The Environmental Affairs and Compliance Administrator facilitates system-wide compliance with environmental rules and regulations. This position requires strategic thinking and strong technical problem solving skills due to the complexity and occasional ambiguity of environmental rules and regulations. It is essential that the Administrator maintain an excellent relationship with regulatory agency staff and demonstrate the leadership skills necessary to facilitate compliance while reducing barriers to compliance that are experienced by our regulated community.
Capital Planning and Project Support:
Serve as the technical resource for the University on environmental assessment, remediation, or construction projects. Ensure that the University's Environmental Procedures Plan is implemented.
Assist project teams with resolving environmental issues and provide information about the impacts of development alternatives based on reasonable interpretations of environmental assessments, law and agency practice.
As part of the project team, prepare environmental site assessments and construction contingency plans for construction projects located within brownfield areas. Alternatively, participate in the selection of environmental consultants, write statements of work for RFP and then review contractor work for completeness and approve invoices.
Work with the project team as property is entered into the Voluntary Investigation and Clean-up Program and Petroleum Brownfields Program. Participate in negotiation of appropriate clean-up standards and remediation requirements
Evaluate soil and groundwater for contamination when chemical releases are discovered. Report findings or incidents of contamination to the State Duty Officer.
Real Estate Support Service:
Assist Real Estate’s environmental consultants with data evaluation and communication to the University community during the environmental phase of property acquisition.
Participate in the selection of environmental consultants, review documents prepared by environmental consultants and verify that work is complete.
Provide Real Estate staff with a summary of reasonable actions that may be required for site remediation.
Work with real estate transaction attorney on technical issues related to environmental protection contracts.
Coordinate with MPCA and MDA any action required to clean up contaminated property.
Rosemount Research Center/UMore Park
Coordinate environmental work with farm management and real estate management groups.
Provide technical support to legal team and Real Estate Office as they proceed with negotiations with the USACOE.
Work with consultants on development of site surveys and response action plans.
Participate in the preparation of environmental documents associated with sale of property.
Prepare an annual inspection report for the GUE and the burn pit sites NPL sites.
Manage Environmental Compliance for assigned areas of responsibility:
Maintain regular contacts with partners to provide technical support related to compliance in the areas of storm water, wastewater, groundwater, air quality, storage tanks, feedlots and spill prevention control and countermeasures.
Annually inspect groundwater monitoring wells and prepare annual well maintenance permit reports until the wells are closed.
Partner with and educate regulated groups to develop creative solutions to their compliance issues.
Provide advice and expertise to DEHS management to facilitate planning and development of “best practice” environmental programs and solutions.
Collaborate with academic programs to encourage student participation in research and provide student field experiences.
Create and foster productive, professional relationships with regulatory agency staff. Gather relevant information and engage regulatory agency staff in creative problem solving.
Assist with preparation of environmental permit applications.
Government Accounting Standards Board Reporting
Complete annual financial reports with a summary of the past years activities for each contaminated site where the University has incurred costs or expect to incur costs.
The applicant must be able to access construction sites and facilities to collect samples and conduct inspections. This requires climbing ladders and narrow stairs, and being able to carry small to medium size coolers with sample jars and field testing meters.
Occasional out of town travel will be necessary to University facilities or educational meetings state wide.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies, Science or Engineering and a minimum of 6 years of experience.
Master of Science Degree in Environmental Studies, Science or Engineering
Ability to work with environmental statutes, regulations and agency practice and reasonably apply the law to a wide variety of situations.
Familiarity with ASTM procedures for Phase I and II environmental assessments.
Understanding of Brownfield Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup requirements.
Knowledge of SPCC program and AST and UST tank requirements.
Strong understanding of air emission, storm water and waste water regulatory programs.
Ability to facilitate solutions to complex regulatory problems by using teamwork, persuasion, experience and knowledge.
Ability to strategically resolve issues while balancing regulatory interpretation with the capital development needs of the University
Ability to use analytical skills to write clear and concise reports.
Ability to professionally represent DEHS while helping the University community understand environmental exposure risk.
Ability to successfully work with people at all levels of the organization and from various backgrounds.
Internal Number: 328900
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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