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Environmental Compliance Inspectors - 13-1041.01

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Air Permitting and Enforcement Inspector
  • Compliance Investigator
  • Enforcement Officer
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Inspector
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Environmental Quality Analyst
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Officer (RCRA Enforcement Officer)
  • Toxics Program Officer
  • Waste Management Specialist

SOC Occupation Groups

13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1000 Business Operations Specialists
13-1040 Compliance Officers
13-1041.00 Compliance Officers
13-1041.01 Environmental Compliance Inspectors

Related Occupations


  • Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pretreatment, pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs.
  • Conduct research on hazardous waste management projects to determine the magnitude of problems and treatment or disposal alternatives and costs.
  • Determine sampling locations and methods, and collect water or wastewater samples for analysis, preserving samples with appropriate containers and preservation methods.
  • Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation, participating in enforcement hearings, as necessary.
  • Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies.
  • Evaluate label information for accuracy and conformance to regulatory requirements.
  • Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Inform health professionals, property owners, and the public about harmful properties and related problems of water pollution and contaminated wastewater.
  • Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected.
  • Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.
  • Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.
  • Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws.
  • Learn and observe proper safety precautions, rules, regulations, and practices so that unsafe conditions can be recognized and proper safety protocols implemented.
  • Maintain and repair materials, work sites, and equipment.
  • Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.
  • Observe and record field conditions, gathering, interpreting, and reporting data such as flow meter readings and chemical levels.
  • 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.
  • Prepare data to calculate sewer service charges and capacity fees.
  • Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.
  • Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as EPA laws and regulations.
  • Research and perform calculations related to landscape allowances, discharge volumes, production-based and alternative limits, and wastewater strength classifications, making recommendations and completing documentation.
  • Respond to questions and inquiries, such as those concerning service charges and capacity fees, or refer them to supervisors.
  • Review and evaluate applications for registration of products containing dangerous materials, or for pollution control discharge permits.
  • Verify that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with regulations.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Analyze environmental regulations to ensure organizational compliance.
  • Calculate data to inform organizational operations.
  • Communicate results of environmental research.
  • Communicate with the public on environmental issues.
  • Compile technical information or documentation.
  • Coordinate enforcement of laws or regulations.
  • Correspond with customers to answer questions or resolve complaints.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Establish organizational guidelines or policies.
  • Examine product information to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Gather physical survey data.
  • Inform individuals or organizations of status or findings.
  • Inspect facilities or equipment to ensure specifications are met.
  • Interview witnesses, suspects, or claimants.
  • Investigate legal issues.
  • Maintain data in information systems or databases.
  • Maintain electronic equipment.
  • Maintain facilities.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Monitor organizational compliance with regulations.
  • Monitor the handling of hazardous materials or medical wastes.
  • Prepare financial documents.
  • Prepare legal or investigatory documentation.
  • Prepare regulatory or compliance documentation.
  • Research issues related to the environment or sustainable business practices.
  • Review license or permit applications.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
  • Test fluids to identify contamination or other problems.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Update knowledge of legal or regulatory environments.
  • Update professional knowledge.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Safety Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aviation Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Environmental Engineering and Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Health Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Industrial Hygiene (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Medical Physics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineer, Radiation (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Construction Inspector (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Disaster Preparedness Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Environmental Engineering Management Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Environmental Health Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Environmental Science and Engineering (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Food Safety Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Ground Safety Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ground Safety Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Industrial Hygiene Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Living Marine Resource (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Marine Environmental Response (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Marine Safety Specialist Engineer (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Marine Safety Specialist Response (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Marine Science Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Port and Facility Safety and Security (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Health Officer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Public Health Officer, Medical Entomologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiation Health Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiation Health Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radiological Control Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Safety (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Engineer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Safety Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Inspector (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Safety Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Safety Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Staff Aviation Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Surface Safety Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Veterinary Food Inspection Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Agricultural-Chemicals Inspector
  • Hazardous-Waste Management Specialist
  • Inspector, Industrial Waste
  • Inspector, Water-Pollution Control
  • Pesticide-Control Inspector
  • Registration Specialist, Agricultural Chemicals
  • Sanitation Inspector