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Environmental Compliance Inspectors

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

    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; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary.
    • Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.
    • Verify that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with regulations.
    • 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.
    • Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pretreatment, pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs.
    • Prepare data to calculate sewer service charges and capacity fees.
    • Perform laboratory tests on samples collected, such as analyzing the content of contaminated wastewater.
    • Review and evaluate applications for registration of products containing dangerous materials, or for pollution control discharge permits.
    • Maintain and repair materials, worksites, and equipment.
    • Observe and record field conditions, gathering, interpreting, and reporting data such as flow meter readings and chemical levels.
    • Research and perform calculations related to landscape allowances, discharge volumes, production-based and alternative limits, and wastewater strength classifications, then make recommendations and complete documentation.
    • Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies.
    • Inform health professionals, property owners, and the public about harmful properties and related problems of water pollution and contaminated wastewater.
    • 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 in order 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
    • 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.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Inductive Reasoning

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

    • 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.

    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.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $61,990/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $29.80/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 7,270
    • Yearly Projected Openings 650
    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
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    Tools
    • Water samplers
    • Soil core sampling apparatus
    • Sampling pumps
    • Laboratory bailers
    • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Project management software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.