Considering the rapid growth in our region, protecting our natural resources is vital to making the City of Boise a city for everyone. From homes to businesses, each year the city renews over 10 billion gallons of used water that is then returned to the environment. We are working to find innovative ways to protect and enhance our environment through our water resources, including our used water, stormwater and recycled water programs. The city is seeking an innovator to join our team of nationally recognized professionals dedicated to protecting our city infrastructure, renewing our resources, keeping our water clean and enhancing the health of our community.
Performs regulatory permit compliance activities, develops and monitors plans, compiles and prepares reports, ensures compliance with federal, state, and municipal code requirements and regulations. Oversees permit compliance schedules, maintains compliance records, prepares, and submits permit applications. Develops a standard process for tracking permits, works operations, and engineering staff to evaluate facility performance and sets internal targets for effluent characteristics. Develops and oversees quality assurance and quality control program to audit and evaluate current policies, procedures, responsibilities, and documentation for compliance with government laws and regulations. (40%)
Provides technical and regulatory expertise on Federal, State, and local water quality rules, regulations, and policies. Initiates and strengthens key partnerships to address topics with environmental and regulatory agencies. Maintains knowledge of regulatory requirements for all major environmental programs. Provides technical assistance on water quality, water renewal, and environmental issues. Evaluates and understands regulatory trends to manage anticipated risks and challenges. Reviews the impact of proposed water, wastewater, and environmental regulations and guidelines to determine the impact on operating procedures. Reviews Environmental Assessments, Biological Opinions, and other environmental documents that impact the City of Boise. (25%)
Provides assistance relating to the regulatory framework and water quality needs of the basin. Assists with various innovative, watershed-based regulatory frameworks such as Idaho National Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permitting, water quality credit trading, and ecosystem services marketplaces. (20%)
Summarizes legislative and regulatory issues; creates a quarterly regulatory internal memo; represents the City of Boise on environmental issues, participates in local, regional and national organizations by becoming a member and participating in relevant organizations. (15%)
Perform other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%
Required Knowledge, Experience, and Training Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental law, public administration, or other related field and three years relevant professional experience that includes direct experience developing or interpreting proposed or existing rulemaking, legislation, regulation or policies, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Advanced understanding of, and ability to interpret, principles and practices of National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, guidance and policies; pertinent federal and state environmental laws, regulations, and programs including the Clean Water Act (CWA) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program.
Skills in analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed solutions, and implementing recommendations in support of goals; use of computer software including word processing, spreadsheets, and project tracking software. Ability to present complex, technical information both orally or in writing to technical and non-technical audiences, communicate effectively with diverse groups of people, and deal courteously with the public. Ability to research complex issues and consult with support staff and regulators as needed to evaluate solutions, negotiate solutions effectively. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, departments, governmental agencies, and stakeholders.
Preferred Knowledge, Experience, and Training Master’s Degree, or advanced degree in environmental science, engineering, environmental law, public administration, or other related fields. Five years’ experience working in a regulatory environment. NPDES permitting or review experience. Extensive experience in the development, interpretation, and application of environmental regulations.
Working knowledge of drinking water, groundwater, wastewater, recycled water, and air quality regulations and their application. Formal training or education in negotiations or conflict resolution. Demonstrated experience negotiating complex technical or legal agreements.
Licensing And Other Requirements Valid Driver’s license.
Special Requirements All applicants must be able to successfully pass City of Boise background check processes which include reference, criminal history, and driving records checks.