Water Quality Specialist – Industrial Pre-Treatment/Stormwater Inspector

City of Scottsdale, Arizona
August 31, 2023
Scottsdale, AZ
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At Scottsdale Water, we pride ourselves on delivering superior quality water and service to the Scottsdale community. Our employees ensure a safe, sustainable drinking water system, operate an innovative water reclamation system and help Scottsdale Water consistently maintain its position as one of the nation's most advanced and efficient water utilities.

We value our employees and challenge them to constantly improve how we do business. Our team is made up of professionals from all disciplines - engineering, finance, operations, laboratory science, chemistry, public relations, hydrology, customer service, electrical, maintenance and so much more.
About the Position
The Industrial Inspector exists to collect samples from and inspect industrial commercial establishments for compliance with Federal rules and City Code and to support regulatory activities for the Industrial Pretreatment and Stormwater Programs.

The City of Scottsdale offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • 12 Paid Holidays, which includes 1 Floating Holiday
  • Vacation Accrual; starts at 10.3 hours/month
  • Sick Leave Accrual; 8 hours/month
  • Medical (which includes behavioral health coverage), Dental and Vision Benefits
  • City Paid Basic Life Insurance (equal to one times employee annual salary); option of Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement; $2,500/year
  • Participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Defined benefit plan with mandatory employer and employee contributions currently at 12.17% which includes a Long-Term Disability benefit
  • Supplemental Retirement Plans through Nationwide; 457 and upcoming Employer contribution
  • Pet Insurance
  • Bilingual pay compensation
  • For a more detailed overview of the employee benefits, click here .

Selection Process: Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in the selection process to include a panel interview. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include:

  • Drug Screen
  • Fingerprinting
  • 39 Month Motor Vehicle Department Records Check
  • Criminal Background screening

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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time, potentially without advance notice.

PLEASE NOTE: Years of experience are based on a work schedule of 2,080 hours per year for full-time positions and 1,040 hours per year for part-time positions, and while work experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis, depending upon the job classification, education may not be substituted for work experience.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • A High School diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Two years' experience in the field of: water quality, environmental quality, backflow, stormwater, or industrial pretreatment.
  • An Associate's degree in a physical or biological science or related field may substitute for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Preferred: A Bachelor's Degree in a physical or biological science or related field.

Licensing, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date. The Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles requires that out-of-state driver's licenses must be surrendered within 10 days of relocating to the State of Arizona.
  • Must possess or obtain within one year of hire, and maintain a Grade I operator certification, as assigned, from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collections, or Wastewater Treatment as appropriate.
  • Must possess, or obtain within one year of hire or promotion, a Backflow Tester or Cross Connection Certification recognized by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Every person employed by the City of Scottsdale shall reside in the State of Arizona during his or her active employment by the City, regardless of whether the employee is approved to remote work.

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

Essential Functions

All Assignments:

  • Collects and preserves water, wastewater, and stormwater quality samples in accordance with Federal, State, and Local requirements.
  • Operates, calibrates, and maintains technical sampling equipment.
  • Prepares computer spreadsheets, inputs data, and performs other mathematical calculations. Reads and interprets construction plans and specifications.
  • Evaluates and tracks water, wastewater, and stormwater quality data received from the laboratory.
  • Prepares and submits reports of activities and findings.
  • Reviews sampling data as it is received to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Stays current with changes in environmental regulations and has the desire and ability to learn.
  • Promotes water, wastewater, and stormwater quality and environmental awareness throughout the organization and to the general public.
  • Conducts field visits for inspections and sampling activities, and participates in community events, as required for public outreach goals.
  • Monitors inventory of equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities.
  • Drives a motor vehicle to collect water, wastewater, and stormwater quality samples.

Pre-treatment/Stormwater Inspector Assignment:

  • Inspects industrial and commercial establishments such as: restaurants, gas stations, dry cleaners, automotive repair shops, car washes, industries, and manufacturers to ensure compliance with ordinances and permit requirements governing the discharge of industrial waste and stormwater.
  • Performs industrial and commercial wastewater pretreatment permit, compliance, and enforcement inspections.
  • Explains the purpose and objectives of the industrial pretreatment and stormwater programs to: owners, managers, and operators of inspected commercial and industrial establishments.
  • Inspects the dimensions, operations, and maintenance of sand traps, settling tanks, backflow equipment clarifiers, neutralizing tanks, grease removal equipment, and other equipment used in: the treatment, disposal, and control of industrial waste; collects samples for laboratory tests; notes location, use, and quantity of floor drains.
  • Operates and installs industrial waste sampling and flow monitoring equipment.
  • Reads and interprets construction plans and specifications; determines whether industrial waste permits have been issued; enforces the provisions of such permits; issues corrective actions when necessary; reviews proposals to correct violation(s) and maintain control measures.
  • Samples stormwater sites during summer and winter seasons.
  • Conducts industrial waste surveys and stormwater inspections of commercial buildings.
  • Initiates enforcement actions to ensure permit compliance.
  • Participates in on-call duty related to stormwater sampling events during summer and winter rain seasons.
  • Maintains files and prepares various activity reports; performs surveys, develops forms, schedules inspections, reviews permit application.
  • Reviews proposals for the correction of violation(s) or maintenance of control measures related to the Pretreatment and Stormwater Programs.
  • Prepares and submits reports of activities and findings related to the Pretreatment and Stormwater Programs.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in a City office environment and field setting.
  • Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in field work setting, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, lifting arms above shoulder level and which may involve some: lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds); may involve: the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).
  • Exposure to dirt, noise, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature extremes, hazardous materials, confined spaces, machinery, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, or explosives.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to travel to/from various locations.
  • Work outside of a regular workweek, to include weekends, overtime, on a holiday, in an emergency and on an on-call schedule.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.
Closing Date/Time: 9/18/2023 11:59 PM Arizona

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