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WATERSHED INSPECTOR
42400
(Competitive)


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

Performs inspection work to prevent contamination of a protected public watershed. Under general supervision, conducts periodic inspections by vehicle and foot patrol of properties within the watershed that abuts Skaneateles Lake. Incumbents perform site evaluations for proposed sewage disposal systems during both pre and post construction period. Work is reviewed through inspection of daily reports. Supervision is not performed in this class. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

Patrols properties (residential, commercial, agricultural and municipal) within the Skaneateles Lake watershed, its shoreline and tributaries by foot, truck and boat to detect violations of existing codes, rules and regulations to determine sewage system failures, illegal sewage discharge, improper installation of sewage systems, improper storage or evidence of illegal dumping of hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials.
Conducts a variety of tests to determine leachate and sewage systems within the watershed.
Conducts annual agricultural land use and hazardous materials survey and inspections. Determining number of acres devoted to specific crops and inventory of pesticides, petroleum products and road salts used and stored within the watershed.
Inspects for situations that may environmentally impact water quality (animal waste in close proximity) to the lake or its watercourse.
Performs site evaluation with regard to proposed sewage disposal system installation, witness percolation tests.
Removes and disposes of dead animals from the lake or shoreline.
Communicates with local health officials, zoning officials or residents regarding watershed and sanitary code rules and regulations as required.
Prepares simple daily reports of inspection activities and violations to immediate superior.
Collects a variety of samples for analysis relating to water quality or watershed conditions.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Good knowledge of the Syracuse Skaneateles Lake Watershed Rules and Regulations, and related Sanitary Codes for New York State, Onondaga, Cortland and Cayuga Counties.
Good knowledge of the design, construction and operation of various subsurface sewage disposal systems and containerized disposal systems as per "NYS Handbook for Individual Household Systems".
Ability to read and interpret engineering site plans for sewage disposal systems.
Ability to perceive problems that have potential environmental impact on water quality.
Ability to prepare simple reports.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with the public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduation with an Associate’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees in Environmental Science, Potable or Wastewater Management, Natural Science, Engineering, Construction, or a closely related field.

11/2014 REVISED