Environmental and Sustainability Specialist

  • Sumner WA
  • Sumner, WA, USA
  • Jun 04, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Sustainability Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


Open until filled. First review 6/18/2019. 

This position is a full-time, Fair Labor Standards Act non-exempt position. The regular work schedule for the Environmental and Sustainability Specialist is Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Attendance at evening meetings or other off-duty events is not anticipated. The incumbent in this position is not a Civil Service employee.

General Purpose:
The Environmental and Sustainability Specialist is a technical professional responsible for environmental and stormwater programs and projects. The position performs responsible administrative and technical work to plan, coordinate, implement, and improve environmental and stormwater programs, projects and maintenance in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements.
Supervision Received:
Works under the general supervision of a Public Works Associate City Engineer.
Supervision Exercised:
This position has no supervisory responsibility.

Examples of Duties

The job duties and responsibilities represented in this job description in no way imply that these are the only duties to be performed.  Employees occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by a supervisor.  While requirements may be representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty with average proficiently.
Examples of typical duties:

  • Applies principals, practices, methods and techniques of environmental science and sustainability to help the City meets its obligations and goals. 
  • Ensures that all components of the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit are developed, implemented, coordinated and documented. Prepares and submits annual reports to permitting authority. Ensures consistency and compliance with federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines; and City ordinances, policies and procedures.
  • Reviews proposed legislation from state and federal governments and assess impacts to the MS4 permit program elements.   Direct and train staff involved in these aspects of the City's program to ensure ongoing compliance, proper work methods, and safety precautions.
  • Investigates and responds to citizen water quality complaints. Tracks resolution and trends. Reports and/or responds to complaints per MS4 program requirements
  • Establishes and maintains guidance documents for commercial and residential activities related to stormwater or water quality.
  • Provides guidance and assistance with a wide variety of programs including but not limited to waste management, water pollution control, site investigation and remediation.
  • Performs inspections and reviews permit applications.
  • Prepares various records, logs, and reports on collected data pertinent to water resources, forestry, fisheries, soils, and other natural resource sciences.
  • Monitors mitigation and restoration projects.
  • Ensures proper reporting, cleanup and sampling procedures at spill sites.
  • Administers stormwater projects and communicates information about projects to staff, regulators and the public.
  • Represents the City's interests regarding environmental and stormwater management at interagency meetings.  Serves as a point of contact for the stormwater utility, permits, regulations, and flooding issues.
  • Conducts surveys, forecasts, plans and studies related to various environmental and stormwater projects such as stream flow studies, cost estimates, and emergency actions. 
  • Develops and reviews various technical reports, feasibility studies, and environmental documents.  Provide comments on impacts to the City's stormwater program.
  • Makes presentations to City Council, City staff, other agencies, and interest groups. Coordinates with other divisions and departments to achieve permit compliance. Provides professional and technical support and training related to stormwater or water quality.
  • Provides technical expertise and responds to complex issues regarding development and implementation of the City's stormwater programs.
  • Ensures proper procurement procedures are followed, all services are received and payments made in accordance with the applicable laws, codes, and regulations. 
  • Develops, evaluates and proposes new and amended City ordinances in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. 
  • Engages in local stormwater groups and maintains understanding of new technologies and best management practices.  Provides stormwater outreach functions.
  • Supports grant funding applications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications

Desired Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience:

  • Valid Washington State Driver's License 
  • A Bachelor's degree in engineering, science or a related environmental field is preferred. Associates degree with at least two years of full time experience in a related field may be considered. 

Stormwater Professional Certifications Required:  

  • Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) required within one (1) year.

Certifications preferred:

  • Certified Professional in Erosion Sedimentation Control (CPSEC)
  • Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ)
  • APWA Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Relevant federal, state, codes and local standards and procedures;
  • Terminology, methods, practices and techniques of stormwater management as required by the position;
  • Testing and sampling equipment, tools and laboratory testing apparatus;
  • Modern methods and techniques used in the design, construction and inspection of stormwater facilities;
  • Plan examination and review procedures;
  • Business English, spelling, grammar and punctuation;
  • Safety laws and regulations;
  • Computer software including MS products.

Ability to:

  • Read and interpret engineering plans and understand specifications as required by the position;
  • Interpret, apply, and explain laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
  • Present technical material in a clear and concise manner to various groups;
  • Use of interpersonal skills with tact, patience and courtesy;
  • Prioritize and schedule work;
  • Provide excellent customer service by using a friendly, professional, and accurate customer orientated approach to a wide variety of customers, including:  contractors, architects, business owners, government officials, general public and other staff.  This would include in-person, written and oral communications;
  • Contribute to achieving the Department mission.

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