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An Environmental Engineer performs responsible professional engineering work and supervises employees involved in water supply and water quality control activities, and in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, operation and implementation of technologies related to solid waste, industrial waste, water, stormwater, recycled water, and wastewater conveyance, storage and treatment facilities. Prepares, evaluates, and administers Request for Qualifications, Requests for Proposals, and Request for Bids for a variety of environmental engineering projects; may act as project manager over one or more projects; directs various environmental engineering studies, tests and research activities; evaluates performance of existing environmental engineering facilities and makes recommendations for improvement; directs a variety of solid resources programs including solid waste recycling, clean fuel, zero waste and renewable energy; reviews regulatory ordinances and provides summaries of impacts and recommendations for regulatory compliance; occasionally makes presentations to Board members, elected officials, and the public; applies sound supervisory principles and techniques in building and maintaining an effective work force and in fulfilling equal employment responsibilities; and does related work. Open Date: 08-26-16 REVISED: 09-01-16
Based on previous administration - 2016
PREVIOUS REQUIREMENT(S)/MINIMUM QUALIFICATION(S)
Two years of full-time paid professional environmental engineering experience in a position at least at the level of Environmental Engineering Associate II.
In addition to the regular City application, all applicants must complete the Environmental Engineer Qualifications Questionnaire at the time of filing. The Environmental Engineer Qualifications Questionnaire is located within the Supplemental Questions Section of the City application. Applicants who fail to complete the Qualifications Questionnaire will not be considered further in this examination, and their application will not be processed.
Applicants who lack six months or less of the required experience may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience requirement is met.
Registration as a Professional Engineer with the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is required prior to appointment.
To be at the level of an Environmental Engineering Associate II, an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate is required. Therefore, qualifying experience is gained in positions after obtaining an EIT certificate. Applicants must indicate the appropriate paygrade for each City engineering position listed on their application.
Appointment to some Environmental Engineer positions may require the possession of a State of California Grade 4 or 5 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate. Eligibles who lack a Grade 4 or 5 Certificate may be appointed to these positions, but will be required to qualify for and obtain the Grade 4 or 5 Certificate within three years under the operator-in-training requirements of the State Water Resources Control Board.
A valid California driver's license is required. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
Based on previous administration - 2016
PREVIOUS APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the "Apply" icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacity/promotionaljobs for Promotional Examinations.
Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.
Applications must be received by THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016.
Based on previous administration - 2016
PREVIOUS SELECTION PROCESS
After meeting minimum qualifications, candidates will be scheduled for the following:
The examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of experience and personal qualifications by interview. In the interview, emphasis may be placed on the candidate's knowledge of: environmental engineering principles and practices; environmental and public health principles applicable to wastewater collection, storm water pollution control, liquid and solid waste collection, global warming, wastewater treatment, disposal, and recycling, household hazardous waste, bio-solids and green infrastructure; wastewater flow hydraulics, pumping plants, cross-connections, back flow and siphons; chemistry, bacteriology, water and environmental biology, botany, theoretical epidemiology, odors, gas fumes, and dust as related to water reclamation and waste treatment; principles of water reclamation and wastewater treatment processes; economic and practical aspects of environmental engineering problems involved in wastewater collection systems, treatment and disposal, water supply and solid waste management; Federal, State, and local sanitation, environmental building and planning regulations, codes and laws applicable to wastewater processing, storm water, and water collections; fundamental supervisory principles and practices, including assigning, motivating, training, counseling, disciplining, commending, and evaluating the work of subordinate personnel; pertinent City and Personnel Department rules, policies and procedures, including Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO); and the ability to direct the design and construction of water reclamation, wastewater treatment and collection projects; direct engineering studies and investigations on a variety of non-medical public health, wastewater treatment, waste management and water reclamation; direct a group of employees in water reclamation and wastewater treatment processes; prepare and supervise the completion of maps, graphs, charts, diagrams, plans and sketches; apply general engineering principles to specific problems and make efficient use of the sources of engineering information; interpret and relate engineering data to problems concerning efficiency, feasibility, personnel, and economic requirements; communicate both orally and in writing, in an effective, clear, and concise manner; deal tactfully and effectively with employees, representatives of other agencies, community stakeholders, and the public; and other necessary skills, knowledge and abilities.
Candidates will be required to prepare some written material on a topic related to the duties and responsibilities of an Environmental Engineer. This essay material will not be scored separately, but will be presented to the interview panel for discussion with each candidate and for consideration in the overall evaluation of the candidate. In addition, as part of the evaluation of each candidate's overall qualifications for the job, the interview panel members will also consider the information in the candidate's Qualifications Questionnaire. Candidates may expect the interview panel members to discuss this information during the interview. Qualifications Questionnaires submitted by candidates on the day of the interview will not be accepted for presentation to the interview panel.
