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Wastewater Compliance & Enforcement Inspector - Environmental Specialist 1

Company: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: September 19, 2023

Job Description:

Working Title: Wastewater Compliance & Enforcement Inspector
Job Class: Environmental Specialist 1
Agency: Pollution Control Agency

  • Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers.
  • Date Posted: 08/31/2023
  • Closing Date: 09/22/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: MPCA-Payroll Processing Unit / MUN WW MetrReg&InfrasFinUnt
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes - up to 20%
  • Salary Range: $21.43 - $31.00 / hourly; $44,745 - $64,728 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes
    Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans

    The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

    Job Summary

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is looking for an environmentalist that would like to learn about the compliance process with National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and State Disposal System (SDS) permits requirements in the Metro area of Minnesota.

    This position exists to perform compliance and enforcement activities which are critical to successful implementation of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and the State Disposal System (SDS) permit programs. The position works to implement the NPDES/SDS program by conducting compliance inspections and file reviews, writing compliance evaluation reports, determining and initiating appropriate enforcement as applicable (including negotiation of enforcement actions to resolve violations of NPDES and SDS permits or applicable state rules and statutes), providing compliance assistance to permittees as necessary, and following up on wastewater related complaints. This position will help implement the NPDES/SDS program in the Metro region which may include projects as assigned in addition to the above listed activities.


    Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in an Environmental Protection or related field; Students in their final semester of college should apply for the position and can start after their graduation date.
    Two (2) years of professional-level environmental protection experience.

    In addition:
    Effective communication, writing, computer, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
    Ability to communicate complex issues to general audiences.
    Ability to take direction, follow standard operating procedures, manage and prioritize multiple assignments, and work effectively independently and on teams to complete assignments in a timely manner.

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

    Possess a valid Driver's license (see additional requirements).

    Preferred Qualifications

    Knowledge of:
    Principles and practices of construction, hydrology, chemistry, biology, and environmental science
    An understanding of NPDES and SDS permitting rules and regulations
    Good technical and administrative writing skills necessary to organize and effectively present ideas to the intended audience.
    Public speaking, presentation and negotiation skills.

    Basic understanding of:
    Wastewater treatment facilities and their environmental impacts.
    Subsurface sewage treatment system functions, design, operations, and management.
    Ability to collaborate with others to complete work assignments.
    Ability to take direction, follow standard operating procedures, and manage workload

    Students who have participated in one the state or agency's student leadership pipeline programs such as Right Track, Step Up, Urban Scholar, Star of the North or Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers are encouraged to apply.

    Physical Requirements

    Statewide travel sitting in a car for extended periods of time to attend meetings, occasional lifting of boxes of files or educational materials, occasional visits to construction sites with rough terrain, and overnight travel.

    Additional Requirements

    A driver's license is an essential function of this position. This requires possession of an unrestricted Class D Driver's License. The job offer is contingent on confirmation of a valid driver's license AND a satisfactory DLR check.
    Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

    Application Details

    How to Apply

    Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

    If you have questions about the position, contact Carolyn Kammeyer at .

    To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Carolyn Kammeyer at .

    About Pollution Control Agency

    Our mission is to protect and improve the environment and human health. We work with many partners (citizens, communities, and businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators) to prevent pollution, conserve resources, and to help ensure polluting does not have disproportionate impact on any groups of people. We emphasize work-life balance with flex schedules, compressed schedules, and options to telework for some positions.

    Why Work for Us

    Diverse Workforce

    We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

    A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
    • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
    • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
    • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
    • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule
      Comprehensive Benefits

      Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
      • Public pension plan
      • Training and professional development
      • Paid vacation and sick leave
      • 11 paid holidays each year
      • Paid parental leave
      • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
      • Prescription drug coverage
      • Vision coverage
      • Wellness programs and resources
      • Employer paid life insurance
      • Short-term and long-term disability
      • Health care spending and savings accounts
      • Dependent care spending account
      • Tax-deferred compensation
      • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
      • Tuition reimbursement
      • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
        Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


        Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

        We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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