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Water Quality Specialist – Pollution Control

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Public Works Department
$5,517 – 6,986/month
Job Description: 


EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, Full-Time           

SALARY RANGE: $5,517 – 6,986/month  

OPENS: November 22, 2021

CLOSES: When Filled; 1st review Dec 06



This position will work as part of the Surface Water Quality Team and will implement Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) and Source Control programs within the Environmental Services Division.  This position will report to and is under the direction of the Public Works Director or their designee. This position functions as a water quality code enforcement official.


  • Perform investigation of Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) incidents and related spill or discharge events, determine responsible party, and recommend course of action for correction.
  • Constructively interact with property owners, residents, business owners and their representatives to correct water quality violations.
  • As a surface water quality code enforcement official, prepare detailed water quality notice of violations, and maintain documentation for all follow-up actions necessary for administration of water quality fines and penalties. 
  • Data management and analysis entering and updating IDDE service requests in Eyes on Federal Way, and the Division’s electronic management system, via tracking the status of water quality enforcement actions and providing data analysis as requested.
  • Implement SWM’s Source Control program, and other water quality processes that allow for improved health of the City’s streams, lakes, wetlands, and ponds while focusing on potential IDDE hotspots.
  • Assist Maintenance Supervisors in the development and implementation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), perform inspections, and update plans as needed.
  • Coordinate annual City wide IDDE awareness and SWPPP training.
  • Inspect solid waste dumpster and compactors to prevent or correct release of pollutants into stormwater systems.
  • Assist as needed in water quality sampling and monitoring.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • State, Federal and City codes including Federal Way Revised Code, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit Phase II requirements, and the Clean Water Act.
  • Federal and State water quality standards.
  • Surface water pollution prevention BMPs and how to apply them.
  • Stormwater infrastructure including control structures, conveyance systems, retention and detention systems, their purpose, and how they function.
  • Water quality sampling techniques and procedures.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer operation and engineering software used by the City such as Microsoft Office suite.


  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with varied audiences.
  • Maintain accurate records, and manage a wide range of details
  • Use interpersonal skills while establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with diverse interests including employees, supervisors, citizens, elected officials, and representatives of Municipal, County, State and Federal agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple tasks effectively.  
  • Grasp issues quickly and manage changing priorities. 
  • Interpret governmental codes, regulations and standards.
  • Prepare reports and maintain records following public records retention policy.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Keep supervisor informed on problems, progress, and emerging issues.
  • Plan, organize, prioritize and schedule work.
  • Operate a motor vehicle and maneuver a boat trailer. Launch, operate, and re-trailer a boat. Observe defensive driving practices. 
  • Physically perform the essential job functions.
  • Use GIS to review as-built plans, City infrastructure system, and accurately identify facility locations.
  • Use water quality related software to support monitoring efforts.



(1) All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  However, some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of other employees.

(2) While requirements may be representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and abilities, to perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

(3) This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed.  Employees occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by their supervisor.


A Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Science, Natural Science, Natural Resource Management or related field,


At least two years of experience with environmental permit requirements and/or water quality monitoring to support NPDES-related activities.  

Equivalent combination of education and/or related experience may be substituted. 

Municipal stormwater utility experience is preferred. 


Valid Washington State Driver’s license.


Please complete a required City of Federal Way application form and attach a resume and cover letter.  Applications are available at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003, on our website at www.cityoffederalway.com, or by calling 253-835-2531.