Environmental Compliance Inspectors
SOC: 13-1041.01

Description:

Inspect and investigate sources of pollution to protect the public and environment and ensure conformance with Federal, State, and local regulations and ordinances.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
260,300 employed

Projected (2024):
269,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Agricultural Chemicals Inspector
  • Agricultural Chemicals Registration Specialist
  • Air Pollution Inspector
  • Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI)
  • City Sanitarian
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Compliance Investigator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Compliance Representative
  • Compliance Representative Dealer
  • Enforcement Officer
  • Environmental Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Quality Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Field Examiner
  • Field Investigator
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Health Inspector
  • Industrial Waste Inspector
  • Oil Program Compliance Specialist
  • Permit Review Assistant
  • Pesticide Control Inspector
  • Program Officer
  • Property Preservation Specialist
  • Registration Specialist
  • Regulatory Analyst
  • Regulatory Compliance Specialist
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Officer (RCRA Enforcement Officer)
  • Sanitation Inspector
  • State Inspector
  • Toxics Program Officer
  • Waste Management Specialist
  • Water Pollution Control Inspector


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary.
  • Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.
  • Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.
  • Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.
  • Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.
  • Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws.
  • Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.
  • Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected.
  • Determine sampling locations and methods, and collect water or wastewater samples for analysis, preserving samples with appropriate containers and preservation methods.
  • Verify that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with regulations.
  • Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as EPA laws and regulations.
  • Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies.
  • Observe and record field conditions, gathering, interpreting, and reporting data such as flow meter readings and chemical levels.
  • Learn and observe proper safety precautions, rules, regulations, and practices so that unsafe conditions can be recognized and proper safety protocols implemented.
  • Evaluate label information for accuracy and conformance to regulatory requirements.
  • Inform health professionals, property owners, and the public about harmful properties and related problems of water pollution and contaminated wastewater.
  • Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pretreatment, pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs.
  • Perform laboratory tests on samples collected, such as analyzing the content of contaminated wastewater.
  • Review and evaluate applications for registration of products containing dangerous materials, or for pollution control discharge permits.
  • Research and perform calculations related to landscape allowances, discharge volumes, production-based and alternative limits, and wastewater strength classifications, then make recommendations and complete documentation.
  • Participate in the development of spill prevention programs and hazardous waste rules and regulations, and recommend corrective actions for hazardous waste problems.
  • Maintain and repair materials, worksites, and equipment.
  • Conduct research on hazardous waste management projects in order to determine the magnitude of problems, and treatment or disposal alternatives and costs.
  • Respond to questions and inquiries, such as those concerning service charges and capacity fees, or refer them to supervisors.
  • Prepare data to calculate sewer service charges and capacity fees.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aluminum ladders
  • Atmosphere monitors
  • Bacon bomb samplers
  • Benthic grab samplers
  • Bladder pumps
  • Bottom fill bailers
  • Box corers
  • Bucket augers
  • Centrifugal water sampling pumps
  • Chlorine samplers
  • Chlorophyll-a probes
  • Colorimetric field sampling devices
  • Composite liquid waste samplers COLIWASA
  • Conductance meters
  • Continuous flame ionization detectors FID
  • Continuous water quality monitors
  • Dataloggers
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential photometers
  • Dissolved oxygen probes
  • Double check valve bailers
  • Ekman grab samplers
  • Enzyme immunoassay kits
  • Extractive Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers
  • Flowmeters
  • Fuel fluorescence detectors FFD
  • Graphite furnace atomic absorption GFAA spectrometers
  • Gravity corers
  • Ground penetrating radar GPR
  • Groundwater sampling peristaltic pumps
  • Hand corers
  • Hand sampling pumps
  • Headspace vials
  • Helium-neon lasers
  • Hydraulic vibracorers
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrophotometers
  • Infrared IR spectrometers
  • Interferometers
  • Ion selective electrode ISE testers
  • Kemmerer depth samplers
  • Laboratory analytical balances
  • Laboratory dropping pipettes
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser-induced breakdown spectrometers LIBS
  • Laser-induced fluorescence LIF instruments
  • Liquid chromatographs LC
  • Liquid grab samplers
  • Magnetic locators
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Measuring cylinders
  • Membrane interface probes MIP
  • Mercury vapor analyzers
  • Mobile cone penetrometer MCP systems
  • Optical beamsplitting devices
  • Passive diffusion bag PDB samplers
  • pH indicators
  • Photoionization detectors PID
  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • Ponar dredge samplers
  • Pond samplers
  • Portable gas chromatographs GC
  • Portable mass spectrometers MS
  • Portable two way radios
  • Power augers
  • Progressive cavity sampling pumps
  • Reciprocating piston sampling pumps
  • Rotary hammer systems
  • Russian peat borers
  • Sample bottles
  • Sample collection chambers
  • Sampling triers
  • Sand corers
  • Scaffolding
  • Sediment sieves
  • Shelby tube samplers
  • Specific conductance probes
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Split core samplers
  • Split spoon samplers
  • Suction-lift pumps
  • Surface acoustic wave sensors SAWS
  • Syringe pumps
  • Thief samplers
  • Total petroleum hydrocarbon TPH analyzers
  • Turbidity probes
  • Ultraviolet fluorescence UVF test kits
  • Van Dorn samplers
  • Van Veen grab samplers
  • Volatile organic compound VOC measurement devices
  • Waste pile samplers
  • Wastewater samplers
  • Water quality data sondes
  • Water sampling gear pumps
  • Weighted bottle samplers
  • Wheaton dip samplers
  • Wireline samplers
  • X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Database software
  • DQO-PRO
  • Environmental Knowledge and Assessment Tool EKAT
  • Field Operations and Records Management System (FORMS) II Lite
  • Fully Integrated Environmental Location Decision Support FIELDS
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • HRS Quickscore
  • Mass Flux Toolkit
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Monitoring and Remediation Optimization System MAROS
  • Rapid Assessment Tools R.A.T.
  • Scribe
  • Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance SADA
  • Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools SMARTe


  • business and financial operations


    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800