Stormwater Program Specialist

Salary: $33.45 to $48.14 per hour
Shift: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Recruitment Period: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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Education and Experience:  Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, or related field is required.  Four years of experience is necessary to gain full knowledge of equipment requirements, departmental procedures and processes, and general supervisory skills.  Prior experience in implementation and enforcement of stormwater regulations and requirements is preferred. 

Licenses and Certifications:  Valid Oklahoma driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record.  Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.) or Registered Environmental Specialist (R.E.S) Certification is desirable.  

Knowledge:  Oral and written communication ability equivalent to that normally acquired through a four year college education.  A thorough working knowledge of federal, state and local stormwater regulations and environmental codes, policies and procedures, stormwater pollution prevention practices, including construction and post-construction runoff control, public education and outreach, municipal good housekeeping practices, stormwater quality testing procedures including sample collection, preservation, and handling, and development practices related to earth changing operations.  Basic personal computer and Microsoft Office software knowledge and experience.

Skills: Reading and interpreting applicable codes, ordinances, regulations, maps and stormwater pollution prevention and erosion control plans and applying them to current and proposed codes or local regulations.   Analytical abilities necessary to make sound, logical interpretations of codes and regulations and to act in the best interest of the jurisdiction.  Ability to explain storm water concepts to a wide range of audiences from elementary students to adults.  Interpersonal skills to effectively interact with internal staff, citizens, contractors, and government agencies.  Explaining, interpreting and enforcing codes and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially.  Ability to work independently and use initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities: Develops and maintains the best management practices and goals for the City and citizens of Norman to achieve compliance with Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) General Permit OKR04.  Reviews applications for earth change permits to manage stormwater pollution and erosion control as prescribed under City of Norman and ODEQ regulations and issues permits to the applicant when applications are deemed complete.  Supervises and assists the Stormwater Compliance Inspectors with issues related to construction stormwater regulations including compliance with drainage plans and specifications and proper installation of erosion controls and compliance.  Coordinates projects with other governmental agencies including, but not limited to, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, ODEQ, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, and FEMA, when necessary.  Performs a variety of technical and professional tasks related to erosion control, construction management, plan review, stormwater pollution prevention; performs computations; prepares technical reports. Answers questions from the general public relating to problems and general information; researches stormwater pollution prevention and erosion control; prepares verbal or written responses for these questions.  May prepare maps, drawings, or sketches for written or oral presentations as necessary.  Reads and reviews various codes, journals, technical manuals, reports, legal documents and/or files in order to obtain information needed for assigned projects; records notes as required.  Drafts specifications, proposals and contracts for projects following ODEQ procedures as directed by the Stormwater Engineer.  Confers with City staff to exchange information concerning projects.  Assists Stormwater Engineer as required.   Conducts outfall and other inspections as needed.  Responds to spills which adversely impact the City storm water system.    Assists in coordinating projects with other governmental agencies when necessary.  Assists with special activities or projects.  Performs other related work as required.

Working Conditions: Works primarily in an office environment; however, time is spent in an outside environment exposed to temperature extremes, dirt, dust, noise, etc. (approximately 20% of the time).

Mental and Physical Abilities:  Limited amount of physical effort required for standing and walking on steep and uneven terrain.  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.  Mental and visual effort required due to sustained periods of concentration necessary for the design and layout of a project and constant breaks in concentration associated with answering phones or speaking in person to citizens or staff requiring assistance.  Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. 

Additional Information:  Selected applicant must pass background investigation, physical examination and drug screen.

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