Environmental Specialist II

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Wake County, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $42,780.00 – $72,424.00 Annually

Location: Wake County, NC

Job Type: Permanent Full-Time

Department: Dept of Environmental Quality

Job Number: 22-05723 DWR60035384

Closing date and time: 5/16/2022 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Division/Section: Water Resources / DO Water Planning Modeling/Assessment

Work Location; Raleigh, NC

Position Number: 60035384

Recruitment Range: $42,780 – $63,722

Salary Grade: GN11

Description of Work

*This posting is open to all applicants.*22-05723 DWR60035384Recruitment Range: $42,780 – $63,722This position is located at:512 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27604 North Carolina Government employee perks/benefits
Branch Information:
The Modeling and Assessment Branch coordinates with monitoring, point source, public water supply, nonpoint source, and basin planning branches within the Division of Water Resources. The Branch is responsible for:

  • Performing the biennial statewide water quality assessment per the federal Clean Water Act, Sections 303(d) and 305(b)
  • Prioritizing impaired waters for management strategy or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development
  • Developing and reviewing water quality models for TMDLs, management strategies, and NPDES permitting
  • Developing TMDLs and providing technical support for the development of management strategies
  • Analysis of natural conditions for impaired waters
  • Developing and updating hydrologic basin models for the 17 North Carolina river basins to evaluate surface water resources
  • Reviewing and applying hydrologic basin models for water supply planning, evaluating drought impacts to public water supplies
  • Providing technical support to other DWR branches

Position Information:
This position:

  1. Compiles, reviews, evaluates, and interprets water quality and quantity data. 
  2. Performs statistical, GIS, and water quality and quantity mathematical modeling analyses consistent with planning section goals and state and federal standards and regulations and provides recommendations to other DWR programs based on these analyses. 
  3. Develops special study plans to address data gaps. 
  4. Evaluates natural conditions where appropriate for impaired waters.
  5. Develops, reviews, evaluates, and updates water quality models with an emphasis on watershed models. 
  6. Reviews list of impaired waters and coordinates with other state and local programs to conduct appropriate follow-up activities. 
  7. Presents results and recommendations to DWR staff, local governments, and other stakeholders. 
  8. Provides technical support regarding water quality and quantity modeling to DWR staff, local governments, and other agencies as needed.

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

The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position.  We will not review resumes in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application.  Click these links for additional information: Introduction to the Job Application and Addressing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL of the following:

  • Demonstrated experience developing, utilizing, or updating hydrologic, watershed, and/or water quality models. 
  • Demonstrated experience communicating information and/or recommendations to state, federal or local officials, other state agencies, stakeholders, or general public.   
  • Demonstrated experience preparing, evaluating and/or presenting data or reports.  

Management Preference:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal water quality laws and regulations, especially those in Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a team on model development projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to use programming tools (e.g., R, SAS, JMP, python) for processing and summarizing data and model output.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate or assist in the development of watershed management alternatives and recommendations.

Minimum 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 two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Supplemental and Contact Information

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer who embraces an Employment First philosophy which consists of complying with all federal laws, state laws and Executive Orders.  
DEQ uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act.  Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity, and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.

  • Applicants seeking Veteran’s Preference must attach a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to their applications.
  • If applicants earned college credit hours but did not complete a degree program, they must attach an official transcript to each application to receive credit for this education.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click “Application Status.”  If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by management.  If you are no longer under consideration, you will receive an email notification.  If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contact Ruth Evans (919) 707-9195 and/or [email protected]

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