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Environmental Specialist

State of Nebraska
Lincoln County, Nebraska, US
Closing date
May 25, 2022

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Informatics / GIS
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Full time
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Join our team at the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR). You will see that our mission of "managing Nebraska's most precious natural resource through sound partnerships, cooperation and science-based decision making" will guide you as you succeed with the Floodplain Management Section of the Engineering Programs and Services Division. You will experience an excellent working environment, positive actions and growth opportunities.

Before we dive into what we need, let us show off what you get!
  • Workplace flexibility
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave equating to 24 days your first year, accruing immediately
  • Military leave
  • 156% (that's not a typo!) state-matched retirement
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • 79% employer paid health insurance plans
  • Dental and vision insurance plans
  • Employer-paid $20,000 life insurance policy
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PLSF) through the Federal government
  • Wide variety and availability of career advancement as the largest and most diverse employer in the State
  • Opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference through public service
  • Training and Development based on your career aspirations
  • Fun, inviting teammates
  • A safe and secure environment

At the State, we stand by our core values of treating others with dignity and respect, acting ethically in all situations, and creating an environment where our customer is our top priority. Apply to join our team today! The successful candidate will work on projects under NeDNR's Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) grants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), creating digital flood insurance rate maps (DFIRMs) based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) guidelines and specifications, and providing technical assistance to the general public.

Please be advised that this position is a grant funded position and is contingent upon continued funding. NeDNR has received grant funding since 1999, however this position will cease to exist if the funding is discontinued. Typically, there is at least a year notice if the position is going to be defunded.

Job location is 245 Fallbrook Blvd., Suite 201, Lincoln, NE

Examples of Work

Performs assignments under limited supervision as directed by his/her supervisor including: ? Provides floodplain management program technical assistance to communities on floodplain permitting, adoption and implementation of floodplain management ordinances, basic flood insurance questions, administrative procedures, and impacts of floodplain mapping on floodplain management;
  • Provides flood risk information using Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flood Insurance Studies, flood risk products, and other information;
  • Helps FEMA maintain NFIP databases;
  • Helps maintain the Floodplain Management Section's correspondence file system;
  • Preparing outreach materials to help communities communicate flood risk to the general public;
  • Maintaining the floodplain management website, databases and repositories;
  • Assists with Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) projects, which includes working with communities to identify and complete mitigation actions, tracking mitigation actions in FEMA's tracking tool, coordinating and leading Discovery, Consultation Coordination Officers, Public Open House and Resilience meetings, providing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) information to the NeDNR mapping staff, and regularly answering project questions from community officials and the public;
  • Assisting with outreach and training efforts including demonstration of the section's 3D flood model;
  • Participating in and conducting meetings as they relate to grant activities;
  • Assists co-workers and supervisors in performance of duties and maintains working relationships with cooperating agencies and the public.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS: Associates 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 OR two years of work experience in a related area.

PREFERRED:Experience using ESRI GIS software and Microsoft Office is required. A Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

OTHER: Valid driver's license or able to provide independent authorized transportation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: the principles of technical writing; effective communication; public outreach; hydrology and hydraulics; floodplain management; FEMA's flood insurance rate maps, and flood insurance studies, and knowledge of FEMA guidelines and specifications as they relate to Draft FIRM creation, is desired. Skilled in using: ESRI GIS software and the Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to: prioritize tasks, be detail-oriented, follow guidelines and specifications, and work independently.
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