Oak Ridge Stormwater Technician

Location of Service: City of Oak Ridge Stormwater – 100 Woodbury Lane

About City of Oak Ridge Stormwater:

Oak Ridge, TN has a rich history and was instrumental in the United States win over Nazi Germany during WWII because of the development of the atomic bomb. Known as the “Secret City”, Oak Ridge was not on any maps and 100,000 workers were brought to the city to work on a Top Secret war project, known as the Manhattan Project. The City of Oak Ridge is located in the eastern part of Tennessee, approximately 22 miles northwest of Knoxville, with a population of approximately 27,000. Oak Ridge is approximately 92 square miles in area with all residential, commercial, and municipal-owned portions making up 30 square miles. The remaining area of the City is still owned by the Department of Energy, which includes a national laboratory and a national security complex. The City of Oak Ridge has become a thriving solid community. Known for its world-class science, Oak Ridge is one of the most influential cities in the United States. Residents have limitless amenities that make day-to-day living a pleasure. Safe neighborhoods, extensive greenways, award-winning schools, top-notch healthcare, and a traditional sense of community, make Oak Ridge the perfect environment to nurture a family or to nest for retirement.

Position Summary:

As a recently mandated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), the City of Oak Ridge gives two members a unique opportunity to assist in expanding the city’s stormwater program under the direction of the Environmental Compliance Manager. This position provides a mix of office, field, classroom, and event work as well as a variety of experiences and opportunities.

  • Assist in developing and maintaining its stormwater program
  • Manage the Healthy Waters program, which focuses on education and outreach related to stormwater quality.
  • Assist the Environmental Compliance Manager and Environmental Compliance Inspector in a variety of tasks to maintain compliance with the NPDES MS4 Stormwater Permit.
  • Collaborate with AmeriCorps members from other city stormwater departments and non-profit organizations to plan and accomplish larger projects
  • Plan, create outreach materials, and host educational presentations and workshops focused on water quality improvement measures for K-12 students, after school clubs, homeowners, city employees, and the general public.
  • Coordinate community volunteer events aimed at improving water quality in Oak Ridge.
  • Recruite and train volunteers for Oak Ridge’s Adopt-A-Stream Program.
  • Table at community events.
  • Host special events, ex: river clean ups and tree giveaways.
  • Manage social media presence
  • Assist in conducting stream surveys to identify possible problem areas and future projects
  • Performing basic chemical tests on pipe outfalls to detect potential illicit discharges in streams
  • Assist with pre-inspections of construction sites
  • Creating and/or expanding on special projects like rain gardens
  • Mapping City stormwater infrastructure using GPS and GIS.
Position Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Forestry, or related field
  • Ability to navigate uneven terrain, and work in challenging weather conditions with exposure to poisonous plants and polluted urban streams.
  • Knowledge of software programs such as MS Office and proficiency using email, virtual meeting software, and social media platforms.
  • Ability to work in a team of two AmeriCorps members in an office setting with little supervision at times.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude when working with the public or on any given task.
Preferred Experience:
  • Collecting data using a handheld GPS device/Trimble, and Arc Collector.
  • Some experience conducting basic chemistry tests.
  • Organizing volunteer events and/or leading groups to accomplish tasks.
  • Public speaking, teaching and/or educating diverse groups of people.
Member Benefits Include:
  • A modest living allowance of $20,000*, or, $851.06 bi-weekly (pre-tax), paid over 47 weeks. *Pending Grant Funding
  • Education Award of $6,495 (pre-tax) that can be applied to student loans and/or future education expenses
  • Up to $250 Relocation Reimbursement if relocating over 50 miles for service
  • A Health insurance subsidy is available for members covered through healthcare.gov
  • 10 Holidays
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • May be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In-house SNAP benefits specialist available to provide assistance in determining eligibility.
  • May be eligible for utility bill assistance. In-house specialists available to provide assistance with determining eligibility.
  • Professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Optional opportunity to enroll concurrently in Carson Newman MBA in Nonprofit Leadership

Equity and Inclusion: The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will take action to ensure that members and employees are treated equally without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, romantic/sexual orientation, age, handicap, cultural or religious convictions.  CAC AmeriCorps provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees.  Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the recruitment / employment process.