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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST

 

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Pay Grade
H1I ($62,316.80 - $77,875.20 - $93,454.40)
Job Summary

Investigates environmental issues, researches solutions to complex environmental remediation strategies with the contributions of consultants, and enforces environmental laws and regulations for Metro facilities, initiatives, and capital projects.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides project support by testing, monitoring, and reporting on environmental aspects and sustainability goals while coordinating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Reviews agency environmental performance and provides recommendations for improvements
  • Prepares, reviews, and administers contracts, design plans, proposals, requests for qualifications, specifications, status reports, and budgetary plans
  • Reviews, evaluates, and recommends system-wide environmental documents, such as Environmental Impact Reports, environmental assessments, and geo-technical investigations
  • Observes, monitors, and reports on environmental practices and procedures to enforce compliance with local, state, and federal regulatory requirements; reports discrepancies immediately
  • Attends meetings, identifies environmental concerns, provides reports, and recommends solutions to reduce risks and long-term liabilities of environmental issues
  • Researches, reviews, and analyzes environmental legislation and sustainability related issues and solutions that potentially impact Metro's projects
  • Assists in the attainment of permits and compliance with environmental regulations by testing, monitoring, or reporting as required
  • Plans and prepares environmental studies to obtain approval of Metro projects in accordance with NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act), NHPA (National Historic Preservation Act), DOTA (Department of Transportation Act), and CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) guidelines
  • Provides fact-finding assistance to review environmental scope of work to prepare the appropriate documentation
  • Coordinates work of in-house and consultant staff for review of draft and final environmental documents
  • Verifies implementation of mitigation measures by reviewing activities, procedures, and documents of project participants
  • Provides support in energy management and conservation, climate and adaptation management, and environmental and sustainability policy implementation
  • Provides guidance and assistance to new or entry-level employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out


    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and environmental regulations governing transportation
  • Theories, principles, and practices of environmental assessment and hazardous waste mitigation, and sustainability strategies
  • Project management principles and practices
  • Data collection, research, and interpretation
  • Hazardous material handling and disposal
  • Implementation of sustainability principles relating to highway and transit projects
  • Contract administration
  • Report preparation methods
  • Construction noise and vibration control and mitigation(s)
  • Metro processes and procedures as they relate to the implementation of environmental/sustainability initiatives, projects, procedures, and pilots


Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Project management
  • Basic sciences and engineering
  • Preparing comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Identifying and investigating complex environmental issues
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Compiling and analyzing complex data
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing


Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Perform environmental engineering and sustainability-related work
  • Report to and negotiate with regulatory bodies
  • Conduct training and field surveys
  • Review environmental related submittals
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and contracts
  • Assist in the fact-finding, negotiation, and management of contracts
  • Adapt to issues as they arise
  • Address community and employee complaints
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Travel to offsite locations
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:

Education

  • Bachelor′s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biology, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Urban Planning, Resource Conservation, Environmental Science, or a related field


Experience

  • One year of relevant experience in compliance or monitoring of environmental issues


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Hazardous Material Management, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), Lead Construction Supervisor, Contractor Supervisor Asbestos, and DOT Certification preferred
Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen


Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
 

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Job GroupJob Class CodeFLSA StatusDate OriginatedDate Revised
Non-Contract2205Exempt28-JUL-9416-AUG-19

Disclaimer
This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority when classified as an Intermittent, Emergency, or Temporary employee and/or is assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or Board Clerk's Office.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

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