Environmental Program Manager I - State On-Scene Coordinator

  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Anchorage, AK, USA
  • Jun 03, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics Remediation - Brownfields - CERCLA

Job Description

*THIS POSITION IS EXEMPT FROM THE CURRENT HIRING RESTRICTIONS. QUALIFIED APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.*
 The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Spill Prevention and Response (SPAR) is seeking an Environmental Program Manager I to lead and serve as the Central Regional Manager for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program. This position is responsible for overseeing all oil spill cleanup activities within the region, overseeing all oil spill prevention and contingency planning in the region including facility inspections and exercises, and acts as the department's State On-Scene Coordinator in the event of a large oil spill or HAZMAT event. 
 
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Through regulatory oversight, the Region is tasked with protecting public safety, public health and the environment by ensuring that producers, transporters and distributors of oil prevent spills and are fully prepared to clean up spills when they occur. The regulatory program includes technical review, evaluation, and approval of oil discharge prevention and contingency plans, spill response exercises, and inspections of regulated facilities and vessels.
  • With direction from the Preparedness and Response Section Manager, the position is tasked with ensuring that the State is fully prepared to respond to oil and hazardous substance spills. Main duties are to protect public safety, public health and the environment by preventing and mitigating the effects of oil and hazardous substance releases and ensuring their cleanup through program preparedness, government planning and rapid response. The Central Alaska Region oversees, augments or takes over the cleanup of oil and hazardous substance spills to land, air and water from regulated and unregulated entities. The incumbent is delegated the authority from the Commissioner to act as needed as the designated State On-Scene Coordinator (SOSC) for response to oil and hazardous substance spills.
  • This position reports to the Preparedness and Response Section Manager and must have knowledge of managerial methods and practices, supervision and team building.  The incumbent must understand the technical aspects of the work as well as be skilled as a supervisor. This position provides region wide administration, supervision and oversight of three unit supervisors and 18 professional level staff located in Anchorage, Valdez and Soldotna.

Our ideal applicant will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience (Each of these traits must be clearly documented in your cover letter. Please use examples of duties and indicate the position you were in when the skills or experience were gained. Applicants are NOT required to have experience in every area, but must document each trait. If you do not have experience in a particular area, simply say so.):

  • Thorough knowledge of federal and State statutes and regulations related to oil and hazardous substance spill prevention and response.
  • Extensive experience with the technical review and evaluation of oil discharge prevention and contingency plans.
  • A background in conducting inspections of regulated facilities and vessels including oil terminal facilities, pipelines, oil exploration and production facilities, tank vessel or oil barges, and rail roads.
  • Experience designing, conducting and/or evaluating spill response exercises.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the technical, procedural and operational requirements for spill response including experience performing emergency oil spill response on land and on water of both refined and crude oils.
  • Work experience and/or training during the past three years in the Incident Command System (ICS) at the ICS-300 or higher level.
  • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to work with employees, other State and federal agency staff, the media, and the public in potentially adversarial situations.
  • Ability to act as a media contact for significant oil and hazardous substance incidents including expertise in risk and crisis communication.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write professional documents (including reports and letters) that present technical information in a manner which is easy to understand, accurate, and grammatically correct.
  • Ability to provide leadership, professional and technical direction, training, and supervision to form a highly functioning team.


Special Notice:
This position will include travel to remote areas of the state to participate on incident management teams for emergency spill response. Applicants must be willing to coordinate the Preparedness and Response Section's responses to spill emergencies on a 24/7 basis.
 
The incumbent may be required to wear an air purifying respirator to level C responses. This requires medical approval to qualify for wearing a respirator and successful passing of an annual respirator fit test.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration;
AND EITHER
One year of advanced level professional experience in environmental regulation compliance, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality; or evaluating the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; preparing environmental documentation; and determining, negotiating, and monitoring permitted activities. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Program Specialist IV or Environmental Impact Analyst III with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
Two years of full-working level professional experience in environmental regulation compliance, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, programs to improve or protect environmental quality, or the analysis and documentation of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Program Specialist III or Environmental Impact Analyst II with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
Two years of advanced professional experience in an environmental health or sanitation program. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Health Officer III with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
Two years of full-proficiency experience in an environmental engineering program. This includes such work as Environmental Engineering Associate or Village Safe Water Engineering Associate with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
Two years of full performance professional experience in chemical analysis in areas such as air or water quality, food, drugs and/or toxicological. This experience is met by service as a Chemist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
Two years of advance professional or supervisory level experience in natural resource management.  The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Specialist III, Natural Resource Manager I, Geologist  III, Hydrologist II, Agronomist II, Forester III, Fishery Biologist III, Wildlife Biologist III, or Habitat Biologist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer

Substitution:
Four years of any combination of experience in environmental or scientific field work, sampling, and analysis; environmental regulation compliance; site remediation; emergency response; hydrologic or geologic studies; environmental planning; or environmental engineering and post-secondary education in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree.

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$6,500.00 Monthly