The Department of Water Resources is seeking a Water Quality Compliance Specialist to coordinate the City's MS4 illicit discharge and good housekeeping/pollution prevention programs. A core function of the position is the ability to use investigative and monitoring skills to seek out and eliminate pollution from reaching local streams. This position works with a variety of internal and external customers on water quality education and protection initiatives, and performs a wide range of tasks requiring utilization of basic and specialized technical field and analytical methods.  Successful candidate must be highly motivated with exceptional communication, organizational, and customer service skills.   Work involves continual learning in order to understand and stay current on environmental compliance issues, enforcement strategies, and sustainable practices.
Salary Range
$20.18 - $33.63 Hourly
$41,974.40 - $69,950.40 Annually


  • Coordinate the illicit discharge detection & elimination program, working with various City Departments, while adhering to appropriate City and State codes and utilizing fair, honest, consistent enforcement practices in assessing and handling each situation;
  • Conduct evaluations of the storm sewer system, including outfall screening and source tracking, in order to identify, investigate, and eliminate non-stormwater discharges and illicit connections to the storm water sewer system and undertake enforcement activities when needed;
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency water quality incidents, frequently requiring coordination with Fire Department/Haz-Mat and other city departments (may be required after hours);
  • Collect, process, and analyze chemical, physical, and biological water samples using standard operating procedures;
  • Coordinate with the wastewater treatment plant on issues involving discharges to the City’s combined sewer system or water quality testing; Performs water quality testing and watershed assessments including field screening of the storm drainage system and/or watersheds as needed related to TMDL water quality issues;
  • Coordinate oversight and implementation of the good housekeeping/pollution prevention program. Includes maintaining written and electronic documentation, compliance tracking, and conducting inspections of City facilities. Works with city departments to resolve problems related to environmental issues.
  • Develop environmental regulatory training program for City employees and agencies.
  • Responsible for the development and update of compliance policies and procedures and coordinating implementation with other City departments;
  • Assist with the development or review of ordinances, policies, and programs to promote consistent administration of resource protection initiatives;
  • Responsible for the maintenance and integration of data within the Geographic Information System (GIS) and work management systems and work to streamline data management through the use of technology;
  • Prepare documents and information for regulatory reporting;
  • Stays abreast of issues related to water quality and storm water management issues.
  • Other duties to provide direct or indirect service to the citizens may be assigned.
  • When unusual situations occur and/or the City Manager declares a State of Emergency, all City employees may be required to accept special assignments and perform as needed to ensure appropriate service delivery.
This job has no routine supervisory responsibilities.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirement listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor degree in biology, environmental science, natural resources, planning or related field with some previous work experience (1-2 years) preferred; or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.   


  • Requires the knowledge and capability to perform water sampling, involving basic water chemistry and other conventional parameters as well as performing analytical analysis of collected data;
  • understanding of basic aquatic ecology and biology as applied in real world situations;
  • ability to conduct comprehensive inspections and investigations of facilities and other activities having the potential to discharge pollutants to local waters and the storm sewer system;
  • some general knowledge of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit regulations;
  • training in hazardous materials identification, response, and field remediation preferred;
  • general knowledge of confined space entry procedures and hazardous situation avoidance;
  • knowledge of and/or training in investigatory techniques and procedures;
  • demonstrated ability to handle enforcement situations in an effective manner;
  • skill in managing multiple tasks in a timely manner;
  • ability to work as a part of a team;
  • skill in telephone communication with both internal and external customers;
  • ability to use initiative and to work independently;
  • managing multiple tasks in a timely manner;
  • ability to work with multiple customers;
  • ability to communicate technical information both verbally and in written form;
  • excellent report writing skills; ability to present reports to managers;
  • ability to present complicated technical information in an understandable manner;
  • possession of technical skills in the operation of a personal computer and scientific equipment;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with supervisors, peers, and the general public.


  • Possession of valid driver's license issued by Commonwealth of Virginia and acceptable driving record according to City criteria.
  • Professional certification in the field such as Virginia Erosion & Sediment Control or VSMP or other applicable certifications.


The physical demands described here 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 functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit; used hands to finger, handle, or fee; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.