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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has openings for two (2) Environmental Specialist Senior positions in the Mason City, Iowa Field Office. These positions monitor, investigate and promote compliance with environmental regulations through data review and management, routine and advanced compliance inspections, technical and compliance assistance, initiating enforcement actions, program planning and implementation and on-call emergency response.
Job Duties Include:
Prepare for and conduct on-site inspections statewide; including complex animal feeding operations, public water supplies, wastewater treatment facilities, air pollution sources and control equipment, storm water control, sanitary disposal projects and regulated underground storage tank systems, and flood plains. Review, interpret, and apply applicable regulations, scientific principles, facility records, geographic information, and physical inspections. Perform physical inspections including sampling for environmental contaminants and interpreting scientific data.
Assist supervisor by participating in office and environmental program planning and coordination by instructing and training employees; answering questions; and distributing, balancing, and checking work. Review highly technical and sensitive reports completed by field staff to ensure compliance with departmental policies, environmental program rules and procedures, and established technical standards.
As lead worker, ensure technical staff (Environmental Specialists) working in assigned program areas are consistent in inspections, evaluation of findings, and compliance/enforcement decisions based on program rules and procedures and management guidance. Serve as Acting Field Office Supervisor in the absence of the field office supervisor, as designated by the supervisor.
Access, input, interpret, and manage data in computer systems and databases related to regulated facilities and environmental monitoring. Use computer systems including databases and Microsoft Office Suite to prepare for investigations, monitor environmental compliance, retrieve data in response to inquiries, and prepare reports and other communications.
Communicate regulatory requirements and factual findings to the general public and regulated parties on the phone, in writing, and in person. Attend meetings with public officials, the general public, environmental professionals, and regulated parties statewide. Write investigation reports. As lead worker, represent the Department by attending public meetings statewide (some after normal business hours).
Prepare for and conduct investigations of complaints of environmental violations, and respond to spills of hazardous chemicals and releases from underground storage tanks statewide. Review and apply knowledge of applicable regulations, scientific principles, facility records, and geographic information, and physical inspections. Perform inspections including sampling for environmental contaminants and interpreting scientific data.
Perform other miscellaneous tasks as assigned to ensure efficient field office operations including maintaining safety and emergency gear and maintaining computer logs.
Key Abilities and Skills
Performs physical inspections of facilities statewide outdoors and in physically demanding conditions, requiring traversing rough terrain, and stooping, climbing ladders, bending, and lifting equipment up to 25 pounds; inspections may require overnight stays. Analyzes monitoring, sampling or other technical data, and reaches conclusions regarding the extent to which such information demonstrates compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
Clearly and concisely communicates technical information; regulatory requirements; and department policies, procedures, and guidance to public officials, industrial professionals, and others in writing, on the phone, and in person. Uses PC-based computer systems and software to write documents and to use databases, develop spreadsheets, research reference documents, and analyze data. Instructs and trains employees; answers questions; and distributes, balances and checks work of staff; reviews reports completed by staff to ensure compliance with departmental rules, procedures, and related technical standards. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with management, DNR staff, stakeholders, and the public. Responds immediately to emergency response calls statewide during periods when on call, and follows up on-site as needed; responses may require overnight stays.
Critical Job Competencies
Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Customer Focus, Team Player, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Self-Management, and Technical Skills (Environmental compliance/regulations/rules).
The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.
The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees will be at the base of the pay range. This position offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package. The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA Employer.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a Natural Science and three years of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, history, archeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks;
ORan equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of the required full-time professional work for each 30 semester hours of the required education;ORan equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting thirty semester hours of accredited graduate level coursework in a Natural Science, history, or archeology for each year of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;ORemployees with current continuous experience in the State of Iowa Executive Branch that includes twenty-four months of full-time work as an Environmental Specialist or Environmental Engineer.
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