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City of Reno, NV Environmental Control Officer in Reno, Nevada

Environmental Control Officer


Class Title

Environmental Control Officer

Class Code



$61,503.76 - $86,524.09 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs a variety of field investigations and inspections to ensure compliance with state, local, and federal pretreatment standards and other environmental regulations; issues citations and violation notices as appropriate; obtains and tests samples of wastewater and storm drain collection systems; and responds to emergency situations affecting sewer discharges and industrial storm water regulations.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Perform a variety of field investigations and inspections of industrial and commercial businesses to ensure compliance with state, local and federal wastewater discharge pretreatment standards, storm water and other environmental regulations; prepare and issue environmental control permits as necessary.

Survey potential sources for non-compliance and violation of permit requirements; issue citations and violation notices as appropriate; revoke operating permits and recommend methods for the control or eradication of specific environmental deficiencies.

Compile data and evaluate inspection findings; prepare various inspection reports recommending methods for ensuring environmental compliance.

Review building plans to determine if proposed facilities or equipment are in compliance with established environmental regulations and codes.

Inspect sewers, storm drains, and other water courses to locate the source of pollution from industrial wastes; respond to complaints regarding industrial waste discharges; enforce sewer related municipal codes as necessary.

Obtain and test wastewater samples from businesses and industries to assure compliance with discharge permit provisions; evaluate laboratory analysis reports to determine compliance.

Install and monitor wastewater sampling equipment; test quality and quantity of wastewater to determine appropriate fees to be charged.

Confer with industrial dischargers regarding industrial wastewater problems; interpret wastewater ordinances and federal pretreatment standards for industrial and commercial establishments; explain the need for pretreatment of industrial waste.

Review new business licenses for possible environmental concerns; advise new businesses of the City's pollution prevention program; conduct inspections to determine if businesses require appropriate pretreatment permits.

Respond to environmental emergencies on a 24-hour basis; evaluate emergency situations and implement corrective actions; direct City crews and/or outside contractors in required clean-up operations.

Compile, prepare and present evidence in conjunction with the prosecution of violations; testify in court as required.

Create and maintain accurate and detailed files and records of inspections performed; prepare required reports for submission to appropriate federal agencies.

Respond to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an environmental control program.

Methods and techniques used in conducting field investigations for environmental hazards.

Modern and complex principles and practices of water and wastewater collection and treatment.

Principles and theories of biology, hydrology, and chemistry applicable to water and wastewater treatment.

Methods and techniques of wastewater quality sampling , monitoring and control.

Use and operation of a variety of wastewater monitoring devices.

Computers and applicable software applications.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Perform a variety of field investigations and inspections of industrial and commercial businesses.

Ensure adherence to established environmental control laws and ordinances.

Review building plans for compliance with established environmental controls.

Inspect sewers, storm drains and other water courses to locate sources of pollution.

Obtain and test wastewater samples and determine quality and quantity of industrial discharge.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Respond to environmental emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

Operate field sampling and flow monitoring equipment.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, database and other specialized applications.

Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

Interpret and explain City environmental control policies and procedures.

Prepare clear and concise reports.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in biology, microbiology, chemistry, environmental science, or a related field.


Three years of responsible environmental control or wastewater treatment experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Possession of a Nevada or California Industrial Waste Inspector Certification within one year of hire.

Possession of a 40 hour HAZWOPER Certification within one year of hire; ability to maintain certification annually.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Office and field environment; travel from site to site; work around traffic; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, biological hazards, hazardous and toxic chemicals, radiant energy, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work in or with water and wastewater; extensive public contact.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field and office environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


Last update: 08/2019

JD 11/2018


No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available.

Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Credit Union available.


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