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Environmental Specialist, Senior

Employer
Trinity River Authority of Texas
Location
Dallas, Texas, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jul 15, 2024

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Sector
Consultancy/Private Sector
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
GIS
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
Job DescriptionJob Description
Description

ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Manager, Environmental Services
Environmental Services Coordinator
Environmental Technician Supervisor

POSITION SUMMARY

This position, under the general direction of the Environmental Services Coordinator, is responsible for monitoring the compliance of contracting parties and industries with the Industrial Pretreatment Program regulations and procedures established by contract limitations, the Industrial Waste Ordinance, and the EPA. This individual will maintain and review permits, applications, self-monitoring reports, and laboratory data. Mentors junior level Environmental Specialists and oversees the coordination of the waste sampling activities. This position assists with more technically advanced Industrial Pretreatment Program duties, including technical assistance with categorical classified and larger discharge volume industrial users. May be involved in pollutant investigations and other special environmental projects impacting the operation of Northern Region operating collection systems and Projects.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Conducts investigations with representatives of contracting parties concerning industrial discharges and point-of-entry compliance with Industrial Waste Ordinances and Federal Categorical discharge limitations.

2. Performs inspections of industrial users to determine industrial-type sources of wastewater discharge and discharge category. This includes reviewing and compiling Industrial Waste Surveys for the Authority's Approved Pretreatment Programs and assistance with categorical determination requests with the TCEQ.

3. Conducts follow-up inspections to check for compliance with regulations, updates existing information files, and investigates possible changes or additions to facility processes.

4. Investigate reports of slug or accidental spills that may cause damage and/or interfere with the wastewater collection systems, treatment processes, or biosolid utilization.

5. Meets with contracting parties and industrial representatives to discuss recommendations/requirements on Industrial User's permit applications, investigation findings, pretreatment problems, or needs for compliance. This includes assisting as needed with changes associated with Contracting Party Enforcement Response Plans, Industrial Waste Ordinances, and other relevant Pretreatment Program documents.

6. Responsible for assisting with the installation and operation of advanced field monitoring and testing equipment.

7. Compiles and interprets data collected during investigations and inspections for compliance with the Industrial Waste Ordinance and/or Federal Categorical Standards.

8. Prepares inspection reports and makes recommendations as required. Attends inspections with more junior level Environmental Specialists and peer reviews inspection work and provides guidance.

9. Assists in the review of permit applications, industrial waste permits, self‐monitoring reports, and current pretreatment literature. Additionally, provides mentoring to junior level Environmental Specialists and peer reviews work associated with these activities.

10. Coordinates/maintains schedules of waste sampling monitoring activities.

11. Directly mentors a group of more junior-level employees to include hiring, training, and scheduling.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Routinely trains and mentors more junior-level Environmental Specialists.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

No significant financial responsibilities. May assist in the preparation of budget and equipment procurement requests.

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION

(required level of education)

Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science, or a related field. In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, four (4) years of relevant work experience may substitute.

EXPERIENCE

(minimum years and types of related experience required)

Five years of technical and administrative experience in inspecting, investigating, or monitoring environmental control activities to comply with mandated regulations. Experience and training in waste treatment/collection systems and the identification of waste and chemical characteristics required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

(any specialized certifications licenses or registrations required by TRA or other authority to do the job, including those the incumbent must be able to obtain)

Valid Texas driver's license. Possession or ability to obtain a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Class B Wastewater Operator Certificate of Competency, when qualifications are obtained.

KNOWLEDGE

(Information or facts that employees must know to be able to perform the work)

Must possess an advanced technical knowledge of the principles and practices of industrial waste treatment, and local, state, and federal laws pertaining to pretreatment and industrial waste. Knowledge of categorical and large discharge volume industrial classification experience is required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

(developed capability to use or apply knowledge effectively or dexterity/coordination in the performance of physical tasks)

Ability to make responsible decisions as required by circumstances. Mathematical ability with careful attention to detail is required. Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with employees and representatives of other organizations in areas of investigations and data collection. Capable of using equipment needed for advanced field sampling and testing.

GUIDANCE RECEIVED

With little to no supervision, uses established priorities and policies, along with professional standards and best practices to guide decisions and any direction or advice given to others. Typically makes recommendations to managers on policy and process improvements after considering/analyzing various alternatives. Proactively addresses needed changes to policies, methods, and procedures and obtains approval.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

This position involves little physical exertion with lifting requirements to 10 pounds daily and up to 50 pounds on occasion. General physical mobility is required in order to conduct off-site inspections.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Working hours may vary according to needs. Working conditions include exposure to adverse weather, odor, noise, chemical hazards, gases, and dust, standing for prolonged periods, walking up and down several flights of stairs, climbing and descending ladders, working at heights, and working in tight or confined spaces.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT

Hand tools, various types of mechanical and automatic sampling equipment, cameras, testing equipment/kits, field meters, laboratory equipment, chemical preservatives, authority vehicles, general and/or specialized material handling equipment, standard construction equipment, etc. Subject to the use of respirators, SCBAs, PPE, and other safety equipment as required.
Company DescriptionThe Trinity River flows across Texas for hundreds of miles. Providing drinking water to more than 50% of the state's population, the Trinity River is one of the most important waterways in the country. The Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) is proud to play an important role in preserving and developing this vital resource for Texans and the generations of Texans to come.

Established by the state Legislature in 1955, TRA provides water and wastewater treatment and recreation and reservoir facilities throughout the Trinity River Basin and maintains a master plan for basin-wide development. TRA also serves as a conduit for tax-exempt financing for municipal projects and as a local sponsor for federal water projects.

TRA is constantly working to improve water quality and remains at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies and innovations. An exciting and dynamic organization, TRA is poised for success for years to come.

TRA offers a competitive starting salary range, along with a comprehensive benefits package including insurance programs, savings programs, paid time off and holidays. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. TRA is an equal opportunity employer.Company DescriptionThe Trinity River flows across Texas for hundreds of miles. Providing drinking water to more than 50% of the state's population, the Trinity River is one of the most important waterways in the country. The Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) is proud to play an important role in preserving and developing this vital resource for Texans and the generations of Texans to come.\r\n\r\nEstablished by the state Legislature in 1955, TRA provides water and wastewater treatment and recreation and reservoir facilities throughout the Trinity River Basin and maintains a master plan for basin-wide development. TRA also serves as a conduit for tax-exempt financing for municipal projects and as a local sponsor for federal water projects.\r\n\r\nTRA is constantly working to improve water quality and remains at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies and innovations. An exciting and dynamic organization, TRA is poised for success for years to come.\r\n\r\nTRA offers a competitive starting salary range, along with a comprehensive benefits package including insurance programs, savings programs, paid time off and holidays. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. TRA is an equal opportunity employer.

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