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Environmental Specialist

State of North Carolina
Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina, US
Closing date
May 24, 2022

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Conservation science
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Full time
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This posting is open to all applicants.* Recruitment Range: $42,780 - $50,738
This position is located at: 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington, NC 27889
The position provides primary permitting support, regulatory oversight, technical assistance, regulatory guidance, and education to the public and permittees for tasks related to the Section's 401/wetland/buffer program. Duties and projects within the 401/wetlands program include stream determinations, riparian buffer authorizations, 401 Water Quality Certifications, as well as Isolated and Other Non-404 Jurisdictional Wetlands and Waters Permits. Additional duties may also include providing complaint and emergency response to a variety of incident types. Job duties include:
  • Review Preconstruction Notification (PCN) and Water Quality Certification applications; prepare 401 Water Quality Certifications, Riparian Buffer Authorizations, Riparian Buffer Minor Variances, and other additional information letters.
  • Evaluate surface water and drainage features for stream determinations and/or applicability to riparian buffer rules and regulations.
  • Perform compliance inspections and provide technical assistance and regulatory guidance for applicants requesting 401 Water Quality Certifications (WQC) and buffer authorizations.
  • Perform on-site determinations for the presence of waters and wetlands subject to the 401 rules and/or the riparian buffer rules which may require extensive field work in rugged conditions within diverse environments throughout the state during all seasons.
  • Address unauthorized impacts to streams, wetlands, or riparian buffers and provide assistance to bring sites into compliance and prepare enforcement actions as appropriate.
  • Provide technical assistance to the regulated public, professional consultants, and other state and federal agencies with respect to the 401 Water Quality Certification Program, the Isolated Wetlands/Waters Program, and the Riparian Buffer Programs.
  • Evaluate State Environmental Policy Act projects and provide comments as related to wetland, buffer, and 401 program interests.
  • Communicate inspection results with permittees, owners, officials, or workers and prepare inspection reports and related correspondence.
  • Respond to citizen complaints and inspect sites where water quality standards and other rules have possibly been contravened.
  • Communicate regulatory guidance, technical assistance and water quality education to permittees, applicants, and the general public.
  • Issue Notices of Violation and assess civil penalties, when necessary, provide any additional guidance, support, or documentation to restore compliance with regulations.
  • Respond to environmental emergencies related to Sanitary Sewer Overflows, fish kills, chemical and oil spills, and storm events, as required.
  • Participate in EMC hearings or court cases when required.
The Division of Water Resources:
The Division of Water Resources is responsible for protecting North Carolinas drinking, surface and groundwater for all waterbodies including lakes, streams, rivers, creeks and watersheds/basins. This environmental stewardship is accomplished through actions including permitting issuance, investigations, regulatory compliance and enforcement, monitoring and field assessments, certifications, laboratory analysis and testing, planning, water quality standards management, educational outreach and other efforts. The Division comprises six Sections: Water Quality Regional Operations; Water Sciences; Public Water Supply; Water Quality Permitting; Groundwater Resources; and Water Planning.Click here to learn more about the .

The NC Department of Environmental Quality:
The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina's environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health, and works to advance in all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina's needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. Please visit our website at the for more information. The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position. We will not review resumes in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application. Click these links for additional information: and .

To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL of the following:
  • Documented experience with interpreting rules, regulations, or regulatory documents for federal or state related to environmental, energy or natural resource management programs.
  • Documented experience reviewing or managing projects with stream, wetland, and/or buffer impacts.
  • Demonstrated experience leading projects or implementing programs related to 401 Water Quality Certification application, water quality, streams, wetlands, riparian buffers, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience developing policies, procedures, or technical guidance such as site plans, facility compliance inspections, and/or prepare reports.
  • Demonstrated experience working with databases.
Management Preference:
  • Experience with Coastal Development issues and their relationship to water quality.
  • General knowledge and/or background with DWR's 401 Water Quality Certification application, review, inspection, and approval process; and riparian buffer protection program for the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse River Basins.
  • Knowledge of wetlands and riparian buffer rules.
  • Must be able to collect, assimilate, and interpret data.
  • Ability to walk through rough and uneven terrain and work in unfavorable conditions including exposure to inclement weather, noise, dust, fumes, machinery, animals, and insects.
  • Applicant must be able to lift 60 lbs. sometimes unassisted.
  • Applicant must have a valid driver's license.
  • Occasional, overnight travel may be required to fulfill job duties.
Bachelor's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer who embraces an Employment First philosophy which consists of complying with all federal laws, state laws and Executive Orders.

DEQ uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act. Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity, and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

  • Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to their applications.
  • If applicants earned college credit hours but did not complete a degree program, they must attach an official transcript to each application to receive credit for this education.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click "Application Status." If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by management. If you are no longer under consideration, you will receive an email notification. If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contact Stephanie Ray at (919) 707-9202 and/or .

For technical issues with your application, please call the Applicant Support Help Line at 855-524-5627.
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