The City of Ames is accepting applications for qualified candidates to fill at least one Environmental Engineer vacancy with the Water and Pollution Control division. Actual classifications as Environmental Engineer I or Environmental Engineer II will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate(s).
Either position performs environmental/civil engineering duties related to the City's water and wastewater treatment plant facilities; performs related work as required. (The Environmental Engineer I would be performing under general supervision of a licensed Professional Engineer.)
Conducts studies of plant operations to improve performance and cost efficiency; prepares plans and
specifications on assigned projects for review by a licensed Professional Engineer including minor plant equipment replacement, piping changes, wells, meter pits, sludge lagoon, and other related improvements; completes basic engineering studies and prepares reports; prepares engineering designs, plans, and specifications for review and certification by a licensed Professional Engineer; conducts construction inspections; approves contractors bills for payment; completes studies related to present and potential water supply sources; completes studies of stream conditions in and near Ames; evaluates and interprets water quality data for compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal, state, and/or local requirements; provides advice and assistance to the operating divisions on surveying and engineering problems; responds to inquiries and complaints from citizens, other customers, and contractors; assists in budget preparation, review, and monitoring; completes reports required by state and federal government; reviews, evaluates and assesses industrial/commercial discharges to the City system and effects or limitations on system operations; operates motor vehicle to perform essential functions.
Bachelor's degree in civil, chemical, environmental, biological, or agricultural engineering, or a closely related field; and at least 6 months of related experience. Related experience obtained in a co-op or internship program may be applied toward this requirement.
Licenses and Certificates: Must possess an Engineer in Training (EIT) certificate within nine months of original appointment; must possess a valid driver's license.
Conducts in-depth studies of the water and wastewater treatment facilities and operating records to determine plant efficiencies, points of overload, and ways of improving plant performance; acts as design engineer on assigned projects including major plant equipment replacement, major changes to treatment processes, plant expansions or upgrades, plant control systems, well field development, pumping facilities, utility security, and other related improvements; completes complex engineering studies and prepares technical reports; prepares and certifies engineering designs, plans, and specifications; supervises construction and authorizes deviations where appropriate; provides general oversight of engineering interns; completes studies related to present and potential water supply sources; completes studies of stream conditions in and near Ames; evaluates and interprets water quality data for compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, and other federal, state, and/or local requirements; provides high- level technical advice and assistance to the operating divisions on complex operating, engineering, or regulatory compliance issues; represents department at meetings; responds to inquiries and complaints from citizens, other customers, and contractors; assists in budget preparation, review, and monitoring;
provides input into development of long-range capital and infrastructure needs of the department; assists in conducting rate studies and fund projections; completes reports required by state and federal government; reviews, evaluates and assesses industrial/commercial discharges to the City system and effects or limitations on system operations; operates motor vehicle to perform essential functions.
Bachelor's degree in civil, chemical, environmental, biological, or agricultural engineering or a closely related field; and four years of related engineering experience.
Licenses and Certificates: Must be licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Iowa or the ability to obtain licensure by comity in the State of Iowa within 6 months and must maintain licensure throughout appointment. License must be in the branch of civil, chemical, environmental, or closely related field. Must possess a valid driver's license.
Other detailed Job Functions of Both Classifications:
Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.
Other Job Functions: Reviews water conservation activities; investigates water quality conditions and environmental health/impact; participates in public relations activities in a manner that elevates the image of the department; conducts tours and presentations; responds to inquiries from customers, contractors, vendors, and regulatory agencies.
Qualifications Common to Both Classifications
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required to Perform Essential Functions:
Knowledge of chemistry, biology, and hazardous or toxic substances as they apply to the treatment of water and wastewater. Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental/civil engineering; knowledge of the methods and techniques used in the resolution of problems in utility construction, design, and operation; knowledge of the principles and practices of computer-assisted drafting and geographical information systems (GIS); knowledge of surveying methods; knowledge of material testing procedures; knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations related to utility design and construction; knowledge of computer applications pertaining to civil or environmental engineering.
Skill in the application of engineering theory to operational problems; skill in interpreting and utilizing engineering details, plans, and specifications; skill in quickly and accurately executing standard engineering calculations.
Ability to prepare and check design details, estimates, plans, and specifications related to utility engineering projects; ability to prepare clear, concise written reports; ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, supervisors, co-workers, other City employees, contractors, vendors, and representatives from other governmental organizations and agencies; ability to evaluate alternatives and to resolve technical engineering problems; ability to effectively address the questions, concerns, and complaints of citizens in relation to projects; ability to effectively use standard office computer equipment and software; ability to operate a motor vehicle.
General Physical Characteristics:
The work involves sitting 50 percent of the time; standing (but not walking) 25 percent of the time; standing and walking 25 percent of the time; routinely lifting objects under 10 pounds; routinely lifting objects from 10 to 25 pounds; occasionally lifting objects from 25 to 50 pounds; and occasionally lifting objects over 50 pounds.
The minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects or parts, use of measurement devices or assembly of parts at distances close to the eyes.
Required Physical Activities:
Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motions.
The work is performed inside and/or outside and includes being exposed to noise, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin, oils.
Examples of Equipment Essential to the Job:
Motor vehicle; two-way radio; general office equipment; computers and peripheral equipment; spreadsheet, database, and communications software; a variety of printed materials; a variety of safety equipment and clothing.