Environmental Compliance Inspectors

Government & Public Administration > Governance

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Environmental Compliance Inspectors include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 85.71% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 9.52% said they needed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.


    Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pretreatment, pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs.

    Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.

    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.

    Review and evaluate applications for registration of products containing dangerous materials, or for pollution control discharge permits.

    Inform health professionals, property owners, and the public about harmful properties and related problems of water pollution and contaminated wastewater.

    Evaluate label information for accuracy and conformance to regulatory requirements.

    Learn and observe proper safety precautions, rules, regulations, and practices so that unsafe conditions can be recognized and proper safety protocols implemented.

    Observe and record field conditions, gathering, interpreting, and reporting data such as flow meter readings and chemical levels.

    Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as EPA laws and regulations.

    Verify that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with regulations.

    Determine sampling locations and methods, and collect water or wastewater samples for analysis, preserving samples with appropriate containers and preservation methods.

    Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.

    Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.

    Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.

    Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.

    Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.

    Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary.

    Prepare data to calculate sewer service charges and capacity fees.

    Conduct research on hazardous waste management projects in order to determine the magnitude of problems, and treatment or disposal alternatives and costs.

    Maintain and repair materials, worksites, and equipment.

    Participate in the development of spill prevention programs and hazardous waste rules and regulations, and recommend corrective actions for hazardous waste problems.

    Perform laboratory tests on samples collected, such as analyzing the content of contaminated wastewater.

    Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies.

    Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected.

    Respond to questions and inquiries, such as those concerning service charges and capacity fees, or refer them to supervisors.

    Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws.


X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers

Wireline samplers

Wheaton dip samplers

Weighted bottle samplers

Water sampling gear pumps

Water quality data sondes

Wastewater samplers

All Tools

Waste pile samplers

Volatile organic compound VOC measurement devices

Van Veen grab samplers

Van Dorn samplers

Ultraviolet fluorescence UVF test kits

Turbidity probes

Total petroleum hydrocarbon TPH analyzers

Thief samplers

Syringe pumps

Surface acoustic wave sensors SAWS

Suction-lift pumps

Split spoon samplers

Split core samplers


Specific conductance probes

Shelby tube samplers

Sediment sieves


Sand corers

Sampling triers

Sample collection chambers

Sample bottles

Russian peat borers

Rotary hammer systems

Reciprocating piston sampling pumps

Progressive cavity sampling pumps

Power augers

Portable two way radios

Portable mass spectrometers MS

Portable gas chromatographs GC

Pond samplers

Ponar dredge samplers

Piezoelectric sensors

Photoionization detectors PID

pH indicators

Passive diffusion bag PDB samplers

Optical beamsplitting devices

Mobile cone penetrometer MCP systems

Mercury vapor analyzers

Membrane interface probes MIP

Measuring cylinders

Mass spectrometers

Magnetic locators

Liquid grab samplers

Liquid chromatographs LC

Laser-induced fluorescence LIF instruments

Laser-induced breakdown spectrometers LIBS

Laptop computers

Laboratory dropping pipettes

Laboratory analytical balances

Kemmerer depth samplers

Ion selective electrode ISE testers


Infrared IR spectrometers

Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrophotometers

Hydraulic vibracorers

Helium-neon lasers

Headspace vials

Hand sampling pumps

Hand corers

Groundwater sampling peristaltic pumps

Ground penetrating radar GPR

Gravity corers

Graphite furnace atomic absorption GFAA spectrometers

Fuel fluorescence detectors FFD


Extractive Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers

Enzyme immunoassay kits

Ekman grab samplers

Double check valve bailers

Dissolved oxygen probes

Differential photometers

Desktop computers


Continuous water quality monitors

Continuous flame ionization detectors FID

Conductance meters

Composite liquid waste samplers COLIWASA

Colorimetric field sampling devices

Chlorophyll-a probes

Chlorine samplers

Centrifugal water sampling pumps

Bucket augers

Box corers

Bottom fill bailers

Bladder pumps

Benthic grab samplers

Bacon bomb samplers

Atmosphere monitors

Aluminum ladders


Geographic information system GIS software

Salesforce software


Environmental Knowledge and Assessment Tool EKAT

Field Operations and Records Management System (FORMS) II Lite

Fully Integrated Environmental Location Decision Support FIELDS

HRS Quickscore

All Technologies

Mass Flux Toolkit

Monitoring and Remediation Optimization System MAROS

Rapid Assessment Tools R.A.T.


Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance SADA

Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools SMARTe


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

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