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Environmental Specialist (Junior / Mid Level Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Inspector/Investigator) 

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Description

Redhorse is hiring an Environmental Specialist (Junior/ Mid Level Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Inspector / Investigator) to assist the California State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) Office of Enforcement (OE) with conducting inspections at Government Owned and/or Operated Underground Storage Tank (GOT) facilities, and when necessary, take enforcement action to gain compliance with state and federal underground storage tank (UST) statutes and regulations. This position encompasses technical expertise in UST compliance requirements while requiring investigative skills and a high degree of organization, innovation, and adaptability.

The Inspector / Investigator will use analytical methods and techniques in researching and examining a wide range of enforcement, legal, environmental protection, environmental management, and related administrative support issues and functions. As a result of these analyses, the Inspector / Investigator will make recommendations to managers on how to resolve problems, propose approaches, or take some other course of action that promotes the accomplishment of program objectives.


Responsibilities will include:

  • Obtain files for government owned/operated facilities, review facility files, and note all significant violations and any trends of non-compliance;
  • Inspect facilities within jurisdictions where significant violations and notable trends of non-compliance are identified during the file review process;
  • Document all violations observed during the inspections using field notes and photographs. Prepare comprehensive UST inspection reports;
  • Issue appropriate letters to the facility owner/operator based on the findings during the inspection;
  • Serve as a technical specialist investigating cases of violations and recommending enforcement actions;
  • Evaluate information gathered as a basis for determining appropriate regulatory action;
  • Develop reports for actions taken and settlements reached on enforcement cases;
  • Participate in and/or provide administrative/policy advice in settlement negotiations to assure appropriate settlements;
  • Provide guidance and support for compliance with enforcement activities by the State;
  • Coordinate with Cal/EPA, the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA), and local implementing agencies to target recalcitrant facilities and conduct on-site visits, if necessary;
  • Provide compliance assistance in the field to owners and operators of USTs;
  • Promote compliance, and when appropriate, negotiate innovative win-win settlement agreements in lieu of issuing enforcement actions;
  • Work with Cal/EPA staff to complete press releases to educate the regulated public; and
  • Prepare quarterly and annual reports to update the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Board’s UST Leak Prevention Unit on the work that has been conducted and trends and issues that have been observed.


Position location and work environment:

  • The employee reports to the Redhorse Project Manager in addition to the OE’s UST Enforcement Unit Supervisor.
  • Work will be performed at the State Water Board’s office located in downtown Sacramento, CA.
  • Employee is expected to work from a State-approved desktop computer, as the content of the work is potentially confidential and files cannot be removed from the Office of Enforcement. For days that the State Water Board’s office is closed, Redhorse will provide a laptop to work from.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • An understanding of the principles, practices, and theories of UST construction, monitoring and leak detection methods and UST program management is preferred by the employee to serve as an authority in identifying, defining, and resolving critical issues for evaluating program development and regulatory compliance.
  • Knowledge of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Subtitle I, and of related regulations (e.g., Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures, Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, and RCRA enforcement and cooperative agreement authorities), policy directives, and guidance.
  • Knowledge and skill to evaluate and incorporate the latest developments in UST operations and compliance.
  • Ability to analyze compliance status of UST service station facilities within the State of California.
  • Ability to determine the nature and extent of non-compliance and whether non-compliance is indicative of internal management. processes or more general problems with overall compliance posture.
  • Ability to develop strategies to correct problems, coordinating with appropriate personnel and (where appropriate) determine the need for an environmental study of the problem.
  • Ability to review and evaluate UST inspection work of professional staff within the State of California while assessing the effectiveness of the leak prevention program operations and identifying improvements in planning, organization, procedures, policies, and resource utilization.
  • Ability to analyze policies to determine long-term benefits for and impacts on UST Leak Prevention Program.
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with the State and local implementing agencies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate policy, regulations, and technical issues with a variety of audiences both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to review trade journals, news releases, and technical reports to identify new technical or economic developments that would affect State enforcement program, informing counterparts of those that are considered significant.
  • The employee reports to the Redhorse Project Manager in addition to the OE’s UST Enforcement Unit Supervisor. The employee must have the ability to communicate schedules, deadlines, issues on a regular basis to both supervisors and meet the reporting requirements for each entity.
 
Position Requirements

Minimum Basic Requirements for Skills, Experience, Education and Credentials include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, geology, environmental science or a related field
  • 1 year of experience with similar work, including regulatory interaction experience
  • An understanding of the principles, practices, and theories of UST construction, monitoring and leak detection methods
  • Knowledge of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Subtitle I, and of related regulations (e.g., Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures, Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act, and RCRA enforcement and cooperative agreement authorities), policy directives, and guidance.
  • Knowledge and skill to evaluate and incorporate the latest developments in UST operations and compliance.
  • Ability to develop strategies to correct problems, coordinating with appropriate personnel and (where appropriate) determine the need for an environmental study of the problem.
  • Ability to analyze policies to determine long-term benefits for and impacts on UST Leak Prevention Program.
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with the State and local implementing agencies.
  • Ability to effectively communicate policy, regulations, and technical issues with a variety of audiences both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to communicate schedules, deadlines, issues on a regular basis to both supervisors and meet the reporting requirements for each entity.

Additional Preferred Requirements for Skills, Experience, Education and Credentials include:

  • Experience working with USTs
  • Current ICC Certification for USTs/ASTs
  • Current 40 hr. HAZWOPER Training

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this assignment:

  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to: walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The work is primarily sedentary in nature with about 15 - 20% of the time being spent in the field and the remaining time will be spent in the office.
  • While conducting inspections in the field the inspector may be required to lift heavy covers or endure adverse weather conditions such as extreme heat.
  • While conducing field work the employee may be required to wear personal protection equipment, including head, eyes and ear protection, work clothes, safety footwear, and gloves.
  • The noise level in the work environment may vary from typical office background to noise found in working out in the field which can require hearing protection.
 
Location Sacramento, CA  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement Redhorse Corporation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer  
Req Number ENV-17-00029  
Security Requirements State Water Board Security Requirements  

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