Candidates must complete the advisory essay. Those who do not complete the advisory essay will not be invited to the interview and will be considered to have failed the entire examination. Candidates will be notified later by e-mail of the time and location of the advisory essay session, which will be held in a single half day session on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Candidates will also be notified later by e-mail of the date, time, and location of the interview, which will be held in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that interviews will begin during the period of NOVEMBER 28, 2016 to DECEMBER 2, 2016.
Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained athttp://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf.
A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to file on a promotional basis.
Seniority credit at the rate of 0.25 of a point for each year of continuous service will be added to the weighted test score of each candidate.
In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.
THIS EXAMINATION IS TO BE GIVEN ONLY ON AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL PROMOTIONAL BASIS
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Based on previous administration - 2016
Summary of Duties: Performs professional environmental engineering work in connection with water supply, water quality control, waste collection, disposal and treatment, and ionizing radiation; conducts engineering, planning and research studies in connection with the above activities; coordinates construction and operations of treatment facilities; or supervises other engineering and/or technical employees performing such work; and does related work.
Distinguishing Features: An Environmental Engineer may supervise a group of engineering, technical and other employees in water, waste and wastewater related engineering studies including economic and environmental analyses of proposed and current methods, procedures and equipment, and in the design, construction and operation of treatment facilities. In addition, an employee of this class performs the more difficult and responsible work.
Example of Duties:
• Supervises a group of engineering, technical and other employees engaged in the above activities;
• Directs the continuous study of waste and water treatment plant operating procedures, including the efficiency and effects of waste and water treatment, pollution problems in waste disposal, and plant methods and capacities;
• Supervises the design and coordinates the installation of new treatment plants and plant modifications;
• Coordinates consultant and City employee activities during the design and construction phase;
• May train employees in plant operations;
• Directs oceanographic studies and analyzes findings for environmental engineering significance;
• Requests topographic surveys and soil tests;
• Develops plans and specifications for the operations of municipal land reclamation projects;
• Prepares plans for excavations;
• Designs land fills;
• Lays out drainage channels, access roads and other facilities;
• Consults with and makes recommendations relative to engineering and economic phases of present and proposed operations;
• Makes field trips for reconnaissance and inspection of projects and sites;
• Appears before governmental control boards as a City representative;
• Confers with public health officials regarding development of consistent back flow and cross connection problems;
• Responds to inquires on technical and non-technical matters relative to wastewater treatment systems.
• Environmental engineering, environmental and public health principles applicable to water supply, water pollution control, liquid and solid waste collection, wastewater treatment and disposal, plumbing, water and waste flow hydraulics, cross-connections, back flow and siphonage;
• Chemistry, bacteriology, water and environmental biology, botany, odors, gases, fumes, dust and theoretical epidemiology as related to water and waste treatment;
• Technological developments and sources of information in the field of environmental engineering;
• Principles of water and wastewater treatment processes;
• Economic and practical aspects of environmental engineering problems involved in wastewater treatment and disposal, water supply and solid waste management;
• Mechanical and electrical fundamentals related to treatment plant equipment and functions;
• Federal, State and local sanitation, environmental, building and planning regulations, codes and laws applicable to wastewater processing and water quality;
• Laws and regulations related to equal employment opportunity;
• Provisions and requirements for grant application and receipt;
• Memoranda of Understanding as they relate to subordinate personnel;
• Civil Service Commission Rules.
• Prepare maps, graphs, charts, diagrams, plans and sketches;
• Write technically clear and concise reports;
• Apply general engineering principles to specific problems and make efficient use of the sources of engineering information;
• Direct engineering studies and investigation on a variety of non-medical public health, wastewater treatment, waste management and water supply subjects;
• Interpret and relate engineering data to problems concerning efficiency, feasibility, personnel and economic requirements;
• Direct the design and construction of water, waste treatment and collection projects;
• Direct water and wastewater treatment processes and evaluate their effectiveness;
• Set up and direct pilot and plant scale experiments on wastewater, water and waste treatment methods, procedures and equipment;
• Deal tactfully with employees, representatives of other agencies and the public.
Requirements: Two years of full-time paid engineering experience as an Environmental Engineering Associate or in a class which is at that level and which provides environmental engineering experience, and registration as a professional engineer with the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers is required for Environmental Engineer. Certification as a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Operator may be required for some positions.
License: A valid California driver's license and a good driving record are required prior to appointment to this class.
Physical Requirements: Strength to perform average lifting of less than five pounds and occasionally over 15 pounds; good speaking and hearing ability; and good eyesight.
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends in part, on specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to the disability and the ability of the hiring department to reasonably accommodate the limitations.
As provided in Civil Service Commission Rule 2.5 and Section 4.55 of the Administrative Code, this specification is descriptive, explanatory and not restrictive. It is not intended to declare what all of the duties, responsibilities, and required qualifications of any position shall be.