Ecologist IV

$73,963.14 - $123,272.24 Annually
Aug 06, 2018
Aug 20, 2018
Full Time
Implements and manages the Illicit Discharge and Improper Disposal (IDID) and the Industrial & High Risk Runoff (IHRR) programs as required by county's state-regulated Municipal Separate Stormwater System (MS4) permit and the Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. Develops and oversees programs responsible for ensuring the compliance of public and private parties with portions of the county's Stormwater Management Ordinance (County Code, Chapter 124). Specific duties are as follows:
  • Leads and supervises a team of inspectors conducting both office and field investigations of illicit discharges to the MS4 and regular inspections of commercial and industrial facilities for pollution runoff potential.
  • Serves as the county's point of contact for issues related to illicit discharges to the county's MS4.
  • Coordinates compliance programs and activities with all necessary county and external agencies and stakeholders.
  • Collaborates with the division's MS4 section on annual reporting requirements, proposed permit language changes and permit compliance.
  • Oversees the development and distribution of programmatic educational and outreach materials provided to business owners/operators, private parties and the general public.
  • Oversees the programmatic development of procedures and protocols necessary to ensure compliance with Article 9 and coordinates with County Attorney and other code enforcement agencies as necessary on compliance issues. Represents the county in court cases to present evidence or as a technical expert related to violations of Article Nine.
  • Reviews and prepares recommendations on legislative proposals, new regulations and/or code amendments related to or impacting the IHRR and IDID programs and Chapter 124.
  • Responsible for the overall supervision and personnel management of assigned staff including hiring, approval of working hours, leave and overtime, personnel actions, position descriptions, performance evaluations and other personnel matters.
  • Negotiates and manages consultant support contracts.
  • Provides overall quality control for all work produced by assigned staff and related consulting services.
Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in aquatic,ecology, ecology, biology, botany, zoology, geography, environmental science, environmental engineering, limnology, natural resource management, or a related field; plus six years of experience in the environmental science field, to include two years of experience in field water quality monitoring, terrestrial ecosystem assessment and management, data analysis and reporting and assessments of associated habitat conditions and/or the coordination of tasks to support key components of a comprehensive stormwater or natural resource management program.

Experience developing, implementing, administering, and/or coordinating a comprehensive environmental monitoring, inspection and/or regulatory compliance program. Experience managing code enforcement programs and activities including issuing and administering corrective action notices, notices of violation, legal and other actions to compel or attain compliance. Experience working with Federal, State, regional and local partners and stakeholders with regard to watershed pollution prevention and related regulatory issues. Experience supervising professional staff and managing professional services contracts. Experience developing and administering regulatory or compliance -driven program procedures, protocols, training, tracking and reporting structures. Experience developing educational and outreach messaging intended for businesses, industry and/or the general public on environmental or regulation compliance issues. Excellent verbal, written and inter-personal communication skills.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED: Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
Ability to walk long distances and carry equipment through rough terrain in all seasons. Ability to remove and replace 50 lb. manhole covers with the proper tool. Physically and mentally able to use all applicable personal protective equipment in an outdoor environment; including hardhat, eye protection, hearing protection, safety footwear, and personal fall arrest harness. All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Is required to complete a criminal background check, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer. Note: Is required to be available twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week (24/7) to respond to snow, flooding, and other designated emergencies on an as needed basis.SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview. May include a written exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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