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Environmental Compliance Specialist #2203-240320-01

Date Opened
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 8:00 AM
Close Date
Tuesday, February 07, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Water
  • $55,446.00 - $69,307.00/year - Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Environmental Compliance Specialist (ECS) performs complex, professional, technical work related to the City’s Industrial Pretreatment Program. 


The ECS regularly conducts inspections, reviews regulations, collects wastewater samples, analyzes data, writes permits and other associated tasks. This work prevents inhibition, interference and pass through at the City’s 7 wastewater treatment plants and ensures the biosolids are available for beneficial re-use.  Daily interaction is required with laboratory, treatment plant, industry personnel, regulatory, legal and research personnel as well as the public.  Numerous special projects related to pretreatment, collection systems, new regulations, and other pertinent topics are assigned to and completed by the Compliance Specialist.  Public outreach to large and small groups is also a regular part of the ECS job.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations related to industrial customers, pretreatment, and industrial waste. 
Performs inspections of industrial facilities; 
Writes industrial user permits in accordance with Local, State and Federal regulations
Conducts site visits; collects samples; evaluates results.
Educates and assists businesses and industries regarding regulations and standards
Monitors and develops administrative orders, compliance orders and other enforcement actions.
Evaluates Wastewater Surveys and Permit Applications.
Evaluates Industrial User compliance.
Review and approve industrial pretreatment designs
Reviews and evaluates industrial waste surveys; conducts field investigations which includes wastewater sampling. 
Assists in the development of training programs.   
Assists with optimization initiatives such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in environmental compliance.
Conducts related outreach activities.
Performs other related job duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 
Knowledge of water/wastewater treatment and chemistry.
Knowledge of local, state, federal water/wastewater treatment regulations including the Clean Water Act, Industrial Pretreatment and NPDES
Knowledge of ISO environmental management systems and continuous improvement programs.
Knowledge of computers, database software, and Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to collect wastewater samples.

The work is medium work and requires applying 30 pounds of force frequently and exerting up to 60 pounds of force occasionally to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required: balancing, climbing, crouching, manual dexterity, grasping, handling, perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, distinguishing among sounds, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, expressing ideas by spoken word, shouting above noises, visual acuity in data/color/observations/equipment/
inspections, and walking.

Preferred Qualification

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or a related field from an accredited school. 
Three (3) years of related work experience, preferably experience in industrial plant processes and industrial water/wastewater treatment processes.

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations: 
Requires a valid driver’s license.
Wastewater Operator Certifications in Biological Wastewater Treatment, Wastewater Collections, and/or Physical/Chemical a plus
Industrial Pretreatment Program Specialist Certification a plus

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.  The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to  

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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