This position will work as part of the Surface Water Management (SWM) Team. The Water Quality Specialist will provide sampling, monitoring, and other technical support within the Water Quality Section of the Surface Water Management Division. this position will report to the Division Manager and is under the direction of the Water Quality Coordinator, or as assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Perform and assist in water quality monitoring. This includes set up and operation of water quality monitoring equipment, collection of field data, investigation of illicit discharge reports and other field work as assigned.
Constructively interact with residents and businesses to correct water quality violations.
Prepare detailed water quality notice of violation actions and maintain all follow up documentation necessary for enforcement of water quality fines and penalties.
Data management and analysis to include data entry of monitoring results, quantifying and graphing water quality data, entering and updating water quality and illicit discharge service requests in SWM's electronic management system, tracking status of water quality enforcement actions, and providing data analysis support as requested.
Assist in the development of conservation plans, source control plans, monitoring plans, stream health assessments, and other water quality processes that allow for improved health of the City's streams, lakes, wetlands, and ponds.
Represent the City's interest in various regional and local monitoring efforts, surface water health technical committees, lake management districts or other coordinated watershed efforts.
As assigned, lead area stream clean-ups, watershed planting, water sampling and/or other outreach efforts that engage the community in working towards a healthier watershed.
Organize and manage activities as directed for implementation of Lake Management Districts (LMDs).
Prepare and deliver public presentations to City Committees, Council, and other public groups.
Assist with applications for water quality and/or public education and outreach grants, including implementation of contracts and agency agreements.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Surface water monitoring techniques and analytical methods.
State, Federal and City codes including Federal Way revised Code, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit (NPDES) Phase II requirements, and the Clean Water Act.
Technical knowledge as applied to water quality, ecological restoration, salmon recovery and/or watershed management and restoration.
Record keeping techniques and attention to detail are critical to this position.
Oral and written communication skills.
Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Access.
Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with varied audiences.
Use interpersonal skills while establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with diverse interest including employees, supervisors, citizens, elected officials, and representative of Municipal, County, State and Federal agencies.
Demonstrated ability to work on multiple tasks effectively. Anticipate project delays and keep projects on schedule.
Grasp issues quickly and manage changing priorities.
Interpret governmental codes, regulations and standards.
Prepare reports and maintain records following public records policy,
Work independently with little direction.
Keep supervisor informed on problems, progress, and emerging issues.
Plan, organize, prioritize and schedule work.
Operate a motor vehicle and maneuver a boat trailer. Observe legal and defensive driving practices.
Physically able to perform the essential job functions.
Use GIS to review as-built plans, City infrastructure system, and locations.
Learn and implement water quality related software to support monitoring efforts.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor's of Science Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Science, Natural Resource Management or related field and at least two years of experience with environmental permit requirements and/or water quality monitoring to support permit related activities. Equivalent combination of education and/or related experience may be substituted. Municipal storm water experience is desired. Valid Washington State driver's license is required.
About City of Federal Way - Surface Water Management Division
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