Ventura Regional Sanitation District is an independent, non-tax supported, public waste management agency founded in 1970. Organized pursuant to the County Sanitation District Act of the California Health and Safety Code, the District provides a full range of services, including integrated waste treatment and disposal services to eight cities, nine special districts, schools, homeowner associations, and other customers. VRSD is comprised of approximately seventy five employees and provides environmentally safe disposal of solid waste, effective treatment of wastewater, reliable delivery of potable and recycled water, and related services.
Another major area of emphasis for the District is the provision of customized water and wastewater services to cities, utility districts, and private entities. Included are facilities owned by the Triunfo Sanitation District (TSD), the Saticoy Sanitary District (SSD), the Camrosa Water District, the Ojai Valley Sanitation District, the County of Ventura, California State University at Channel Islands; and several small wastewater plants for private schools in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. In total, the District operates three potable water systems, one recycled water system, and seven wastewater treatment plants.
VRSD added solid waste disposal to its range of services in 1972 when we assumed operation of Ventura County’s publicly owned landfills. Today, we own and operate one active solid waste disposal site (Toland Road Landfill near Santa Paula) and are responsible for post-closure operations at five more.
Under the general direction, the Senior Environmental Technician will perform technical activities related to environmental compliance.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POSITION
The Senior Environmental Technician is a journey-level technical class responsible for performing environmental compliance monitoring in support of District environmental compliance program.
This position receives general direction from the Regulatory Compliance Officer. The position may exercise technical and functional supervision over lower level technical and/or maintenance staff on an assigned project.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following examples.
Collect monthly landfill gas, wellfield monitoring data and maintain database
Coordinate collection of LFG surface emissions data and maintain database
Maintain and repair LFG collection devices, structures and equipment
Input, edit and interpret data collected in field and complete daily activity logs, checklists, forms, in Excel and Word
Troubleshoot, inspect and repair GCCS equipment and machinery
Troubleshoot electrical systems including; CPU's, PLC's., automated controls, actuator valves, thermocouples, and ignition systems
Schedule and perform routine blower/flare operations including monitoring and maintenance
Perform condensate management system maintenance and repair
Monitor landfill perimeter probes and monitor site buildings
Participate in Health and Safety regular meetings and ensure that Health and Safety standards are followed by on-site staff and sub-contractors
Develop and maintain operating records using written and computer/electronic methods
Interact with State and local agencies to insure efficient and effective compliance with rules and regulations
Communicate with supervisor regarding field conditions and test results
Performs other related duties as requested
The standard office position requires an employee to access their work location, attend meetings, use computerized workstations, and lift paperwork and light-weight equipment or resources (up to 50 pounds, unassisted). Occasionally, when fieldwork is required, the incumbent will work in various weather conditions, including wet, hot and cold. The nature of the work may also require the incumbent to climb ladders, and work in proximity to heavy equipment while in operation. Typically, an employee will need to walk, stand, sit, use a keyboard, see, hear, bend, lift, and twist. The employee obtains information from oral instructions, conversations, written reports, email, the Internet, and professional publications, and will process and analyze the information obtained. The employee will provide information orally or in writing, and work on numerous concurrent projects and tasks under deadlines. Typically, an employee will need to mentally process and analyze complex information, compose complex responses, interact with others, and present information and reports.
The District offers an attractive benefits package including:
Up to $1,192 in monthly contribution for medical, dental, and vision insurance
Annual Leave: Employees receive a comprehensive annual leave. Initial accrual rates start at 175.50 hours per year
Holidays: 8 Holidays, 4 Floating Holidays, and 2 hours on New Year’s Eve
Life Insurance: $10,000 Term Life
457/Roth 457 Deferred Compensation Plan: Plan options available for Voluntary Benefits
Disability Insurance: Options for Long Term Disability Insurance
Flexible Spending Plan: Options include Health Insurance for Pretax Premiums, Medical/Dependent Care Spending, Life/Accident Insurance for employee and family
Textbook & Tuition: The District provides up to $5,250 per year
Retirement: Provided by Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA), which offers reciprocity with CalPERS and some other retirement systems.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Any equivalent combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Two years of landfill gas field experience or construction experience
Education: Equivalent to a High School Diploma. Bachelor’s Degree in the environmental or physical sciences or related field, highly desirable
License/Certificate: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license and a driving record acceptable for insurability.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
The following are a representative sample of the KSA necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
Basic computer skills
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Experience with Health and Safety oriented work preferred
Ability to work independently
Entry level familiarity with technical instrumentation and equipment preferred
Techniques for preparing and maintaining records and reports.
Use computer programs including email, web browser, Microsoft Excel and Word and web based database programs.
Work outdoors and walk up to five miles a day on steep terrain performing monitoring duties
Troubleshoot field GCCS and flare problems and incidents
Perform basic field mathematical calculations
Understand environmental regulations related to GCCS operations
Collect, interpret, analyze and utilize GCCS data.
Conduct inspection of GCCS construction to ensure compliance with plans and other requirements.
Lead the work of field maintenance personnel in GCCS construction and site maintenance activities.
Research regulations, procedures and/or technical reference materials.
Make decisions and independent judgments.
Follow safe work practices.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
Maintain accurate records, reports and documents.
Organize and prioritize work assignments.
About VENTURA REGIONAL SANITATION DISTRICT
Ventura Regional Sanitation District (VRSD), a public waste management agency, was organized in 1970 pursuant to the County Sanitation District Act of the California Health and Safety Code Section 4700. VRSD is overseen by a nine-member Board of Directors who represent the eight cities and eight special districts that receive services from the District. VRSD serves the sanitation needs of more than 600,000 people across Ventura County, providing: Environmentally safe disposal of solid waste;Effective treatment of wastewater;Reliable delivery of potable and recycled water;Among our early achievements was the securing of grant monies for expansion of Ventura County wastewater treatment plants and assistance to the State of California in development of the County's initial Comprehensive Water Quality Plan.VRSD added solid waste management to its range of services in 1972 when we assumed operation of Ventura County's publicly owned landfills. Today, we own and operate one active solid waste disposal site (Toland Road Landfill) in Santa Paula and are responsible for post-closure operations at five more.In 1999, VRSD completed a plan to redistribute public monies to local cities and Vent...ura County, making the District a truly entrepreneurial public agency. We receive no tax-based support of any kind--our operations are funded by fees for the services we provide.VRSD serves eight cities: Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura, as well as a host of special districts.