Environmental Specialist 1 (Water Resources)

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

Columbus, OH, US

Who we are:

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is committed to its mission “To ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.” Our agency embraces the insightful use of our natural resources to assure the continued safety, happiness and prosperity of Ohio’s people.

ODNR owns and manages state parks, state forests, state nature preserves and wildlife areas. We license all hunting, fishing and watercraft; oversee and permit all mineral extraction, monitor dam safety, manage water resources and serve as the second largest Law Enforcement presence in the State of Ohio.

We are accepting applications for an Environmental Specialist 1 within the Division of Water Resources, headquartered in Franklin County within the state of Ohio.  To learn more about the Division of Water Resources and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, please visit https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/discover-and-learn/safety-conservation/about-ODNR/water-resources/water-resources  

What you will do…

  • Prepares, mails and collects water withdrawal facility registration forms and annual reports; processes and reviews forms and annual reports for accuracy and completeness 
  • Provides technical assistance and information to registrants and public on water withdrawal facility registration program
  • Assists in planning for drought induced water shortages; reviews projects & regional plans for water supply and collects and analyzes data on water use and management
  • Prepares, reviews data and maintains records and reports related to the development and implementation of programs for the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Compact), including the voluntary water conservation program
  • Represents division/department and makes presentations at public meetings, seminars and conferences; contacts and meets with land owners, mining representatives and water users in the Lake Erie Basin  


May require travel; may work outside exposed to varying weather conditions; may be exposed to toxic and/or hazardous substances; may be exposed to heights.

What’s in it for you…

The State of Ohio offers an excellent benefits package which includes extensive medical, dental and vision insurance. At least a 14% employer contribution into your OPERS pension plan, Employee Tuition reimbursement program and much more.  To view all the benefits offered, please visit Total Rewards 

We are ready for you!

We’re glad you’re interested in pursuing a rewarding career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources!  Exploring and protecting the natural beauty of Ohio will prove to be the most enjoyable career opportunity you will ever find!


3 years training or 3 years experience in position involving engineering or chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, geology, hydrogeology, earth science and/or urban and regional planning and/or other comparable physical or health science field and/or mathematics which included responsibility for determining environmental and economic effects of environmental pollution or inspecting proposed and existing industrial water pollution pre-treatment and/or abandoned industrial facilities to determine existence of public health and/or pollution problems and/or other facility or site inspections and investigations to determine compliance with state and/or federal environmental control regulations. Training and/or experience must be commensurate with duties to be assigned (e.g., hydrology, environmental science, natural resources, watershed management, earth sciences, water resources policy and planning)

-Or completion of undergraduate core program in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, earth science and/or urban and regional planning, geology or other comparable physical or health science field or mathematics, history or archaeology with education commensurate with duties to be assigned.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Note: For all positions engaged in field work, applicants must be able to provide own transportation.

 Knowledge of: public relations, agency policies and procedures (department, division)*, government structure and process (local, state, federal)*, natural sciences (hydrology, environmental science, natural resources, watershed management, earth sciences, water resources policy and planning), law (Ohio Revised Code [ORC] chapters 1501, 1521, 1522 regarding water withdrawal rights and requirements, and Great Lakes Compact)*. 

Skilled in: word processing (Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Geographic Information Systems [GIS], [ArcInfo]*), equipment operation (personal computer, electrical water level tape, scientific calculator, general office equipment). 

Ability to: interpret extensive variety of technical material in books, journals and manuals; use statistical analysis; prepare meaningful, concise and accurate reports; use proper research methods in gathering data; gather, collate and classify information about data, people or things; cooperate with co-workers on group projects; handle sensitive inquiries from and contacts with officials and general public.  

(*)Developed after employment. 

COMPETENCIES: Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards; Getting Information; Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, and Subordinates 

Effective July 1, 2015 applicants must apply online for positions at all state agencies except the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

STATUS OF POSTED POSITIONS: Applicants can view the status of this position by logging into their user profile on the Ohio Hiring Management System [OHMS] Home page at the following link careers.ohio.gov, and selecting “My Profile”.

NOTES: – BARGAINING UNIT APPLICANTS WILL BE GIVEN CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION PURSUANT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT – Selection devices, proficiency testing and/or assessments may be used to determine if an applicant meets and is proficient in the minimum qualifications for this position.

Applicants may attach the following document types: •Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx) •PDF (.pdf), •Plain Text (.txt) •Rich Text (.rtf). Please do not upload attachments that have an anomaly or are password protected.






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