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Environmental Compliance Inspector

Company: Government jobs
Location: Kent
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Environmental Compliance Inspector in our Public Works Department. This position's responsibilities include inspecting industrial sites and investigating sources of pollution to ensure compliance with city codes and standards, along with NPDES permits. The ideal candidate will be able to determine the proper corrective action when violations are discovered to assist property owners in achieving compliance. Knowledge of construction and development standards, as well as relevant city, county, state and federal codes, standards, requirements and regulations are also critical to success in this position.

This is a benefited position that is not represented by a union.

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete. Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position. Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

The selection process for this position will consist of an interview, along with an assessment of candidates' writing abilities. A short writing exercise will be given as part of the first interview.

Applications for this position will be accepted through January 16th.


$6,696.00- $8,144.00 per month, depending on qualifications


Under the direction of the Environmental Supervisor, or designee, perform inspections, investigate water quality concerns, interacts with the public and property owners/operators, and enforce city code to ensure compliance with city standards and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) municipal permit requirements.

Work is characterized by performing independent, routine, and specialized technical inspections and related duties including source control inspections, stormwater system operation and maintenance inspections, illicit discharge detection and elimination investigations, spill prevention planning, mapping and documentation, and response to complex stormwater management problems and customer service concerns and complaints.

Work is performed under general supervision. The supervisor defines objectives, priorities, and deadlines. The incumbent plans and carries out assignments and handles problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies, procedures, and/or accepted practices. Work is evaluated for technical soundness and conformity to practice and policy.


Conduct source control inspections at commercial and industrial properties. Identify business activities that have the potential to pollute stormwater and provide technical assistance for property/business owner to make corrections necessary to prevent discharges of pollutants. Enforce relevant code as necessary.

Inspect commercial, industrial, and publicly owned stormwater systems for operation and maintenance needs.

Document and maintain inspection records, admonishment and enforcement letters, emails, phone conversations, photos, contacts, and pertinent site-specific information.

Enforce stormwater code, including issuing corrective action notices when necessary to ensure compliance with city code and standards.

Review development plan sets and manufacturers specifications for compliance with city standards for pollution prevention.

Inspect development sites for proper installation and maintenance of temporary erosion and sediment control best management practices.

Investigate and respond to reports of spills or illicit discharges/illicit connections. Assess magnitude and possible remedies and notify appropriate internal and external response parties per standard operating procedures. Trace sources of contaminants, illicit discharges, and illicit connections. This process may include dye testing, sampling, GIS research, coordination with internal departments to assist with smoke testing and TV/video observations, taking photos, documentation, and talking with property owners.

Assist with the implementation of the NPDES Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit and associated record keeping.

Inspect city maintenance facilities and assist with upkeep of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

Develop educational materials associated with stormwater programs protecting water quality and natural resources; including but not limited to presentations, brochures, flyers, and handouts.

Conduct presentations to students, citizens, staff, developers, business owners, property managers, and elected officials.

Collect samples from stormwater facilities, outfalls, and natural resources; prepare samples for delivery to laboratories for evaluation; and manage consultants to accomplish sampling and analysis.

Represent the City at various meetings with citizens, contractors, property managers, business owners, consultants, and outside agencies.

Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.

Participate in special projects, training, schedule coverage, and internal requests as required.


Perform related duties as assigned.



Principles of stormwater pollutant source control, including inspections and corrective actions

Stormwater best management practices, including operational, structural, and managerial

City codes and other applicable state and federal regulations related to critical areas, stormwater management, and construction standards

Stormwater utility systems

Applicable health and safety regulations

Methods, procedures, and materials used in construction

Erosion and sediment control

Computer software programs applicable to the position

Recordkeeping techniques

Research and analytical methods, practices, and procedures

Principles of environmental science


Field investigation of potential environmental health problems including stormwater management issues and pollutant sources

Analyzing technical material related to stormwater management

Using interpersonal relations in a tactful, patient, and courteous manner

Establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with others

Correctly using English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary as it pertains to the job

Maintaining accurate records and preparing routine reports and correspondence

Effectively planning and organizing work

Remaining professional when dealing with contractors, owners, and citizens

Anticipating problems and eliminating them where possible


Perform construction compliance visits

Work from construction plans, site drawings, sketches, and electronic files

Perform moderate physical labor and activity including, but not limited to, walking and carrying tools for long periods of time, inspecting pipes and outfalls, , walking on irregular terrain, lifting off manhole lids with proper tools, etc.

Identify stormwater management issues while in the field

Read, interpret, and apply laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

Plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments to meet schedules and timelines

Maintain records and prepare reports

Work effectively on multiple projects concurrently

Effectively present information in one-on-one situations to the supervisor and/or other employees of the City and to respond to inquiries from property owners or the public


Education: Graduation from high school supplemented by two (2) years of college, vocational training, or trades school specializing in stormwater management, environmental science, or related field; and

Experience: Two (2) years of work experience in the areas of stormwater system inspections and maintenance or environmental compliance inspections.


Valid Washington State driver's license, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment

Valid First Aid/CPR card, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment

Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check and maintain an excellent driving record

Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL), or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment

Must successfully pass a position specific background inquiry


Typical business office machinery and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer and related software, telephone, tablet, cellular phone, , copy/scan machine, and calculator.

Field inspection tools and equipment including catch basin lid pullers, impact wrenches, post hole digging bar, magnetic lid puller, sediment probes, and other hand tools.

The incumbent is also required to operate a city vehicle.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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 incumbent is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear normally with or without mechanical assistance. The incumbent must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds or more with assistance. Occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in an indoor/outdoor all weather field environment and in an indoor office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to typical workplace hazards including fall hazards, fumes or airborne particles, vibrations, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. Personal protective equipment is required and provided to mitigate workplace hazards. The incumbent is subject to driving from site to site; and may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the office and loud in the field.

For a listing of benefits, please visit the following link: Employee Benefits

Keywords: Government jobs, Kent , Environmental Compliance Inspector, Other , Kent, Washington

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