Water Quality Specialist

 

DATE: 9-25-2013

JOB TITLE: Water Quality Specialist

DEPARTMENT: Public Works

DIVISION: Engineering

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Assistant City Engineer

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Supervises none.  (Temporary summer help as needed.) 

NATURE OF WORK:  Performs administrative and technical duties in association with the City Storm Water Management Plan, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (MS4 Permit), Sanitary Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Plan, and other water quality related studies/plans.   Technical duties include inspection and enforcement. 

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EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: 

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma or GED, supplemented by two years of related technical or college training in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology or Natural Sciences with specialized training in storm water management and/or collection systems with two (2) years of related experience, or any combination of education and experience judged to be equivalent by the employer.  Must include coursework or training in the use of AutoCAD and/or Esri software for mapping or information changes and updates.   Valid Minnesota driver’s license

 

Preferred Qualifications:University of Minnesota Certified Erosion Sediment Control Specialist, site manager and inspector/installer or ability to become certified within one year.  Experience managing MS4 permits, erosion control inspection, developing and reviewing grading plans, and working with TMDL’s.    

 

WORK PERFORMED/AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  1. Implements the City Storm Water Management Plan and updates the plan as necessary.
  2. Develop and implement the City’s MS4 permit as required by Federal and state regulations, which includes ordinance development/enforcement for illegal dumping and discharges, construction site stormwater controls, stormwater public education/volunteer programs, and City good housekeeping procedures
  3. Evaluates, plans, assists, and carries out the work necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance for all storm water facilities, either personally, or through assigned staff or outside vendors.   
  4. Maintains files, records, and databases; operates various office equipment. 
  5. Under supervision:  Inspects construction activities including grading, stormwater ponds and sewers, erosion control measures, and related construction projects to insure that work is in compliance with applicable city, state, and federal storm water regulations, laws, ordinances, policies and specifications. 
  6. Checks drainage and flow calculations, reviews plans including grading, storm water detention ponds and sewers, erosion control measures, and related construction projects to insure that work is in compliance with applicable city, state, and federal storm water regulations, laws, ordinances, policies, and specifications.  

7.  Performs administrative activities consisting of assistance with information requests, release of information, create and maintain logs/records, and conduct inventories. 

 

8.  Plans and develops capital improvement projects for catch basin, manhole, storm sewer and storm pond repair, replacement and new construction.  Assists private land owners by providing technical assistance for repairs to stormwater conveyance on private property.   

 

9.  Monitors and participates in Inflow and Infiltration storm water and sanitary sewer maintenance activities.

 

10.  Employee must possess the ability to:

  1. Maintain effective account procedures.
  2. Carry out assigned projects to their completion.
  3. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 
  4. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, vendors, and the public.  
  5. Meet or exceed departmental standards when evaluated.  

 

11.  Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities include:

  1. Considerable knowledge of facilities and operations maintenance.
  2. Considerable knowledge of price trends and grades or quality of materials and equipment.
  3. Working knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions common to municipal maintenance and repair activities.
  4. Working knowledge of the practices, methods, materials, and tools used in modern equipment and facilities maintenance.  
  5. Considerable knowledge of construction principles, practices, and methods as applicable to a municipal setting particularly in regards to erosion control and storm water runoff.  
  6. Working knowledge of applicable city policies, laws, and regulations affecting division activities.

 

12. Performs all other job-related activities as necessary.

  1. Preparation and acquisition of public easements.
  2. Application preparation and acquisition of various permits.
  3. Administration of work in the right-of-way permits and private utility locations.

 

 

 

EXTENT AND TYPE OF INTERACTION WITH PUBLIC:

 

1.  Ability to deal effectively with the public, citizens, fellow employees, and others with courtesy and discretion. 

 

REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND REGISTRATIONS:

 

  1. Valid Minnesota driver’s license.
    1. University of Minnesota Certified Erosion Sediment Control Specialist, site manager and inspector/installer or ability to become certified within one year. 

 

EQUIPMENT AND TOOL OPERATION:

1.   Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this position, which shall include but may not be limited to:  Surveying equipment including laser level, total station, GPS personal computer including word processing, spreadsheet, database, and storm water modeling software; engineering calculator; motor vehicle; phone; mobile radio.

 

 

WORKING HOURS AND CONDITIONS:

 

  1. Hours may vary, but generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This is an exempt position and does not accrue overtime. 
  2. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  
  3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. 
  4. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office or moderately noisy when in the field.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. 
  5. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

6. As approved by the Director of Public Works and availability of funds, continuing education and training will be provided to ensure a competent level of ability to perform of this position and to allow maintenance of required licenses and certifications.

 

 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands:  The employee must be physically capable of moving about on construction work sites.  

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  

 

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift weights up to 75 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.