The Watsonville Public Works and Utilities Department is looking for a dynamic team player to implement a variety of environmental programs. Key areas of responsibility will include managing the City's food waste program and compliance with SB1383, the Green Business Program, medical waste, and reducing plastics and single-use food ware. In addition, the work will include supporting the City's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, and managing projects and grants in a variety of environmental areas.
To perform a variety of professional level duties and responsibilities involving environmental compliance planning, auditing, inspecting, testing; regulatory compliance activities and reporting for the Department of Public Works and Utilities. Develops, implements and coordinates environmental and sustainability programs and projects in areas such as water and energy efficiency, watershed management, stormwater pollution prevention.
Prepares, analyzes and coordinates program and/or project budgets. Assists in the preparation of the Division’s annual budget.
This is a journey level classification. Employees at this level receive regular instruction or guidance as new or unusual situations arise, and are expected to be fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the division. The Environmental Projects Analyst is differentiated from the senior in that the latter assumes full project management responsibilities with little supervision and reflects a level of expertise in one of more areas of environmental and regulatory compliance.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives supervision from the Environmental Sustainability Manager
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Participate in the development and implementation of environmental compliance goals, objectives, policies, plans and procedures; interpret and apply pertinent federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations to ensure compliance; perform required notification, coordination, and reporting with a variety of regulatory agencies
Assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental reporting systems; prepare reports necessary to meet environmental reporting requirements
Assist in implementing environmental compliance programs pertaining to hazardous waste, stormwater protection, air quality, flood management, industrial hygiene, and sewer discharges
Administer contracts with consultants and contractors to ensure all City requirements are met
Researches potential outside funding sources for local programs and prepares grant applications and accompanying reports, as necessary
Coordinate environmental compliance activities for the Environmental Sustainability Division including water quality, hazardous wastes, industrial hygiene, stormwater, wastewater discharges
Assist in conducting environmental compliance audits and assessments of citywide facilities to ensure compliance with all environmental laws and regulations and department environmental policies and procedures
Assist in the preparation of environmental compliance plans, strategies, responses as requested by regulatory agencies, including responses to charges or violations
Serve as the liaison for the Environmental Sustainability Division with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues
Coordinate efforts to comply with stormwater pollution prevention program requirements
Monitor legislation and regulations that may impact the Public Works and Utilities Department and develop comments on proposed regulatory actions
Participate in a variety of trade associations and organizations concerning environmental laws and regulations; participate in professional associations and committees
Provide responsible staff assistance to the Environmental Sustainability Manager; conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to environmental services programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate
Perform related duties as assigned
Principles, practices and techniques of public administration with emphasis in sustainability programs and policy
Best practices in one or more of the following areas: zero waste, water efficiency, water resources, watershed management, climate resiliency, energy, etc.
Applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the environment and sustainability
Quantitative and management analysis techniques
Principles and techniques of project management
General chemistry; hazardous and physical characteristics of chemical contaminants and microorganisms that affect drinking water quality
Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations
Basic budget and financial principles
Modern office practices, procedures and equipment
Recordkeeping techniques and procedures
Proper English usage, grammar, spelling punctuation, and vocabulary
Plan, organize, interpret and explain City environmental and regulatory compliance activities and policies
Actively participate in the development and implementation of environmental compliance strategies, plans and guidelines
Assist in the development of environmental reporting systems
Apply the laws and regulations to maintain environmental compliance
Research and interpret complex technical information
Remain current and respond to public requests regarding environmental issues; conduct a variety of surveys
Prepare clear and concise reports; effectively monitor a program budget
Develop and present training and public information sessions
Prepare and maintain clear and concise records
Keep abreast of current developments in assigned area(s) of specialty
Respond effectively to changing environmental regulations
Act as a resource for environmental and sustainability concerns
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
The candidate will be appointed for a 12-month probationary period. Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list which normally remains effective for one year. The Human Resources Department may abolish an Employment list at any time the needs of the City so require. This position is represented by the Management bargaining group.
Prior to appointment to the position of Senior Environmental Projects Analyst, a medical examination and Department of Justice Livescan fingerprinting will be required.
The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.
NOTE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTRACT, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND ANY PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN MAY BE MODIFIED OR REVISED WITHOUT NOTICE.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities is:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in biology, environmental engineering, environmental or earth sciences or a related field
Five or more years of work experience performing advanced research, program management, analysis, report writing and evaluation in the areas of sustainability and environmental programs
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION
Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and a safe driving record
Watsonville, California is known all over the world for its long and rich heritage as a center for agriculture – especially berries. Watsonville is located 95 miles south of San Francisco at the southern end of Santa Cruz County, covers 6.6 square miles, and has a population of 52,087 (January 2015). Watsonville is also a proving ground for entrepreneurs and businesses from all types of industries and emerging technologies. Its central location, nestled between the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz mountains, offers growing companies quick and easy highway access. Watsonville’s location is topped only by its ideal climate and the rustic, small town charm of a close-knit rural community. The Watsonville area offers many amenities to visitors and tourists, including beaches, mountains, wine, food, activities and more!