Environmental Technician - Water Quality

Baltimore, MD, US
Oct 16, 2019
TITLE: Environmental Technician - Water Quality

DEFINITION : Under general supervision, plans, coordinates, and conducts complex environmental compliance programs. Responds to complaints of suspected environmental issues including emergencies. Develops and implements remediation and abatement strategies. Oversees the work of contractors engaged in environmental programs and projects. Conducts investigations of facilities regarding environmental hazards and concerns. Collaborates with the Office of Purchasing on development of specifications and bid documentation. Authorizes payment to contractors, tracks account funds, and reconciles expenditures with the budget. Maintains program files and documents related to projects. Performs other duties as assigned.

Water Quality Control

Conducts water sampling in facilities supplied with either municipal or well water to ensure potability and to demonstrate that the water at BCPS facilities follows all federal, state and local standards.

Wastewater Treatment Facility Management

Oversees the operation of facility based wastewater treatment plants.

Ensures that systems are operating as designed and in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations regarding treatment and output. Performs or coordinates any maintenance, monitoring and testing.

Education, Training and Experience :
Possession of an associate's degree in environmental science or a related field. Four years of experience in environmental testing or investigation. ( Additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of two years)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :
Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental health and safety. Knowledge of environmental health and safety laws, codes, and regulations. Knowledge of conducting field investigations and collecting samples. Knowledge of sample testing.

Skill in conducting environmental investigations. Skill in inspecting and overseeing the work of outside contractors engaged in environmental programs or projects. Skill in responding to environmental incidents. Skill in the operation of computers and software packages. Skill in maintaining records and preparing reports. Skill in communicating effectively with school-based administrators, teachers, contractors, the public, and representatives of other agencies. Skill in managing accounts and related documentation.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, school-based employees, contractors, and the public. Ability to identify and represent the needs of the system for development of related bid specifications.

Required Licenses and Certificates :
Possession of a valid non-commercial, class C Maryland driver's license or an equivalent is required.

Drinking Water Sampler Certification issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Water Treatment Plant Operator License (Class 2 or better) issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator License issued by Maryland Department of the Environment for the Plant(s) installed in BCPS facilities.

Required licenses and certifications must be maintained throughout employment in this position or any others that require them.

The work of this class entails the performance of heavy physical labor including frequent walking, standing, kneeling, stooping, crawling and ladder climbing. Duties require exposure to construction sites. Duties require the operation of automobiles and travel to BCPS facilities throughout Baltimore County. Duties include the exposure to various weather and environmental conditions.

Persons appointed to this classification are designated as Essential Personnel and are required to work when schools and/or offices are closed during adverse weather conditions or any other emergency.
Persons appointed to this class are subject to call to duty and may be required to work before or beyond their normally scheduled hours with little or no advanced notice.

FLSA : Non-exempt

SALARY: Grade 10 on the AFSCME payscale ($22.17 - $30.36/hour)
Position typically works M-F 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., however days of the week may change, with littte or no advanced notice when water testing is required.

Eligible for the Baltimore County Employees' Retirement System


The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activates and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: EEC Officer, Officer of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937).

Application Instructions
Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.
  • Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with the Baltimore County Public Schools.
  • Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etc. will not be accepted.
  • Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.
  • Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration.
Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (State of Maryland, Senate Bill 315, effective October 1, 1986) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $81.00.
  • An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.
  • Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.
  • If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
  • Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.
  • Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.
  • All newly hired personnel must attend a Benefits session.
  • Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

Contact Information
Jessica M. Ey, PHR, Human Resource Analyst
6901 Charles Street, E Building
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 443-809-7872
Fax: 410-887-7876

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