3H20

PAY RANGE: EP19

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST

 

 

 

GENERAL DEFINITION

 

††††††††††† This is full performance environmental science work reviewing and evaluating environmental documents and data, solving environmental problems, and coordinating project or program activities to meet evolving drinking water quality goals, wastewater and stormwater management criteria, and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) program compliance under the Safe Drinking Water, and Clean Water Acts. An employee in this class is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of programs, plans and policies to comply with Local, State and Federal regulations. Employees in this position use analytic skills and professional judgment to evaluate and/or select environmental or natural resource science techniques, procedures and criteria, analyze data, design sampling and monitoring plans, and develop regulatory reports. Contact with the public, government scientists, researchers and officials to answer questions or provide assistance in specific program areas is a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under the direction of an Administrative Scientist or a higher-level Engineer or City Planner responsible for directing environmental program activities for the Water Department.†

 

ALLOCATING FACTORS:† (The following conditions must be met for a position to be †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† allocated to this class.)

 

 

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)

 

Conducts environmental impact studies to examine the ecological effects of pollutants, nature, and climate change; conducts basic statistical analyses of data and develops data displays including graphs, charts and tabulation of data records; conducts feasibility and cost-benefit studies for environmental projects

Assists in the development, prioritization and implementation of †programs and projects that support and further the achievement of the Cityís watershed management plans and source water protection plans; works with national research agencies and universities to conduct research on new water quality and source water protection issues.†

Assists with the creation and implementation of environmental monitoring programs associated with pre-and post-construction activities on stormwater management facilities (e.g., low impact development structures or stormwater wetlands) to determine the efficacy and ecological performance of the system.†

Creates environmental models or simulations, using geographic information system (GIS) data and knowledge of particular ecosystems or ecological regions; identifies environmental mitigation alternatives, ensuring compliance with applicable standards, laws, or regulations.

Creates programs and implements projects that further PWDís mandate to educate and inform the public on the departmentís wide array of environmental obligations, importance of protecting water quality via a science based curriculum, and furthers the understanding of urban watershed challenges through adult and youth education via dedicated science based programming.

††††††††††† Applies knowledge from various disciplines as well as the insights from diverse stakeholders to devise and implement efficient, equitable and sustainable solutions to water and development problems.

Compiles reports on status of permits, exceeded environmental standards, monitoring and sampling data recovery or other program activities for use by EPA, the department and others; assists with writing or revising program procedures or guidelines.

††††††††††† Provides and coordinates assistance to the public, industry, grant and permit applicants, State and local agencies and others on basic technical and administrative aspects of department activities.

††††††††††† Performs related work as required.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

KNOWLEDGE OF:

 

         the theory and principles of environmental protection and control.

         physical and/or biological sciences.

         mathematics, including algebra and statistics.

         management of natural resources.

         air, water, hazardous or solid waste pollution, measurement and/or control principles.

         Stormwater Management, Combined Sewer Overflows, green stormwater infrastructure, adaptive watershed management, non-point source pollution

         Federal regulations pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA)

         Water standards pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

         Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act

         Rapid Biological Assessment Protocols

         Wetland Evaluation Techniques

         Curriculum and institutional models for science based education focusing on urban watershed issues and policies

 

SKILL IN:

 

         using analytical techniques and scientific principles to evaluate data/environmental problems in an environmental protection, control, or monitoring program or project

 

ABILITY TO:

 

         interpret federal guidelines, regulations and standards as they apply to the area of specialization

         establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, officials, community and business groups and the general public

         present ideas effectively both orally and in writing

         learn, interpret and apply the following:

o       Title 25 PA Code Chapters 93, 96, and 16 (Water Quality Standards)

o       PA Storm Water Regulations and Act 167 Stormwater Management Planning Program

o       PA Dam Safety and Encroachments Act

o       Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Water Quality Regulations

o       PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Regulations for Fishing, Boating, Threatened and Endangered Species,†

o       City of Philadelphia Stormwater NPDES Permit

o       City of Philadelphia CSO NPDES Permit and Long Term Control Plan

o       City of Philadelphia Stormwater Regulations and Plumbing Code

 

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE††††††† (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 12/10)

 

EDUCATION:

 

††††††††††† Completion of a masterís degree program at an accredited college or university in a qualifying scientific field.*

 

OR

EDUCATION:

 

††††††††††† Completion of a bachelorís degree program at an accredited college or university in a qualifying scientific field.*

 

AND

SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE:

 

††††††††††† Two years of environmental science field experience.

 

OR

 

††††††††††† Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources, which includes a bachelorís degree as an educational minimum and the specific experience.

 

* Qualifying scientific fields include: Biological Sciences, Aquatic or Environmental † Chemistry,† Geosciences (including Geology, GeoChemistry, GeoMorphology, †††† Hydrogeology),† Ecology, Atmospheric Sciences, Soil Sciences, Physical Geography, †† Ecotoxicology, Hydrology, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Plant Sciences, Forestry, ††† Botany, Oceanography and Marine Studies, Environment or Natural Resource ††† Management, Environmental Policy, Watershed Management and other related ††† scientific fields.

 

NOTE: Selective Factor Certification may be utilized, as needed, to fill specific positions.

In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 11.032 - Selective Factor Certification Ė the appointing authority may request certification of eligible candidates with one or more of the required degrees to fill specific positions in this class. Certification to fill such position will be made from of the two highest ranking eligible candidates on the eligible list who possess the specified degree.

 

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

 

††††††††††† Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

 

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES

 

††††††††††† †Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as an Environmental Scientist.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Class Established:

CSC Ė 11/10

Ad Board Ė12/10

 

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