Environmental Program Consultant (Water Resources/Planning)

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Raleigh, NC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the work site for this position may be remote/virtual on a temporary basis until it is determined that this position will report to a permanent office location when conditions allow. This position, if remote, may require attendance at designated workplace meetings or in the performance of business at various on-site locations.

Recruitment Range:  $48,051 - $67,200
GN Salary Grade:  GN13
Location:  512 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27604

Section Information 
The Water Resources Planning Section (WRPS) provides strategic information necessary to manage the state's water resources for the health and welfare of the public; the continued economic growth of the State; the ecological health and integrity of North Carolina's surface waters, and the long-term sustainability of surface waters and ground waters. WRPS develops surface water and ground water standards and revisions to standards; conducts rulemaking; develops management strategies to protect water quality; carries out water supply planning; provides guidance to local water systems; and monitors drought conditions.

Position Information:
This position serves a lead role in development and implementation of regulatory watershed nutrient restoration strategies and other watershed initiatives under North Carolina's Nonpoint Source Management Program in the Planning Section of the Division of Water Resources. Primary functions of the position are to:

  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and coordinate regulatory, large- watershed restoration strategies addressing nutrient over-enrichment. Research topics, develop rules, lead rulemaking processes including fiscal analysis, coordinate and participate in implementation, evaluate progress and adaptive needs, conduct follow-up actions.
  • Apply scientific knowledge related to nonpoint source pollution, its measurement and control, along with knowledge of state and federal regulatory frameworks to evaluate management options, develop regulations, establish accounting mechanisms, oversee compliance, and track and evaluate progress.
  • Lead a team of co-workers. Advise ranking division/department staff.
  • Independently research, or design and administer contracts to evaluate nonpoint source management practices, policy options, costs, and benefits. Utilize spreadsheets and GIS.
  • Craft rule language, reports and written guidance, give presentations and otherwise communicate effectively both in writing and orally with a wide range of concerned individuals and groups.
  • Seek diverse perspectives respectfully and exercise sound judgment in evaluating input and formulating and revising management recommendations.
  • Occasionally work extra hours to complete assignments.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application. Any information omitted from the application, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit**
Applicants must submit an application that clearly reflects work experience that demonstrates the following:
  1. Demonstrated knowledge of nonpoint source water quality regulations. 
  2. Demonstrated experience in nonpoint source management practice.
  3. Demonstrated report writing skills.
  4. Demonstrated experience engaging stakeholders in a collaborative process.
  5. Demonstrated ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data, including use of software.
  6. Demonstrated ability to organize and supervise the work of others.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Master'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 three years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Supplemental and Contact Information
To apply for this position, please click the APPLY button. All relevant experience must be included on the application to receive proper credit. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.
If multiple applications are submitted by an applicant to an individual position, only the most recent application received prior to the posting closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Applicants requesting and / or receiving an accommodation via the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax but must be received by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Persons eligible for veteran's preference must upload a copy of Form DD-214 and
attach to the application.
Persons eligible for RIF priority must upload their letter of notification and attach to the application. This applies to those employees that are subject to Articles 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 of G.S. 126. This does not include employees of the legislative and judicial branches, the public school and community college systems, or other employees that are exempt from these Articles of the Human Resources Act.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a hiring range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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