City of San Mateo

Environmental Compliance Inspector

Onsite - San Mateo, CA
Application Deadline: 5/31/24

The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is Looking for an

Environmental Compliance Inspector

Why Join our Department?

The Public Works Department is comprised of Regulatory Compliance, Engineering, Field Maintenance, Facilities/Fleet, Wastewater Treatment, and Asset Management Divisions. Each division is led by one of two Deputy Directors, who report to the Director of Public Works. The department is responsible for the City’s major capital projects and infrastructure including streets, street lights, traffic signals, publicly owned facilities, sewer and storm conveyance systems, wastewater treatment plant, pump stations, a major lagoon, dams, and levees; as well as solid waste and environmental programs. The Department is responsible for regulatory compliance related to Stormwater, Pretreatment, Solid Waste, and other environmental programs, as well as public outreach to raise awareness to the general public and other stakeholders about these issues. 

The Public Works Department is committed to high performance standards, utilizing best practices relative to performance management and team-oriented approaches. Our mission is to enhance the community and its environment by providing sustainable stewardship and innovative approaches to Public Works services. 

Look to some of the reasons why the City of San Mateo is a great place to work:

What You’ll Do

The Environmental Compliance Inspector performs inspections and sampling of industrial, commercial and residential sources of discharge to the City’s sanitary sewer and storm drain systems to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations; inspects hazardous materials storage areas; responds to reports of illicit discharges; performs water quality testing; and conducts public outreach activities. This classification is distinguished from all other technical and professional classifications in the City by its specialized assignments in support of a variety of environmental compliance programs. The duties of the class involve courteous, effective and tactful interaction with the community to ensure compliance with wastewater and stormwater discharge regulations. Persons assigned to this class perform or assist in performing all functions associated with the City’s Source Control (Pretreatment and Pollution Prevention) and Stormwater programs. This position reports to the Regulatory Compliance Manager or higher level department personnel. 

For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

Who You Are

  • You possess skills and knowledge to perform the job competently and meet the technical specifications of the job description.
  • You possess knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they pertain to commercial, industrial, and residential wastewater and stormwater dischargers, including monitoring, inspection, and reporting requirements.
  • You possess skills and knowledge of hazardous materials storage and management; flow measurement and sampling methods; basic chemistry and laboratory analysis techniques; and wastewater collection systems and treatment plant processes.
  • You demonstrate a commitment to public service, anticipate the needs of both internal and external customers, deliver high-quality results, and are committed to continuous improvement.
  • You have the ability to safely perform required field work, including working in inclement weather, lifting equipment which may weigh up to 50 pounds, effective use of proper tools to access pretreatment equipment and monitoring locations for inspection and sampling.
  • You work cooperatively with others to build and maintain mutually-beneficial partnerships, leverage information, and achieve results, while understanding and integrating various stakeholder interests.

What You Bring

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • You possess one (1) year of work experience as an Environmental Compliance Inspector or equivalent environmental inspection experience or two (2) years of experience as a sample technician or laboratory analyst in an environmental field; and education equivalent to two (2) years of college with major course work in chemistry, mathematics and biology or related fields.
  • Additional qualifying experience MAY be substituted for the required education on the basis that one (1) additional year of experience as an Environmental Compliance Inspector equals two (2) years of required education.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California Driver’s License.
  • Must obtain a California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Grade I Environmental Compliance Inspector Certificate within twelve (12) months from the date of hire.

Bonus Points (highly desirable)

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a related field
  • CWEA Grade I Environmental Compliance Inspector Certificate

ADA Special Requirement: Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: the mental and/or physical ability to drive vehicles; read fine print and computer monitors; detect subtle shades of color and changes in odor; communicate using a telephone, in person, and to groups and be clearly understood; stoop, bend, stretch, reach, sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, squat, twist, and climb; safely lift and maneuver equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds; stamina to stand for long periods of time; and use a computer keyboard and calculator. 

What We Offer

  • Salary: $7,313 – $8,718/month
  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • ·CalPERS retirement (2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members). Classic employees contribute 8.30% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS.
  • Participation in the Social Security Program
  • Programs: Deferred Compensation plan with City match up to 0.5% of base salary, City will contribute 0.5% of base salary to the deferred compensation plan, and 1% city contribution to a Retirement Health Savings Account
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Diff: $195 monthly (if applicable)
  •  This classification is represented by the San Mateo City Employees’ Association

Are You Ready? Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé (recommended), and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260. 

Application Deadline

Recruitment will close by May 31, 2024 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first. Resumes are not required but highly recommended. 

Examination Process

All applications, résumés (recommended), and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Résumés do not take the place of a completed employment application. A fully completed application is required; a resume does not replace the information required on the employment application, including work history. Applications with “see resume” as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed. A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these; a Zoom oral board is tentatively scheduled for June 20, 2024. 

An eligible list will be established for those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least six months with the possibility of an extension for an additional six months. Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews. 

Date Posted – May 3, 2024 

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from: 

Fine Print: Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations. Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.