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Requisition Number: 202300112

Salary Range: $69,700.80 – $84,718.40

Application Deadline: 11/27/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Assistant Environmental Inspector – Environmental Services Department (202300112)

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About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a national leader in pollution prevention, watershed protection, utility service provision, and climate action. Together, ESD employees positively impact every resident and business in San Jose.

Our department is an exceptional place to start or grow your career. We have a supportive leadership team, numerous professional growth opportunities, and an inclusive workplace culture that is welcoming of your talents! We offer an array of meaningful career paths and value flexibility – offering hybrid work and alternative work schedules in select roles. Additionally, the City offers excellent health and pension benefits, as well as 15 paid holidays!

To learn more about ESD, follow @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and San Jose Environmental Services on LinkedIn.

Position Duties

Note: ESD intends to use the candidate pool developed from this recruitment to fill the current vacancies, as well as future vacancies that may occur in the coming months throughout the entire department. Descriptions of teams that have Assistant Environmental Inspectors are below:
Job Classification Overview – Assistant Environmental Inspector:

Assistant Environmental Inspectors are responsible for collecting wastewater, stormwater, and FOG samples and performing basic inspection tasks at industrial, commercial, and food service facilities to determine compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations. They also assist with the review of pretreatment systems and grease control devices, including evaluation of pretreatment system performance and review of maintenance and cleaning records.

Workgroup Overview – Source Control:

This group is responsible for implementing the Pretreatment Program for industrial discharges to the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. The program is required by the Facility’s NPDES permit and is aimed at ensuring that certain dischargers have adequate treatment prior to discharge in order to protect water quality and the integrity of the wastewater collection and treatment system. On an annual basis, this group inspects approximately 350 businesses, collects more than 1,900 water quality samples, and reviews more than 900 self-monitoring reports.

The Assistant Environmental Inspector position for the Source Control team conducts inspections of industrial facilities daily (approximately 6 inspections per day). Inspection of these facilities includes lifting automatic sampling devices weighing approximately 50 pounds.  Additionally, this position includes the collection of environmental samples from sanitary sewer waste streams.

Workgroup Overview – FOG:

This group is responsible for an inspection program focused on Commercial food service establishments with an emphasis on controls for Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG). This program is required under the City’s Sewer System Management Plan (SSMP). This program provides detailed inspections of more than 4,000 food service establishments in San José.

The Assistant Environmental Inspector position for the FOG team conducts inspections of grease control devices daily (approximately 6 inspections per day). Inspection of these devices requires using a magnetic lifter to remove manhole covers that are up to 250 lb in weight. This would require the need to be able to apply approximately 50 lbs. of force using the magnetic lifter to remove the manhole cover.

Workgroup Overview – STM:

Stormwater Treatment Measures Operations and Maintenance (STM) – This group is responsible for inspecting nearly 4,000 public and private stormwater treatment measures installed throughout San José to ensure that they are operating and maintained in good working order. These devices capture and treat stormwater before it is infiltrated into the native soil or discharged into the storm sewer system for certain new and redevelopment projects. In addition, this group will begin inspecting Private Land Drainage Areas for trash load reduction and will begin conducting investigations and abatement of specific properties with higher levels of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls. This program is required under the City’s Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (MRP).

The Assistant Environmental Inspector position for the STM team is primarily tasked with conducting early outreach and education to property owners regarding maintenance of stormwater treatment measures. Other duties may include inspection of vault-based stormwater treatment systems (i.e., measurement of sediment loadings and assessing condition of devices), receiving and reviewing maintenance documentation, logging the findings into the database, and collecting photographic evidence. Inspections of these devices may require the need to be able to apply approximately 50 lbs. of force while moving items. The Assistant Inspector may accessional be assigned a limited number of Low Impact Development (LID) Systems inspections.

Salary Information

Actual salary shall be determined by the final candidates’ qualifications and experience. The annual salary range for the position is presently $69,700.80 – $84,718.40.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education: Two years of college, including two semesters (or equivalent quarter units) of college level chemistry.
2. Experience: None
3. Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid State of California driver’s license.

Other Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Phil Dunbar at

Additional Information:

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Per the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all new hires to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent an approved medical or religious exemption. Fully vaccinated means a person has received the following:

  • Two doses of the monovalent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • Two doses of the monovalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • Two doses of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • One dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • One dose of the bivalent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • One dose of the bivalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

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