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Environmental Specialist
 
JOB CODE:120515
 
PAY GRADE:1170
 
SALARY RANGE:$31,583 - $43,718
 
LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Public Works
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs responsible scientific/technical work in the areas of wastewater, sewer pretreatment, solid waste, storm water regulation, air quality, surface water quality, groundwater quality, and hazardous materials response. Employees of this class are involved in the enforcement of City-Parish environmental ordinances and other environmental requirements mandated by state and federal agencies (EPA, DEQ, etc.). Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Inspects potential industrial user sites; assists in permit application preparation and evaluation; prepares and issues permits. Conducts field investigations of permitted facilities to determine possible problems associated with permit enforcement activities; participates in determining compliance with permit conditions or compliance schedules; and recommends remedial action. Conducts sewage and/or storm water sampling and monitors for signs of illegal discharge; participates in locating violators of the sewer pretreatment and storm water ordinances and in controlling illegal discharges to sanitary and storm sewers. Determines parameters for required sampling and testing to be done by industrial users; analyzes and evaluates scientific/technical data provided by the users and reports of laboratory analyses. Develops and implements various projects or performs other similarly responsible work requiring the independent selection, evaluation, and application of scientific standards, methods, and criteria in the field, office, or laboratory. Prepares technical reports and environmental impact reports based on the analysis and evaluation of scientific data secured during inspections, investigations, monitoring, and surveillance activities. Performs environmental inspections and responds to general environmental complaints and spills. Coordinates activities relating to environmental complaint response and spills; advises local authorities of the status of environmental complaint and spill investigations; provides assistance in the identification, containment, cleanup, storage, and disposal of any materials related to environmental complaints or spills. Inputs reports and data in a timely fashion to ensure databases and other documentation requirements are current and accurate.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sewer Pretreatment Ordinance, East Baton Rouge Parish Storm Water Regulations Ordinance, and state and federal regulations pertaining to environmental control. Knowledge of standard scientific methods, sampling techniques, and investigative procedures. Knowledge of chemical processes and laboratory procedures involved in environmental testing. Knowledge of safety procedures involved in dealing with hazardous materials spills and toxic substances. Skill in the use of various scientific instruments. Skill in the operation of modern office equipment and in the use of standard computer applications. Ability to maintain current and accurate records and reports. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with industrial users, other City-Parish departments/divisions, and the public. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, geology, physics or a related field, and one year of experience in environmental control work or environmental related industrial plant work.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must maintain throughout employment in this position.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.
 
NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.