Environmental Investigation Coordinator I

San Antonio River Authority

San Antonio, TX, US


To perform this job successfully, an individual must perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Responsible for the coordination and orchestration of environmental compliance and stormwater best management practices (BMPs) maintenance within the San Antonio River basin to protect public health, natural resources, and preserve the River Authority’s property rights in accordance with the mission, enabling statute, ordinances, and the laws of the State of Texas.

• Identifies unauthorized activities adjacent to rivers, creeks and waterways within the basin that have potential for adverse environmental impact or that threaten public health and safety by implementing a regular patrol schedule.
• Investigates and monitors conditions that may be hazardous to the aquatic ecology of the basin, pose threats to public health and safety, infringe on River Authority property rights and/or violate ordinances.
• Coordinates with other departments and other agencies on plans and best management practices to remedy pollution, material spills, habitat destruction, property encroachment, permit violations, illegal dumping or discharge potential, and real abuse of the flood plain within the San Antonio River basin and any other potential environmental issues.
• Conducts Low Impact Development (LID) best management practices inspections, documents performance, and coordinates maintenance and/or remediation as needed.
• Patrols river basin using helicopter or fixed wing aircraft in search of all unauthorized activities and identifies activities in the basin adjacent to the rivers, creeks and waterways that have potential for adverse environmental impact or that threaten public health and safety.

• Monitors oil and gas activities that could have a potential effect on surface water quality within the river basin.
• Monitors state permitting activities and permitted wastewater, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3), and industrial discharges for compliance.
• Communicates with landowners, federal, state and local agency officials, regulatory officials, and the public in order to resolve non-compliant situations regarding the San Antonio River Basin streams as needed.
• Responds to emergency spills that impact rivers and creeks.
• Calibrates and maintains scientific instrumentation.
• Produces written reports; makes presentations as directed.
• All other duties as assigned.

The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.


This position does not directly supervise any employees.


An Undergraduate Degree from an accredited college or university in Biological Science, Environmental Science, Geology, or a relevant discipline with one (1) year of progressively responsible experience in environmental investigations and assessment; or a combination of experience and education that results in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is required.


A knowledge of local, state, and federal rules and regulations regarding the protection of surface water quality; knowledge of the principles of Low Impact Development (LID) design, performance, maintenance, and monitoring techniques; ability to implement established programs in order to process data and generate reports; ability to operate a small outboard motor, jon boat, and canoe; ability to participate in air-flight-surveys from a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft; experience in the use of GPS and GIS systems in order to document locations and generate maps; ability to swim; and computer proficiency in the current Microsoft Office package is required.

Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.


Ability to provide excellent customer service; ability to understand written or oral instructions;
read, analyze and interpret documents, instruction manuals, policies, and procedures are essential. Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) are required to effectively present information in a one-on-one, small or large group setting. Ability to analyze data and information is essential. Strong interpersonal skills are essential to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, agency representatives, civic groups, employees, and members of the general public. The ability to work effectively and efficiently, under sometimes stressful conditions, to ensure deadlines are met is essential.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work requires the ability to traverse uneven terrain, and intermittently walk, stand, climb, balance, bend, crouch and reach while performing work duties. Regularly and safely lifts, carries, and handles supplies and equipment weighing at least 40 pounds. Occasionally lifts and carries up to 50 pounds approximately 15 feet. Regularly wades into bodies of water and works in waders while performing work duties. Visual acuity, hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity is required to perform some activities and to operate equipment. Drives for extended periods of time, collecting samples from hazardous streamside environments.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Work is typically performed outdoors, sometimes in extreme or adverse weather, and is exposed to such typical hazards of outdoor work as poison ivy, wasps, snakes, and other natural and mechanical hazards. Occasionally, work is performed in a well-lit and adequately heated and ventilated office environment and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards. Must be able to travel within and outside the district.

The stress level for this position is moderate and the workload often requires this position to work non-traditional hours including nights, weekends, occasionally during inclement weather and holidays. Must be able to perform in a small but highly professional team-oriented environment.

Must be able to function in a principle-based organization that has a culture built on character and SARA Core Values of Stewardship, Integrity, and Excellence.