Alaska residents: Environmental Program Specialist 3 (Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment PCN 18-7293)

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Juneau, AK, USA 🇺🇸

Anchorage, AK, USA 🇺🇸

Fairbanks, AK, USA 🇺🇸

Job Description

This position is open to Alaska Residents only.

Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.

Do you enjoy working in a position that you know will make a positive difference to communities and the environment? 
Do you want to be part of a team of dedicated environmental professionals whose mission is to protect and improve the quality of Alaska’s waterways and the health of your fellow Alaskans?

If so, this job is for you.

Who we are: 

The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water (DOW) is recruiting an Environmental Program Specialist 3 for the Monitoring and Assessment Section within the Water Quality Standards, Assessment and Restoration Program. This position serves as the freshwater monitoring lead and is responsible for planning, logistics, collection of field data and subsequent data management, analysis, and reporting. We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join our team. 
Our mission to Alaska:

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation staff is dedicated to conserving, improving, and protecting Alaska’s natural resources and environment to enhance the health, safety, economic, and social well-being of Alaskans. 

The Division of Water: 

  • establishes standards for water cleanliness 
  • regulates discharges to waters and wetlands
  • provides financial assistance for water and wastewater facility construction 
  • trains, certifies, and assists water and wastewater system operators
  • monitors and reports on water quality

You will help fulfill the Division’s mission as lead for our freshwater monitoring program, by planning and conducting monitoring, preparing reports on water quality, and communicating results to other professionals and the public. 

Benefits of joining our team: 

This roll will allow you to gain professional and on-the-job training in conducting field work, organizing, and analyzing data, researching pollutants, and supporting watershed protection activities. Safety and other training opportunities are provided. You will also have the opportunity to attend national conferences and training events with other agencies.

Your working environment: 

This position is being recruited in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. During the winter, most work will be office based. During the summer much of the work will be outside supporting field projects. The work may include travel to conduct field work on local waterways or overnight trips of varying duration (days to weeks) to support data collection in other Alaskan locations.
We are looking for people with any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the following competencies: 

  • Environmental Sampling: Knowledge of proper methodology and the design, installation, testing, repair, and/or maintenance of electrical and mechanical sampling equipment, components, instruments, and systems used for sampling environmental media to produce useable high-quality data to characterize and monitor the quality of the environment.
  • Environmental Science: Knowledge of the interdisciplinary concepts, principles, theories, and methods of investigating the natural and physical environment, including examination of ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, plant science, zoology, mineralogy, oceanography, limnology, soil science, geology and physical geography, atmospheric, and other related sciences in the protection and improvement of the environment and its resources.
  • Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Leadership: Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.
  • Project Management: Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Special Note: This position requires travel within the State (typically 1-7 days each month during the summer) to conduct field work. May include travel by vehicle, plane, boat, or ATV.

To view the general description and example of duties for an Environmental Program Specialist 3 please go to the following link: Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the following competencies

  • Scientific Research – Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of scientific principles related to environmental, ecological, biological, or physical science and the methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
  • Compliance – Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Decision Making – Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Oral Communication – Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; or natural resources.
Professional experience developing knowledge and skills in environmental regulations, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality; or learning to evaluate the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; prepare environmental documentation; and determine, negotiate, and monitor permitted activities.Additional Required Information


  • Example of technical writing


  • Copies of college transcripts, if using education to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Three (3) professional references with current contact information

TECHNICAL WRITING SAMPLEA technical writing sample is required for this position. The technical writing sample should highlight the competencies listed above. Please attach the technical writing sample to your application before submitting it online. Your technical writing sample will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview. 

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
 If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer’s name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported, and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment    
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the ‘’ domains. For information on allowing emails from the ‘’ domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. 

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to [email protected]
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Chandra McGee

Environmental Program Manager 1[email protected]





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