Environmental Senior Specialist

Raleigh, NC, United States 🇺🇸

JOB CLASS TITLE: Environmental Senior Specialist


DEPARTMENT: Dept of Environmental Quality

DIVISION/SECTION: Water Resources/Water Resources Planning


$44,347.00 – $72,346.00 Annually

RECRUITMENT RANGE: $44,347-$53,000



APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Full-Time


OPENING DATE: 06/03/16

CLOSING DATE: 06/14/16 5:00 PM Eastern Time


*Anticipated Vacancy*

Working Title: Watershed Restoration Specialist
Salary Grade: 73
Recruitment Range: $44,347 – $53,000
Division Information:
The mission of the Division of Water Resources (DWR) is to provide the 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 integrity of North Carolina’s surface waters; and the sustainability of its ground waters.  The Division of Water Resources comprises five Sections: Public Water Supply, Water Planning, Water Quality Permitting, Water Quality Regional Operations, and Water Sciences.
Section and Branch Information:
The Division’s Planning Section develops products to support management of the State’s water quality and quantity in order to ensure 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 ground waters. The Planning Section performs the following functions:

  • Development of the state’s surface water and groundwater quality standards and waterbody classifications.
  • Administration of federal pass-through grants for water quality planning and nonpoint source water quality restoration.
  • Development and implementation of large watershed nutrient restoration strategies.
  • Development of hydrologic models and river basin water resources plans.
  • Management of interbasin transfers, interstate water issues, and administration of the Drought Management Advisory Council.
  • Technical reviews of hydropower licenses and other water projects in order to maintain the ecological integrity of NC’s surface waters.
  • Technical assistance to public water systems in the development of Local Water Supply Plans and Water Shortage Response Plans.
  • State-level drought management and the administration of the Drought Management Advisory Council.
  • Monitoring a statewide network of groundwater wells, regulation of groundwater withdrawals in the 15-county Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area, and development of groundwater protection strategies and groundwater quality standards.

This position is located within the Nonpoint Source Planning (NPS) Branch of WRPS.  The primary purpose of the NPS Branch is to conduct planning for and coordinate implementation of the state’s nonpoint source (NPS) management program.  Major functions of the Branch are:

  • Administering the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319 and Section 205(j) grant programs for North Carolina,
  • Developing and coordinating implementation of rules and strategies to address nutrient and other impairments,
  • Overseeing implementation of large-scale regulatory nutrient strategies,
  • Coordinating activities of DWR and other agencies in NPS-related projects and in implementation of Basinwide Water Quality Management Plans, and
  • Coordinating with the Division of Coastal Management to implement the coastal nonpoint program originating under Section 6217 of the 1990 Coastal Zone Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA).

Position Information:
The position is physically located in the Archdale Building at 512 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC. The Watershed Restoration Specialist serves a contributing or leading role in development and implementation of regulatory watershed nutrient restoration strategies and other watershed initiatives under North Carolina’s Nonpoint Source Management Program. 

Primary functions of the position are to:

  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop large-watershed restoration strategies addressing nutrient over-enrichment.  Research topics, develop rules, contribute to or lead rulemaking process 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 NPS regulatory frameworks to evaluate management options, develop regulations, establish accounting mechanisms, oversee compliance, and track and evaluate progress;
  • Lead or participate with a team of co-workers.  Advise ranking division/department staff;
  • Independently research or design and administer contracts that evaluate nonpoint source management practices, policy options, costs and benefits.  Utilize spreadsheets and GIS. Develop and manipulate algebraic relationships reflecting water quality phenomena.
  • 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; and
  • Occasionally work extra hours to complete assignments.


**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form.  Any information omitted from the application form will not be considered for qualifying credit. Information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.** 

Qualified applicants must possess and the application must clearly reflect work experience that demonstrates the following:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of nonpoint source water quality regulations.
  2. Demonstrated experience with nonpoint source management practices.
  3. Demonstrated experience crafting or contributing to development of regulations.
  4. Demonstrated ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data, including use of spreadsheet software.
  5. Demonstrated report writing skills.
  6. Demonstrated public speaking and stakeholder collaboration skills.

 Interviewed candidates may be required to complete a skills assessment.


Bachelor’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 two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


To apply for this position, please click APPLY link above. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application. “SEE ATTACHED RESUME” WILL RESULT IN AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION. To receive credit, all relevant experience must be included in the work history section of the application. 

Any information omitted from the application but included in the resume will not be considered for qualifying credit. It multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting date will be accepted.

Please upload a copy of college transcripts, if applicable, or submit to the address noted below by 5:00 PM on the closing date to be considered. All degrees must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

Persons eligible for veteran’s preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

Department of Environmental Quality uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary 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 Employment Opportunity Employer.

Learn more about the Division of Water Resources by visiting http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/.

For additional information, please contact:
Lisa McKinnie
[email protected]



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An Equal Opportunity Employer, NC State Government