Supervises the following positions: Senior Environmental Specialist, Environmental Safety Specialist, Environmental Specialist, Associate Biologist, Biologist.
DEFINITION: Under general direction, to plan, coordinate, schedule and direct: (1) environmental permitting for capital improvement projects and environmental mitigation obligations, (2) waste management and disposal and compliance discharge monitoring and reporting, (3) compliance with local, state and federal environmental laws and regulations and (5) compliance with biological resources/habitat programs and regulations, and to do related work as required.
Manages mitigation of biological impacts caused by CVWD projects and programs.
Consults with staff on rare, threated and endangered species.
Monitors CVWD environmental protection activities including pollution management programs.
Coordinates Environmental Services activities to meet waste discharge monitoring and reporting requirements and obtain permits for Clean Water Act compliance.
Oversees the development of appropriate environmental documents to achieve environmental compliance for CVWD capital projects and maintenance activities.
Coordinates closely with the Director of Environmental Services and Environmental Assessment Committee (EAC) Chairperson in the preparation of documents, agendas, and schedules for EAC
Stay abreast of legislation and trends in environmental compliance, natural resources management, public policy and other related areas. Provide insight and review on potential effects on new environmental legislation and case law.
Prepares reports, presentations and correspondences using sound judgment based on knowledge and expertise of environment regulations and programs. Presents summary environmental compliance information to CVWD management and Board of Directors.
Oversees biological habitat programs to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and multi-species habitat conservation programs.
Oversees environmental and biological research that provides practical scientific information to improve CVWD performance.
Assists in preparation annual operating and capital budgets for consideration by District Board of Directors.
Attend hearings and meetings related to regulatory and environmental issues.
Supervises and evaluates Environmental Services staff.
Ensure staff is following established safety practices and policy.
License or Certificates: Valid California Operators license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Department of Motor Vehicles driving record may influence employment or classification.
Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. A typical candidate must have successfully completed a four year degree program from a recognized college or university with a major in environmental science, biology, environmental engineering or a closely related field and a minimum of 10 years of broad and extensive experience in water quality, waste management, environmental services or biological management and at least 3 years of supervisory experience or increasingly responsible duties in one or more of these areas is desirable.
Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) provisions
State Water Resources and Regional Water Quality Control Board (SWRCB/RWQCB) permits and related documents
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) requirements
Laboratory Information Management Systems
California Water Rights laws and regulation
CVWD Rules & Regulations
Principals, practices, methods and techniques of regulatory compliance as related to water and wastewater utilities
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) & California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)
Principles and practices of leadership, supervision, training and performance evaluation
Principles and practices of public relations
Computer operation skills including data base programs and spreadsheets.
Archaeological/Cultural laws and regulations
Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plans
Water Quality, Environmental and Biological Research Procedures
Technical report writing
Principles of supervision and management
Plan, organize, and administer environmental regulatory programs
Interpret and apply pertinent federal, state, and local policies, laws and regulations.
Develop and manage water, environmental, and biological monitoring programs
Analyze problems, identify solutions and project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations.
Work effectively with local, state and federal regulators
Use principles of scientific method to evaluate projects
Plan, schedule and assign work to staff
Manage projects using project management techniques
Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff
Prepare clear and detailed analyses and comprehensive scientific reports and recommendations
Work cooperatively with others
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Drives District vehicle to job sites which may include over rough terrain.
May work in extreme weather conditions including heat and rain.
The Coachella Valley Water District is recognized for its worldwide progressive water management techniques. Covering approximately 1,000 square miles of southeastern California desert in Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego Counties, the District provides irrigation water service from the Colorado River through the All American Canal system to approximately 66,000 acres of fruits and vegetables in...cluding table grapes, citrus, sweet corn, and 90% of the country’s dates.
The District also provides urban water from 100 wells to more than 100,000 homes and businesses and sewer service through six reclamation plants to more than 90,000 homes and businesses.
The District is also a State Water Project contractor using available water for groundwater replenishment.
The Coachella Valley Water District offers a full benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Vision plans as well as Cal PERS retirement, life insurance policy, three deferred compensation plans, and a medical reimbursement fund. The District also offers vacation benefits, floating and set holidays, and paid sick leave. The Coachella Valley Water District is an equal opportunity employer.