City of Ventura
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Job Description

The City of Ventura is looking for an Environmental Compliance Inspector/Senior Environmental Compliance Inspector with drive and enthusiasm to join the Public Works Department’s Stormwater Compliance and Household Hazardous Waste Programs. We are seeking candidates passionate about protecting environmental systems while simultaneously motivated to engage and educate residents and the business community about management practices that keep potential pollution from reaching the City’s storm drain system. 

What You’ll Do

Reporting to the Environmental Compliance Supervisor, the Environmental Compliance Inspector will oversee the City’s daily operations and inspections for the Stormwater Compliance Program and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program. Daily inspections vary and may include commercial inspection, industrial inspection, construction inspection, low impact development (LID) inspection, illicit discharge inspection and HHW inspections. This position works extremely close with other inspection staff in Public Works as well as Community Development. 

Inspector(s) should embrace working both collaboratively with colleagues as well as the public and local businesses. Daily tasks revolve around the implementation of source control measures focused on keeping pollution from leaving the source of generation. Outreach and education coupled with progressive enforcement are key components of daily assignments as the City desires to build cohesive and effective relationships with local businesses and residents while meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

Who You Are

You are an action oriented thinker interested in being part of a collaborative City team providing the highest level of customer service to our citizens of the City of Ventura. 

Through education, training and/or experience, you must have the ability to:

  • Work independently with strong priority setting and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate excellent listening and customer focus skills with emphasis on composure
  • Exhibit strong written and oral communication skills with proficiency in SharePoint, Excel, Word, ArcGIS Online and other current technologies 
  • Step-up to take control and deal with problems directly in a timely manner 
  • Clearly communicate complex environmental issues and programs to a variety of audiences in an approachable manner
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal insight that can be applied to problem solving 
  • Develop and oversee successful programs to achieve compliance with applicable regulations and maximize environmental and community benefit

The ideal candidate for this position will have an academic or professional background in environmental studies, environmental science or related field with experience completing inspections or monitoring, and interpreting a broad range of environmental regulations and procedures, developing environmental documents and/or conducting public outreach and education. The City is willing to provide training on stormwater requirements, hazardous waste requirements, inspection, enforcement and outreach/education. 

Position Qualifications

A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to two years college with major course work in chemistry, biology, environmental science, biochemistry, environmental studies, environmental management or subjects related to the environment, 


Environmental Compliance Inspector: one year of progressively responsible experience conducting research, field work, inspections, laboratory tests, advocacy, or public outreach related to the evaluation of wastewater, stormwater, raw water discharge, soil science, environmental remediation, environmental sustainability, recycling or hazardous waste; or one year of experience performing wastewater analysis, stormwater analysis, surface water quality analysis, construction SWPPP development, industrial SWPPP development, sediment and erosion control operation, collection system operation, water treatment plant operations, or wastewater treatment plant operations.


Senior Environmental Compliance Inspector: three years of progressively responsible full time experience inspecting a variety of pretreatment systems, facilities and processes of industrial, commercial, residential and institutional establishments for compliance with Federal, State and local environmental regulations and permit conditions related to pretreatment of wastewater and stormwater, recycling or hazardous waste, depending on assigned area.

License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver license is required.


  • HAZWOPER certification and a Forklift Operator certification is required within 6 months of appointment.
  • Must obtain an underlying certification/registration that is a pre-requisite to becoming a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) or Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) as described in the construction general permit issued by the State Water Resources Control Board within 12 months of appointment.

 For the Senior level, must also possess:

  • Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) or Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) certification.
  • CWEA Environmental Compliance Inspector Grade I certification is desirable.

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits!

  • SALARY:   $70,200.00 - $93,808.00 Annually DOQ
  • BENEFITS: Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits.


For additional information on the duties and responsibilities of the position, refer to the job descriptions located on the City’s Career Page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs or by clicking here ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE INSPECTOR/SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE INSPECTOR .  

How to Apply

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline, Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 5:30 pm. 

Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!  EEO/ADA 

salary plus 6 Medical options, CalPers Retirement, Dental, Vision, FSA, 457