Environmental Engineering Specialist

  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Bridgeville, PA, USA
  • Jul 09, 2020
Full time Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering Management Sustainability Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


The primary functions of the SEMP Coordinator are to direct the Strategic Environmental Management Program (SEMP) in District 11.  The SEMP Coordinator provides guidance to District maintenance personnel on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and evaluates the implementation of the EMS by maintenance personnel.  In addition, the SEMP Coordinator position assists in permitting activities and environmental clearances for maintenance and design projects.  These activities may include, but not be limited to, obtaining specific waterway permits, completing Categorical Exclusion Evaluations (CEE's), and other bridge maintenance related environmental activities.


  • Full-time employment 
  • Work Hours:  Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM with a hour lunch or based on operational consideration


Applies sound environmental engineering guidelines, principles and practices to assist with the District's Environmental SEMP, Permit, MS4 and NEPA Programs which include:

o Develop and maintain knowledge of the Strategic Environmental Management Program (SEMP);
o Develop and maintain knowledge of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and PENNDOT Environmental policies and requirements;
o Assist in the assessment and review the effects of proposed transportation facilities and maintenance activities on the environment;
o Prepare and/or review of environmental documents, technical studies and permit applications to ensure compliance with environmental legislation and regulations;
o Assist in obtaining environmental clearances and permits for maintenance and design projects;
o Research environmental regulations and environmental engineering procedures to prepare or revise documents and extracts data pertinent to environmental policies;
o Develop and maintain knowledge of environmental policies and regulations;
o Establish and maintain liaison with federal, state and local environmental agencies;
o Coordinate in the implementation of the District SEMP management team;
o Participate, coordinate and oversee the County SEMP Teams and ISO auditing teams;
o Develop and update employee awareness tools (SEMP posters and brochures);
o Disseminate SEMP information to District management and field staff;
o Conduct reviews of all District stockpiles and garage facilities;
o Coordinate the Annual Work Plan (AWP) meeting with the environmental agencies;
o Prepare Quality Assurance checklist of stockpile/garage compliances and deficiencies;
o Conduct and provide support of periodic inspections of field maintenance activities for permit compliance and implementation of erosion and sedimentation controls;
o Assist Maintenance personnel in resolving environmental problems;
o Recommend action to be taken for improving and implementing environmental procedures;
o Assist in conducting field work and environmental assessment activities;
o Participate in field views;
o Assist Facilities Management in developing plans, specifications and estimates for contracts on Department buildings and maintenance yards;
o Provide support in the monitoring of Facilities Management contracts related to SEMP objectives;
o Attend SEMP and general environmental assessment training;
o Develop, conduct, and/or coordinate SEMP training for District Maintenance personnel;
o Develop and maintain District SEMP files;
o Act as the District Storage Tank Coordinator;
o Maintain District hazardous waste manifest files;
o Track and assist County and Tunnel organizations in managing and tracking waste management activities including managing the statewide waste tracker database;
o Assist with Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) facility inspections;
o Act as Erosion and Sedimentation Control Coordinator for maintenance related activities for the District and various other related duties;
o Organize data into meaningful forms such as charts, graphs and tables;
o Present environmental engineering data and express ideas orally and in writing;
o Provide environmental engineering technical advice and assistance to public officials, public agencies, consultants and contractors on environmental issues;
o Prepare correspondence to answer written and oral inquiries regarding environmental policies, procedures and process;
o Prepare minutes, meeting announcements, agendas and other forms of written communications (scopes-of-work, man-hour estimates and schedules);
o The position includes extensive and strenuous field work at times in potential adverse weather conditions;
o And various other related duties.

Essential Functions:
1. Work in adverse weather conditions.
2. Bend, stretch, stoop, kneel and stand.
3. Understand oral and written instructions.
4. Utilize office devices, equipment and computers.
5. Perform work year-round.
6. Wear all types of personal protective equipment.
7. Attend job-related training and public meetings.
8. Communicate effectively, both in writing and in speech.
9. Operate a motor vehicle.
10. Lift and carry up to 30 pounds.



  • PA residency requirement currently waived for this title
  • Minimum Experience and Training Requirements - Successful completion of the training program for Environmental Engineering Trainee; OR one year of professional experience in environmental engineering, and a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering or in any engineering field that includes or is supplemented by 9 credits in environmental engineering; OR two years of professional experience in environmental engineering, and possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training certificate issued by or acceptable to the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists; OR one year of professional experience in environmental engineering, and possession of a valid Professional Engineer license issued by the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.
    Graduate study in environmental engineering or in a closely related field may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Condition of employment:  This position requires possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Based on your answers to the supplemental application questions regarding education, you may be instructed to upload a copy of your college transcript(s) to your application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.  If you are provided directions to upload transcripts during the application process but you cannot currently obtain them due to the temporary educational institution closures, please upload the official response from your institution regarding your request.  In addition, if asked to provide transcripts for specific coursework, e.g., 12 credits in social science, you may upload a list of completed courses you believe are qualifying in place of the transcripts. The list must include the name of the school(s), course titles completed with a passing grade, and number of credits for each course.   Once you receive a copy of your transcripts, you may send the document(s) and the specific job title and job number to which you applied to ra-cs-documents@pa.gov.   If selected for a position, you may be required to provide an official transcript to verify educational requirements.
  • Must be able to perform essential job functions

Legal Requirements:

  • A conditional offer of employment will require submission of criminal history reports at your expense.  See hiring agency contact information

Veterans:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa. C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences for veterans, go to www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx and click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov.

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS):  711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals)

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$58,954.00 - $76,871.00 Annually