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Environmental Specialist II - NPDES Compliance Section

State of Nebraska
Lincoln County, Nebraska, US
Closing date
Dec 7, 2021

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Academic / Research, Government
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Under general supervision; performs professional research work collecting and analyzing natural science data for compliance of agency functions with various federal, State, laws, statutes, and regulations governing environmental situations; assembles and analyzes technical data in a specialized field pertinent to the functions of the employing agency; activities performed include developing, monitoring, and reporting results of environmental plans and programs effecting division wide or agency wide functions; develops policies and procedures to implement new regulations; planning, investigation, surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement applied to environmental quality; monitors compliance of and initiates enforcement actions.

Location of position: 245 Fallbrook Blvd - Lincoln, NE

Work schedule: Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Flexible Schedules after 6 month probationary period, including flex workdays may be available.
Examples of Work
  • Develops plans and programs, which include strategies, modeling techniques, methods, protocol, and standards, leading to the enforcement of federal and State laws, rules, regulations, and standards for assigned environmental programs.
  • Conducts surveys and/or inspections of assigned disciplines and determines compliance with State and federal regulations and permit conditions; write monitoring and corrective action plans or evaluations.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations for approval or denial of permit applications, certifications, facility plans, environmental impact statements, etc.; conducts compliance evaluations of permitted facilities to ensure continued conformance with permit provisions; to determine potential environmental impact.
  • Issues technical papers and/or reports to provide data required or requested by federal, State, local agencies, the professional community, or the general public.
  • Writes, reviews and revises regulations, technical guidelines, and proposed legislation to establish State standards in response to new standards recognized in the professional community and/or required by federal standards.
  • Develops and reviews contracts and grant proposals relating to specific projects within the scope of the agency and assigned section.
  • Uses advanced statistical and computer modeling techniques to interpret environmental quality data and writes reports to identify problems and pollution abatement alternatives. Determines the need for, reviews applications for and writes permits or licenses as required by discharge regulations of air, solid waste, hazardous waste, and wastewater treatment. Operates, maintains, and calibrates scientific equipment. Performs maintenance functions as necessary.
  • Prepare and present environmental information to federal, State, local government representatives, and the general public to explain program policies and programs; and educate the public regarding environmental regulations and policies.
  • Develops, maintains, and applies new methods of data interpretation and evaluation of environmental impacts and/or program implications.
  • Testify as an expert witness at hearings or provide testimony to verify observations and conclusions from data collection and interpretation as required in legal actions.
  • Collects and analyzes environmental samples to study, interpret and evaluate environmental data.
  • Prepares and presents results of technical reviews using visual interpretive depictions of environmental data and letters, reports, or maps.
Qualifications / Requirements
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in the physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental science, geology, biology, agronomy, civil engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, hydrology, community and regional planning, or a related field. Experience may substitute for education or a year-for-year basis.

OTHER: Valid driver's license of the ability to provide independent authorized transportation. Occasional overnight travel. Selected candidate is subject to physical exam and screening along with participation in the agency's medical monitoring program; ability to lift 30 pounds; ability to climb 10 ft ladder; ability to climb, bend, stoop and work in outdoor temperature extremes; ability to walk on uneven terrains and steep slopes; regular and reliable attendance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: the principles of ecology, geology and hydrology; biological, mathematics, physical and chemical sciences; statistical and analytical methods; scientific and technical data collection methods; word processing, spreadsheet and database management computer software; practical application of engineering science and technology; principles and methods for describing features of land masses including physical characteristics and distribution of plant, animal and human life.

Skill in: communicating with individuals and groups with varying technical backgrounds to collect and relay information; listening to and understanding others; prioritizing workloads; using analytical judgment to make decisions; using specific agency software and databases such as Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS).

Ability to: learn and apply local, State and federal environmental laws, regulations and standards; understand and apply agency policies, criteria, and processes; establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and private officials and with the general public; operate, maintain and repair field data collection equipment; think logically; write and prepare technical papers and reports; interact with agency staff, representatives of resource/regulatory agencies and local jurisdictions, and the public; gather and maintain technical data; organize, analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions and write reports; use computers and other tools for data storage and analysis; select and compile data and other information; prepare reports.
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