Environmental Compliance Inspector - Storm / Sewer

City of San Mateo | San Mateo, CA

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Posted Date 12/28/2019

The Public Works Department is comprised of Regulatory Compliance, Engineering, Field Maintenance, Facilities/Fleet, Wastewater Treatment, and Asset Management Divisions.  Each division is led by one of two Deputy Directors, who report to the Director of Public Works.  The department is responsible for the City’s major capital projects and infrastructure including streets, street lights, traffic signals, publicly owned facilities, sewer and storm conveyance systems, wastewater treatment plant, pump stations, a major lagoon, dams, and levees; as well as solid waste and environmental programs.  The City of San Mateo wastewater treatment facility and collection system are undergoing major renovation projects over the next five years valued over $100 million dollars through the Clean Water Program.  The Department is responsible for regulatory compliance related to Stormwater, Pretreatment, Green Infrastructure, and other environmental programs, as well as public outreach to raise awareness to the general public and other stakeholders about these issues. 

The Public Works Department is committed to high performance standards, utilizing best practices relative to performance management and team-oriented approaches.  Our mission is to enhance the community and its environment by providing sustainable stewardship and innovative approaches to Public Works services.

What You’ll Do

The Environmental Compliance Inspector performs inspections and sampling of industrial, commercial and residential sources of discharge to the City’s sanitary sewer and storm drain systems to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations; inspects hazardous materials storage areas; responds to reports of illicit discharges; performs water quality testing; and conducts public outreach activities.  This position reports to the Regulatory Compliance Manager or higher level department personnel.

For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at www.cityofsanmateo.org

Who You Are

  • You possess skills and knowledge to perform the job competently and meet the technical specifications of the job description.
  • You possess knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they pertain to commercial, industrial, and residential wastewater and stormwater dischargers; including monitoring, inspection, and reporting requirements.
  • You possess skills and knowledge of hazardous materials storage and management; flow measurement and sampling methods; basic chemistry and laboratory analysis techniques; and wastewater collection systems and treatment plant processes.
  • You demonstrate a commitment to public service, anticipate the needs of both internal and external customers, deliver high-quality results, and are committed to continuous improvement.
  • You have the ability to safely perform required field work, including working in inclement weather, lifting equipment which may weigh up to 50 pounds, effective use of proper tools to access pretreatment equipment and monitoring locations for inspection and sampling.
  • You work cooperatively with others to build and maintain mutually-beneficial partnerships, leverage information, and achieve results, while understanding and integrating various stakeholder interests.

What You Bring

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • You possess one (1) year of work experience as an Environmental Compliance Inspector or equivalent environmental inspection experience or two (2) years of experience as a sample technician or laboratory analyst in an environmental field; and education equivalent to two (2) years of college with major course work in chemistry, mathematics and biology or related fields.
  • Additional qualifying experience MAY be substituted for the required education on the basis that one (1) additional year of experience as an Environmental Compliance Inspector equals two (2) years of required education.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California Driver’s License.
  • Must obtain a California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Grade I Environmental Compliance Inspector Certificate within twelve (12) months from the date of hire.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in a related field desirable.


To apply, review the complete job announcement, benefits information, etc., please go to https://www.calopps.org/city-of-san-mateo

Application Deadline - Recruitment will close by January 29, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 100 applications, résumés, and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.




Government- Local/Regional


$6,563 - $7,824/month, plus a comprehensive benefits package
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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