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Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Environmental Specialist III
Opening Date: November 7, 2023
Closing Date: November 21, 2023
Job Class Code: 9253
Grade: 04-23 (Pro / Tech)
Salary: $45,136.00 – $60,881.60 / yr.
Position Number: 2000-4082
Limited Period Position
Position Location: This is a full-time position located in Augusta. This opportunity allows partial telework with management approval.
The Maine CDC, Drinking Water Program (DWP), is seeking an Environmental Specialist III to provide technical support and assistance in implementing the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules and regulations. The Drinking Water Program is tasked with overseeing over 1900 public drinking water systems throughout Maine, administering federal and state safe drinking water regulations to ensure that water systems provide safe, secure, and reliable drinking water.
Cybersecurity and physical security, as well as resilience to threats due to climate change (e.g., drought, flooding, intense storms, etc.) are becoming an increasingly important component of public drinking water protection, and the work required to address these issues is increasing rapidly. In this position, you will serve as a Security and Resilience Coordinator, responsible for developing and implementing procedures for protecting public water systems from cybersecurity and other threats and increasing their resilience to the changing environment.
- Administer DWP Cybersecurity Program and assess needed revisions and updates to the DWP Cybersecurity Program consistent with EPA regulations.
- Assess needs for cybersecurity, physical security and resilience education and outreach material both internal and external to the DWP.
- Assess needed revisions to DWP Emergency Response Plan and other emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery materials.
Minimum Qualifications:(Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).
A six (6) year combination of education and/or experience in environmental, biological, physical science, or engineering which includes two (2) years of environmental experience. Qualifying education must include at least 15 credit hours of science or engineering coursework from an accredited educational institution.
Preferred candidates will also have:
- Knowledge of cybersecurity best practices and principles.
- Ability to practice good customer service skills and behaviors in all contacts with clients, co-workers, and the public.
- Ability to follow a Standard Operating Procedure in a fast-paced environment.
- Data management and processing skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Critical thinking skills to address/solve challenges/problems
- Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State’s population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.
The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.
For additional information about this position, please contact Susan Breau, Water Resources Team Supervisor, at (207) 592-6981.
- To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.
Please submit all documents or files in PDF format.
To request a paper application, please contact [email protected] .
No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—”Dirigo” or “I lead”—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:
- Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.
- Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.
- Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements.
- Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).
- Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 13.16%of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.
- Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.
- Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.
- Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office.
- Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
- Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.
- Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness.
There’s a job and then there’s purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role.
As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics.
If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
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