ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATOR IV

City of Houston, TX - Houston, TX

Full-time
POSITION OVERVIEW

Applications being accepted from: All Persons Interested

PN 21438

Division: Compliance and Monitoring
Section: Real Estate Compliance
Reporting Location: 2100 Travis, Houston, TX 77002
Workdays/Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (subject to change)

The City of Houston's Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) seeks to create a city in which every resident has an affordable home in a community where they can thrive. Partnering with non-profit, governmental, and local entities, HCDD strives to strengthen Houston's neighborhoods, provide true housing choice and execute the Mayor's vision for One Houston with complete communities throughout. Since Hurricane Harvey, HCDD is managing more than one billion dollars dedicated to helping low and moderate-income families recover.

To achieve this vision, HCDD is seeking an Environmental Investigator IV to join its team. In this position, you will evaluate single-family, multi-family, public facility and Disaster Recovery projects for compliance with the National Historical Preservation Act (NHPA) utilizing the Texas Historical Sites Atlas and other appropriate sources for obtaining the best available information regarding potential historical resources proximate to proposed project sites. You will be tasked to perform related advanced technical work and provide inter-departmental consulting services concerning archaeological services and overall NHPA compliance. You will support and/or be responsible for completing environmental reviews for single-family, multi-family, public facility and Disaster Recovery projects to ensure compliance with HUD environmental regulations and local requirements.

Key Responsibilities

Determine the level of environmental review required for each project.
Evaluate projects for compliance with NHPA utilizing the Texas Archaeological Sites Atlas and other potential sources of applicable information.
Prepare maps; identify environmental impacts such as flood hazards, noise sources, wetland resources, endangered species, site proximity to AST, USTs, and other facilities reporting to EPA and TCEQ.
Conduct inspection of various sites for potential historic and cultural resources as well as environmental hazards associated with soil mounds, debris, empty drums/containers including UST/AST. Analyze floodplain, historical, and wetland resources. Evaluate toxic substance, noise control, and environmental justice issues. Consider ASTM Phase I and II ESAs to implement NEPA, and apply 24 CFR parts 58, 55, 50, 51; 40 CFR part 1500-1508 and 40 CFR 312; 36 CFR part 800; Exec. Order 11988-11990 and 12899.
Liaison with the public, regulated community, local, state and other governmental entities regarding environmental issues.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Essential Attributes
Detail Oriented: Bring the highest level of attentiveness to work.
Motivated: Taking the ownership of projects to complete them efficiently.
Articulate: Display excellent written and oral communication skills.
Knowledgeable: Understands and masters the application of complex regulatory subject matter to real world situation.

This is a grant funded position subject to cancellation when funds are depleted and/or contract period ends.

WORKING CONDITIONS
There are occasional discomforts form exposure to moderate heat, cold, moisture/wetness and unpleasant air conditions. This position requires stooping, bending and/or lifting with occasional periods of walking on rough surfaces.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Education:
Requires a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Health Engineering or a closely related degree.

Minimum Experience:
Three years of pollution/environmental control experience are required.

Minimum License Requirement:
Valid driver's license in compliance with the City of Houston's Administrative Procedure 2-2.

PREFERENCES

Preference will be given to candidates with:
Master's degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, or closely related field plus 32 hours of undergraduate or graduate training in environmental studies (geology, ecology, biology, botany).
One year of full-time professional archaeological experience or equivalent specialized training in archaeological research, and at least 4 months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archaeology, with a demonstrated ability to plan and conduct research to completion. The position requires a combination of education and experience that meets the Secretary of the Interior (SOI) standards for qualifications in archaeology.
Experience using the Texas Historical Sites Atlas.
Intermediate knowledge of HUD "24 CFR 58 Environmental Review Procedures" or "24 CFR 58 NEPA Environmental Review Procedures.
Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Access, and SharePoint)
Experience with OnBase Records Management.
**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**

GENERAL INFORMATION
SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED
Department may administer skills assessment test.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

This is position is a pay grade 23.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: http://www.www.houstontx.gov

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call 832.394.6200.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

If you need special services or accommodations, please call 832.393.6090; TTY 7-1-1.

An Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.