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Environmental Program Manager (Office of Watershed Protection)

Atlanta, Georgia, US
Closing date
Oct 15, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Full time
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Job DescriptionAt the City of Atlanta, we are passionate about building and improving our community. Our police officers, firefighters and building inspectors keep our citizens safe. Our Public Works staff keeps our City clean and helps maintain, build and improve our City's infrastructure. Our City planners help envision and shape future City growth. Our Parks & Recreation professionals enhance our quality of life.

Our engineers help keep our drinking water clean, the largest airport in the world (by passenger volume) operating and our buildings maintained. Along with the host of Finance, Procurement, and Human Resources professionals whose support is vital, we are the City of Atlanta! If you are seeking a meaningful role where you can make a real difference improving and growing our City, we welcome you to explore the job opportunities we have to offer.

Posting expires: August 6, 2022

Salary commensurate with experience

Department of Watershed Management

The Department of Watershed Management is a regional public water and wastewater utility serving 1.2 million people each day. The Department's core services include treatment and distribution of safe drinking water; collection and treatment of wastewater to a high standard; management of watersheds within the City of Atlanta; and customer care and billing services for 164,000 accounts. The Department's vision of being a leader in innovation, service and value is supported by eight strategic priorities including: Service Delivery, Infrastructure Reliability, Workforce Development, Operational Efficiency, Financial Resilience, Compliance, Smart Utility Transformation; and Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

General Summary

The purpose of this job is to provide environmental compliance activities associated with the oversight, project management and compliance audits for the Department of Watershed Management with respect to the Department's Water, Wastewater, Stormwater and Air Permits.

Supervision Received

Works under general supervision. May work independently or with other skilled

or semi-skilled workers with responsibility for completion of assigned tasks.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

These are typical responsibilities for this position and should not be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. May perform other duties as assigned.
  • Management of environmental projects.
  • Conducting internal environmental and operation compliance auditing.
  • Preparing permit renewal applications for federal and state Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act and Safe Dames Act.
  • Oversight and verification of routine compliance submittals.
  • Senior level regulatory and technical support as needed.
  • Scheduling, coordinating and conducting annual environmental compliance reviews and/or audits of DWM facilities.
  • Scoping, permitting, and oversight of ongoing, routine environmental compliance related to air quality (Title V and SIP), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) programs; environmental site assessments (ESAs), stormwater management, and environmental water quality.
  • Preparing and/or reviewing reports, schedules, and other documents.
  • Reviewing and approving requests for payments to contractors.
  • Interpreting and explaining departmental policy to program members; and
  • Investigating and recommending improved project processes and inspection methods.
  • Preparing and management of routine workflow processes;
  • Preparing scoping documents, cost estimates, specifications, and bid schedules for routine compliance projects requiring outside support.
  • Preparing, tracking and maintaining compliance-related documentation and files.
  • Instructing subordinates, as necessary.
  • Assists Program Manager with internal and external communications and presentations.
  • Confers with Program Manager and staff, plant and engineering personnel, contractors, and others as necessary to provide direction, answer questions, and resolve problems on routine compliance issues.
  • Prioritizes the workload to ensure tasks can be completed efficiently.
  • Monitors and protects the water ways of the State, by inspection of creeks and storm water drainage systems within the City of Atlanta.
  • Attends meetings with other departments, modeling staff, IJ partners, then gathers and disperses information from these meetings.
  • Performs field investigations and site visits; assists in sanitary sewer system evaluation, recommendations, and corrective procedures for wastewater system assets; interacts with multiple divisions to provide data and information.
  • Creates SOP 's and provides management support of division procedures.
  • Participates in the development of goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Completes, reviews, compiles, and submits reports to comply with EPA, GAEPD, and City requirements.
  • Visits and inspects sites or facilities to address complaints.
Decision Making

Respond to complaints by making evidence-based conclusions following thorough field investigations. Must be able to make compliance determinations based on limited or insufficient data. Be able to recognize when collaboration with other individuals and/or teams in needed in order to ensure compliance deadlines are met.

Leadership Provided

Provides guidance and training as required to staff on environmental compliance, and

employee development.

Required, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

This is a partial listing of necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job successfully. It is not an exhaustive list.

Knowledge of time management; knowledge of construction practices and terminology; knowledge of water supply, wastewater, environmental, and regulatory terminology.

Ability to adapt to changes in the field; ability to speak clearly and concisely in public and among staff members; ability to write business letters and compose spreadsheets; ability to operate field equipment such as: samplers, flow meters, pH meters, camera, etc.; ability to withstand extreme temperature changes and physically demanding conditions; ability to understand scientific term.

Safety rules, practices, codes and principles related to the operation of a wastewater treatment facility Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline such as Environmental Engineering, Construction, or any Environmental Science field (Equivalent professional experience may be considered for substitution for the required degree on an exception basis) and 5 years of experience in industrial waste inspections, wastewater monitoring, and/or compliance.

Preferred Education & Experience

Preference will be given to candidates with Professional Engineering license and/or an advanced degree in an environmental science field.

OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations certification.

Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations with respect to drinking water, wastewater, air and the environment.

Licensures and Certifications

Valid State of Georgia Driver's License required and must remain valid while in

this classification

Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.

Skill in effective technical writing.

Skill in operating a basic computer and software; skill in problem solving.

Mathematical ability to handle required calculations using statistical data.
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