Environmental Inspector I

City of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Jul 27, 2021
Aug 23, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose--serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.

Under direction, the Environmental Inspector I functions as a professional-level program representative in the enforcement of environmental ordinances of the City of Minneapolis and applicable State and Federal statutes. This position conducts routine investigations to resolve environmental problems that include noise, air quality, water quality, and soil pollution, and drafts and issues permits.

There is currently one full-time, non-exempt vacancy to be filled in the Environmental Services Division of the Minneapolis Health Department.

Work hours are scheduled during normal business hours but incumbent's schedule flexibility is occasionally required due to weekend/evening meetings or emergencies.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Draft and issue permits and ensure compliance through inspections.
  • Inspect and conduct routine field investigations under supervision to resolve environmental problems that include noise, air quality, water quality, and soil pollution.
  • Draft and issue permits and ensure compliance through inspections.
  • Issue administrative citations and written orders.
  • Recommend permit denials, revocations, or administrative fines to the Supervisor.
  • Maintain calibration of section equipment such as the photo ionization detector, noise monitor, etc.
  • Respond to routine spill events.
  • Respond to private and public agencies for emergency response and reporting of emergency incidents, and provide assistance with the City response as required.
  • Represent the Health Department in public meetings, public relations, media relations, and in communications with elected officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Project Manager for environmentalinitiatives in support of City's goals.
  • Participate in Public Health Emergency Preparedness training and response, as needed/as assigned by the department.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:Combination office and field.Schedule flexibility is occasionally required (weekend/evening meetings or emergencies). At any time of the day and under any weather conditions, perform industrial facility site inspections, respond to citizen complaints,perform other routine inspections. Inspections can occur outdoors, in a workshop, in a factory, on a construction site, near heavy equipment, in junk yards, on a railroad corridor, abandoned buildings, etc.Exposure to noise, dirt, difficult terrain, etc.
Required Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Environmental, Engineering, Natural, Earth, Physical, Life, or Medical science or a related field.

Experience: This is an entry level position, years of experience performing inspector work is a plus, but not required.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid Driver's License

Transcripts:Youmustsubmit copies of your transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), showing you have successfully completed the required Bachelor's degree by the application closing date. Without transcripts, your application may be deemed as incomplete and may not be submitted for further consideration.

Selection Process: The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and/or an oral examination (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which candidates will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions. Only those candidates who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.

Interview Selection: The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list. If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.

Background Check:The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or academic check are necessary for certain positions with this job title. Persons offered employment must, as a condition of employment, sign an informed consent allowing the City to obtain their criminal history information in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent will not be further considered for the position.

Drug and Alcohol Testing: All job applicants must pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol test once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Applicants will be required to sign a notification and consent form prior to undergoing drug and alcohol testing. Applicants who do not consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing will not be required to do so and the City will withdraw the conditional job offer, resulting in the job applicant no longer being considered for the position.

Union Representation:This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 9 .

Eligible List Statement:The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire 3 months after it has been established.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Incumbents will receive formal and on-the-job training in techniques and procedures essential to conducting various environmental health and safety inspections, investigations and enforcement activities.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese, Chinese orOromo is highly desirable.
  • Experience in code enforcement with preference for experience in environmental or health code enforcement desirable.
  • Able to work effectively with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds; good interpersonal oral and written communications skills.
  • Working knowledge of computers, software and applications; GIS information system knowledge preferred.
  • Ability to learn to interpret applicable codes, ordinances and regulations relevant to the specific work area.
  • Knowledge of regulatory administration and enforcement desirable.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn City, State and Federal Laws relating to the environment.
  • Good organizational, time management and analytical skills.
  • Ability to interpret blue prints and specifications.
  • Ability to be objective and effectively handle difficult situations.