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Douglas County  3730
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*ENVIRONMENTAL INSPECTION SPECIALIST
Pay Range GC19

INTRODUCTION

This classification performs complex duties related to new development projects impacting roads, streets, bridges and Solid Waste and Land Use and Development Ordinance enforcement with emphasis on protecting public investments. This position monitors land uses, building and development activities and determines compliance to county and state codes. Work includes application of codes, which impact public investment, review of private development including construction, grading, drainage, land uses which require coordination with other county staff, negotiation on related environmental issues, investigations and implementation of corrective action. This position works to support County public works activities with special emphasis on development activities administered by the Building and Planning Departments.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Serve as lead for establishment and implementation of procedures for enforcement activities with emphasis on cooperative remedy of verified cases of noncompliance with county and state codes.

2. Receive complaints related to new development impacting streets, roads, bridges and public investments; conduct field investigations and review files to determine if action should be taken. Interview complainants, defendants and witnesses; analyze and evaluate statements; prepare written reports of findings; examine a variety of records to secure information concerning suspected cases of noncompliance. Resolve complaints or violations within scope of authority including interpretation of applicable road and development standards and codes.

3. Represent the county in legal actions and initiate appropriate action as required. Prepare detailed reports of investigations. Properly record and store all violation records. Work closely with the Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, Planning and Building Departments, District Attorney, or County Counsel in cases that are not resolved by cooperative means.

4. Represent the county to the community; provide information regarding enforcement to contractors, builders and public.

5.     Coordinate with the Public Works Director on physical alterations impacting public investments, and the Building Official in enforcing state specialty codes, ORS and OARs, and in the issuance of stop work orders, if necessary. Assist in activities related to enforcing or monitoring compliance with road or drainage standards, development conditions or code provisions.

6. Special projects and research, reports to the Board of Commissioners, and staff support to advisory committees related to code administration and development projects or as assigned.

7. Supervise enforcement procedures and administer compliance with conditions of approval of permits approved which implement road or drainage standards under the Solid Waste Ordinance or Land Use and Development Ordinance to ensure compliance with requirements and consistency with public works projects.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of research or investigative techniques and application procedures of environmental codes; considerable knowledge of statutes, codes and ordinances that govern land use and development; reasonable knowledge of general procedure used in court system. Knowledge of land use impacts on roads and streets and the relationship of development on public investments desirable. Skill in: Working with the public in understanding environmental and development codes, conducting inspections/investigations, document findings, determine corrective action, and implementing compliance according to appropriate public works projects, solid waste, land use and development ordinance or specialty codes; report writing. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; analyze and evaluate statements of witnesses and obtain evidence; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities and in supervision of enforcement procedures; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency representatives, builders, developers, law enforcement officials, attorneys, courts and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor’s degree in community planning, public administration, law enforcement or related field and two years experience in land use administration, environmental sciences, code enforcement, zoning administration, building inspection or investigative experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of work related education, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver’s license.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

Work is performed under the general direction of the planning director. Employee independently performs enforcement of public works or environmental codes. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee independently estimates and manages time. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures. The incumbent is also responsible for coordinating efforts with the Public Works Director and Building Official.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedure; state and county statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations; road and project development standards; Land Use and Development Ordinance and Solid Waste Ordinance. Incumbent uses considerable judgment in determination and enforcement of appropriate programs. Deviations are referred to the Planning Director for programmatic guidance

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in both office and field environments. While in the office, work is mostly sedentary which requires hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 25 pounds, standing at the counter and walking. Field work requires bending, climbing, crawling in confined areas, standing and walking. Work environment may include land under development, structures under construction, uneven ground and involve everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

 
   
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