Environmental Supervisor

Nebraska Department of Natural Resources

Lincoln, NE, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: See Position Description
Location: Lincoln, NE
Department: Department of Natural Resources
Job Number: 02901031
Closing: Continuous


Do you have a passion for protecting Nebraska’s natural resources? Do you love knowing your work makes a difference in your community and state? Are you looking for a work environment that supports developing and applying new skills and technologies? If you answered yes, then we might be the team for you!

We’re looking for the next great addition to the Water Planning Division (Division) at the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR). Our small but enthusiastic group of dedicated planners and technical experts provides a supportive and collaborative work environment that offers many opportunities to learn and grow professionally. 

Before we dive into what we need, let us show off what you get!

• Workplace flexibility

• 13 paid holidays 

• Vacation and sick leave equating to 24 days your first year, accruing immediately 

• Military leave 

• 156% (that’s not a typo!) state-matched retirement 

• Tuition reimbursement 

• Employee assistance program 

• 79% employer paid health insurance plans 

• Dental and vision insurance plans 

• Employer-paid $20,000 life insurance policy 

• Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) through the Federal government 

• Wide variety and availability of career advancement as the largest and most diverse employer in the state 

• Opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference through public service 

• Training and development based on your career aspirations 

• Fun, inviting teammates 

• A safe and secure environment 

At the State, we stand by our core values of treating others with dignity and respect, acting ethically in all situations, and creating an environment where our customer is our top priority. Apply to join our team today!

The Water Planning Division at NeDNR works with local, regional, state, and interstate partners and stakeholders on integrated management of surface water and groundwater and on interstate water agreements.   Our vision is advancing collaborative water management across the state of Nebraska based on sound science, and our mission is to sustain and protect Nebraska’s water supplies and water users for both the near and long term.  The Division’s work blends hydrogeological modeling and analyses with water policy and planning.

Under limited supervision, an Environmental Supervisor is responsible for coordinating and managing projects, supervising staff, and assisting with Division administration. An Environmental Supervisor is expected to understand and implement state statutes and maintain a high level of understanding of the Division’s hydrologic models and analyses. Some areas of responsibility include:

  • Leading and coordinating the development of integrated water management plans and basin-wide plans;
  • Coordinating NeDNR’s involvement in interstate water compacts, decrees, and agreements;
  • Reviewing and developing publications, presentations, and other documents, such as outreach materials for the public, plans, annual progress reports, internal policies and procedures, documentation, and technical hydrological reports;
  • Coordinating public participation activities;
  • Communicating with a variety of audiences; and
  • Building and maintaining relationships between NeDNR and external partner organizations.

Some travel is required for this position, including occasional overnight travel. When not traveling, the employee’s work time will include a mixture of teleworking and in-office work.

Salary to be commensurate with applicant’s education and experience, if approved. NeDNR will not sponsor non-immigrant work visas for this position.
Examples of Work


  • Plan, assign, direct, delegate, and evaluate the work of staff;
  • Support Division staff in their professional growth through delegation of tasks, setting and evaluating performance goals, and helping to identify training opportunities;
  • Work closely with Division Managers and other Environmental Supervisors to ensure efficient use of Division resources, develop work plans, and implement Division procedures; 
  • Maintain financial oversight on consultant selection, fees, and research costs, manage contracts, and oversee their work; and
  • Organize and manage records, including some sensitive and/or confidential information.


  • In partnership with Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) and in collaboration with other Division staff, develop integrated surface water/groundwater management plans within the context of the Nebraska Ground Water Management and Protection Act and ensure successful implementation of integrated management planning goals and objectives;
  • Work with NeDNR leadership and other staff to represent the State’s interests in interstate water compacts, decrees, and agreements; and
  • Develop and demonstrate working knowledge of Nebraska water statutes.


  • Coordinate and support facilitation of stakeholder committee meetings, public meetings, public hearings, and surveys; and
  • Develop and deliver presentations, reports, and outreach materials to convey Division activities and complex hydrological and integrated water management concepts to public and professional audiences.


  • Working with consultants and the Division’s technical staff, determine what data are needed to support development and implementation of integrated water management plans;
  • Coordinate technical analyses to evaluate progress toward plan goals and objectives, inform plan development, and fulfill requirements of interstate water agreements;
  • Conduct technical assessments on the adequacy of all tools used in integrated water management plans to ensure successful accomplishment of plan goals; 
  • Attend professional scientific conferences and programs and read professional research literature to stay current and maintain expertise; and
  • Develop working knowledge of complex technical materials and procedures and communicate with others about them.

Qualifications / Requirements

REQUIREMENTS:  Bachelor’s Degree in the physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental science, geology, biology, agronomy, civil engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, hydrology, community and regional planning, or a related field AND two years of professional experience in a related field. Plus, experience leading and/or supervising others related to environmental programs. Experience may substitute for education or a year-for-year basis.   Candidate must submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position and summarizing their previous planning and/or policy experience. 

PREFERRED: Master’s degree in natural resources planning, science policy, hydrogeology,     

hydrology, geology, engineering, or natural resources. Experience with groundwater or surface water modeling.