Environmental Specialist II

  • North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
  • May 07, 2019
Full time Biology - Ecology EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Description of Work


Division Information:

The Division of Water Resources' mission is to protect the state's water supplies and foster stewardship of this natural resource for use by current and future generations of citizens. The Division is comprised of six Sections:  Water Quality Regional Operations; Water Sciences; Public Water Supply; Water Quality Permitting; Groundwater Protection/Animal Operations/Coal Ash and Water Planning. This goal is achieved through providing technical assistance, consultative services, permitting of regulated entities, certification of water treatment plant operators and wastewater operators, inspection and compliance activities, laboratory analysis and testing, and educational outreach and training.

Section Information:

The Division's Planning Section develops products to support management of the State's water quality and quantity to ensure the health and welfare of the public, the continued economic growth of the State, the ecological health and integrity of North Carolina's surface waters, and the long term sustainability of ground waters. 

Position Information:

This Environmental Senior Specialist position in the Division of Water Resources' Classifications & Standards/Rules Review Branch is a primary support position to the State Water Quality Standards program.

The main function of the position is to serve as a key technical resource on water quality standards for streams, lakes, estuaries, groundwater and other waters in the State.

It involves:

  • providing accurate, reliable and timely water quality standards background information;
  • using, interpreting and applying state and federal guidance, regulations and administrative code;
  • researching scientific literature and providing evaluations on subject matters as assigned;
  • using technical databases to evaluate monitoring and toxicity data; and
  • providing material for defending decisions on proposals to revise numeric and narrative water quality standards for the protection of uses including aquatic life, recreational uses, and human health.

This person should be able to make recommendations on standards development for environmental management strategies and waterbody classification decisions. The work involves participating in working groups tackling complex technical subjects and consulting with experts within the academic, industrial, regulatory and governmental communities, as well as with citizenry. This person must professionally represent the Division in meetings with all contacts with the overall goal of improving standards use and implementation. The person in this position will gather information on the technical basis for establishing groundwater standards, reviewing IMACs and developing proposals to carry forward, including being a point of contact for external requests, such as requests for interim standards, requests for revisions to exiting standards or establishment of new standards. In addition, this position may be involved with processing variance requests from groundwater standards and petitions for rule-making related to groundwater standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application. Any information omitted from the application, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit**

Qualified applicants must possess, and the application must clearly reflect, the minimum education and experience requirements and work experience that demonstrates the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  1. Demonstrated training and work experience in and knowledge of physical, chemical, biological and toxicological principles as they relate to water quality.
  2. Work experience and knowledge related to environmental regulatory standards, specific to surface water quality standard and groundwater standards.
  3. Ability to analyze results, interpret methodology, understand and solve complex theoretical problems.
  4. Demonstrated ability to express technical information clearly, both orally and in writing, when explaining procedures and regulatory requirements.
  5. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to summarize results into comprehensible reports in plain language for officials in technical and non-technical fields.
  6. Demonstrated ability to maintain composure and utilize problem-solving skills.
  7. Working experience using key toxicological databases, IRIS and ECOTOX, to develop standard recommendations.
  8. Working knowledge of state and federal water quality and water resource programs.
  9. Excellent ability to manage multiple, concurrent priorities and easily adapt to constantly changing priorities.
  10. Ability to select and highlight important and highly relevant information out of voluminous amounts of information.

Interviewed candidates may be required to complete a skills assessment. 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and (2) two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Government- State/Provincial


$42,780.00 - $72,424.00 Annually. Recruitment Range: $42,780 - $53,739.