Environmental Specialist I/II/III

  • City of American Canyon
  • 415 Mezzetta Court, American Canyon, CA 94503, American Canyon, California
  • Sep 20, 2022
Full Time Environmental Services Natural Resources Regulatory and Licensing Sciences and Laboratory Utilities Entry-Level, Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: $32.98 USD
  • Salary Top: $48.85
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 7076474361
  • Apply By: Oct 02, 2022


The City of American Canyon Maintenance and Utilities Department is responsible for the treatment and distribution of drinking water; the collection, reclamation and reuse of wastewater; compliance with all environmental regulations related to water, wastewater, stormwater and solid waste; and management of the City's facilities and fleet.

The City operates a Water Treatment Plant, Water Reclamation Facility and Corporation Yard. The Water Reclamation Facility processes wastewater for either discharge to receiving waters or for recycled water production and distribution. Environmental Services is housed at the Water Reclamation Facility. 


This position is not designated for retired annuitants.

American Canyon is recruiting for three vacancies in the Environmental Services Division. The positions may be filled at any level of the flexibly staffed classification depending on the qualifications of the applicants:

  • Environmental Specialist I (entry level) - $32.98/hr. to $40.09/hr.
  • Environmental Specialist II (journey level) - $36.40/hr. to $44.25/hr.
  • Environmental Specialist III (advanced journey/lead) - $40.18/hr. to $48.85/hr. 

The typical work schedule is 40 hours per week in person with extensive field work. Adjustments to specific work hours may be available after successful completion of nine-month probation. 

Job Description


The following are examples of duties that may be performed at the entry, journey or advanced-journey/lead level depending on qualifications:

  • Implement environmental program activities, such as inspection, field/plant sample collection, quality control checking, data validation, reporting, billing calculation, operation and maintenance of field equipment, outreach, public meetings and presentations, recordkeeping, and data/information collection/analysis.
  • Collect, monitor, analyze, and evaluate environmental program data using a variety of modeling and statistical methods and techniques.
  • Prepare a variety of technical, statistical, and administrative reports.
  • Administer environmental programs, including administration activities such as issuing permits, performing site inspections, handling permit/code enforcement, applying quality assurance program, identifying pollution sources, mitigating illicit discharge, interfacing with regulatory agencies, and managing contracts.
  • Represent the City at conferences, public forums, and community meetings as well as with inter-agency groups and committees.
  • Participate with other City departments, community service providers, consultants, other jurisdictions, and agencies in environmental program development and coordination efforts as well as legislative advocacy and education.
  • Recommend changes to the existing environmental programs or develop new environmental programs designed to comply with local, state, and federal regulations and City's wastewater and storm water NPDES permits to preserve environmental resources and to provide environmental protection to the public.
  • Work closely with and build effective working relationships with coworkers, other City employees, other organizations and their representatives, and the general public, demonstrating positive customer service and communication skills.
  • If assigned to the Ill level, provide lead worker guidance to lower level staff.
  • Coordinate sustainability and conservation activities among City departments, external agencies and partners, community organizations, residents and businesses with the goal of achieving by-in, education, and habit transformation.
  • Develops, implements, modifies, coordinates, and monitors elements of a water use reduction or conservation program, encouraging use of such devices and techniques as high-efficiency fixtures and appliances, leak detection and control, water efficient landscaping, smart irrigation methods and customer education.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have an established track record of resourcefulness, initiative and problem-solving. They will be able to interpret regulations, maintain detailed, accurate records, and use sound judgement, appropriate to their level of qualification and responsibility. The ideal Environmental Specialist will have a clear understanding of the importance of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external customers.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a grasp of the following key areas of knowledge:

  • Federal/State/City laws/regulations/codes in regard to stormwater discharge, recycled water application, solid waste reduction, industrial wastewater pretreatment, pollution control, and pollution prevention.
  • Physical/chemical properties of wastewater and storm water pollutants.
  • Principles and procedures related to biological and environmental sciences and research.
  • Quality control/quality assurance concepts and statistical analysis of data.
  • Principles and practices of water conservation, including materials and techniques for water efficient landscaping.
  • Microsoft Office and other applicable software.
  • Administrative principles and methods, including project planning and program management.
  • Principles and industry practices of integrated solid waste management, source reduction, and recycling.
  • Clean storm water program administration.
  • General marketing and outreach practices related to environmental programs.
  • Principles and practices of water conservation such as California Urban Water Conservation Council Best Management Practices.
  • Appropriate materials, plants, equipment, and techniques for water efficient landscaping, and water conservation.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following key abilities:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Make effective, professional presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Write and create technical and informational publications, reports, graphs, brochures, and other materials.
  • Understand and interpret environmental laws/regulations/codes, evaluate technical information, and resolve technical issues.
  • Compile and interpret data regarding water consumption and identify possible areas of reducing long and short-term water use.
  • Plan, conduct and carry through various data collection, compilation and analytical studies.
  • Use appropriate software to perform work and to generate reports and documents.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of Experience & Education that results in the successful applicant obtaining the requisite knowledge, skills and ability to perform the required job duties.

Typical examples include:


  • Completion of college-level courses in the physical or biological sciences, environmental studies, water resources, landscape architecture or integrated waste management field equivalent to an Associate's Degree and/or specialized training in industrial waste treatment, treatment of metal waste streams, pretreatment facility inspection, water conservation, water science and data resources, or water efficiency.
  • A Bachelor's or Master's Degree from an accredited college or university with major in Public Health, Environmental Health, Environmental Studies, Integrated Waste Management, Environmental Engineering, Public or Business Administration, Geography, Geology, or a closely related field is highly desired.

