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Environmental Compliance Inspectors

Inspect and investigate sources of pollution to protect the public and environment and ensure conformance with Federal, State, and local regulations and ordinances.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
    • Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.
    • Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation, participating in enforcement hearings, as necessary.
    • Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.
    • Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as EPA laws and regulations.
    • Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.
    • Learn and observe proper safety precautions, rules, regulations, and practices so that unsafe conditions can be recognized and proper safety protocols implemented.
    • Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.
    • Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.
    • Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws.
    • Evaluate label information for accuracy and conformance to regulatory requirements.
    • Determine sampling locations and methods, and collect water or wastewater samples for analysis, preserving samples with appropriate containers and preservation methods.
    • Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected.
    • Prepare data to calculate sewer service charges and capacity fees.
    • Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pretreatment, pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs.
    • Review and evaluate applications for registration of products containing dangerous materials, or for pollution control discharge permits.
    • Research and perform calculations related to landscape allowances, discharge volumes, production-based and alternative limits, and wastewater strength classifications, making recommendations and completing documentation.
    • Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies.
    • Participate in the development of spill prevention programs and hazardous waste rules and regulations, and recommend corrective actions for hazardous waste problems.
    • Conduct research on hazardous waste management projects to determine the magnitude of problems and treatment or disposal alternatives and costs.
    • Respond to questions and inquiries, such as those concerning service charges and capacity fees, or refer them to supervisors.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 66080/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 31.77/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 8,060
    • Yearly Projected Openings 760

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Persistence
    • Self Control
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Water samplers
    • Soil core sampling apparatus
    • Laboratory bailers
    • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
    • Conductivity meters

    Technology

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    • Project management software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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