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Education and Experience: Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or related field preferred with an understanding of sustainability. Three (3) years of experience directly applicable to this position, including staff supervision and experience leading the development and implementation of programs and projects; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
License and Certifications: ODEQ Class "A" wastewater laboratory certification preferred. ODEQ Class "B" wastewater operator certification; Class "A" preferred. Valid Oklahoma driver's license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record. HAZWOPER and RCRA training preferred.
Knowledge: Wastewater Treatment Plant and wastewater collection system functions and biological and chemical processes. Proper wastewater sampling techniques. Laboratory procedures for water and wastewater analysis. Codes, regulations, and ordinances governing industrial discharges to municipally-owned treatment and collection systems. Codes, regulations and ordinances governing hazardous wastes. Management theory and supervisory methods and techniques. Knowledge of sustainability topics such as: climate change and adaptation, equity and diversity, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, transportation alternatives, land use policies, sustainable building practices, waste reduction, sustainable food systems, water protection, conservation, and other localized environmental and economic stressors. Knowledge of principals, methods and techniques used in environmental and sustainability practices. Knowledge of sustainable building practices, such as the United States Green Building Code (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Program.
Skills: Effective oral and written communications. Supervising, motivating, and evaluating staff to obtain effective results. Program and project management. Ability to prepare and interpret analytical reports, plans, and specifications. Ability to interpret and enforce code and regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially. Ability to work with businesses to achieve compliance initially through education and assistance. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with other employees, elected officials, nongovernment and government agencies, schools, businesses, nonprofits and the public. Ability to maintain efficient filing and documentation system. Use of Microsoft Office software. Preparing spreadsheets, databases, and the ability to integrate and interpret data from various sources to maintain and report sustainability metrics.
Duties and Responsibilities: Manages and develops budgets for the Industrial Pretreatment Program, Fats, Oils and Grease Program, Dental Amalgam Program, promotes responsible management of resources through City-wide sustainability efforts, and leads to provide knowledge of other related EPA mandated programs. Manages the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and plans, manages, and oversees periodic waste events for items such as electronic waste or other items. Assists Water Treatment Division in promoting water conservation. Provides coordination and guidance to City staff, boards, and community organizations to lead City-wide sustainability efforts. Evaluates costs and benefits of implementing conservation measures, identifies strategies for cost-effective implementation of city-wide sustainability programs and initiatives. Provides technical advisory support to all City departments for programs, outreach efforts, and planning in order to institutionalize sustainability and assists in the incorporation of sustainability principles and practices into their operations. Collaborates with city departments to identify and pursue opportunities that increase operational efficiency and environmental stewardship within the City government and the Community. Tracks, measures, and evaluates municipal utility consumption and generates relevant benchmarking reports to demonstrate improvements over time. Tracks, measures, and evaluates community greenhouse gas emissions and generates relevant benchmarking reports to demonstrate improvements over time. Implements actions and recommendations from adopted City plans; including the adopted U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement; sets priorities based on available resources and direction from City Council and Management; monitors progress; recommends changes; ensures input is received from affected stakeholders; communicates routine updates to city staff and others as appropriate. Assists in pollution prevention programs to reduce phosphorous, herbicides and pesticides from stormwater runoff. Coordinates meetings and provides guidance to the Environmental Control Advisory Board. Plans, manages and oversees public education events such as the Earth Day Festival and Eco Month with other City departments, other government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools and the public. Develops and implements Best Management Practices for commercial and residential customers for environmental services programs. Advises restaurants, car washes, gas stations, etc., on proper ways to dispose of prohibited waste. Acts as the Utility Department’s representative on environmental issues and as a liaison with Department of Environmental Quality. Responsible for maintaining the Green Norman website. Plans, organizes, assigns, directs, and reviews work of staff. Ensures employees maintain safe workplace, follow safety rules and safe work practices, and use safety equipment and proper personal protective equipment when required. Assists the Utility Department with APWA accreditation. Performs related work as required.
Working Conditions: Works in an office and in the field. On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental and Physical Abilities: Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail. Ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, pull, and lift. Limited amount of physical effort required associated with lifting and carrying light objects (less than 25 lbs.) 5-10% of work time and moderately heavy (25-50 lbs.) supplies occasionally. The incumbent must also stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
Additional Information: Selected applicant must pass a background investigation, physical examination, and drug screen.