Experience & Certifications:

Environmental Specialist I

  • Two years of full-time professional experience performing environmental program administration activities, which may include storm water, recycled water, industrial pretreatment, pollution prevention, hazardous waste and/or solid waste management programs, or other closely related activity.

Environmental Specialist II

  • One year as an Environmental Specialist I with the City of American Canyon; or
  • Three years of full-time professional experience performing environmental program administration activities, which may include storm water, recycled water, industrial pretreatment, pollution prevention, hazardous waste and/or solid waste management programs or other closely related activity.

Environmental Specialist III

  • Two years as an Environmental Specialist II with the City of American Canyon; or
  • Five years of full-time professional experience performing environmental program administration activities, which may include, storm water, recycled water, industrial pretreatment, pollution prevention, industrial waste treatment, treatment of metal waste streams, pretreatment facility inspection, hazardous waste and/or solid waste management programs or other closely related activity.

Certifications to be obtained within 9 months of employment:

Environmental Specialist I

  • Grade I CWEA Environmental Compliance Inspector Certificate, if assigned to Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Programs.  

Environmental Specialist II & III

  • Grade II CWEA Environmental Compliance Inspector Certificate, if assigned to Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention Programs. 
  • Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP), if assigned to Storm Water Program. 

License Requirement:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Special Instructions


The City of American Canyon application must be submitted online by the filing deadline on Sunday, October 2, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. 

Based on a review of qualifications and the supplemental questionnaire, those applicants determined to be the most qualified will be invited to participate in the subsequent phase(s) of the recruitment process, which will include one or more of the following: assessment exercises, performance exam, oral board exam. Candidates successful in the initial examination phase will be placed on an eligibility list in rank order of scores received. The City will then consider candidates from the eligibility list to participate in the hiring process for final selection.  Placement on the eligibility list is not a guarantee of a final hiring interview.

Recruitment Schedule

  • Recruitment period - Friday, September 9, 2022, through Sunday, October 2, 2022
  • Oral Board exams - Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • Department interviews - Thursday, October 20, 2022

All interviews will be held in person at American Canyon City Hall following Napa County Public Health protocols. 

Prior to providing a Conditional Offer of Employment, the City will conduct a reference check including but not limited to the verification of employment history and education.  All Conditional Offers of Employment will be made and contingent upon successful completion of Live Scan Fingerprinting. The resulting report of conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of the conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment. Additionally, all applicants will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen.

Veteran’s Preference- view City Policy at http://www.cityofamericancanyon.org/city-departments/administrative-services-human-resources/job-opportunities 

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference will be required to provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" to Human Resources before the filing deadline for the position applied for. Preference afforded via the application screening shall constitute the complete and total extent to which the City of American Canyon will afford veteran preference over other candidates.

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Additional Information


Cost-of-Livings Adjustments (COLAs)

The City has entered into a contract with its represented employees setting the following COLA ranges based on the Consumer Price Index:

  • July 2023: 3% to 5%
  • July 2024: 2% to 5%
  • July 2025: 2% to 5%
  • July 2026: 2% to 5%


  • The City contributes a monthly payment equal to 90% of the Kaiser HMO premium rates at each level of coverage (Employee only, Employee plus One Dependent, and Family) for active employees.
  • Employees covered by another insurance plan may be eligible for $475.00 per month in lieu of health coverage.
  • The City contributes 100% of the current “Supplement/Managed Monthly Employee Only Rate for Kaiser Senior Advantage” to assist with medical insurance costs for CalPERS covered retirees.
  • $325.95 “Cafeteria Plan” towards out-of-pocket medical health premium, if any, Life, Group LTD, Dental and Vision Insurance and an Employee Assistance Program. 
  • Several “family friendly” benefits such as sick leave for dependent care, bereavement, and flexible work schedules.

Paid Leave

Vacation:            12 days = 0-3 years of service
                             15 days = 4-9 years of service
                             20 days = 10-15 years of service
                             25 days after 16 years of service

Sick Leave:          12 days per year.

Holidays:             16 paid holidays per year.

Vacation Same as Cash: Eligible employees may convert a portion of their accumulated vacation to cash based on certain guidelines.  

Longevity Pay

  • After the completion of 10 years = $100 per mo.
  • After the completion of 15 years = $150 per mo.
  • After the completion of 20 years = $200 per mo.
  • After the completion of 25 years = $250 per mo.


Employees are covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement Systems (CalPERS).

CalPERS Retirement Plan Classic Members - CalPERS 2% @ 55 formula 

  • Employees’ 7% contribution is employee paid.  Employee pays 5% toward employer portion (cost sharing).
  • This formula has single highest year compensation.

CalPERS Retirement Plan PEPRA members (hired after 1/1/13) – CalPERS 2% @ 62 formula

  • Three year average on final compensation
  • A pensionable income cap of $151,549

Deferred Compensation

  • The City provides two 457 deferred compensation programs in which employees may participate.

Please see the current Memorandum of Understanding with the General Unit Employees and the City of American Canyon for more detailed information related to benefits.

Job Address

415 Mezzetta Court, American Canyon, CA 94503, American Canyon, California 94503 United States View Map