City of Tampa

Water Plant Environmental & Safety Specialist (#339845) N37

$39.74-$59.55 Hourly / $6,888.27-$10,322.00 Monthly / $82,659.20-$123,864.00 Yearly


This is responsible professional work in the coordination and monitoring of environmental, health and safety programs in accordance with compliance regulations at the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Plant.

Nature Of Work

The employee in this class will coordinate, direct and monitor all plant health, safety and environmental compliance programs, issues and results.  Under limited supervision, the employee selects and develops methods of accomplishment to obtain desired results within the limits of policies and governing laws.  Work is of considerable difficulty and requires the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment.  The position requires frequent interaction with internal and external contacts to obtain or supply factual information or to provide safety consultation and advice.  Work is reviewed through conferences, reports submitted and evaluation of programs’ impact.

Examples of Duties

Manages and oversees compliance with Federal, State and Local environmental regulations according to facility and city policies; monitors plant operation for compliance with operating permits.
Develops and implements policies and procedures necessary to meet requirements of occupational health and safety standards. 
Follows standard safety procedures, corrects safety and environmental hazards; reads, understands and implements lockout/tagout, safety rules, job hazards analyses, operating and maintenance instructions and procedures manuals.
Provides environmental guidance and oversight for the Water Treatment facility and other areas as requested, including input and recommendations to the leadership team. 
Conducts thorough and accurate environmental incident investigations and associated regulatory reports. Coordinates or conducts all health, safety or OSHA related training; develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure a safe environment for all employees, contractors or visitors; administers, maintains and supports the internal plant safety committee. 
Maintains compliance with City internal policies to address loss prevention and control.     
Oversees environmentally related work performed by contractors, consultants, and employees. Maintains environmental information systems and communicates non-compliance events, potential public/media issues, and environmental testing/inspection activities to the plant leadership team. 
Provides assistance to plant manager in reporting of non-compliance events. Develops and maintains accurate environmental records, safety records, training records, operating logs, inspection reports, test reports and monitoring reports. 
Performs related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: federal, state and local environmental laws; Title V air permits, hazardous waste, GHG, SPCC, CERCLA, NSPS, NPDES, and SWPPP; principles and practices of loss control techniques; work place safety and accident prevention techniques; effective training techniques; safety rules and regulations mandated by law. Ability to: conduct inspections to determine root cause of accidents and injuries; conduct research and analysis and prepare reports and recommendations based on the findings; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; develop and conduct training for groups; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, external contacts, vendors, and others; learn and operate software and hardware for Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) and data acquisition systems.
Skill in: training of others; use of safety equipment; use of personal computer and related applications.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a biological, chemical or physical sciences, engineering or related field with four (4) years of environmental compliance, occupational health and safety experience in an energy plant or related environment. Master’s Degree preferred.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license required


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 339845;