Environmental Resources Specialist 1

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

Charleston, WV, United States 🇺🇸

This announcement is for an immediate hiring need with the Division of Water and Waste Management, Watershed Assessment Branch/Watershed Assessment Section, location is Statewide. When applying online, be sure to mark this county and any other county you would be willing to work in, so your name can be placed on the proper register. See below for special application instructions and a description of the position.

HOW TO APPLY:

            CLICK HERE to Apply Online. You will be redirected to our Environmental Resources Specialist 1 (T) “continuous” listing where you will be able to submit your application by clicking the APPLY link at the top right of that page. Environmental Resources Specialist 1 requires an online examination. Follow the instructions on that page for applying and testing.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND: TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS SPECIFIC VACANCY, YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED THE ONLINE TEST WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. Online applicants who do not complete the testing process within 10 days of the closing date of this special announcement will NOT be considered for this specific vacancy. Do not use a paper application unless you cannot apply online. If you must use a paper application due to disability or other valid reason, please call our office 304-558-3950 (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) for special instructions.

THE POSITION:

 
***ALTHOUGH DUTIES ARE CONSIDERED STATEWIDE, THE SELECTED CANDIDATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO LIVE WITHIN A REASONABLE DRIVING DISTANCE TO THE CHARLESTON HEADQUARTERS.*** 

 

***PREFERENCE MAY BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WITH A DEGREE AND/OR BACKGROUND IN BIOLOGY, STREAM BIOLOGY, ECOLOGY, FISHERIES, WATER QUALITY OR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE.***         

 

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)/ Division of Water and Waste Management / Watershed Assessment Branch / Watershed Assessment Section, Statewide – Employee will be assigned to the Division of Water and Waste Management (DWWM), Watershed Branch, Watershed Assessment Section. Under general supervision, employee will perform entry level professional work and assist higher level specialists and analysts in support of the Watershed Assessment Section in both office and field settings. Field related duties will include the collection of data regarding the physical and chemical properties of water in streams or lakes, assessing riparian and in-stream habitat conditions, evaluating watershed activities and disturbances, collecting samples of benthic macroinvertebrate and fish communities, conducting field reconnaissance for potential sample and assessment locations, and pollutant source tracking. Employee may also provide public education services about the environment to schools, watershed groups, and other requesting entities. Office related duties include data review (QA/QC) and entry of stream and lake assessment information. Assisting high level staff with data analysis and reporting, working with GIS systems, summarizing environmental data, scanning assessment documents, and creating tables and graphic output for reporting. Employee will perform other duties as required and/or assigned. 
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Experience in the use of personal computers, especially with Microsoft Office and ARCGIS Applications, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) is desired. Must be able to read and interpret topographic maps. Must be capable of carrying 30 pounds of equipment over a variety of terrain (including stream crossings) and in varying weather conditions in all seasons. Employee must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle in West Virginia. Must be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle in rugged terrain. Experience in trailering and operating small boats is desired. Extensive monthly travel will be required, including overnight travel up to four nights per week every week. Regular attendance is an essential part of this position. Any applicant who is currently in a pay-grade lower than the pay-grade of the Environmental Resources Specialist 1 and who has never taken and passed the online examination for the Environmental Resources Specialist 1 or the Environmental Inspector-In-Training will be required to do so prior to being hired should the applicant become the selected candidate. The recommended candidate will be subject to a search of his or her motor vehicle record (MVR) prior to being hired and annually thereafter. Qualifying applicants will be required to complete an internet based profile assessment to compare the applicant’s thinking and reasoning skills, behavioral traits and the occupational interests against the traits determined to be important to the posted position. To be considered for this position, applicant must have permanent civil service status (this included reinstatements) and meet the minimum requirements, or be within the top ten percent of the Division of Personnel competitive register for this job classification. Performs related duties as required. Posting Number DEP2100100

As a condition of employment, an inquiry into job-related information will be completed which may include, but not limited to, criminal records, abuse registry records, driving records, employment history, and education and training. Failing to cooperate with this process, providing false and incomplete information, or discovery of disqualifying information will result in denial of or dismissal from employment or denial of transfer irrespective of when discovered.

Minimum Qualifications

Training: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university  
OR
Substitution:
 Full-time or equivalent part-time paid technical or paraprofessional experience in the acquisition, preservation, protection and enhancement of environmental/natural resources may be substituted  at a rate of one (1) year of experience for every thirty (30) semester hours of credit.

Special Requirement: A valid driver’s license is required.
 
Note: Candidates may receive a probationary appointment pending official verification of the qualifying degree within six (6) months of appointment. The qualifying degree must be verified before the employee may be certified as permanent. 

***DETAILS OF RELATED EXPERIENCE MUST BE SHOWN IN THE WORK EXPERIENCE SECTION OF YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION*** 


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