2020-11-10 2020-12-03

Environmental Laboratory and Ocean Monitoring Manager

Orange County Sanitation District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 64106
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 64106
  • Organization Website

ORANGE COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT invites applications for the position of: Environmental Laboratory and Ocean Monitoring Manager

SALARY: $161,574.40 - $197,225.60 Annually

OPENING DATE: 11/03/20

CLOSING DATE: 12/03/20 05:00 PM

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.

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

Under administrative direction of the Director of Environmental Services, the Environmental Laboratory and Ocean Monitoring Manager conducts monitoring, testing and compliance reporting on the impacts of the OC San's effluent on ocean receiving waters; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Environmental Services.

The Manager’s duties include:

  • Administration - Manage assigned services and activities of the Environmental Laboratory & Ocean Monitoring Division to include providing testing services to the customers and evaluating operational impact on the ocean receiving waters; recommend and administer policies and procedures; ensures the OC San's program and goals are implemented and carried out in the Division; manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures; approves and ensures implementation of quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) practices and procedures, including Standard Operating Procedures; maintain laboratory accreditation with California's Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program and the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Council; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work of staff involved in sample analyses, theoretical research and design, the development of methods, and the generation of reports to support OC San's source control program, treatment plant process monitoring, air monitoring, environmental monitoring programs and research activities; assigns work activities, projects, and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures; prepare and present reports on informational and action items to OC San's Board of Directors; and set goals and performance measures to conduct performance reviews of direct reports.

  • Financial Management - Develop and administer Division budget; annually forecast funds needed for staffing, research, equipment, materials, supplies, and training expenditures; and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary.

  • Compliance - Represent OC San with regulatory agencies. Serve as a liaison for the Division with other divisions, departments, academic and research organizations, and outside agencies; negotiate and resolves sensitive and controversial regulatory issues; approve and administer contracts for outside laboratory services, oversee scientific marine vessel operations and maintenance and services associated with oceanographic and marine sciences; and participate in the development and implementation of technologies to reduce health risks to surrounding residents and businesses. Support pollution prevention activities (e.g., source control); and development of analytical capabilities for detecting and monitoring emerging pollutants of concern. Support effective biosolids reuse and water reclamation programs; oversee and participate in the development of innovative programs and completion of special studies; evaluate and integrate study findings; and advocate for proactive environmental stewardship programs and science-based regulations to policymakers. Monitor and comment on regional, state, and federal regulations affecting water quality and other environmental issues.

  • Leadership - Provide leadership and direction for the Division; represent the Division to other departments, OC San’s Board of Directors, professional associations and agencies, and stakeholders; coordinate and support assigned activities with other departments, outside agencies, and organizations; explain, justify, and defend Department programs, policies, and activities; prevent, identify and resolve personnel issues; provide technical expertise; participate in professional organizations and committees; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of wastewater management, risk management, and environmental services; foster an atmosphere of productivity and harmony; and, respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

  • OC San Committee and Board Meetings – Assist the Director of Environmental Services in preparing and presenting staff reports and other necessary correspondence relative to Department matters.

In its key role of protecting public health and the environment, OC San must meet all requirements of federal, state, regional, and local regulations for treated sewage discharge to the ocean, water recycling, biosolids management, air emissions, industrial waste, storm water management, sewer system operations, and land use controls. The Environmental Services Department (Department) enables OC San to respond quickly to new regulations and initiatives while ensuring our operations comply with current environmental regulations, implements innovative pollution prevention programs, and meets challenging analytical needs for water quality and ocean monitoring. Department is responsible for managing the following OC San environmental and regulatory program elements:

  • Ocean Discharge Permit. Monitor and report on compliance with OC San’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, jointly issued by the U.S. EPA and California Water Quality Control Board, that stipulates conditions under which treated wastewater may be discharged into the ocean.

  • Source Control. Responsible for permitting, inspection, monitoring, and enforcement of local, state, and federal pretreatment requirements imposed on dischargers of industrial and non-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.

  • Environmental Laboratory. Provide laboratory services, sample collection and data analysis in support of plant operations, air and water quality compliance activities, source control, ocean monitoring, and groundwater recharge (GWRS) activities.

  • Ocean Monitoring. Carry out OC San’s comprehensive ocean monitoring program, including toxicity analysis, to safeguard the marine life and public from any potential effects caused by the discharge of treated wastewater.

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

  • Biosolids Management. Maintain our biosolids environmental management system and ensure diversity in products, markets, locations, and contractors for our daily biosolids production.

  • 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 minimize potential health risks to surrounding residents and businesses.

  • Urban Runoff. Carry out the urban runoff diversion program through the issuance, monitoring, and enforcement of discharge permits to municipalities seeking to discharge dry weather urban runoff into OC San’s sewer system to prevent contamination of beaches and waterways and any potential damage to OC San’s facilities and treatment processes.

  • Underground storage tanks (USTs). Ensure OC San’s USTs comply with state requirements for inspections, testing, permits, and training to prevent unauthorized releases which might degrade underlying groundwater.

  • Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). Monitor and assess compliance with regulatory requirements mandated by state-issued waste discharge requirements for sanitary sewer systems. OC San’s sewer system management plan outlines activities designed to provide reliable service and prevent SSOs.

  • Environmental Audits. Undertake audits of OC San’s operations, facilities, and contractors to provide independent verification that they are complying with environmental laws, regulations, and policies to help reduce compliance violations.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education with major coursework in a scientific, technical field, or a related field; at least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in a related field of laboratory analysis including two (2) years of supervisory experience.

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. Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California Class C driver's license is required.

OC San is regarded world-wide for being cutting-edge and innovative in wastewater management and resource recovery. OC San values transparency and excellence in providing services to its customers. The ideal candidate will be an experienced manager who will thrive in this environment. The individual will have a proven track record in operational optimization, sound financial management, and customer satisfaction, embracing the position with outstanding leadership, strategic business planning, and organizational skills. This person will be able to effectively manage competing priorities, focus on the long-term goal, and support the department towards fulfilling it. The individual will excel at articulating technical concepts in non-technical terms. The individual will stay abreast of best practices and apply those standards to the workplace under various conditions, including times of limited resources. The ideal candidate will be a team player who is collaborative and able to mentor and develop staff. The individual will work well with and establish an excellent rapport with OC San’s Board of Directors, staff, the community, and other public agencies. The candidate will be a resilient and politically astute leader with a track record of making sound business decisions; an ethical person who does not compromise on business practices; and someone with whom others trust. Lastly, this individual will enjoy being a partner to a high performing management team, dedicated to the long-term vision and goals of OC San.

Top priorities of the new Manager will be:

  • Workforce Planning and Development – Recruit, develop, and retain a professional staff to meet the agency’s mission and levels of service.

  • Leadership – Oversee the Environmental Lab and Ocean Monitoring group and assume full management responsibility for all programs and activities. Work with other local and regional agencies to identify or create improved business or environmental outcomes for the people we serve.

  • Compliance and Standards - Ensure regulatory requirements are met to produce a high quality of wastewater for resource recovery. Ensure OC San facilities fulfill future capacity requirements and maintain facilities for optimal lifecycle.

  • Operational Efficiencies – Look for and champion continuous improvements in business practices for the agency. Actively engage with department employees and lead the team towards strategic initiatives to achieve OC San’s overall goals.


APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Thursday, December 3, 2020 before 5:00 P.M.

The annual salary range for this position is $161,574 - $197,225. 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:


Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; ability to travel to various District sites, projects 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 computer keyboard, typewriter 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 predominately 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 and 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.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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