Environmental Associate - Bureau of Waste Management

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Topeka, KS, United States
  • May 16, 2017
Full time Environmental Science/Engineering Hazardous Waste / RCRA Law Enforcement Natural Resources Waste Management/Recycling

Job Description

This position is for an enforcement officer within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Waste Management. The primary duties of this position will include compiling, analyzing, and interpreting all scientific and technical data and information obtained during inspections and/or enforcement investigations in order to identify and develop an enforcement case. This position will also include assisting the regulated community by phone and through outreach programs. As an enforcement officer, the successful candidate will be trained in solid and hazardous waste regulations as defined by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and will learn how to conduct solid and hazardous waste inspections to provide a solid background to these duties. The successful candidate should possess a strong scientific background within the natural sciences as well as excellent oratory skills. A degree in the natural sciences is preferred. Primary duties will be conducted indoors; however, outdoor physical activity and overnight travel within the state are to be expected.

A complete position description can be emailed upon request.

Minimum Requirements:
Two years of relevant technical experience in an environmental field and/or program. Education may be substituted by the agency as necessary.
Valid Driver's License - Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver's license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Necessary Special Requirements:
Prior to employment, selected candidate must demonstrate that their overall health is adequate to utilize personal protective equipment by passing a comprehensive baseline physical scheduled and paid for by KDHE.  OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training is required after hire along with annual refresher training.

Preferred Criteria: 
• Bachelor’s degree
• Twenty-four semester hours of course work in the physical and/or biological sciences or engineering. 
• Current 40 Hour HAZWOPER training. 
• Inspection experience and/or enforcement experience. 
• Three years of professional experience in the study and resolution of environmental scientific problems. 
• Strong computer skills particularly in Microsoft Office and Outlook.
• Knowledge of Kansas solid and hazardous waste laws.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
• Proofreading, editing, attention to detail

Applications accepted through: May 26, 2017

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$23.31 hourly; can vary depending upon experience and qualifications.