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Environmental Program Specialist - IPM at City of Davis - 9805

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Environmental Program Specialist - IPM
City of Davis
23 Russell Blvd City of Davis
95616 Davis , CA ,
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Job Description: 

he IPM Specialist's primary function is to develop, review, and implement the City's IPM Program across all departments. The IPM Specialist shall be trained in the principles of low-risk IPM, safe application of pesticides, and alternatives to pesticide use. Responsibilities of the IPM Specialist shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

Coordinate with city departments on weed and pest control issues
Ensure that all City IPM activities adhere to local, county, state and federal regulations
Record keeping, regulatory reporting and preparation and publication of the City's annual IPM report
Development and coordination of the IPM Technical Advisory Committee
Coordination of the Interdepartmental IPM Group
Coordination of the development of departmental IPM plans
Research, evaluate and make recommendations on IPM methods and materials
Assist with post-treatment monitoring/ evaluation
Assist city departments with staff and contractor training needs
Outreach to citizens regarding IPM
Coordinate volunteer weed management projects
Maintain applicable license(s) with state and county regulators

Under general supervision, positions in this class are responsible for coordinating and implementing federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations related to protecting the environment; developing and implementing environmentally related programs and associated educational and outreach materials; and making recommendations for program enhancements to enable compliance with mandates and facilitate the protection of the environment.

This position is a journey level position in Environmental Compliance. The position is distinguished by the proficiency required to analyze and maintain technically complex environmental compliance programs. Positions in this class are assigned to specific areas of expertise but may cross fill as needed and as appropriately trained and licensed. Areas of expertise include programs related to integrated pest management (IPM), wastewater pretreatment program, storm water quality discharge program, water conservation program, solid waste program, or other environmental programs.

Receives general supervision from the Environmental Resources Manager or other management staff.

May provide technical guidance to staff in multiple divisions or departments and may be asked to supervise appropriate program related regular or temporary staff.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS – Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

In General:
Responds to and initiates contact with environmental program customers providing detailed information on a variety of complex topics in a clear, succinct manner; works with customers to identify and resolve environmental problems within area of specialty or violations of applicable permits, ordinances, and regulations; provides technical assistance and guidance to users and/or City staff.

Observes, inspects, monitors, and evaluates the following as applicable to area of specialty: customer discharge conditions, water waste or solid waste system contamination, and other water waste or solid waste-related issues, management of pests using biological, cultural, mechanical, physical, and chemical controls emphasizing the least toxic approach; identifies noncompliance with local, state, and federal requirements; notifies system users of requirements and violations of agency regulations and initiates appropriate responses consistent with policies, procedures, practices, and guidelines,

Performs or coordinates special studies requiring technical expertise within area of specialty such as: development of local limits, sewer flow monitoring, chemical mass balance analysis, effect of discharge on sewer and treatment system and possibility of pass through, feasibility of process enhancements, water reclamation; assessment of regulatory impacts, discharge prohibition and pollution prevention ordinance modifications, research of least-toxic or less toxic methods for pest management, service charges, and development of best management practices and measures public outreach effectiveness.

Explains requirements for eliminating pollution associated with environmental regulations, municipal codes, ordinances, pollution prevention plans, program non-compliance, and policies to environmental program customers, City staff, private businesses, industrial site managers, agents of schools, and the general public.

Provides instruction and training to City staff on areas of expertise such as; techniques of pollution prevention and control, adequacy of control measures; application of regulations, codes, ordinances and procedures governing implementation and enforcement of pretreatment and stormwater regulations; water waste and water use, safe practices in use of pesticide products, or other environmental programs.

Initiates establishment of protocols and guidelines for records maintenance; updates and maintains records including inspection files, records, and logs.

Reviews and evaluates compliance monitoring reports, spill prevention control and countermeasure plans, stormwater pollution prevention plans, erosion and sediment control plans, self-monitoring reports, sampling reports for compliance, pest management reports; prepares a variety of periodic and special reports.

Initiates, administers, and implements enforcement response plans related to environmental programs.

Plans and implements training and education of the general public, developers, schools, businesses, and City staff on area of expertise or general environmental awareness; participates in public education programs including workshops and presentations to citizen groups and contractors; assists owner-builders in developing and implementing source control programs to reduce pollutants and manage waste.

Prepares informational brochures, pamphlets, posters, and supports website development and maintenance to publicize and promote educational programs. May work with outside vendors for development of outreach materials. May be required to initiate news releases and radio and television scripts.

May draft and oversee contracts for independent consultants related to program responsibilities.

Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers and the public using principles of good customer service.

Other related duties as assigned.

Water and Solid Waste Specialties:
Reviews and evaluates construction and demolition debris diversion plans and reports, performs site visits to ensure source separation of waste and protection of stormwater systems due to construction activities.

