Environmental Reviewer (Natural Resources Specialist III)
Job Description Summary
Natural Resource Specialists in the Regional Water Project Development (RWPD) division of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) perform highly complex (senior-level), broad-based environmental reviews of TWDB-funded projects. This position plays an essential role in advancing TWDB’s mission of providing financial assistance for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas. Projects financed by the TWDB range from small grants for small disadvantaged water systems to large-scale regional projects, including the largest water infrastructure project currently underway in the country. Each of these projects undergo an environmental review process to evaluate potential impacts and ensure those projects are environmentally sound and comply with local, state, and federal environmental regulations and TWDB administrative rules. This review process includes evaluating environmental reports and related documents, including coordination with federal and state regulatory agencies, and reviewing associated engineering reports, plans and specifications, and other project-related materials. Based on these reviews and coordination with regulatory agencies, RWPD environmental review staff make recommendations for conditions to help avoid, minimize, or mitigate potential impacts and prepare environmental determinations for projects. May train others. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the environmental review staff of TWDB work closely with TWDB’s engineering staff and others under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to a team manager in RWPD.
Essential Job Functions
· Reviews project-related documents, including environmental assessments, archeological and biological survey reports, coordinates with regulatory agencies, environmental information documents, environmental site assessments, environmental findings issued by other agencies, and other project-related documents.
· Works closely with the RWPD teams, environmental review workgroup, and other staff to ensure consistency of review policies and procedures.
· Follows processes consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state-level environmental review requirements and reviews projects to ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and other state and federal regulations.
· Reviews project-related funding applications and engineering documents.
· Conducts archeological and environmental file and literature searches and data analyses.
· Prepares, amends, and adopts state and NEPA level environmental determinations.
· Provides guidance and professional advice to TWDB management on cultural resources management, waters of the United States, endangered species issues, floodplains, and other issues related to cultural or natural resources.
· Works closely with environmental and engineering consultants, as well as, local, state, and federal representatives throughout the course of each project.
· Provides guidance and recommendations to stakeholders, including potential financial assistance applicants and recipients on compliance with program requirements.
· Prepares written reports, memoranda, and correspondence.
· Represents the agency at assigned engagements, including meetings with state and federal agencies and representatives from other political subdivisions of the state.
· Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
· Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
· Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
· May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
· Performs other duties as assigned.
· Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with interdisciplinary course work in Natural Sciences, Archeology, Water Resources, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, or Hydrology.
· Five years of relevant work experience in Natural Science or Archeology.
· Experience with writing, proofreading, and editing complex technical documents.
· Relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
· Graduate degree from an accredited college or university in Natural Sciences or Archeology.
· Two years of field experience and appropriate professional certifications or qualifications.
· Experience in flood related work and/or working on flood related projects.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
· Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations and the principles and practices of public administration.
· Knowledge of vegetation, wildlife, geology, soils, hydrology, and/or archeology of Texas.
· Knowledge of applicable state or federal environmental protection and historic preservation statutes, their implementing regulations, and related executive orders.
· Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
· Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
· Skills in effective facilitation of project development during negotiations with applicants, consultants, and state or federal regulatory agencies.
· Skills in preparing and maintaining accurate records, reports, documents, correspondence, and meeting deadlines.
· Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
· Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
· Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
· Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
· Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
· Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
· Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
· Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
· Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
· Ability to manage multiple tasks.
· Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
· Ability and willingness to travel 10% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
· Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
· Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
· Ability to train others.
· Ability to be self-motivated and to work under general direction with latitude for use of independent judgment.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $3,520.34 - $4,200.00 per month
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible schedule
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Professional development assistance
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- Day shift
- Waiting period may apply
- Temporarily due to COVID-19