Environmental Scientist I

  • Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
  • Hamilton County, TN, USA
  • May 15, 2019
Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications


https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/job-announcements-/preferred-service/00107144TDECENVSCI1DWRCHTEFO.pdf (Download PDF reader)

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in environmental science, physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology), ecology, sustainability or applied science in sustainability, life sciences (e.g. biology, microbiology, health physics or biophysics), environmental health, pre-medicine, engineering or other acceptable science or natural resource related field.

Other Requirements

Necessary Special Qualifications: Applicants for this class must:

  1. Possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license at the time of appointment in some positions;
  2. Applicants for the TDEC Environmental Scientist 1* or Health Physicist 1* in the Division of Radiological Health must successfully complete the training courses offered by the Division of Radiological Health. Failure to do so may result in termination;
  3. TDEC Environmental Scientist's 1* performing geologic duties the major portion of their time must: have completed the required college course work at the time of appointment to be eligible to take the licensing examination offered by Tennessee's Department of Commerce and Insurance's Board of Professional Geologists, or b.) hold and maintain a current Geologic license from the State of Tennessee during employment or hold a current Geologic license from another State that Tennessee has evaluated and granted reciprocal licensing rights;
  4. Some TDEC Environmental Scientist 1* positions assigned to function as Biologists must meet the specific educational requirements for Biologists, as follows: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree, including at least 36 quarter hours (or 24 semester hours) in biology, in one of the following areas: (1) biology or biological sciences, (2) botanical sciences, (3) environmental or conservation sciences, (4) zoological sciences, or (5) aquatic, terrestrial, or wetland biology or ecology or other acceptable biological science related field. 

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview

Summary: Under immediate supervision, is responsible for learning professional environmental, natural resources, sustainability, environmental assistance program, radiological health and/or similar science related program work of routine difficulty; and learns to perform related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: *This is the entry level class in the TDEC Environmental Scientist subseries. An employee in this class may be assigned to learn a variety of environmental compliance inspection, monitoring, problem identification, corrective action and enforcement duties in an environmental regulatory or assistance division. An employee in this class may be assigned to learn natural resource management and/or inventory in conservation or other, non-regulatory programs. This class differs from TDEC Environmental Scientist 3 in that an incumbent of the latter performs environmental program duties at the advanced working or lead level under general supervision. *An applicant appointed to this flexibly staffed class will be reclassified to TDEC Environmental Scientist 2* after successful completion of a mandatory one year probationary period; inadequate or marginal performance during the probationary period will result in automatic termination.

Competencies (KSA's)


  1. Decision Quality
  2. Functional/Technical Competency
  3. Written Communications
  4. Customer Focus
  5. Technical Learning
  6. Listening
  7. Problem Solving
  8. Time Management
  9. Planning
  10. Learning on the Fly


  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics
  4. Geology
  5. Mathematics
  6. Customer & Personal Service
  7. Law & Government


  1. Science
  2. Active Listening
  3. Judgment & Decision Making
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Active Learning
  6. Time Management
  7. Equipment Selecting
  8. Quality Control Analysis
  9. Complex Problem Solving


  1. Oral Expression
  2. Oral Comprehension
  3. Written Comprehension
  4. Written Expression
  5. Inductive Reasoning
  6. Stamina
  7. Deductive Reasoning
  8. Static Strength
  9. Gross Body Coordination

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Job Level



Government- State/Provincial


$38,460.00 Annually