Environmental Protection Manager (Source Control) - #440333

Orange County Sanitation District

Date: 09/15/2021 15:00 PM

City: Fountain Valley, California

Salary: $166,421 - $203,133 / year

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day


What do you value in your next job?

At the Orange County Sanitation District our Core Values form the framework of our organization and reinforce our professional work ethic. If the following values ring true with you, we'd love to invite you to explore our career opportunities further.

  • Honesty, Trust, & Respect

We aspire to the highest degree of integrity, honesty, trust, and respect in our interaction with each other, our suppliers, our customers, and our community.

  • Teamwork & Problem Solving

We strive to reach OC San goals through cooperative efforts and collaboration with each other and our constituencies. We work to solve problems in a creative, cost-effective and safe manner, and we acknowledge team and individual efforts

  • Leadership & Commitment

We lead by example, acknowledging the value of our resources and using them wisely and safely to achieve our objectives and goals. We are committed to act in the best interest of our employees, our organization, and our community

  • Learning/Teaching - Talents, Skills and Abilities

We continuously develop ourselves, enhancing our talents, skills, and abilities, knowing that only through personal growth and development will we continue to progress as an agency and as individuals

  • Recognition/Rewards

We seek to recognize, acknowledge and reward contributions to OC San by our many talented employees.

OC San is searching for an experienced leader to serve as Environmental Protection Manager (Source Control).


Under direction from the Director of Environmental Services Department (Director), the Environmental Protection Manager for Source Control (EPM-Source Control) will lead the Resource Protection Division (RPD), which is a highly technical team comprised of engineers, environmental specialists, and inspectors that support all aspects of OC San's pretreatment program, including industrial permitting, non-industrial source control, inspection, monitoring, reporting, and enforcement. The EPM-Source Control is also responsible for implementing inter-agency agreements for pretreatment and dry weather urban runoff diversions.

The EPM-Source Control will manage a team of three (3) supervisors and more than 30 professional and support staff. This person will be involved in the recruitment, assessment, and development of staff; will provide support, training, and coaching for staff; and will have responsibility for the development and administration of the division's budget. This person will serve as a technical resource and be responsible for reviewing critical documents such as compliance orders, customers complaints, and Public Records Act requests. The selected individual will oversee enforcement actions, facilitate consensus building and decision-making, represent OC San in professional organizations as directed by the Director, and sustain high-quality customer service.


In its key role of protecting public health and the environment, OC San is committed to meeting the requirements of federal, state, regional, and local regulations for ocean discharge, water reuse, biosolids management, air emissions, industrial waste, runoff management, sewer system operations, asset management, spill prevention, and non-industrial source control. The Environmental Services Department (ESD) enables OC San to respond quickly to new regulations and initiatives while ensuring our organization complies with existing regulations, implements innovative pollution prevention programs, and meet the diverse and evolving analytical needs for water quality and ocean monitoring. ESD is responsible for managing the following OC San environmental and regulatory programs:

  • Industrial Source Control. Responsible for permitting, inspection, monitoring, and enforcement of local, state, and federal pretreatment requirements imposed on dischargers of industrial wastewater into OC San’s sewer system. Implement programs designed to control the discharge from residences and businesses of harmful products such as pharmaceuticals, fats, oils, and grease (FOG), and emerging pollutants of concern.

  • Non-Industrial Source Control. Responsible for investigating, permitting, inspection, monitoring, and enforcement of local, state, and federal source control requirements imposed on non-industrial discharger to sewer such as urban runoff diversions, commercial establishments, special purpose, emergency, or infrequent discharges, brine line discharge, and contaminants of emerging concern.

  • Ocean Discharge Monitoring. Monitor and report on compliance with OC San’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit that stipulates conditions under which treated wastewater may be discharged into the ocean. Implement OC San’s comprehensive ocean monitoring program.

  • Environmental Laboratory. Provide laboratory services, sample collection and data analysis in support of plant operations, air and biosolids compliance activities, source control, ocean monitoring, and water reuse activities.

  • Construction Runoff Management. Ensure OC San construction projects and facilities comply with regulatory requirements that prevent pollution from entering the storm drain system and local waterways.

  • Biosolids Management. Oversee OC San’s biosolids management system and maintain a diverse portfolio of options for hauling and biosolids products to prevent service interruption and maximize beneficial reuse.

  • Air Quality. Ensure all OC San facilities comply with federal and state air quality requirements and participate in the development and implementation of technologies to reduce health risks to surrounding residents and businesses.

  • Dry Weather Urban Runoff Diversion. Issue, monitor, and enforce dry weather urban runoff diversion discharge permits in conformance with OC San policy to divert up to 10 million gallons per day of dry weather urban runoff to prevent bacterial contamination of local beaches.

  • Underground storage tanks (USTs). Ensure OC San’s USTs comply with state requirements for inspections, testing, permits, and training to prevent soil and groundwater contamination.

  • Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). Monitor and assess compliance with waste discharge regulations for sanitary sewer systems. Oversee the content development and implementation of OC San’s sewer system management plan.

  • Environmental Audits. Conduct internal audits of OC San’s operations, equipment, facilities, and contractors to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. Serve as point of contact and subject matter experts when responding to external audits.

