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2416 - Industrial Wastewater Inspector

at Pima County

Posted: 11/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2611886
Categories: Government
Keywords: county

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

This position is in the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department.

Salary Grade: 43

Performs technical work inspecting wastewater dischargers, preparing industrial wastewater discharge permits, and enforcing discharge regulations to protect Pima County's Wastewater treatment, disposal, and utilization system in compliance with EPA standards, state laws and Pima County Ordinance.

An assessment may be administered. 


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)
Inspects EPA regulated and/or significant-discharge industrial wastewater pre-treatment facilities and other industrial facilities to evaluate physical/chemical treatment processes, treatment records, hazardous wastes manifests, and related pre-treatment functions for compliance with EPA standards;
Conducts pre-permit inspection of businesses/industries to determine category of discharge and appropriate sampling methods;
Performs manual and automatic wastewater sample collection from industrial discharges, Pima County treatment plants, surface water runoff, rivers, and collection systems;
Analyzes wastewater laboratory and self-monitoring reports for violations;
Documents violations of discharge requirements for use by the County Attorney;
Documents chain-of-custody on samples as evidence of legal custody;
Enters confined spaces and other discharge access points to supervise installation, inspection, adjustment or service sampling equipment;
Writes concise reports-for-record detailing inspection results for use in potential civil and criminal enforcement actions;
Drafts enforcement action documents such as notice of violation, show cause, intent to suspend, and suspensions;
Prepares legal documentation of all transactions with wastewater dischargers;
Answers inquiries and provides information to the public regarding industrial wastewater discharge control requirements for EPA regulated and significant discharge businesses;
Participates in the scheduling of sampling and inspection activities;
Maintains supply levels, controls vehicle and equipment status and condition;
Chemically stabilizes samples to ensure integrity for analysis;
Analyzes field samples;
Responds to chemical spills and other wastewater conveyance system problems to perform sample analysis and problem resolution;
Trains Industrial Wastewater Inspector Trainees in procedures and techniques;
Draft industrial wastewater discharge permits; and
Uses sampling, monitoring, and testing equipment, periodically inspecting, cleaning, calibrating, and performing minor repairing of this equipment.
Knowledge of:

  • techniques of wastewater sample collection, preservation and field analysis using manual, mechanical and electronic sampling equipment;
  • safety procedures for handling and working with chemicals and toxic waste products;
  • manhole and confined space entry into hazardous environments and associated traffic control;
  • chemical reactions of waste materials;
  • government mandated standards for industrial wastewater control;
  • principles of wastewater treatment;
  • hydraulics associated with wastewater conveyance systems;
  • business English, grammar and composition;
  • legal requirements for documenting court cases.
Skill in:
  • using laboratory and electro/mechanical equipment to collect samples;
  • communicating effectively;
  • collecting and recording data and sample evidence for enforcement actions;
  • preparing and maintaining records used in enforcement actions and/or court evidence;
  • entering confined spaces for sample collection;
  • performing mathematical and statistical computations associated with sample size and discharges;
  • using a computer for word processing/report writing;
  • reading engineering plans/drawings.

Minimum Qualifications

(1) An Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in natural resource management, civil or sanitary engineering, biological science, chemistry, environmental technology, environmental science or environmental engineering or a closely related field as defined by the Appointing Authority at the time of recruitment. (Relevant education and/or experience may be substituted for the educational requirement.)
(2) Two years of experience as a laboratory technician, which included the collecting, testing and analysis of water or wastewater samples.
(3) Two years of experience with Pima County as an Operations and Maintenance Technician.
Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application.  Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications:

(Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Experience working with environmental regulations.
  2. Experience, within the last five (5) years, working with water, wastewater, or industrial treatment processes and systems.
  3. Experience, within the last five (5) years, conducting inspections of commercial or industrial facilities.
  4. Experience, within the last five (5) years, performing analysis on water and wastewater samples.
  5. Experience writing permits.

Selection Procedure:
Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience.  Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications.  The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates:  Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant's suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures.  Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Service's review and approval of the candidate's driving record.

Special Notice Item: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education and criminal conviction history.  A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County.
Physical/Sensory Requirements: All positions require: Lift and carry up to seventy-five pounds, stand or walk for extended periods of time; safely operate assigned vehicles and other equipment; performing duties in isolated or harsh environments, e.g., extremes of heat, sun exposure, humidity, cold, inclement weather, at all hours. Performing work around the wastewater and wastewater byproducts, industrial effluence streams, industrial environments, including work with laboratory chemicals. A post-offer physical will be required.

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