Environmental Compliance Inspector  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Governance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Examines permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Prepares written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.
  • Determines the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issues written notices of violation; participates in enforcement hearings as necessary.
  • Prepares, organizes, and maintains inspection records.
  • Verifies that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with regulations.
  • Interviews individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.
  • Researches and keeps informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as EPA laws and regulations.
  • Learns and observes proper safety precautions, rules, regulations, and practices so that unsafe conditions can be recognized and proper safety protocols implemented.
  • Monitors follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and reviews compliance monitoring reports.
  • Inspects waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Environmental Engineer -- Designs, plans or performs engineering duties in the prevention, control and remediation of environmental health hazards, utilizing various engineering disciplines.
  • Environmental Scientist -- Develops programs that protect the environment and promotes health in the general population.
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist -- Conducts studies on hazardous waste management projects and provides information on treatment and containment of hazardous waste.
  • Waste Management Specialist --