Environmental Specialist

State of Kansas

Shawnee County, KS, USA 🇺🇸

Job Posting

Important Recruitment Information for this vacancy

  • Job Posting closes: August 22, 2022
  • Required documents uploaded by:  August 22, 2022

Kansas Department of Health and Environment:  

Our agency head is Secretary Janet Stanek, who was appointed by Gov. Kelly in Dec 2021. We are made up for three divisions: Public Health, Environment, and Health care finance (which includes KanCare). We are the only agency in the nation to have these three entities under one roof. This allows us to take a holistic approach to the health and well-being of all Kansans.


About the Position

  • Who can apply:  Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service:  Classified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time:  Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary:  Regular
  • Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits:  Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible:  Yes


  • Hourly Pay Range: $23.31 – $25.68

* Salary can vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.

Employment Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

Visit the Employee Benefits page for more information…

Position Summary & Responsibilities

Position Summary:  

The position (K0205812)

Harmful Algal Bloom Response Program Coordinator 

Seeking candidates with Bachelors Degree in natural sciences or natural resource management to serve as coordinator for the state HAB Response Program.  A Masters degree in limnology or related field is a plus, as is experience with water quality monitoring, project management, data management, and statistics. From April through October, the incumbent will perform lead functions on response actions; they will manage complaints, coordinate fieldwork and sample analysis, lead weekly meetings to issue advisories, track indicators and trends, and maintain clear and timely communications with external as well as internal partners.  Some program related field and lab work may also be required. From November through March, the incumbent will analyze data, update program related publications and internal documents, build and maintain a HAB literature library, and organize an annual HAB stakeholder meeting.  Throughout the year, they may represent the agency at meetings, participate in special projects, and perform additional work to support other surface water programs. Some fieldwork and conference attendance may be required, which can include reimbursed travel of a few days per month. 

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: 

During the HAB season, coordinate operations of the KDHE Harmful Algal Bloom Response Program. Perform lead functions on response actions, which includes such tasks as: (a) Prioritize sampling activities, (b) Coordinate fieldwork and sample transport with KDHE district staff, (c) Coordinate sample receiving and processing with analytical staff, (d) Manage HAB tracking software, data, and geospatial data, (e) Track relevant weather, sensor, and satellite data, (f) Facilitate timely investigations on health incident reports or public water supply complaints, (g) Prepare advisory updates and lead weekly meetings, (h) Maintain routine and emergency communications with complainants, internal stakeholders, and external partners, (i) Maintain contacts database, (j) Collect samples as needed, and (k) Maintain HAB sampling equipment and supplies as needed.

Perform off-season and nonroutine support and outreach activities related to HAB Response Program, which includes tasks such as:  (a) Coordinate annual review and update of the HAB response plan as needed, (b) Chair committee to plan and host annual HAB stakeholder meetings,(c) Review and maintain website content and public outreach materials, (d) Remain current with research and regulatory developments, (e) Represent the agency on HAB related issues, (f) Perform statistical and geospatial analyses to inform understanding of HABs in Kansas, (g) Advise management on needed improvements and initiatives, and (h) Perform other tasks associated with HAB initiatives under the direction of Unit Chief and upper management.

Provide assistance to the Unit Chief and Section Chief to support broader planning, monitoring, and assessment activities for the work group and agency, which includes tasks such as: (a) Participate in field work and research for the HAB Response Program, Use Attainability Assessment Program, and other monitoring programs, (b) Assist with sample preparation and lab work, (c) Participate in special projects, (d) Liaison to other sections and bureaus, (e) Represent the agency in general public outreach,  (e) Assist with management and execution of contracts, (f) Assist with grant planning, tracking, and reporting, and (f) Participate in long range and strategic planning.


  • Education:  
    •  High School, GED
  • Licensing & Certification:  
    • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State
  • Minimum Qualifications:  
    • A bachelor’s degree in environmental science with an emphasis on biology, chemistry, geology or a related natural science
  • Preferred Qualifications:  
    • Bachelors in biology, chemistry, limnology, geology, geography, agricultural science or environmental science
    • Masters in a relevant field of environmental science or natural resource management.
    • Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes
    • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail
    • Excellent oral and written communication abilities
    • Microsoft Office applications
    • GIS, geography and mapping
    • Data management, statistics, and data visualization
    • Project management, team coordination, and public outreach
    • Field work, laboratory work, and/or environmental assessment
    • Masters degree in related natural or environmental science or engineering discipline, or three years of experience with surface water monitoring; environmental assessment, response, or outreach; or related field, laboratory, or other scientific work.

Recruiter Contact Information

  • Name:  Sharon Dew
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mailing Address: 1000 SW Jackson St. Suite 580 Topeka, KS 66612

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Required Documents for this Application to be Complete

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  • Transcripts
  • DD214 (if you are claiming Veteran’s Preference)

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  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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How to Claim Veterans Preference

Veterans’ Preference Eligible (VPE): Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a “veteran”; under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the minimum competency factors of the position.  The veterans’ preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determine by the hiring manager.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

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