Environmental Specialist I - Stormwater

City of Cedar Rapids | Cedar Rapids, IA

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Posted Date 8/21/2019
$54,558.40 - $74,921.60 Annually
Facilitate compliance of National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), City Code, and environmental program initiatives through site inspection, sampling, equipment operation and maintenance, professional development, community outreach, and data collection; performs related work as required.

Considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:30pm
**Hiring for an Environmental Specialist I OR Environmental Specialist II. Please see both postings and job descriptions for details.**
Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills


  • Conduct site inspections in support of NPDES permits, City Code, and environmental programs;
  • Inspect and enforce erosion control and stormwater management practices on all required sites;
  • Investigate complaints and document resolutions;
  • Participate and at times conduct NPDES related activities to include but not limited to, watershed assessments, inspections of city stormwater infrastructure (basins, pipes, and water quality features) and illicit discharge investigations;
  • Review stormwater pollution prevention plans, erosion control plans, and permits as required;
  • Support NPDES permit reporting and monitoring through data assimilation and written analytical reports;
  • Maintain and update databases and records to document compliance, enforcement and corrective actions;
  • Collaborate with other departments as well as key outside entities to achieve compliance and environmental program goals;
  • Assist in the calibration of troubleshooting analytical and field equipment;
  • Use GPS gear occasionally for job site inspection and monitoring;
  • Respond to emergencies as required;
  • Conduct private and public educational outreach;
  • Participate in training and cross training of other City staff;
  • Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices;
  • Attend work regularly at the designated place and time;
  • Attend meetings, conferences and workshops;
  • Support continuous process improvement initiatives;
  • Perform related work as required.

Minimum qualifications & Requirements

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of environmental compliance regulations and requirements, specifically the Clean Water Act and associated NPDES permits;
  • Thorough knowledge of public infrastructure, easements, and construction site practices;
  • Thorough knowledge of stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP's), erosion control devices, strategies, and practices;
  • Good knowledge of remote sensing and communication equipment operation and maintenance;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office productivity software;
  • Ability to read and interpret technical plans and specifications;
  • Ability to operate a computer using applicable applications for assigned duties and responsibilities;
  • Ability to organize and conduct environmental compliance and sampling activities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with property owners, utility representatives, contractors, developers, City personnel, and the public both orally and in writing, using technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to prepare accurate and reliable reports containing statistical analysis, biological and chemical terminology, flows, findings, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Ability to work safely using appropriate techniques and personal protective equipment;
  • Ability to work cooperatively and to maintain working relationships to accomplish job responsibilities;
  • Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge;
  • Ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, chemistry, ecology, biology, microbiology, geology or related field; and
  • Considerable experience coordinating environmental compliance activities, specifically erosion control and stormwater; conducting field inspections or managing related programs; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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