Environmental Technician

  • Dakota County
  • Apple Valley, MN
  • Jan 05, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Waste Management - Recycling

Job Description

**NOTE: Hiring Manager requests applicants attach a separate cover letter and resume to their application.**

Dakota County offers rewarding career opportunities that make a real difference in people's lives. From maintaining roads to maintaining property records, protecting the environment to protecting our children's health, finding homes for those in need to finding justice for crime victims -- the work we do touches the lives of each of our residents every day. We're proud of what we do. You can be too. Join our team of nearly 1,800 and launch a career where you can truly "Be More."
We offer more than just careers that make a difference; we also offer competitive benefits, work life balance, and convenient work locations.  Will you be the next person to join us at Dakota County?
The Environmental  Technician position functions in an entry level professional capacity to develop and implement strategies to protect human and ecological health with respect to environmental conditions. This position may also be responsible for ensuring compliance with County Ordinances and State rules by reviewing permit applications, administering contracts and licenses, conducting inspections and/or assessments, and implementing enforcement actions as necessary. The person in this position will manage complex work projects, and will apply technical experience to program and operational issues. This position will be responsible for working with the Supervisor and other senior staff to plan, implement, and evaluate environmental initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences (e.g. chemistry, physics, engineering, biology), environmental health, public health, natural resource or waste management, sustainability, environmental planning, or a closely related field
• An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience in planning, coordinating, and implementing environmental programs totaling 4 or more years.
• Valid driver's license

Duties & Responsibilities

All duties listed are essential functions. These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required. 

1. Develop, review, track and provide justified recommendations for State/Regional policy, plans, laws, rules and administrative orders affecting waste management.
2. Research and develop policy, goals, objectives, and strategies for consideration to support Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Policy Plan and County Solid Waste Master Plan development.
3. Participate in Solid Waste Management Advisory Committees or other stakeholder groups for County Master Plan development and implementation
4. Gather and summarize project and program data for State (SCORE, LRDG, CERT, HHW) reporting.
5. Participate in state and regional waste management committees.
6. Conduct research and develop best practices recommendations for solid waste reduction, reuse, recycling, organics, household hazardous waste, small business hazardous waste, and waste processing projects/programs and services
7. Present project/program recommendations to project partners, industry, County peers, County management, and elected and appointed officials for annual budget and project/program design consideration.
8. Assist with design, implementation and evaluation of internal and external waste management programs, projects and services.
9. Assist with developing and managing requests for proposals, quotes, contracts and purchase requests to implement the Solid Waste Master Plan.
10. Coordinate, develop, and maintain partnerships with citizens, communities, businesses, organizations, project partners and governmental agencies to implement the Solid Waste Master Plan.
11. Assist with developing, implementing and managing an annual waste management Communications Plan.
12. Assist with developing waste management education print materials, displays, tours, events, website information, and presentations to promote proper waste management practices for residents and businesses.
13. Assist with developing and providing technical assistance and information to implement best practices for waste management to project/program partners, including schools, cities, townships, and organizations, and to residents and businesses.
14. Maintain and manage program databases, contracts, and files.
15. Gather and analyze data for staff consideration to modify policy, develop implementation strategies, and prepare reports, letters, graphs, and charts for the annual State grant, household hazardous waste, and Solid Waste Master Plan performance measurement reporting.
16. Interpret and explain County Ordinances, policy, best practices, and Federal/State laws and rules related to waste management to all stakeholders.
17. Participate in one-day household hazardous waste collections.

Essential Functions: 1-17

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

• Working knowledge of environmental protection programs and services, current trends and resources, and the demonstrated ability and skill to apply this knowledge.
• Project management skills, particularly as they may relate to environmental protection programs and initiatives.
• Experience in addressing and coordinating the resolution of complex issues.
• Ability to conduct research, plan projects, and use statistical analysis.
• Skill in analyzing, interpreting, and presenting technical data.
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, representatives of government and the private sector, and the general public.
• Ability to effectively participate in multi-disciplinary teams, to be a team leader when appropriate, and have a demonstrated ability to achieve desired results through the application of team concepts.
• Ability to coordinate and execute work plans with measurable outcomes that meet environmental objectives.
• Ability to work independent of direct supervision to execute work plans.
• Ability to communicate effectively, in both verbal and written forms.
• Ability to prepare reports, letters, charts, and other documents with strong attention to detail, using Microsoft Office Products.
• Ability to employ strong organizational and time management skills.

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Government- Local/Regional


$53,777.00 - $84,026.00 Annually