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Environmental Specialists - Water

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Richmond County, Virginia, US
Closing date
Sep 2, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Salary Range - $51,000 - $82,000

What you will be doing: The Department of Environmental Quality, Water Permitting Division, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection seeks a highly qualified candidate to determine the environmental impact of proposed VDOT and private linear transportation projects, and issue permits for these projects, as appropriate, by using planning and analytical skills in the evaluation of permit applications to assess impacts to wetlands, water quality, fish and wildlife resources, and beneficial uses of State waters. Ensures that permits employ best engineering principles, pollution prevention approaches, and/or pollution control approaches whenever appropriate. Performs site inspections for permit applications, as necessary, in order to verify the information supplied. Prepares draft permit conditions for approval by section manager within the timeframes specified in the VWP Regulation. Participates in public outreach, meetings, and hearings related to VWP permits. Ensures compliance with issued permits by performing site inspections; preparing site visit reports and issuing warning letters if appropriate; reviewing monitoring reports and tracking compliance with permit conditions; referring the project to DEQ enforcement if warranted. Assists in the preparation of agency responses to inquiries made by public or other state and federal agencies, and assists in preparing agency responses to NEPA and EIR requests. Assists with CEDS related data requests and reports for programmatic/operational reports. Provides responses to projects VDOT submits for review through the SERP process. Maintains the VDOT Monthly Spreadsheet for small projects.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II (Water Withdrawal Permit Writer) - P4333

Richmond, Virginia

Salary Range - $51,000 - $85,000

What you will be doing:

The Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Planning, seeks five qualified candidates to evaluate permit applications, issue new and historic permits, and assist in the evaluation of compliance for the Office of Water Supply (OWS) Groundwater and Surface Water Withdrawal Permitting Programs (GWPP & VWP). Qualified candidates will be evaluating water withdrawal applications and using this information to evaluate impacts on beneficial uses and to ensure that the withdrawal is sustainable over time. Individuals in these roles, will coordinate this evaluation process with the input of other specified regulatory and advisory agencies and the public. Work is to be completed in a timely manner and be technically and procedurally accurate to ensure the beneficial use of state water comply with state law and regulations. This includes conducting pre-application meetings, explanation of regulatory requirements associated with water withdrawals, working with permittees to resolve permit processing and monitoring issues while promoting fair and consistent application of guidance, policy and the regulations.
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