Travis County Texas Environmental Specialist in Austin, Texas

Job Summary

At Travis County, we all play a unique and critical part in the ongoing success of our community. Under general direction and with latitude for independent judgment, Environmental Specialists administer countywide environmental programs. This includes carrying out or coordinating projects and activities related to the designated programs. Depending on the program assignment, may be responsible for review of simple to complex projects and applications; inspections; compliance, data collection and analysis, project planning and execution, program evaluation, record management, reporting and education and outreach.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This position will support the Travis County Storm Water Management Program (SWMP), including SWMP programs for control of construction site storm water runoff, construction, operation and maintenance of permanent water quality ponds, compliance of Travis County operations with storm water requirements, public education and involvement, and noncompliance and civil enforcement across multiple program areas. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs field inspection and assessment for compliance with county codes and standards for water quality protection, including development permit construction, water quality ponds, and county construction and maintenance activities.
  • Communicates effectively in writing or verbally with other county staff, consultants, contractors, other agencies, and the public.
  • Prepares detailed technical reports and documentation.
  • Performs duties of and/or administers countywide environmental quality programs. Includes processing and evaluating projects and activities in support of the programs. Administers multiple projects and activities within authorized scope, schedule and budget.
  • Coordinates efforts with contractors, department staff, other departments and agencies, the regulated community, stakeholders and the general public. Serves as departmental liaison for the designated program.
  • Interprets Federal, State and Local environmental regulations. Recommends, develops and implements procedures and projects consistent with environmental regulations. Makes recommendations on compliance to the department and the regulated community.
  • Prepares cost estimates, plans and specifications for outside goods or services within the designated areas of program specialization. Assists in contract negotiations with vendors, and manages approved contracts in accordance with authorized scope, schedule and budget. Develops purchase requests for required supplies and services.
  • Analyzes, evaluates and presents data, maintain databases and prepares written reports. Presents findings and reports to department staff and management, other agencies, the Commissioners Court and the public.
  • Conducts education and outreach to the general public by participating in information meetings, trainings, and conferences to explain issues related to the programs goals. Represents the department by working closely with groups, community members and organization representatives.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Technical Writing or a directly related field AND two (2) years experience in the program specialization areas listed above; OR,

Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

Valid Texas Driver's License. Depending on program specialization assigned to, may require certification in one of the following designated specialty fields, such as:

  • Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI)
  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
  • Certified Inspector of Erosion and Sediment Control (CIESC)
  • StormwaterONE QCIS

Knowledge and skill in applying the following principles and standards effectively:

  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3s)
  • Erosion and sediment controls
  • Hydraulics, drainage and permanent water quality engineering design
  • Permanent water quality control pond operation and maintenance
  • Construction methods and specifications
  • Local soils, vegetation, and ecology
  • Other applicable Local, State, Federal environmental codes and standards Preferred:

Bachelor's Degree in natural or environmental sciences/studies, civil engineering, or a related field. Valid license as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC or CPESC-IT), Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI or CESSWI-IT), Certified Inspector of Erosion and Sediment Control (CIESC), or StormwaterONE QCIS. Combination of experience, education, and training equivalent to two years or more experience in the design or field inspection of storm water pollution control Best Management Practices (BMPs), including: permanent water quality systems, erosion and sediment control, and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3s).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Standard theory, principles, practices and techniques of designated program and area of specialization.
  • Scientific principles and techniques related the assigned area of environmental specialization.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable environmental laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of project management.
  • Research and data analysis techniques.
  • Principles of data, document and records management.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages including geographic information systems.
  • Technical writing, report writing and preparation, business letter writing, grammar and punctuation.
  • Legislative economic, technological and industry trends applicable to the designated areas of program specialization. Skill in:

  • Use of field techniques, equipment and instruments appropriate to the area of specialization.

  • Data analysis.
  • Geographic Information Systems, including the ability to:
  • use GIS software and related equipment;
  • compile geographic data from a variety of sources which may include censuses, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps;
  • retrieve stored maps, manage shape files and other GIS data.
  • Data management techniques.
  • Explaining complicated technical problems in simple non-technical language. Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Verbal and written communication. Ability to:

  • Manage time well, perform and prioritize multiple tasks, organize diverse activities, develop and implement environmental research and projects.

  • Meet deadlines and produce projects in a timely manner while working on several projects at once.
  • Work as a team member within a diverse organization.
  • Research, compile, analyze, interpret and prepare a variety of memorandums or reports.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public. Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 20-50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle, standing, walking/hiking (some rough terrain), carrying, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. May work in extreme temperature/weather change/conditions, and smoke on prescribed or wildfires. Maybe subject to contact with dangerous machinery, fumes, communicable/infectious disease, and hazardous chemicals.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday Works some nights Schedule may change periodically

Department: Transportation and Natural Resources

Location: 700 Lavaca St., Downtown, Austin

Criminal, Driving, Education, and Employment Background Check Required

Salary: $45,346.50 - $56,683.12 Annually $45,346.50 - $56,683.12 Annually

Job Number: 15-03311

Location: Austin, TX

Closing: 11/2/2016 5:00 PM Central

Job Type: Full Time

Department: TNR (Trans & Natrl Resrc)

Agency: Travis County

Address: 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 420 Austin, Texas, 78701.

Phone: 512-854-9165