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Environmental Specialist 2

City of Gresham
Gresham, Oregon, US
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Sep 26, 2021

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The City of Gresham, Department of Environmental Services, is seeking qualified candidates to fill an Environmental Specialist II position within the Wastewater Treatment Plant Program. This position will support the Industrial Pretreatment Program with a variety of technical duties related to industrial waste monitoring, processing analytical results, communication with industry representatives, conducting site surveys and inspections, and ensuring the program complies with all federal, state, and local requirements. The is a part-time, 32 hour per week position with flexible workdays to be determined between the chosen candidate and the City.This job announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. First review of applications will take place the week of October 4, 2021. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.As Oregon's fourth-largest city, Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition and heritage meet innovation and opportunity. Gresham is a dynamic and rapidly growing city where families and businesses have a mutual desire and drive to thrive. City of Gresham employees care deeply about the community they serve and go 'one step beyond' to deliver services in collaborative, inventive, practical, and nimble ways. Our work is challenging, fast- paced and rewarding. We believe that to deliver the highest level of service to all Gresham community members, it is crucial we employ a diverse workforce, foster an inclusive working environment, and ensure our policies and systems result in equitable outcomes. The City seeks candidates who will support these values by continuously incorporating equity in their daily work, and actively contributing to a workplace culture that respects unique viewpoints, life experiences, and cultural perspectives.Come build the future with us.

The position's primary role is to support the Industrial Pretreatment Program. This position works directly with the Pretreatment Coordinator, the public, industrial and commercial customers, staff, and other City stakeholders to provide program support. Responsibilities will include: the City's dental certification program, industrial user surveys, industrial user inspections, database management, analytical data review, wastewater utility billing, and records management. The position will facilitate reporting to our regulatory agencies and contract cities. These include the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, cities of Portland, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, and the Rockwood Water People's Utility District.The position will also have opportunities to work with other team, Division, Department and City staff as we all strive to achieve a "One Water" approach to providing services to our diverse community.Work you'll be involved with: Perform monthly Self-monitoring Report (SMR) compliance review and data input, flag for potential violations.Interface with Wastewater Treatment Plant operator on permitted business discharge permits and discharge sampling and lab reports. Prepare permitted business Fact Sheet revisions and updates so that they mirror permits. Determine permitted business eligibility for annual compliance awards; prepare awards and coordinate delivery.Maintain records according to Industrial Pretreatment Program regulations and City procedures.Assist with industrial user inspections and reporting.Work with industrial users to complete industrial user surveys; screen for industrial users that should be included in one or more of the regulatory compliance areas.Help coordinate compliance and education and outreach elements of the Mercury Minimization Plan for the dental business sector.Administer the City's Dental Waste Management ProgramHelp administer elements of the Hauled Waste Plan for Schools.Prepare manual wastewater bill estimates for large businesses and local jurisdictions.Maintain the program's ArcGIS database systemHelp with education and outreach activities, including development of materials and staffing tables at community events.Attend and participate in monthly Association of Clean Water Agencies Pretreatment Committee meetings, and regular Department, Division, and team meetings.Participate in training to advance your professional knowledge and proficiency in our program.Drive city vehicles to perform job duties Qualities we are looking for: A problem solver who knows where to find answers and seeks to offer solutions to meet or exceed customer needs and expectationsAn effective communicator who engages active listening skills to gain understanding and effectively articulate a thorough responseAn independent self-starter who takes initiative to understand resources, processes, City Code and procedures, and federal and state regulations to support the program.Ability to process and document information with an acute attention to detailExperience with water sampling techniques, lab review, and analysisExceptional organization and records-management skills

Knowledge of: Regulatory water principles, practices, and compliance methods (wastewater, drinking water and stormwater).Wastewater, drinking water and stormwater utility infrastructure, delivery methods and measurement systems.State and federal laws related to wastewater, drinking water and stormwater. Technical and non-technical reporting and report-writing.Presenting information to a variety of audiences. Data research, gathering and analysis methods.Word processing, spreadsheet, mapping, and database software. Ability to: Collect field data, evidence, analyze information, and make recommendations regarding results.Monitor wastewater discharges for regulatory compliance.Prepare timely and accurate reports, billings, and related follow-up activities. Maintain current, accurate paper and electronic records.Conduct field investigations and inspections. Follow safety precautions at all times.Learn and apply current and new city, state and federal codes and regulations.Communicate effectively and establish positive working relationships with the public, business/industry representatives, and internal and external stakeholders.Provide and receive constructive feedback, maintain flexibility, and respond to changing conditions with a positive attitude.Physically perform the job responsibilities. Maintain a valid Oregon driver's license.Work in and be part of a collaborative, team-oriented environment.Minimum Qualifications: Associate's degree or two year technical certificate in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, environmental engineering, or related fieldTwo (2) to Four (4) years experience in a technical or research-related environmental positionValid driver's licenseGood driving record (based on our driving matrix described below)-OR-Bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, environmental engineering, or related fieldOne (1) year of experience in a technical or research-related environmental positionValid driver's licenseGood driving record (based on our driving matrix described below)Preferred Qualifications: Strong attention to detailDemonstrated collaborative team experienceDemonstrated experience in records management to meet compliance requirementsArcGIS database management experiencePrevious Industrial Pretreatment related experienceDRIVING MATRIX: You will be disqualified from this process if you possess any of the following driving infractions: A major traffic offense or accident that results in death or major injury.Driving under the influence (DUI) offense within the last 5 years.Have more than 3 moving violations within a 3-year period or more than 2 within a one-year period.Have more than 2 accidents within a 3-year period.

Required application materials include: A complete online application (do not put 'see resume' in any fields)A letter of interest summarizing how your knowledge, skills, and experience relate to the positionA resumeComplete answers to supplemental questions To apply: Click the "Apply" button at the top of this job posting. A review of all application materials submitted will determine candidates to be invited to an interview. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Candidates will be notified through email. Some email providers may block these messages, therefore, candidates are encouraged to visit the inbox within for updates. If you desire a modification of this process to accommodate a disability, please provide your request in writing, or by phone to 503-618-2549, upon submitting the required documents. Veteran's PreferenceThe City of Gresham provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment in accordance with state law. Any candidate wishing to have their qualifying veteran's preference applied to the process must submit a qualifying document (DD Form 214 or 215) at the time of application providing proof of eligibility that includes discharge status. Disabled veterans must also submit a copy of their Veteran's disability preference letter from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at the time of application, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215. Our CommitmentThe City of Gresham is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without unlawful regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, maritalstatus, familial status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, Oregon, or local law.Please direct questions about this position to 503-618-2549 or you need assistance with the online application, please contact NEOGOV directly at 1-855- 524- 5627. ***Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, driving record review, job related physical and drug screen.***
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