Qualifications & Requirements

This position requires a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education with major coursework in engineering, life sciences, environmental science, business or public administration or a related field and at least eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in wastewater treatment or industrial and non-industrial source control, including two (2) years of supervisory experience. A California Class C Driver’s License is also required.

Certifications or relevant training/coursework recognized in the environmental compliance industry are desired, as well as experience working with a Board of Directors, regulatory agencies, and the public.


OC San is widely recognized as an industry leader that is dedicated to innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective wastewater resource recovery. OC San values transparency and excellence in providing services to its internal and external customers.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced manager who thrive in a high-energy environment. The individual will have a proven track record in operational optimization, budgeting, performance management, regulatory enforcement, and customer service. This person must be highly organized and effectively prioritize competing demands to fulfill OC San’s short-term needs and long-term goals. The individual will excel at developing responsive and effective solutions when faced with limited time and resources. The ideal candidate will be a resilient and trusted manager with a track record of leading and motivating high performing teams and a person who consistently makes ethical, logical and legally defensible decisions.

The ability communicate with all levels of OC San personnel, stakeholders, and the Board of Directors to establish respectful and effective professional relationships is essential. Experience in supervision, management, leading change, coaching, and performance management is required. Extensive knowledge in pretreatment regulations, environmental engineering standards, enforcement practices, and workplace safety is also required. Familiarity and experience with regulations governing potable and non-potable water reuse and urban runoff management are desirable.

Top priorities of the new Manager will be:

  • Leadership – Assume full management responsibility for all RPD programs and activities and provide timely and thorough updates to the Director. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to promote mutually beneficial initiatives and safeguard OC San from adverse outcomes.

  • Compliance and Standards - Ensure discharges to OC San’s collection system comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Safeguard OC San against toxic materials or excessive flows that could compromise employee safety, facility integrity, operational efficiency, service delivery, financial soundness, resource recovery, and regulatory compliance.

  • Workforce Planning and Development – Recruit, develop, and retain a team of highly skilled and ethical employees that is dedicated to OC San’s mission and excellence.

  • Operational Efficiencies – Identify and champion opportunities in business practices improvements for the division, department, and OC San at large. Actively engage with all divisional employees to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies and performance.

Recruitment & Selection Process

Vacancies: 1

, October 12, 2021 by 5 PM PST.

Apply online at www.ocsan.gov/jobs.


The annual salary range for this position is $166,420.80 - $203,132.80. Placement within this range will be dependent upon the qualifications of the successful candidate and OC San policies.

Benefits include: holiday pay, medical, dental, vision and life insurance; long-term and short-term disability insurance; and employee assistance program. Additionally, the benefit package shall include deferred compensation options and disability insurance benefits.

All employees contribute to the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS). Contributions are based on an OCERS actuarially determined rate structure and age at time of employment; contributions are deducted on a pre-tax basis. The retirement benefit formula is 2.5% at age 67; however, employees with reciprocity may be eligible for the 2.43% at age 65 retirement formula (also known as “1.667% @ 57.5”).

For an overview of OC San’s benefits, please visit:

Supplemental Information


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; ability to travel to various Sanitation District sites and/or meetings; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 10 pounds.


Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may work in the field and occasionally be exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures


All Orange County Sanitation District employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the Orange County Sanitation District requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


For the full range of duties, responsibilities, and essential job functions please review the Classification Specification for this position found on our website.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate, through their application materials, that they meet the minimum requirements as outlined in the job announcement and class specification to receive further consideration. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. All properly completed applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process.

False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.

To ensure your application is accurate and complete, please review the Job Application Guide.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of OC San’s pre-employment process, which includes a background investigation and a physical examination. For some positions, this may include a drug screen. False statements may be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligible list, or discharge from employment. All statements made on applications are subject to investigation and verification.

Reference Checks will be conducted by OC San to verify employment related information for all potential employees once a contingent job offer is made during the background investigation process. This is done to ensure that individuals who join OC San are well qualified and have a strong potential to be successful in their employment. The extent of the inquiry will depend on the position being applied for, but will at least include:

  • Verification/Reference from current and past employers
  • Confirmation of necessary licenses, certificates, and degrees.

Please have all necessary documentation ready. Additional inquiries may be necessary depending on the position for which you are applying. Human Resources will also schedule a post-offer physical examination once a job offer has been made.

OC San only accepts applications submitted via our online application system. Applications submitted via mail, fax or email will not be accepted.

The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

Vacation leave; eleven paid holidays and one floating holiday; sick leave; administrative leave; group life insurance; group and executive disability insurance; group health insurance (employee contribution is required), dependent coverage available, including medical, dental, and vision; a retirement* plan (Orange County Employees Retirement System) and the option of participating in a deferred compensation plan as well as other optional benefits. A credit union is available. Benefits are subject to the Board of Directors' periodic determination (usually annually), and are therefore subject to change. The District makes a generous contribution toward the cost of these benefits.

  • New employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 will be subject to the retirement benefit formula and provisions set forth by the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA).

For more information on benefits, visit our website at https://www.ocsd.com/about-us/jobs/employee-benefits.

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