Environmental Specialist I

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Forsyth County, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Description of Work

This posting is open to all applicants.* Recruitment Range: $36,677 – $46,638
This position is located at:
450 Hanes Mill Road, Suite 300, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 North Carolina Government employee perks/benefits
The primary purpose of this position is to perform compliance inspections and issue permits as delegated to the regional office for facilities requiring 401 water quality permit certifications (primary), NPDES permits (secondary as assigned), non-discharge permits, animal operations, groundwater well permitting (i.e., monitoring well, injection, supply, etc.), and other DWR jurisdictional regulatory programs.

Communicate with facility owners and operators, perform inspections (review records, sampling procedures, operating records, and procedures), collect compliance samples, examine permitted control structures and treatment facilities, and discuss inspection results with appropriate responsible officials or workers, prepare inspection reports and related correspondence.  The employee must issue Notices of Violation and assess civil penalties when necessary.  The employee most collect legally defensible evidence to support enforcement actions and full participate in enforcement actions such as litigation. When remission of fine is requested, provide documentation to support civil penalty and assessment factors for the Director and the Environmental Management Commission. Participate in court as an expert witness for the state when the permittee/owner requests an Administrative Hearing to contest the facts/limits of enforcement actions.  Participate/assist in investigations when environmental violations/crimes are identified to restore compliance with regulations.

Other duties, as needed, include but are not limited to assisting with the review of NPDES permit applications, conducting compliance sampling inspections at 401 certified sites, NPDES facilities, inspecting sewer collection systems, responding to environmental emergencies such as Sanitary Sewer Overflows, fish kills and chemical and oil spills. Employee will contact facility officials or owners, perform the inspections (review records, sampling procedures, operating records, and procedures), examine equipment and treatment facilities, and discuss inspection results with appropriate responsible officials or workers, preparation of report of inspection, development of correspondence to the permitted facilities.  The employee must issue a Notice of Violation and assist with the assessment of civil penalties in accordance with Division policy.  When remission of penalties is requested, provide documentation to support civil penalty and assessment factors for the Director and the Environmental Management Commission.  Participate in court as an expert witness for the state when the permittee/owner requests an Administrative Hearing to contest the facts/limits of enforcement actions.  Participate/assist in investigations when environmental violations/crimes are identified to restore compliance with regulations.

The Division of Water Resources:
The Division of Water Resources is responsible for protecting North Carolina’s drinking, surface and groundwater for all waterbodies including lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands and aquifers. This environmental stewardship is accomplished through actions including permitting issuance, investigations, regulatory compliance and enforcement, monitoring and field assessments, certifications, laboratory analysis and testing, planning, water quality standards management, educational outreach and other efforts. The Division comprises six Sections: Water Quality Regional Operations; Water Sciences; Public Water Supply; Water Quality Permitting; Groundwater Resources, and Water Planning. Learn more by visiting Division of Water Resources.

The NC Department of Environmental Quality:
The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina’s environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public’s health, and works to advance in all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina’s needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state’s school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. Please visit our website at the Department of Environmental Quality for more information.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application. Any information omitted from the application, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit** 
 
To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL of the following:

  • Working knowledge of NPDES permit rules, compliance inspection processes, and/or permitting or enforcement processes within EPA, and/or Attorney General’s Office. 
  • Documented knowledge of associated programs such as pretreatment, toxicity, sewer system permits, Special Orders and/or other enforcement tools. 
  • Documented knowledge of wastewater treatment processes. 
  • Documented knowledge in the environmental areas of biology, chemistry, and/or hydrology. 
  • Documented knowledge of environmental statutes and/or regulations. 

Management Preference:

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with other staff members, other regulators, the regulated public including elected officials is essential. 
  • Ability to organize and direct efforts to resolve complex compliance problems is required. 
  • Must be able to collect, assimilate, and interpret data. 
  • Must have good computer skills. 
  • Must have excellent communication skills both written (technical writing ability) and verbal. 
  • Must be able to deal effectively, fairly, and professionally with the public, regulated community, and colleagues. 
  • Review detailed technical information and spot potential inaccuracies or unsupportable conclusions. 

Ability to carry field equipment (up to 50 lbs.), work out of doors during inclement weather conditions, walk in heavily vegetated areas, walk in streams, steep terrain and to be able to swim since some boat work may be involvedMinimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Supplemental and Contact Information

To apply for this position, please click the APPLY button. All relevant experience must be included on the application to receive proper credit. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted. 
     
If multiple applications are submitted by an applicant to an individual position, only the most recent application received prior to the posting closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
     
Applicants requesting and / or receiving an accommodation via the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax but must be received by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
     
Persons eligible for veteran’s preference must upload a copy of Form DD-214 and attach to the application.  
     
Persons eligible for RIF priority must upload their letter of notification and attach to the application. This applies to those employees that are subject to Articles 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 of G.S. 126. This does not include employees of the legislative and judicial branches, the public school and community college systems, or other employees that are exempt from these Articles of the Human Resources Act.
     
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a hiring range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
     
The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
     
Learn more about Division of Water Resources by visiting DEQ.NC.GOV 


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