Permit & Regulatory Compliance Officer

  • Pima County
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • Apr 12, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Position Description

This position is in the Permit & Compliance Division of the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department.

Salary Grade: 61


Plans, reviews and prepares permit application documents.  Negotiates permit conditions for regulatory compliance and ensures department compliance with permits, procedures and mandated regulations by overseeing the collection, analysis and reporting of permit required information. 
 

Duties/Responsibilities

(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
 
Prepares permit application documents, negotiates and obtains permits for new construction or modifications to facilities;
Meets with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) personnel and other regulatory representatives from various agencies and departments to negotiate permit conditions;
Monitors permits and reporting requirements to ensure compliance with permit conditions;
Monitors wastewater facilities for compliance with environmental permits, regulations and procedures and submits compliance reports to regulatory agencies;
Collects, reviews and monitors permit required data and compiles reports for compliance and works to resolve permit noncompliance;
Drafts response letters and negotiates compliance conditions with ADEQ for permit violations;
Ensures appropriate monitoring frequencies are met and parameters are in accordance with permit conditions;
Reviews and comments on regulatory issues, proposals and policy implementation;
Reviews current and proposed new or changed rules, regulations or related materials for impact on facilities, division operations and management and makes recommendations to management;
Interprets environmental laws and statutes and coordinates with other Pima County staff in developing strategies to ensure compliance;
Reviews proposed legislation and rules and provides comments to represent the department's interest in the legislative process;
Attends and participates in appeals processes and hearings;
Represents the Department and County in various committees relative to permitting and compliance issues;
Oversees the development, submission, maintenance and archiving of County/state/federal-mandated operating permits, reports, forms and records;
Coordinates the collection, reporting and documentation of compliance data;
Consults with and trains managers and supervisors in data collection and compliance reporting;
Develops and implements short/long-range plans in concert with departmental management;
Conducts research, data-gathering and reporting for special projects;
Plans, reviews and prepares reports and proposals for new projects;
Develops division budget and monitors expenditures;
Responds to public requests for information and resolves complaints;
Supervises, trains and evaluates professional and technical employees.
 
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
 
Knowledge of: 

  • materials, equipment and operations of wastewater treatment plants, facilities and related systems;
  • local, state and federal environmental requirements for wastewater and achieving regulatory compliance;
  • local, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and mandates for the treatment and disposal of wastewater and its byproducts, certification/licensing of facilities and operations staff and reporting requirements for local, state and federal agencies;
  • local, state and federal laws, codes and regulations related to wastewater laboratory analysis;
  • occupational hazards associated with the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants, facilities and related systems;
  • water and wastewater facility design and operation;
  • principles, practices and techniques of wastewater chemical analysis, water pollution control and groundwater contamination;
  • lab analysis methods and new developments involving monitoring;
  • principles and practices of office and personnel administration, to include employee supervision, evaluation and training. 

Skill in:

  • compiling and submitting local, state and federal mandated reports and related information;
  • coordinating the collection, documentation, filing and archiving of Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) operations, maintenance, activity reports and data;
  • negotiation techniques;
  • interpretation of regulations, permit conditions and sampling techniques;
  • preparation of technical reports and evaluations;
  • developing and implementing program improvements;
  • assessing the impact of new/changed rules, regulations and mandates on unit operations and recommending/implementing needed changes to assure departmental compliance;
  • coordinating work-unit activities with other departments, County, state and federal agencies;
  • supervision, evaluation and training of support staff;
  • conducting and reporting research of assigned special projects to management;
  • communicating effectively.

Minimum Qualifications

(1) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural resource management, civil or sanitary engineering, management, biological science, chemistry, environmental technology, environmental science or environmental engineering, or a closely related field as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and four years of experience in environmental permit administration plus one year of supervisory experience (which may be concurrent with general experience).
                                                                               OR:
(2)  Two years of experience with Pima County as a Permit and Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Environmental Planning Manager, or Civil Engineer, plus one year of supervisory experience (which may be concurrent with general experience).
                                                                               OR:
(3) Three years of experience with Pima County as an Environmental Analyst, plus one year of supervisory experience (which may be concurrent with general experience).

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications: 
(Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Two (2) years minimum experience preparing or reviewing applications, preparing technical memos or reports, and working on compliance issues relating to Aquifer Protection Permits, AZPDES permits, Reuse permits, ADWR recharge permits and Air Quality permits.
  2. Experience with Arizona Administrative Code for Environmental Quality (Title 18), wells, water rights, with the Federal Clean Water Act as it relates to surface water standards and NPDES permitting programs, as they are implemented in Arizona.
  3. Experience writing comprehensive review reports and commenting on proposed environmental regulations.
  4. Two (2) years minimum technical experience with both surface water and groundwater hydrology, including water quality.
  5. Experience conducting meetings, contributing to policy development, and communicating technical issues in memos, reports, and presentations.
  6. Two (2) years minimum experience in the supervision of assigned staff to include training, evaluation of staff performance, determining work assignments/priorities, and participation in personnel selection.
  7. Current Arizona State Board of Technical Registration as a Registered Geologist.


SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates:  Valid driver license is required at time of application.  Valid AZdriver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services' review and approval of the candidate's driving record.
 
Physical/Sensory Requirements:  Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$60,320.00 Annually