Stormwater Environmental Specialist I

City of Encinitas | Encinitas, CA

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Posted Date 1/03/2019


Stormwater Environmental Specialists are responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive City-wide environmental programs designed to ensure compliance with stormwater and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations. Stormwater Environmental Specialists are also responsible for conducting field inspections, issuing citations, enforcing codes, and writing reports.

Examples of Important & Essential Duties (included but not limited to)

Essential Duties: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)
  • Conducts routine inspections of commercial, residential, municipal and construction site properties for stormwater violations or as required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit.
  • Communicates with property owners and recommends solutions and/or mitigation measures.
  • Conducts follow-up abatement procedures including preparation of correspondence, site visits, and communication with property owners to ensure compliance.
  • Prepares and maintains records of investigations made and actions taken; maintains inspection files, records, and logs; writes reports and chronologies.
  • Provides instruction to public/city regarding codes and regulations as required by NPDES.
  • Issues notice of violations and administrative citations.
  • Prepares appealed cases for administrative hearings or court cases and appears in court to testify in such action.
  • Responds to the complaint hotline and documents appropriately.
  • Updates the commercial inspection program database.
  • Offers specialized expertise on priority construction sites.
  • Implements and administers the illicit connection/illicit discharge program; confronts violators, abates violations, and issues violation notices; collects water samples; creates and maintains violation files and records; conducts follow-up investigations.
  • Educates citizens and/or businesses regarding NPDES prohibitions; develops and monitors citizen participation programs; creates related public relations materials, such as websites, fliers, and pamphlets.
  • Reviews technical reports and scientific documents and studies.
  • Reviews plans and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) for construction to identify potential storm water discharge sources and Best Management Practices (BMP), structural and non-structural, to maximize storm water quality protection.
  • Gathers information and data for the development of GIS maps; conducts field studies to verify map information; recommends and makes corrections to maps; reads engineering maps.
  • Develops, implements, and administers the dry weather monitoring program; performs related laboratory analysis; logs data and creates related reports; analyzes data.
  • Prepares applicable State mandated reports which involves preparing digital media, interpreting technical data, creating charts and databases, and preparing final reports; provides data management.
  • Provides storm water regulations and BMP information to property and business owners, tenants, city employees, and the general public through individual contact in the field, over the counter, at workshops or community events.
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Prepares Annual Jurisdictional and Watershed Reports; provides watershed coordination; attends Regional and Watershed Coordination meetings.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Positions assigned to level I may be responsible for implementation of the commercial inspection program which include:
  •  Conducting routine commercial/industrial inspections.
  •  Recommending Best Management Practices (BMP) appropriate for the establishment.
  •  Determining corrective actions required and appropriate time to correct.
  •  Preparing notices of violations, compliance schedules in cooperation with violators, cases  for court action, and appear in court to testify in such action; prepare and maintain records of investigations made and actions taken; maintain inspection files, records, and logs; write reports and chronologies.
  •  Attending Administrative Hearings prepared to defend any citations issued.
  •  Documenting each inspection or complaint with pictures, samples and complete incident reports.
  •  Filing each inspection or complaint appropriately on a daily basis.
  •  Re-inspecting each facility in the time expressed on the corrective action notice.
  •  Recording each complaint or inspection in a computer database on a daily basis.
  •  Following-up inspections with letters to the responsible parties.
  •  Responding to emergency response complaints and complete incident reports for each occurrence.
  •  Working cooperatively with other departments within the City of Encinitas.
  •  Coordinating activities with Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and other appropriate agencies.
  •  Evaluating and interpreting technical reports, documents, manifests, applications and permits related to environmental regulations and compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
  •  Conducting water quality monitoring and complete chain of custody legibly.
  •  Understanding and practicing standard sampling procedures for each constituent.
Candidates must have knowledge of: applicable federal, state, and local codes, laws, regulations, and ordinances;regional environmental issues; basic engineering concepts such as hydrology, hydrographs and pollutographs; Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) principles; watershed principles; GIS mapping;water sampling techniques; data analysis methods; pollution impacts; chemistry; biology; laboratory analytical methods; public relations principles. 
Candidates must have skills in: using a computer and related software applications; interpreting and applying applicable codes, laws, regulations, and ordinances; preparing reports; collecting water samples; conducting field studies; monitoring compliance of applicable codes, laws, regulations, and ordinances; analyzing data; reading engineering plans and blueprints; working independently and as a team member; communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Minimum Qualifications


Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):
Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies, or a related field, and a  minimum of one year full-time experience in working with environmental investigations.

Licenses/Certifications Required:
California Driver's License
Penal Code 832 Certification within six months of hire
A completed City application and supplemental questionnaire 
with an attached resume and cover letter 
 are required and must be received by
 Friday, January 18, 2019
*** Incomplete application packets are not accepted ***
The City of Encinitas and the San Dieguito Water District provide equal opportunity employment for all persons without regard to race, color, religion/religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, age, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, political affiliations, veteran status, Family Leave Act status, AB60 CA Driver's License status or status with pregnancy, child birth or breastfeeding. The City and Water District encourage minorities, disabled persons and women to apply. Qualified applicants who move to the next level of the selection process must notify the Human Resources Office if accommodation is needed. A thorough background check will be conducted for the candidate(s) seriously considered for the position including fingerprinting and reference checking. A contingent job offer may be given pending the results of medical evaluation, which includes a physical and drug and alcohol screening. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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