on controls for Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG). This program is required under both the City's Stormwater NPDES permit and the Sanitary Sewer Management Plan (SSMP). This program provides detailed inspections of more than 4,000 food service facilities across the City of San José.


Source Control - This group is responsible for implementing the Pretreatment Program for industrial discharges to the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (Facility). The program is required by the Facility's NPDES permit and is aimed at ensuring that certain dischargers have adequate treatment prior to discharge in order to protect water quality and the integrity of the wastewater collection and treatment system. On an annual basis, this group inspects approximately 350 businesses, collects more than 1,900 water quality samples, reviews more than 900 self-monitoring reports, and issues an average of over 200 enforcements.

Environmental Engineering - This group, which includes Sanitary Engineers and Environmental Inspectors, provides engineering and technical support to the Environmental Enforcement and Pretreatment Programs. This work group's responsibilities include issuing and renewing approximately 100 Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permits annually, performing Plan Checks for industrial facilities within the Facility's service area, developing procedures and policy documents in support of Watershed Protection programs, and providing other technical duties as needed.

Assistant Environmental Inspectors:

Assistant Environmental Inspectors are responsible for collecting samples and performing basic inspection tasks at industrial, commercial, and food service facilities to determine compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations. They also assist with the review of pretreatment systems and grease removal devices, including evaluation of pretreatment system performance and review of maintenance and cleaning records. 

Environmental Inspectors I/II:

Environmental Inspectors are responsible for conducting a variety of professional inspection and investigation duties to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations.  They interpret and enforce regulations by assessing environmental data, reviewing self-monitoring reports, performing inspections, and overseeing specialized compliance assessments and investigations.  Environmental Inspectors prepare a variety of technical and regulatory reports and maintain program records.


Minimum Qualifications


Assistant Environmental Inspector:

Two (2) years of college, including two (2) semesters (or equivalent quarter units) of college level chemistry.

Environmental Inspector I:

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related field.

Environmental Inspector II:

A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, or a closely related field.


Assistant Environmental Inspector:


Environmental Inspector I:


Environmental Inspector II:

Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in environmental inspection and/or environmental consulting experience in assessing industrial, commercial, residential, and/or institutional facilities for compliance with Federal, State, or local codes OR equivalent experience in laboratory work, hazardous materials, or process control.

Licenses or Certificates:

All levels:

Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional technical principles and practices, citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations and knowledge of methods for sample gathering and routine laboratory analysis, including ability to perform routine maintenance, cleaning, and calibration of sampling and testing equipment and instrumentation; knowledge of federal and municipal laws, rules, and regulations as it pertains to wastewater treatment, pollution control, and/or stormwater pollution prevention; use of computers to perform job functions, including preparing sampling schedules and accessing company data; knowledge of pretreatment equipment used in wastewater discharge facilities; ability to conduct inspections, sampling, and/or field monitoring of industrial, commercial, residential, and/or institutional facilities for compliance with federal, state and/or local codes and regulations; and ability to inspect pretreatment systems and grease removal devices, including evaluation of pretreatment system performance and review of maintenance and cleaning records.

Analytical Thinking - Approaching a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Customer Service - Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.

Conflict Management - Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people, by presenting the facts, analysis, and conclusions or solutions that show command of content and perspectives and interests of the audience.

Multi-Tasking - Can handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of assignments in past and/or current position(s).

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Reliability - Completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains confidentiality as appropriate.

Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills and displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts

Additional Competencies for Environmental Inspector I/II Levels Only:

Decision Making - Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.

Initiative - Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

The Job ID for this position is 1900178. to view the full job announcement and to apply for this position, please visit If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Maria Lane at

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$59,259.20 - $98,238.40 Annually