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Environmental programs Manager

City of Rio Rancho NM
Rio Rancho, New Mexico, US
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
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Position Title: Environmental Programs Manager MC

Department: Utilities

Division: Utilities Operations

Reports to: Department Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Bargaining Unit: none

Pay Grade: 20A

Job Status: Permanent, Full-time

Full Time Equivalent: 1.0

Position Summary

The Environmental Programs Manager implements and manages the Citys water and wastewater environmental and health compliance programs to ensure the City and constituents adhere to all City ordinances, State, and Federal regulations regarding environmental protection. The position is responsible for the enforcement of regulations through the use of City, consultant, and contract personnel. The position will oversee and manage the Citys Water Conservation Section, Regulatory Compliance Section, and Solid Waste contract. The successful candidate for this position will continue to provide and improve public education and outreach programs to promote environmental awareness and its effects on the City in general. The position also coordinates and supervises the Citys programs and employees for Industrial Pollution Prevention, Fats Oils and Grease Program, Domestic Well Permitting, and the Back Flow Prevention Program.

Education, Training and Experience minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education: Bachelor's Degree

For required college degrees, applicable field(s) of study: Environmental Science, Management, or a related field

Minimum number of years of directly related experience: Four years. In lieu of a degree incumbent must possess 8 years of related experience.

Education and/or experience preferences: None

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Drivers License requirement: Infrequent Driver -- Regular Driver's License Required Endorsements: None

Note -- For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: Certification in Irrigation Auditing and Certificate in Backflow Prevention must be obtained within one (1) year of hire

Time given after hire/promotion to obtain certification or licenses: Within the first year of employment based upon the availability of classes.

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job

Knowledge: Methods and techniques of water conservation; Principles and practices of environmental protection; Principles of data collection and analysis; Federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations; Plumbing, retrofitting and repair costs.

Skills: Must be able to type rapidly and accurately enough to successfully produce documents/spreadsheets, communicate via e-mail, or perform data entry as necessary to accomplish the essential functions of the position. Use of technology, equipment and software typically used in the office environment. Clearly, tactfully and courteously communicate with ordinance violators; Use standard software for word processing, spreadsheets and databases with a desktop or network system; Prepare documents, spreadsheets, and informational items.

Abilities: Read, analyze and interpret documents, technical reports, professional journals and rules and laws; Write routine reports and business correspondence; Speak effectively before groups of customers, business people, students of all age groups, and employees; Research, calculate, analyze and interpret data, and apply it to audits and customer water use; Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Internal: The position requires that the person in this position work with inter-department personnel, supervisors, managers, and directors on routine assignments and special projects. The person must maintain a harmonious, courteous, and understanding relationship, while fostering a collaborative teamwork environment to accomplish the positions responsibilities. External: This position requires an above average level of public contact. Frequently interacts with regulatory agencies, businesses, community organizations, the media, school personnel, utility customers, and the general public to promote water conservation and enforce environmental ordinances. The position has a high level of accountability associated with proper interaction in representing the City.

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making: High--incumbent is expected to analyze complex situations and take appropriate action

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: Low -- Position is accountable to a Department Director and cannot make major decisions or obligate the City

Span of control: Responsibility for the assigned workgroup

For positions that supervise:
  • Approximate number of employees directly supervised: 3
  • Approximate number of employees indirectly supervised through subordinate managers/supervisors/contractors (excludes direct reports): 1 to 5

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Supervises the activities of the environmental programs of the City as well as the personnel needed to manage the programs to ensure compliance by all residents of the City of Rio Rancho, to include the Citys own environmental activities.
  • Manages and enforces the water conservation programs, including compliance for the Citys ordinance with regard to allowable outdoor watering schedules, fugitive water, water upon request, and hospitality industry guidelines.
  • Oversees personnel who perform investigations of water waste complaints in the field; records violations using photographic and/or video equipment; prepares documentation, researches responsible parties and notifies violator. When needed, participates in all field operations of investigations, public presentations, and water use audits. Maintains a database of violations and coordinates with the billing system personnel for fee collection.
  • Identifies and secures private and public sector financing through grants writing processes and grants administration.
  • Prepares and submits the Environmental Programs budget for review and approval and oversees adopted budget.
  • Works with consultants and vendors as needed in the development of the Environmental Programs. Prepares RFPs and IFBs to procure outside services.
  • Produces periodic reports of water consumption by City customers, water conservation effectiveness, and violations with resolution. Tracks water production and monitors water consumption by user classifications for statistical purposes and to develop water conservation targets. Prepares reports for New Mexico Office of the State Engineer regarding the Citys water management.
  • Oversees personnel who are responsible for water audits for water utility customers. Identifies customer opportunities for water conservation and estimates implementation costs and water savings.
  • Works closely with schools, citizens, media, civic groups and the general public, makes presentations, answers water conservation and environmental questions, and provides educational materials. Supervises City and consultant personnel for the purpose of enforcement, training, water audits, and public outreach.
  • Oversees personnel who are responsible for the evaluation of water rebate applications for correctness and applicability.
  • Takes solid waste service complaints and resolves issues with the current solid waste contractor. Acts as liaison with the Citys contract solid waste contract service providers as to quality of service, deliverables, and other agreement issues.
  • Supervises the Citys Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) and Fats, Oils and Grease Program (FOG). Supervises City staff and consultants for the purpose of enforcement, training, and public outreach.
  • Supervises the Citys Domestic Well permits and Backflow Prevention Programs. Responsible for adherence of associated ordinances.
  • Prepares periodic reports on programs for records of the City, submission to regulatory agencies, and presentations to the Governing Body.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Daily activity level: Blend of sedentary and physical work

Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Lifting/carrying/push/pull up to 20 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Working more than 5 days a week at times

Exposures: Exposure to biological agents, human/animal body fluids, blood borne pathogens, excrement or tuberculosis; Handling hazardous chemicals or toxic substances

Extraordinary working conditions: None

Hazardous equipment/machinery used: None

Required personal protective equipment: Safety Glasses with or w/o side shields; Latex gloves; Rubber gloves; Chemical resistant gloves; Protective clothing (i.e., bullet-proof vest, reflective vest, apron); Hard hat; Protective gear

If you need an accommodation for a disability that would enable you to apply or interview for this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 505-891-5011 (fax: 505-891-9183).
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