Established: 1/06
Revised: 12/07
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under general direction, to plan, organize, direct the environmental regulatory division, to manage the technical and administrative functions of several water quality and process laboratories; to manage the source control and biosolids programs; and to do other work as required.


The Department of Water Environment Services manages and operates the County's utilities service districts including sewerage facilities, collection systems, pumping stations, treatment plants and storm and surface water facilities and structures.

The Environmental Monitoring Manager develops, implements and administers environmental regulatory processes and procedures and water quality, biosolids and process laboratory methods, procedures and standards. The incumbent provides administrative oversight of environmental regulatory functions and provides technical advice and recommendations to department management on water quality issues related to storm and surface water, industrial wastes and wastewater. The Environmental Monitoring Manager also administers the biosolids management plan, and programs to ensure compliance with laws governing source control, including industrial wastewater pretreatment.

The Environmental Monitoring Manager differs from the Laboratory Supervisor that has supervisory responsibility over the work of laboratory technicians and analysts.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Plans, organizes and directs environmental regulatory functions, process and water quality laboratory operations, industrial pretreatment, and the biosolids management program as applied to water quality; develops and implements methods, procedures and standards to ensure compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules and regulations; directs and consults on the collection of samples and monitoring of physical, chemical and biological analysis of laboratory samples.
  2. Participates in the development and implementation of Department policies, goals, objectives and standards; directs and coordinates long and short range planning for assigned programs; develops and prepares annual work program.
  3. Directs, plans, organizes and oversees department personnel in the collection, analysis and regulatory processing and reporting of samples, including industrial wastes, storm and surface water, soil, biosolids and wastewater; directs and monitors the physical, chemical and biological analysis of samples.
  4. Evaluates and interprets laboratory test reports; oversees development and administration of quality assurance standards including Oregon Environmental Lab Accreditation; assures that laboratory facilities meet State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and performance evaluation review requirements; provides technical advice and recommendations for plant management and process control operations; monitors and resolves issues relating to permitting, water quality, industrial wastewater and biosolids management.
  5. Manages and provides comprehensive regulatory oversight for internal customers, co-permittees of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and for all NPDES-related activities; participates as a stakeholder with DEQ and other municipalities to build consensus and negotiate terms and conditions of NPDES permits; 
  6. Manages the industrial pretreatment program; oversees the inspection of industrial discharge operations; reviews and evaluates industrial pretreatment reports for compliance with permit requirements; directs the negotiation of discharge reduction plans.
  7. Manages the biosolids management program and staff; plans, organizes and directs the disposal of digested biosolids and other materials from wastewater treatment facilities; oversees the negotiation and coordination of agreements with land owners for biosolids application.
  8. Prepares and recommends annual and supplemental budgets for permitting, laboratory, industrial pretreatment and biosolids programs; monitors revenues and expenditures; recommends equipment purchases; contracts with professional organizations and individual consultants for testing and analysis services and other support functions.
  9. Develops, implements and maintains permitting, laboratory and program information systems; coordinates with local area network administrators to ensure standardization of computer generated permitting, laboratory and program reports.
  10. Oversees inspection of laboratory facilities and biosolids application procedures for hazardous conditions and assures compliance with safety regulations, policies and procedures; works with regulatory persons and agencies in the initiation of corrective action when necessary.
  11. Hires and supervises professional, technical and administrative personnel; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments; motivates employees to provide effective, quality service to citizens.


Thorough knowledge of: Standard procedures for regulatory permitting, examination of wastewater, surface water, biosolids, soil and industrial samples; principles of analytical chemistry, including instrumental water biology, microbiology and bioassay methods; DEQ and EPA regulations; safety procedures; chemical and biological hazards; biosolids application techniques; principles and practices of industrial pre-treatment programs.

Working knowledge of: Principles and techniques of supervision; computerized management information system practices; statistical methods; budget preparation techniques; basic math.

Skill to: Interpret and apply provisions of federal, state and local legislation, rules and regulations affecting the administration of division and department policies and programs; plan and direct the work of supervisory, professional, technical and administrative staff; negotiate and build consensus among other internal and external managers with sometimes conflicting priorities; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to technical and general audiences; perform and interpret chemical, physical and biological tests related to water quality; administers programs to manage industrial pretreatment compliance and biosolids disposal; develop, implement and maintain a computerized management information system; motivate employees to provide quality service to citizens; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes requested by citizens and County staff; prepare complex worksheets, technical reports and recommendations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County personnel, industrial users, other agencies and the public.


Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and skills.