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ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATOR IV/ RC

Employer
City of Houston
Location
Houston, Missouri, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Oct 19, 2021

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Sector
Government
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Permitting
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Applications accepted from: All Persons Interested

Posting Number: PN# 26606
Service Line: Houston Water
Section: Regulatory Compliance
Reporting Location: 10500 Bellaire Blvd
Workdays & Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
*
Subject to change

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Performs permit implementation activities of the wastewater operations environmental compliance program.

  • Perform technical inspections and investigative work of all (39) wastewater treatment facilities (and two wet weather facilities) to detect, analyze, and eliminate or control environmental pollutants and issues potentially effecting compliance.
  • Attend regulatory agency site investigations and follow up to resolve alleged violations.
  • Provide regulatory expertise to WWO and the Wastewater Laboratory.
  • Investigates complaints of pollutant and contaminant sources, conduct on-site inspections, and collects necessary samples.
  • Reviews laboratory data for trends and outliers for internal reporting. Provide LIMS support.
  • Identify and report noncompliance, including monthly discharge monitoring, permit noncompliance and unauthorized discharges in accordance with the City of Houston wastewater discharge permit requirements.
  • Support the issuance and renewal of TPDES permits. Review draft applications and permits.
  • Provide support for field investigations of fish kills, spills, flooding and sanitary sewer overflows
  • Support compliance for Title V, New Source Review and Green House Gas to maintain timely submittals.
  • Interpret and track biomonitoring reports and identify the causes of failures.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Participate in outreach training for storm water, sampling, compliance topics.
  • Maintain an accurate and updated tracking database for discharge permits, reporting deadlines, enforcement actions, and inspection and sampling frequencies.
  • Review and interpret laboratory data reports and coordinate with the wastewater laboratory on data management and reporting.
  • Build a cooperative work team and productive environment.

WORKING CONDITIONS
This position may require lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 40 pounds) and/or long periods of field work. There are occasional minor discomforts from exposure to less-than-optimal temperature and air/odor conditions. The position may involve dealing with modestly unpleasant situations, as with occasional exposure to office chemicals and/or extensive use of a video display terminal.

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

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

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Three (3) year of pollution/environmental control experience is required.

MINIMUM LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
None.Preference will be given to applicants with working knowledge of: Water Quality permitting rules and regulations; Discharge compliance reporting; Investigative experience, TCEQ background knowledge, Title V Air and New Source Review permitting and compliance reporting; WWTP Storm Water Program and MS4; Laboratory data management and interpretation; and regulatory agency experience.

**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.** SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED: None
However, the department may administer a skills assessment test.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION: No
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: 23

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call 832-393-6020.

If you need special services or accommodations 832-393-6020 (TTY 7-1-1)

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.
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