Local recruitment: Environmental Specialist II

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Wake County, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $47,959.00 – $83,928.00 Annually

Location: Wake County, NC

Job Type: Permanent Full-Time

Department: Dept of Environmental Quality

Job Number: DMS60036243

Closing: 1/6/2023 5:00 PM Eastern

Division/Section: Mitigation Services

Work Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Position Number: 60036243

Recruitment Range: $47,959 – $65,439

Salary Grade: NC14

Description of Work

Are you passionate about the environment and want to make a difference?

DEQ has an open opportunity for an Environmental Specialist II

It is full-time (40 hours per week) with State Benefits
This position currently qualifies for a hybrid telework option with routine office and remote workdays. The NC Department of Environmental Quality trusts our employees to be self-motivated and successful in hybrid/remote roles. Telework options are subject to change at the discretion of management.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:

The position is a contributing team member of four planners within the Watershed Planning Section of NCDMS. Planners utilize knowledge of environmental and natural resource data to target areas for the implementation of stream, wetland, buffer and nutrient offset mitigation projects.  The purpose of this position is to 1) provide watershed project planning for standard to large size watershed plans ranging from moderate to very complex in assigned areas of the state and 2) perform GIS analysis on a local and statewide scale to support evaluation of DMS planning and project implementation efforts. This position is responsible for developing complex, difficult and/or controversial River Basin Restoration Priorities (RBRP), Regional Watershed Plans (RWP), which includes managing projects and reviewing deliverables of contractors.  This position acts as lead GIS analyst, preforming hydrologic, water quality and habitat models to evaluate watershed conditions.  The planner utilizes, edits and maintains a collection of ArcTools, ESRI Modelbuilder and Python scripts to conduct watershed analysis.  

Routinely, this position provides direct technical support and troubleshooting on GIS software, hardware, databases, analysis processes, and utilization of geospatial data.  Maintains all NCDMS spatial data within an enterprise GIS database and ArcGIS Online. Develops process documentation and trains staff in QA/QC processes to maintain datasets and metadata.  Provides direction to contractors and temporary personnel to accomplish short term projects.  Utilizes knowledge of environmental and natural resource data to provide solutions that suit needs of field personnel.

Additionally, this position consults with program leads on GIS implementation to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.  Participate in Departmental GIS committees to represent NCDMS, align goals with other divisions and eliminate redundancies.  Build inter-agency relationships to maintain the most current and accurate information available.  Participate on enterprise database working groups and other duties as assigned. This position develops watershed planning based scoring criteria, targeted areas, maps and any other necessary watershed planning guidance for Request for Proposals (RFPs) to ensure the projects implemented through the full delivery procurement process address watershed needs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide watershed project planning for standard to large size watershed plans ranging from moderate to very complex in assigned areas of the state.
  • Perform GIS analysis on a local and statewide scale to support evaluation of DMS planning and project implementation efforts.
  • Develop complex, difficult and/or controversial River Basin Restoration Priorities (RBRP), Regional Watershed Plans (RWP) and Catalog Unit Status Reports (CUSRs) in assigned watersheds to meet the mitigation needs of the Division of Mitigation Services.
  • Develop watershed planning based scoring criteria, targeted areas, maps and any other necessary watershed planning guidance for Request for Proposals (RFPs) to ensure the projects implemented through the full delivery process address watershed needs.
  • Provide support in projects generated utilizing all procurement processes to maximize the links between watershed needs, identified through watershed planning and project implementation.
  • Conduct geographic information system (GIS) analysis for the watershed planning unit, performs data analysis, interprets and presents data related to water quality, hydrology and habitat and project opportunities.

The Division of Mitigation Services:

The Division of Mitigation Services provides comprehensive mitigation for the State of North Carolina as required under the Clean Water Act. This NC DEQ program is responsible for providing compensatory mitigation for streams and wetlands that are unavoidably impacted by development and transportation projects. The program provides planning, implementation and disposition associated with restoration, enhancement, creation, and preservation for the 51 cataloging units (watersheds) in the State. The DMS manages the development of comprehensive mitigation projects worth $75 million annually. The products generated by this program facilitate approximately $1.2 billion in statewide infrastructure improvements annually.  Click here to learn more about the Division of Mitigation Services (DMS) 

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. 

Recruitment Range:  $47,959 – $65,439
This position is located at:  217 West Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27603Knowledge, 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.  (Note: These links refer to Dept. of Public Safety process; this process is the same for Dept. of Environmental Quality.)

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

  • Documented experience managing projects or writing reports.
  • Documented experience using geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Documented experience in planning methods, data analysis or modeling techniques.  
     
    Manager Preferences:
  • Knowledge of environmental restoration practices
  • Experience with natural resource data.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis
  • Experience with R or Python scripting

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.
  • If applicants earned a foreign degree, foreign degrees require an official evaluation for U.S. equivalency, and must be submitted to Human Resources for verification. There are several organizations that perform this specialized service, feel free to use any service of your choosing. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) has several options on their website that can provide credential verification: https://www.naces.org/members.

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 Malik Ragler at 919-707-8276 and/or malik.ragler@ncdenr.gov.

Agency: State of North Carolina

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