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Environmental Inspection Specialist Senior

City of Austin
Bee Cave, Texas, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation with an Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to Environmental Science, Life Science, or Natural Science, plus four (4) years of experience in a related field.
  • Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a field related to Environmental Science, Life Science, or Natural Science may substitute for experience up to two (2) years.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to two (2) years.

Licenses and Certifications Required:
  • None.
Notes to Applicants

The Development Services Department ( DSD ) assists homeowners, business owners, and contractors when they build, demolish, remodel or perform any type of construction to ensure compliance with applicable city and building codes.

DSD is seeking an Environmental Inspection Specialist Senior to conduct both environmental and tree inspections on construction sites. This position is expected to be in the field nearly 100% of the work day and does not have an assigned office space.

This position is eligible for a $3,000.00 Retention Incentive Bonus.

Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits including providing required or preferred certifications that are obtained or renewed during your employment. Please click HERE for more information. Additionally, the department will pay for any required or preferred certifications that are obtained or renewed.

Employment Application: Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure your employment history on the application includes your past job titles, employment dates, and a detailed summary of your job duties, functions and responsibilities. Please take the time to ensure that the application is complete to represent your history and skills/abilities. Once a position is closed, no additional applications or application changes will be accepted.

Post Interview Verification: If you are selected as the top candidate for a position, we will be contacting your current and former employer, as well as the references listed in your application. Please do your best to ensure that the contact information on the application is accurate. Top candidates will also be required to provide proof of education from an accredited organization, copies of any professional licenses or certificates listed on the application and a copy of your DD-214 if claiming veteran's preference.

Travel: If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program , you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.


Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:
  • Certified Erosion, Sediment & Stormwater Inspector ( CESSWI ), Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control ( CISEC ) or Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control ( CPESC ), or the ability to obtain one or more of these certifications within 24 months of hire.
  • International Society of Arboriculture ( ISA ) Certified Arborist or the ability to obtain this certification within 24 months of hire.
  • Knowledge and experience inspecting temporary Best Management Practices ( BMP ) at construction sites.
  • Ability to travel to more than one location.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Inspects permitted land developments and construction sites for compliance with City environmental protection regulations. Performs site investigations and evaluate best management practices for erosion/sedimentation control and tree preservation and for compliance with landscape and tree ordinances. Performs final inspections of drainage facilities and other site improvements. Investigates and processes applications for ROW vacations, easement releases, and license agreements. Performs site investigations to evaluate need for additional staff support (i.e. involvement of biologists and geologists). Identifies locations of environmentally sensitive resources. Provides technical assistance and education to citizens, community/special interest groups, developers, etc. on environmental/engineering code requirements, ordinances, and regulations. Provides testimony and affidavits for enforcement cases. Issues directives and initiates enforcement actions for non-compliance with environmental and drainage regulations.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
  • Knowledge of City practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
  • Skill in handling conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with City employees and the public.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to train others.
Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation EEO/ADA
The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual's AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.
Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

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