Responds to water waste, water use, and waste contamination reports and other solid waste issues received from the public, investigates and substantiates reports of water waste, water quality, and waste contamination, and coordinates with others as needed to address identified issues.

Determines appropriate sampling methods and locations; performs field work as required; collects representative samples of water, wastewater, or stormwater from industrial, commercial, residential, and institutional sources from water, wastewater, and storm drain systems.

Investigates and traces the source of illicit and illegal waste discharges entering the sewer collection, storm drainage, or solid waste systems; maintains records of investigations and actions taken, sharing technical and/or specialized information with staff; responds to calls for investigation; may write letters to discharge violators, participate and testify in enforcement hearings and legal proceedings, participates and coordinates with City's hazardous waste response team and fire department, county environmental management, and other environmental agency representatives.

Collects samples of stormwater and wastewater from a variety of non-categorical wastewater pretreatment dischargers, institutional establishments, commercial facilities, and industrial processes; verifies user classifications; writes reports and chronologies.

Reviews and evaluates complex permit applications, discharge reports, facility modifications, and pretreatment systems; prepares permits for issuance; researches compliance history of facilities and dischargers.

Evaluates data used to determine annual program revenue requirements, wastewater and storm drain system service charges, and industrial discharge fees, including calculation of production-based and alternative discharge limits; assists in development of program budgets and fiscal reports.
Performs plan checks and provides comments for development review of new and redevelopment projects, municipal improvement projects, and other construction projects for wastewater pretreatment controls and stormwater pollution prevention control measures or other environmental programs.

Plans and coordinates non-point source evaluation program to examine the level and source of pollution in stormwater runoff; participates in the development of control strategies for pollution reduction applicable to various land uses including construction sites.

Collects and oversees sampling, conducts field screening and testing at stormwater detention basins, drainage channels, receiving waters, and Davis Wetlands stormwater cells to measure performance and insure compliance with the City's pollution source control programs.

Integrated Pest Management Specialty:
Develops and implements an integrated pest management program to prevent and control pests in City owned parks, trees, planters, public landscaped areas, rights-of-way, open space, drainage channels, wastewater treatment plant, retention/detention ponds, creeks, seasonal waterways, and facilities using a composite of techniques to include physical, chemical, mechanical, cultural, and biological methods.

Coordinates the IPM Technical Advisory Committee; presents reports to the County Department of Agriculture, City Commissions, City Council, or other groups.

Provide guidance to City staff and contractors engaged in pest management activities including analysis and diagnosis of pest-related problems, training in application procedure as needed, recommendation of application methods, oversight of functional activity during application as needed, application of treatments, data collection, and reporting with the goal to minimize pesticide use and assure adherence to the City's IPM Policy.

Ensure all department IPM applicators have pesticide labels and Safety Data Sheets available in their departments for all pesticides used, train staff involved in application of pesticides or other products on safe practices in accordance with the Safety Data Sheets.

Assist in the establishment and maintenance of citizen outreach programs to assist the community in understanding and implementing IPM practices, and recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers to assist in pesticide free park and greenbelt management.

Provide expertise, assistance, and training to City staff, contract service providers, and the public about pest biology, the IPM approach, pest management strategies, and toxicology of pesticides.

Education & Experience: 


Knowledge of:

In General:
Pertinent safety practices and principles, including traffic control, use of personal protective equipment, chemical hazards, confined space entry procedures, industrial and stormwater environments.

Federal, state, and local regulations, ordinances, permit requirements, and standards governing area of specialty, including water conservation and solid waste, the pretreatment, collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater; industrial, municipal, construction stormwater discharges to surface waters, EPA regulations for pesticide use and application including human and environmental toxicity and exposure risk.

Proper methods and procedures for conducting inspections, investigations, and studies.

Methods and procedures used in inspecting, identifying, and correcting hazardous conditions associated with hazardous materials.

Principles and practices of work safety, including the proper handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

Proper record keeping methods and procedures.

Principles and practices of developing educational, instructional, and training materials; basic measures to gauge the effectiveness of training and outreach programs.

Business math and statistical techniques.

Standard office practices and procedures, including the operation of standard office equipment such as computers and computer software programs relevant to assigned duties, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.

Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person or by telephone and other electronic communication media.

Principles and practices of customer service and conflict resolution.

Public speaking techniques.

Water Specialty:
Physical, chemical, microbiological, and bacteriological tests applied to water and

Environmental principles and practices related to both point source and non-point source water quality control.

Principles, practices, and methods of industrial pretreatment and municipal collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater.

Municipal stormwater program principles, elements, and available resources and non-structural and structural best management practices for pollution prevention and control technologies and techniques.

Principles of hydraulic, instrumentation, and water and wastewater treatment equipment.

Integrated Pest Management Specialty:
Basic plant healthcare and integrated pest management practices and procedures.

Safe pesticide work practices, procedures, and applications.

