Environmental Supervisor

Orange County Sanitation District
Fountain Valley, CA

invites applications for the position of:
Environmental Supervisor

An Equal Opportunity Employer
$136,552.00 - $165,984.00

OPENING DATE: 01/22/21

CLOSING DATE: 02/05/21 05:00 PM


What do you value in your next job?

At OC San our Core Values form the framework of our organization and reinforce our professional work ethic. If the following values ring true with you, we would 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.

OC San is currently looking to fill the role of an Environmental Supervisor in the General Chemistry, Microbiology, and Sampling Section.


Under general direction, the Environmental Supervisor plans, prioritizes, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of staff in the Microbiology, General Chemistry, and Sampling section of the Environmental Laboratory & Ocean Monitoring Division, which conducts the physical, chemical, and microbiological preparation and analysis of a variety of samples including wastewater, surface water, sediments, and source control samples. This section is critical in monitoring all treatment processes at both OC San treatment facilities and will be expected to resolve issues or inefficiencies and recommend corrective actions as needed.  In addition, this position will manage projects developing new methods, project replacement schedules for laboratory instrumentation and ensure full compliance of OC San's Mission. The Environmental Supervisor will be a subject matter expert and serve as a technical resource for skilled staff and OC San. 


The Environmental Supervisor will participate on the division's leadership team and coordinate with supervisors from several other divisions. This position ensures compliance with quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) practices and procedures, standard operating procedures, and safety while overseeing staff involved in the development and documentation of laboratory methods, and occasionally performs the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility. The Environmental Supervisor establishes schedules and methods for providing assigned laboratory services and activities; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; and allocates resources accordingly. Participates in the maintenance of the Laboratory's State and National Certification; serves as a liaison with regulatory agencies; manages the application, preparation, and certification of sample analysis activities of the recertification process; oversees regional monitoring programs and efforts; remains current on state and federal regulations involving the analysis and reporting of data for regulatory purposes; and represents the District in committees involving certification issues.  This individual supervises and participates in the preparation of analytical and statistical reports, memorandum and correspondence related to laboratory analyses and compliance with regulations and state, federal, and local permit requirements.

The Environmental Supervisor oversees the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); oversees the planning of LIMS projects and participates in prioritizing tasks; and participates in determining future applications of automation. This person coordinates contract laboratory work; prepares contract specification, evaluates bidders, and selects best qualified contractor; manages contracts with outside laboratories including arranging for services and verifying that specifications and regulations are followed. 

Additional duties include assisting the Laboratory Manager in providing accurate and timely information to water agencies, regulatory agencies, the public, Board of Directors, and District personnel; and preparation and administration of the assigned program budget, submittal of budget recommendations, and monitoring of expenditures. This individual will be responsible for providing leadership and coaching to assigned staff regarding division goals; participating in the selection of staff; providing or coordinating staff training; preparing and conducting performance evaluations for assigned staff; and mentoring employees to maximize staff performance.




  1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, with major coursework in a science, or a related field;
  2. Six (6) years of responsible work experience in environmental compliance and regulatory monitoring and/or performing advanced physical and chemical preparation and analysis in a laboratory, including four (4) years at a level comparable to a Principal Environmental Specialist or two (2) years of supervisory experience.
  3. Valid California Class C Driver’s License.

Advanced knowledge of operations, services, and activities of an environmental laboratory and quality assurance/quality control principles and practices necessary to supervise a laboratory performing inorganic and organic analyses related to water and wastewater is highly desired. Advanced knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations including Federal Environmental Protection Agency, State Department of Health, and State Water Resources quality control standards regarding water and wastewater desired. 



Vacancies: 1

Apply online at: www.ocsan.gov/jobs

APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Friday, February 5, 2021 by 5:00 P.M.
(or until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received)

Hiring Salary Range: $136,552.00 - $150,529.60/ Year
(starting salary will be within this range based upon qualifications)



Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, in a laboratory setting, and in the field when participating in local or regional special studies and projects; to operate a motor vehicle and to visit various District or meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; color vision to identify chemical and biological solvents and substances; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is partially an office and partially a field operations classification; frequent standing in work areas and walking between work areas is required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer 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 up to 25 pounds.

Employees work primarily indoors but may perform field work and are occasionally exposed to loud noise levels, vibration, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances, odors, and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors 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.