Dec 21, 2018
Jan 18, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Join one of the leading local Stormwater Programs in the DC-Metro region!  Become part of a dedicated team implementing one of the most advanced, Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits in Virginia.
Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a Stormwater Program Specialist to work on its Watershed Management Team in the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management (OSEM).  The Stormwater Program Specialist works in support of the County's comprehensive watershed and stormwater management programs, with particular focus on the requirements of the County's MS4 Permit. 
The core program area supported by this position focuses on stormwater management facility (SWMF) construction, inspection, maintenance, tracking, and enforcement, with a growing emphasis on 'green infrastructure' practices (bioretention, stormwater planters, permeable paving, etc.). 
In the past five years alone, more than 2,500 SWMFs have been built in Arlington, managing runoff from an area four times the size of the Pentagon.
This work will involve extensive collaboration both within the OSEM Watershed Management Team and with key partners with DES Development Services plan review and construction management.  The Stormwater Program Specialist will also communicate extensively with builders, developers, and property owners.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Participating in the plan review process to evaluate proposed SWMFs;
  • Ensuring that public and private SWMFs are constructed in conformance with approved plans and specifications through the review of as-built certifications;
  • Ensuring that maintenance of private SWMFs is performed according to the executed maintenance agreement, including administering an annual maintenance certification program;
  • Taking follow-up enforcement actions for private SWMFs, as necessary;
  • Ensuring that public SWMFs receive proper and timely inspections, and any necessary maintenance activities are completed;
  • Maintaining and updating a database of public and private SWMFs (approximately 500 new facilities are constructed each year);
  • Conducting erosion and sediment control (ESC) plan and stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) compliance inspections for County right-of-way projects; and
  • Staying current on stormwater management practices and technologies, including green infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Additional work may also occur in the following core program areas as needed: pollution prevention, illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE), spill response, water quality monitoring, facility inspection, and employee training.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: A Bachelor's degree in a field of science, engineering, planning, or a related field, plus two years of experience in watershed management, stormwater program implementation, or a closely related environmental science or engineering field. 

Substitution: A Master's degree in a related field of science, engineering, or planning may substitute for one year of the experience requirement. 

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following areas:

  • Field experience in SWMF construction, maintenance, and inspection;
  • DEQ Stormwater Inspector Certification or combined Inspector/Plan Reviewer certification;
  • Implementing MS4 permit requirements associated with SWMF inspection and maintenance;
  • Development plan preparation or review;
  • SWMF design; and
  • Experience collaborating and working with stakeholders and partners such as other government departments, developers, and homeowners.

Additional Information

Dual Inspector Certification (from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - DEQ) must be obtained within 1 year of hiring.

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Work Hours: 40 hours per week, flexible schedule; evening and weekend work is occasionally required.

Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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