Environmental Studies Specialist

  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Madison County, TN, USA
  • Oct 31, 2018
Full time Cultural Resources Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

Job Overview

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for interpreting and complying with state and federal regulations while conducting environmental studies, of average difficulty, required for federal and state funded transportation projects and performs related work as required. 


Distinguishing Features:  This is the working level for the TDOT Environmental Studies Specialist Series. An employee in this class is responsible for identifying and independently completing environmental studies of average difficulty required for federal and state funded transportation projects. This position will work with engineering and operational staff to coordinate environmental studies with consideration of the overall project schedule. This class is flexibly staffed and this classification differs from the TDOT Environmental Studies Specialist-Trainee in that the incumbent of the latter is learning to identify and complete environmental studies and coordinate activities with project development and operational staff.  This classification differs from the TDOT Transportation Studies Specialist-Advanced in that the incumbent of the latter is a lead worker and responsible for projects and studies of greater complexity.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: 
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree and one year of full-time professional environmental program, environmental studies or cultural resources experience.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate coursework may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of one year (24 semester hours is equivalent to one year). 

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying professional environmental program, environmental studies or cultural resources experience obtained as a Full-Time Tennessee Department of Transportation employee may be substituted for the required education, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of four years.

Competencies (KSA's)


  1. Technical Learning                   
  2. Informing                    
  3. Organizing                   
  4. Priority Setting            
  5. Time Management                   
  6. Written Communications         
  7. Composure                 
  8. Interpersonal Savvy                
  9. Listening                     
  10. Peer Relationships   


  1. Intermediate knowledge of clerical tasks including use of Microsoft office products, filing and other required equipment and software                  
  2. Intermediate knowledge of technical writing                
  3. Intermediate knowledge of oral communication techniques                  
  4. Intermediate knowledge of geological conditions, features, and descriptions           
  5. Intermediate knowledge of relevant environmental laws and regulations
  6. Intermediate knowledge of plants and animal species and habitats
  7. Intermediate knowledge of historical and archeological sites
  8. Intermediate knowledge of chemistry  


  1. Active learning            
  2. Active listening            
  3. Reading comprehension           
  4. Speaking to individuals or groups                     
  5. Writing and preparing reports, letters, and other necessary documents
  6. The coordination of processes, people, and programs
  7. Time management    


  1. Deductive Reasoning               
  2. Information Ordering               
  3. Oral Comprehension                
  4. Oral Expression           
  5. Problem Sensitivity                 
  6. Selective Attention                  
  7. Time Sharing               
  8. Written Comprehension           
  9. Written Expression                  
  10. Speech Clarity

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Government- State/Provincial


$42,396.00 Annually