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Water Resource Control Engineer (JC-261124)

RPA# 20-120-006
Pay: $5849.00 - $10956.00
Office and Location: The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has an opening for a Water Resource Control Engineer in the NPDES Wastewater and Enforcement Division. The position location is 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612.
Degrees: Qualified seniors within 6 months of graduating may apply. Applicants must read the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS to confirm qualification. Some of the qualifying degrees include Agriculture & Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering. Civil/Environmental Engineering, General Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

Benefits packages for State employees include health, dental, vision, retirement, and much more!  

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process.

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Submit your Employment Application Form (STD678.) and all documents stated on the job posting to be considered for the position. Any questions regarding the position or CalCareers application process, email the contacts listed on the job posting.

Duties: Under the close supervision of a Senior Water Resource Control Engineer and consistent with good customer service practices and the goals of the State and Regional Board’s Strategic Plan, the incumbent is expected to be courteous and provide timely responses to internal/external customers, follow through on commitments, and to solicit and consider internal/external customer input when completing work assignments. Specific responsibilities include:
  • Inspect wastewater treatment and collection facilities and prepare inspection reports to evaluate compliance with waste discharge requirements, general permits, enforcement orders, pretreatment program requirements, requirements to submit technical and engineering data, and other water quality protection requirements.
  • Prepare waste discharge requirements and general permits for wastewater treatment systems using engineering principles and knowledge of treatment system design and operation in accordance with federal Clean Water Act, California Water Code, and related regulations (i.e., write draft permits, including discharge prohibitions, technology-based and water quality-based effluent limitations, and specific provisions; write supporting fact sheets; and draft monitoring and reporting programs). Prepare and present packages for Water Board hearings (i.e., review and respond to stakeholder comments; coordinate with legal counsel; prepare agenda packages; make presentations during hearings; prepare final orders, and compile administrative records and responses for orders petitioned to State Water Board). Serve as an expert witness in Water Board and court actions.
  • Using good engineering judgment, oversee assigned cases for compliance with permit and enforcement order requirements by responding to inquiries, reviewing and evaluating technical and engineering reports, justifying new or updated requirements and taking appropriate follow-up actions. Evaluate wastewater treatment plans, engineering specifications, and other technical and engineering documentation related to wastewater treatment plant construction, operation, maintenance, upgrade, and compliance. Evaluate monitoring and other technical and engineering data for completeness and compliance with requirements. Follow-up on reported spills in accordance with spill response protocols using good engineering judgment.
  • Represent the Regional Water Board at Bay Area Pollution Prevention Group meetings. Track submittals and review annual pollution prevention reports. Prepare Executive Officer Report items as necessary. Attend pollution prevention-related conferences as directed. Select the candidate and present the annual Teng-Chung Wu Pollution Prevention Award. Oversee the monthly “No Drugs Down the Drain” pharmaceutical waste collection bin. Submit comment letters on U.S. EPA pesticide registration reviews.
  • Oversee implementation of the Mandatory Minimum Penalty (MMP) Program in the San Francisco Bay Region. When there is non-compliance, propose and prepare enforcement actions to address permit violations through the Expedited Payment Letter process. Monitor MMP enforcement actions. Identify and investigate instances of non-compliance with general permits, enforcement orders, requirements to submit technical and engineering data, and other water quality protection requirements based on monitoring data, inspection reports, and other available technical, engineering, and non-technical information. When there is non-compliance, propose and prepare enforcement actions (e.g., notices of violation, administrative, civil liabilities, cease and desist orders, and referrals to District Attorney or Attorney General). For enforcement actions that require Board approval, prepare and present enforcement packages for Board consideration. Assist others in preparing enforcement actions related to assigned cases. Monitor compliance with enforcement actions.
  • Participate in spill and complaint triage during regular work hours. Respond to spill complaints received from the public and the California Office of Emergency Services in accordance with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board’s Complaint and Spill Triage Protocols. Attend quarterly spill and complaint triage team meetings.
  • Enter case facts, permit requirements, and compliance information into databases to ensure they are accurate, complete, and up to date. These include the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) and OnBase (paperless document management system).
  • Answer questions from co-workers and external customers, participate in internal committees and workgroups and attend staff meetings and trainings. Consult and advise federal, state, and local agencies; the public; and others involved in water quality control in matters pertaining to specific cases or permitting in general.
  • Perform other duties as required.