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Wetland Specialist #2107-254700-01

Date Opened
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 10:40 AM
Close Date
Friday, August 20, 2021 6:30 PM
Section
Storm Water Services
Salary
  • $58,779 - $73,474/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time

Introduction

Storm Water Services' mission is to serve the City of Charlotte by improving surface waters and conveying rainwater safely through well-maintained storm drainage systems. Each year Storm Water Services invests $100+ million in capital improvements and staff manages hundreds of storm drainage improvement projects. Storm Water Services is one of the largest storm water utilities in the Southeast with approximately 215,000 customer accounts and more than 200 full-time positions.  

Overview

The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.

Function

Professional

Summary

This position is part of the 401/404 Permitting Group within the Storm Water Services Surface Water Quality and Environmental Permitting team and is primarily responsible for supporting Charlotte Storm Water Services’ (CSWS) compliance with sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This position is responsible for providing permitting services and collaborating with CSWS’ engineering, construction and surface water quality staff to support CSWS projects. This includes large-scale neighborhood flood control projects, culvert maintenance and replacement, pipe system and outfall repairs, stream bank stabilization, and storm water control retrofits. He/She will also utilize contracts and coordinate 401/404 permitting services for other departments and project types including transportation and neighborhood improvement projects.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical support, plan review, field assessments, stream and wetland delineations, and permitting services to ensure CSWS compliance with sections 401 and 404 of the CWA, including Individual Permits, Nationwide Permits and CSWS’ Regional General Permit. 
  • Ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act.
  • Collaborate with project managers and design engineers to avoid and minimize impacts to streams and wetlands.
  • Attend construction meetings, providing technical assistance, and conduct compliance inspections.
  • Provide comprehensive project documentation. Maintain project tracking database, physical files, and other organizational documentation tools.
  • Record, report, and benchmark all project schedules and permitting costs through the permitting process. Meet permit scheduling milestones and ensure permitting consultant budget compliance.
  • Provide project teams with relevant 401/404 permitting, design, and environmental regulatory training as necessary.
  • Manage consultants that provide comprehensive 401/404 permitting services to support Engineering Services projects including transportation and neighborhood projects. 
  • This position requires at least 50% field work, which includes carrying equipment of up to 50lbs, through dense vegetation, wet conditions, steep topography, with various fauna encounters, in all seasons.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and experience with federal and state rules, laws, and policies that apply to the 404/401 permitting process.
  • Experience in wetland delineations, stream and wetland classifications, habitat assessments, soil assessment, and vegetation identification and management.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral including writing reports, email communications, development of training tools, and presentations to groups.  
  • Ability to communicate well with people that have a wide variety of education levels, job classes, technical knowledge, skills, and backgrounds. 
  • Effective computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook, and GIS.
  • Outstanding project management skills that ensure high quality work, and efficient management of costs and schedules.
  • Ability to perform duties at a consistently high level and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple, simultaneous tasks.
  • Commitment to excellence, customer service, integrity, and public service.

Preferred Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural, earth, soil or environmental sciences, biology, engineering, or related field.
  • Three or more years of experience in an environmental field with related experience in 404/401 permitting, stream and wetland delineation.    
  • Experience in stream and wetland geomorphic characterization, erosion control, and vegetation identification and management.  
  • Certifications in stream assessment and wetland delineation.
  • Certification from the Society of Wetland Scientists as a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) or Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural, earth or environmental sciences, biology, engineering, or related field or equivalent education, experience and skills to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Three years of experience in an environmental field with related experience in 404/401 permitting, stream and wetland delineation.    


Salary

$58,779 - $73,474; Commensurate with Experience 

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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Benefits

The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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