Global Positioning System and basic mapping techniques.

Basic ecology of pest plant, animal, and insect species.

Identification and control measures of pests and disease.

Pest control prevention and eradication techniques including source reduction, biological control, and chemical control.

Current technology and trends in the profession.

Formulas and procedures for mixing, loading, and using pesticides.

Ability to:

In General:
On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job. Intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.

Maintain safety awareness and follow proper safety procedures.

Learn and apply federal, state, and local regulations, ordinances, permit requirements, and standards governing the implementation of pest management programs, pretreatment, collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater and industrial, municipal, and construction stormwater discharges to surface waters.

Work independently and assume responsibility for assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing to express the objectives of the environmental programs related to assigned area, including preparation of reports and correspondence that is clear and concise; writing policies and procedures, making presentations, and training other staff.

Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines.

Deal cooperatively, tactfully, and effectively with the public, industrial and commercial dischargers, company officials, other agencies, and fellow employees.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Ability to interpret and apply complex local, state, and federal regulations, codes, and standards.

Organize work, set priorities, establish attainable goals and objectives, and work on several assignments under time pressure and critical deadlines.

Plan, develop, coordinate, and conduct public education and business outreach programs; prepare training programs and conduct classroom instruction for community members with diverse backgrounds.

Supervise temporary or regular positions related to completing program tasks.

Respond to inquiries and complaints from the public; exercise appropriate judgement in answering questions and releasing information including analyzing and considering consequences of decisions and/or recommendations.

Use analysis, logic, and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems; compile and analyze statistical data.

Provide training where needed to maintain an acute awareness of safety hazards and maintain a safe work environment for self and others.

Integrated Pest Management Specialty:
Calibrate pesticide application instruments; mix chemicals and prepare traps and baits according to label specifications and established guidelines; identify plant health indicators to determine plant vigor; identify, diagnose, and make recommendations for treatment of biotic and abiotic plant health problems.

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Three years of journey level experience performing duties similar to those described in this class, within the area of specialty.

Integrated Pest Management Specialty:
Three years of experience in organic farming or organic park maintenance is desirable.


Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major course work in environmental studies, chemistry, resource management, or closely related field of study to the relevant specialty area.

Additional experience as outlined above may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Integrated Pest Management Specialty:
Bachelor's degree may be substituted with completion of core course requirements for Agricultural Pest Control Advisor (PCA) license plus 2 years technical experience equivalent to an assistant to a PCA.

License or Certificate
Must possess and maintain a valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.

Different certifications may be required depending on core function assigned to personnel in this class. Required licenses and certificates shall be maintained in a current status as a condition of employment with the City, including accruing any required continuing education units for certification renewals. Permit requirements may change from time to time and shall be maintained in compliance with State Permit Requirements. Typical certifications required are:

For Pretreatment Program:
Possession of or ability to obtain within probationary period, a Grade I Environmental Compliance Inspector certification issued by the California Water Environment Association. Possess the subsequent certification grades within twelve months of accumulating respective required eligibility experience for taking examination (in combination with education) up through and including Grade III Environmental Compliance Inspector certification issued by the California Water Environment Association.

For Stormwater Program:
Possession of or ability to obtain within probationary period, a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) certification issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.

For Water Conservation Program:
Possession of or ability to obtain within probationary period, American Water Works Association Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certification

For Solid Waste Program:
Possession of or ability to obtain within probationary period, Solid Waste Association of North America or California Resource Recovery Association's Zero Waste Certification Program

For Integrated Pest Management Program:
Possession of a State of California Department of Pesticide Regulation Agricultural Pest Control Advisor (PCA) license with Categories B & C is required at the time of hire.

Obtain PCA categories A, D, E, F, and G within one year of appointment.

Possession of a California Commercial Applicator (QAC/QAL) which includes one or more of the following categories: Residential, Industrial and Institutional; Landscape Maintenance; Right-of-Way; Forest, Aquatics and Wood Preservation within one year of appointment.

Physical Conditions:
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting, use standard office equipment; vision to read fine printed material, computer screens, and field equipment; ability to verbally communicate and hear to communicate in person, over the phone, and distinguish noises unique to the job site; strength to lift and carry up to 50 pounds; mobility to bend, stoop, reach, twist, climb; kneel and squat to complete work and operate field equipment; use required respiratory protection equipment, and work in adverse physical and climatic conditions.

Environmental Conditions: Work in both office and field environments; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, fumes, pollens; inclement weather conditions; exposure to vehicle traffic; work with computer and office equipment.

Benefits include: paid vacation, paid holidays, paid sick leave, monthly premium allotment toward medical and dental plans, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, deferred compensation plans, bike and computer loans, various voluntary plan options and excellent CalPERS retirement! For additional benefit information, please click the benefits tab on the job posting.

Application Instructions: 

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