Environmental Investigator III

  • Houston
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • May 10, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

POSITION OVERVIEW

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Applications accepted from:  ALL PERSONS INTERESTED


Job Classification: Environmental Investigator III
Posting Number: PN 21295
Department: Houston Public Works

Service Line: Houston Permitting Center
Section: Office of the City Engineer

Reporting Location: 1002 Washington Avenue
Workdays & Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Oversees and performs comprehensive technical investigative work relative to the detection, analysis and elimination or control of environmental pollutants and contaminants. Performs routine chemical and microbiological water and wastewater analysis. Oversees the daily technical inspections and investigative work of Environmental Investigator Is and IIs, including work assignments and schedules. Delegates detailed sampling and monitoring work; assists sampling teams with sample collection, inspections and investigations. Reviews field enforcement activity, including investigation surveys and sampling reports for adherence to established standards; documents and records actions taken. Performs comprehensive inspections, e.g., state implementation plan inspections, annual or overview inspections. May issue citations and violation notices to violators and may testify as an expert witness during court proceedings. Monitors chemical and microbiological aspects of treatment plant performance; prepares laboratory standards and solutions. Performs routine and non-routine analysis of water and wastewater samples. Participates in the development and implementation of basic applied research projects and writes technical reports of results. Troubleshoots and makes minor repairs to instruments. Determines treatment plant dosages and troubleshoots treatment problems.

WORKING CONDITIONS
This position routinely requires lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 40 pounds) and/or very long periods of walking on rough surfaces on a routine basis. There are occasional exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position may involve infrequent exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns.

This is a Department of Houston Public Works Emergency Management position at the Tier III Level.  

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Requires a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Health Engineering or a closely related degree.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Two (2) years of pollution/environmental control experience is required.

MINIMUM LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Requires a valid Texas Driver's License and compliance with the City of Houston's policy on driving (AP 2-2).

PREFERENCES

Preference may be given to applicants with advanced skills in Microsoft Office and strong organizational skills; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and multi-task is preferred.

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION/SKILLS TEST REQUIRED:   None
However, the Department may administer a skill assessment evaluation.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION:   Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Pay Grade 20

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$26.85 - $29.44 Hourly