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Environmental Technician – Groundwater Pollution Prevention (Limited Duration) - City of Redmond ( Job # 13-0064)

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Minimum Salary: $4,463.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $5,802.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Closes: October 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)

Summary

The City of Redmond is in search of a committed, accomplished, and innovative person to join our team and help protect our natural resources.  The selected applicant will be responsible for implementing an overall strategy of hazardous materials management, reduction/elimination, and voluntary compliance with groundwater and surface water pollution source control methods and requirements throughout the critical aquifer recharge area. This position requires a high level of technical knowledge, as well as the ability to coordinate within the agency, and work effectively with the business community.  The selected applicant will provide businesses with technical assistance to comply with regulations and implement pollution prevention best management practices.  Business assistance will include site visits focused on proper storage, handling/use, and disposal of hazardous chemicals, reducing pollutants at the source. This position will continue to make the best use of available time and resources through technology and standard operating procedures. This position is grant funded through June 30, 2015.


Hours and Duration:

This is a full-time, limited duration status position with benefits.  The expected duration for this position is through June 30, 2015 with the possibility of extending to a maximum duration of 24 months.

Duties:

Under the direction of the Natural Resources Engineering Section Supervisor and as part of the Wellhead Protection Program team, duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the inspection/technical assistance program by: implementing the inspection program strategy; coordinating inspections and code enforcement with other groups and agencies; and establishing and maintaining effective relationships with business owners, City employees, Local Source Control partners, the Department of Ecology, consultants, and the general public
  • Using groundwater monitoring results to prioritize and focus inspections; assisting with the development of data management systems; and synthesizing and reporting out on data
  • Managing Wellhead Protection Program outreach by: developing and implementing an outreach and education plan providing technical assistance and outreach to local businesses; developing and updating materials for distribution; writing articles; and maintaining website information
  • Conduct 225 multi-media technical assistance site visits from the time the position is filled until June 30, 2015
  • Document inspections and enter information into Access database
  • Provide site specific technical assistance during one-on-one site visits with businesses that handle hazardous chemicals
  • Assist in the identification of ongoing pollutant sources including cross connections of wastewater and stormwater infrastructure
  • Provide regulatory support, outreach and education to local businesses in support of community efforts to reduce the risk of pollution related to groundwater, stormwater runoff, hazardous waste management, and impact to air quality
  • Manage the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) contract that funds the position
  • Coordinate with regional agencies on pollutant source control issues including, but not limited to the DOE, and King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program
Qualifications:

Knowledge of: 

  • Local, state, and federal hazardous waste management, and stormwater and groundwater quality regulations
  • Proper hazardous waste designation, disposal, and storage requirements
  • Local, state, and federal drinking water and cleanup regulations
  • Pollution prevention best management practices
  • Environmental chemistry (fate and transport) and pollution sources and pollution control best management practices
  • Sampling procedures and protocols

 Skills in:

  • Conducting multi-media inspections, applying regulations, and investigating customer complaints
  • Interpretation and application of adopted codes, rules, standards, and state and federal regulations
  • Effectively managing workload and responsibilities, including prioritizing work, multi-tasking, and meeting competing deadlines
  • Providing excellent customer service
  • Working effectively with business owners and within a team
  • Providing clear communication, verbally and in writing

Ability to:

  • Proficiently use software including MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Access, and Excel) and GIS (ArcMap)
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, present and distribute information
  • Interpret and administer governmental policy, procedures and standards
  • Work in a professional setting, be punctual and complete assigned duties on schedule
  • Manage complex and/or technically oriented issues
  • Effectively resolve sensitive issues with business owners in a professional and courteous manner
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Exercise sound judgment and effective problem solving
  • Work independently and cooperatively with others
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude, a high level of initiative, effort and commitment
  • Read civil plans
  • Remain flexible and make sudden scheduling changes based on changing priorities
Education and Experience:
  • Any combination equivalent to: Associate’s degree in environmental science, toxicology, chemistry, environmental health or closely related field AND four (4) years directly related experience required
  • Experience in reading, interpreting and applying regulations required
  • Experience in conducting source control inspections required
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in environmental science or related field preferred
  • Experience working with external agencies, citizens and business owners preferred
  • Experience in the application of hazardous waste regulations preferred
  • Experience in the application of stormwater regulations preferred
  • Experience in working with business owners preferred
  • Prior training and knowledge of stormwater source control BMPs preferred
Licenses and Requirements:

Valid Washington State Driver’s License is required by date of hire, and a driving record that meets City standards. Prior Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standards (HAZWOPER) training and certification is preferred and will be required within 3 months of employment and maintained throughout employment.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in an office environment with fieldwork required.  Must be able to climb ladders, work in confined spaces; crouch, kneel, walk over rough and uneven surfaces, and lift up to 50 pounds.

Union Affiliation:

Fulfillment of bargaining unit agreement membership is required within 30 days of hire.

Benefits:

The City of Redmond provides a generous benefits package including: medical, dental and vision benefits; paid sick leave, vacation and holidays; retirement; and life insurance.

City Values:

Integrity: We demonstrate sound, honest, truthful and consistent actions.

Accountability: We take ownership of our actions and responsibilities.

Commitment to Service: We are dedicated to seeking solutions for our community.

Selection Process:

The City is accepting applications from internal and external applicants.  Please include a resume and cover letter with your application, and be sure to list all relevant training and certifications.

The City may review existing application pools to fill this position, or use this pool to fill future vacancies.  

Top candidates will be contacted to participate in the next phase of selection which includes an interview. Candidates who are selected to interview will be required to complete a Background Authorization Form to have a thorough background investigation conducted.


Location
City Hall
15670 NE 85th Street
Redmond, WA 98052