Environmental Enforcement Officer- Litter Enforcement

Description :







The purpose of the job is to perform a variety of field and office work in support of the County’s code and ordinance enforcement program; enforces compliance with County regulations and ordinances including those pertaining to, litter, junk, trash, refuse, illegal dumping, land use and. other matters of public concern.  Investigates code violations, issues violation warnings and citations, Patrols the county to enforce litter ordinances; Provides technical interpretation of codes and regulations as needed, Prepares and maintains all required documentation, and Performs related work as required; Works according to established procedures and work is reviewed frequently by supervisor.  Reports to the Parks Superintendent.





The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class.  Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.


Seeks compliance with litter, trash, refuse, junk, illegal dumping and or other environmental conditions and/or violations that need investigation, prosecution and or abatement.


Assists in carrying out anti-litter campaigns and other approaches to managing litter, coordinating various programs and ongoing campaigns utilizing sound, proven methods for combating littering within the community; coordination with, but not limited to, Community Relations, PRT, Solid Waste, Recycling, Soil and Water, Keep Pickens County Beautiful, Pickens County School District, Palmetto Pride, Adopt a Highway, and SCDOT. 


Identifies and responds to community, Administration and County Council issues, concerns and needs regarding litter abatement.


Collects, monitors and reports data on clean-up efforts. This data shall be shared with County Officials, County Council, and residents.


Monitor areas of the county known for or otherwise targeted for illegal dumping, high litter rates, and failure to tarp or otherwise secure trash loads in vehicles.


Investigates and prepares a list of priority clean-up sites throughout the County and develops an implementation plan for remediation. Utilizes a participative stakeholder related process to accomplish this.


Receives and responds to citizen complaints and reports from other agencies and departments on alleged violations of County ordinances; interviews complainant and witnesses; conducts investigations and provides recommendations for resolution.


Inspects properties for violations; attempts to make contact at the residence or business in order to resolve violation; issues and posts warning notices, notices of violation, corrective notices, orders to comply and related documentation for code violations; schedules and performs all follow-up functions to gain compliance with appropriate codes and ordinances;


Patrols assigned area in a County vehicle to identify and evaluate problem areas and/or ordinance violations; determines proper methods to resolve violations.


Maintains accurate documentation on all investigations, inspections, enforcement actions and other job related activities including accurate and detailed information regarding code enforcement activity to substantiate violations.


Prepares evidence in support of legal actions taken by the County; appears in court as necessary; testifies at hearings and in court proceedings as required.








Interprets and explains ordinances to members of the general public, contractors, business owners and other interested groups in the field and on the telephone.


Keeps up to date on County codes and ordinances.  


Provides a high level of customer service at all times; projects and maintains a positive image on behalf of Pickens County when dealing with customers. Exercises sound customer service techniques such as listening, effective communications and problem solving.


Works and acts as a team player in all interactions with other county agencies and divisions.


Complies with safe work methods to prevent injuries.


Attends training, meetings, and workshops as necessary to maintain job knowledge, skills and any required certifications.





Performs other related duties as required.





It is the responsibility of each employee to comply with established policies, procedures and safe work practices. Each employee must follow safety training and instructions provided by their supervisor. Each employee must also properly wear and maintain all personal protective equipment required for their job. Finally, each employee must immediately report any unsafe work practices or unsafe conditions as well as any on-the-job injury or illnesses.





DATA INVOLVEMENT: Requires gathering, organizing, analyzing, examining or evaluating data or information and may prescribe action based on such data or information.


PEOPLE INVOLVEMENT:  Requires persuading or influencing others in favor of a service, point of view, or course of action; may enforce laws, rules, regulations or ordinances.


INVOLVEMENT WITH THINGS:  Requires handling or using machines requiring moderate instruction and experience such as computers, cameras, animal control equipment, chemical immobilization rifle, etc.





REASONING REQUIREMENTS: Requires performing skilled work involving rules/systems with almost constant problem-solving.


MATHEMATICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires using addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and/or calculating ratios, rates and percentages.


LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: Requires reading instructions, procedures, manuals and charts to solve practical problems; composing routine reports and specialized reports, forms and business letters with proper format; speaking compound sentences using normal grammar and word form.


MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:  Requires doing clerical, manual or technical tasks requiring a wide range of procedures and requiring intensive understanding of a restricted field or complete familiarity with the functions of a unit or small division of an operating agency; requires normal attention with short periods of concentration for accurate results or occasional exposure to unusual pressure.











Requires high school diploma, GED or specialized vocational training. 


Knowledge of GIS systems, various graphic and reporting tools and associated computer programs to gather and report data. 


The ability to utilize and extrapolate the data for use in reports, plans and grants.




Must possess a valid state driver’s license.


Obtain Property Maintenance and Housing Inspector Certification from the International Code Council within 6 months of hire.


Be at least an Advanced Class 3 Certified Officer through the South Carolina Justice Academy or obtain the necessary Certification within one year of hire.




Requires over six months and up to and including one year.


Law enforcement background preferred.





PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS:   Requires medium-to-heavy work that involves walking, standing, stooping, lifting, climbing, pushing or raising objects and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis and 50 to 100 pounds of force on an occasional basis.


ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS:  The job may risk exposure to bright/dim light, dusts and pollen, extreme heat and/or cold, wet or humid conditions, animals/wildlife, fumes and/or noxious odors, traffic, heights, disease/pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals, violence.


SENSORY REQUIREMENTSThe job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities, depth and color perception.




JUDGMENTS AND DECISIONSResponsible for guiding others, requiring frequent decisions affecting co-workers, customers and others who depend on the service or product; works in a somewhat fluid environment with rules and procedures but with many variations from the routine.




Pickens County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  ADA requires the County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.


DISCLAIMER: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Contact :

Samantha Greer

Please submit completed applications and any other necessary documents to

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled