Safe Drinking Water Inspector Trainee (Environmental Trainee)

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Montgomery County, PA, United States 🇺🇸

THE POSITION

Looking to start an exciting career in the field of environmental protection?  Want to put your bachelor’s degree in a physical, biological or engineering field to good use?  Don’t want to be tied to a desk?  Look no further than to Environmental Trainee opportunities with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)!

DEP has immediate openings for college graduates with no professional environmental protection experience required!  We are seeking environmentally friendly and energetic individuals who are committed to protecting and preserving Pennsylvania’s resources through the regulation of air, water, waste, mining, radiation sources, and oil and gas.DESCRIPTION OF WORKEnvironmental Trainees are hired into a 12-month training program, which consists of on-the-job training to learn the duties of an environmental inspector in a specific environmental field. Employees in the trainee job will learn applicable regulations and policies and assist more experienced employees in performing inspections of assigned facilities. Trainees may become Safe Drinking Water inspectors, Storage Tanks inspectors, Wastewater Treatment Plant inspectors, Air Quality inspectors, among others. Travel is required for these positions but does not typically include overnight stays.   Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  DEP vehicles can be signed out to facilitate travel to and from inspection sites.  Inspections may require employees to negotiate uneven or rough terrain, sometimes while carrying test equipment. Employees who complete the Environmental Trainee year often move on to higher-level specialist and supervisory job titles in the future.
Work Hours: 8 am-4 pm Mon-Fri 

This position performs a variety of duties, within an assigned geographical area of the Commonwealth, involving the regulation of public water systems to ensure compliance with the Department’s rules and regulations and to protect public health. Work involves the application of these rules and regulations during the conduct of surveillance, compliance and enforcement activities. Work also involves consulting with and/or responding to private water supply cases, water-related issues from other Department programs and/or state or federal agencies, conditions caused by drought or flooding, and other emergency situations. 
Additional details regarding the duties of this position may be found in the position description.REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

Qualifications:

  • You must have successfully examined and have a current score on file.  If you have not already done so, you must first apply to the ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINEE (ONLINE EXAM) posting and follow the directions provided.  
  • You must meet the PA residency requirement.  For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the linkand click on Residency.
  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Hiring preference for this vacancy will be given to candidates who live within DEP Region 1 – Southeast, which includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.  If no eligible candidates who live within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties apply for this position, candidates who reside in other counties may be considered.

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 [email protected].The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce.  The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania.  The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law.  All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


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