Environmental Program Specialist Flex

Overview

The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air Quality is recruiting for an Environmental Program Specialist (Flex I-II) in the Juneau Compliance Office to perform compliance reviews and data analysis of information on environmental problems involving compliance evaluations and enforcement for industrial sources of medium complexity.

As part of the Compliance Program in the Juneau Division of Air Quality, the incumbent implements manner. The incumbent is responsible to maintain, update and verify the integrity of the data contained in the Division's AirTools database, as well as make periodic reports using the information contained in the database to support legislative, budgetary and management decisions. The position also responds to and investigates public complaints related to smoke from home heating devices, conducts compliance evaluations, and documents compliance and enforcement actions according to established statutes, regulations, procedures, and administrative directives as necessary to implement the State of Alaska Stationary Source Air Quality Air Permits Program.

The position requires effective problem solving, information gathering, communication, and negotiation skills. The position also requires excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to function well in team settings. Under the general supervision of the Juneau Compliance Office Supervisor, this position independently performs a variety of technical functions associated with permitting, compliance, and enforcement of local, state, and federal air quality regulations.

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Data entry and data verification in the Department's AirTools database used to track permittees, emission units, permits associated with each facility, and so forth.
  • Responding to and investigating public complaints.
  • Writing determinations to document compliance with state or federal air quality regulations.
  • Interpreting written technical reports submitted by industrial sources and evaluating them for compliance with applicable air quality regulations.
  • Traveling to remote sites to conduct air quality field inspections.
  • Reviewing routine compliance reports submitted by industrial facilities and preparing reports based on the reviews.
  • Writing Notices of Violation related to violation of air quality regulations.
The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. In addition to the key responsibilities listed above, you must document all of the following traits in your applicant profile and cover letter. If you do not have experience with one or more of the key responsibilities or ideal traits listed, simply say so. Applicants who do not follow these cover letter instructions will not move forward to the interview phase of this recruitment.

Ideal traits include:
1. Background or post-secondary education in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration
2. Ability to clearly and concisely explain technical matters, which requires excellent oral and written communication skills.
3. Experience performing field work evaluating compliance with air quality regulations.
4. Experience in a government, industrial, or professional consulting setting interpreting air quality regulations.
5. Experience analyzing complex data and preparing written technical reports addressing air quality regulations.
6. The ability to manage recurring technical reports.

You may find more information about the Department of Environmental Conservation on our website: http://dec.alaska.gov/

Special Notice:
Remote travel for inspections or training will be required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Environmental Program Specialist I
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration.

Substitution:
Four years of any combination of experience in environmental or scientific field work, sampling, and analysis; environmental regulation compliance; site remediation; emergency response; hydrologic or geologic studies; environmental planning; or environmental engineering and post-secondary education in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree.

Special Note:
Physical science includes fields such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, etc.

Environmental Program Specialist II
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration.
AND EITHER
One year of professional entry/trainee experience developing knowledge and skills in environmental regulations, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Program Specialist I with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
One year of trainee professional experience learning to evaluate the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; prepare environmental documentation; and determine, negotiate, and monitor permitted activities. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Impact Analyst I with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
Two years of entry professional experience in the development, administration, analysis or implementation of programs to manage land, water, mineral, forest, oil, gas, agricultural, natural and cultural history, and related surface and subsurface resources of the state. The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Specialist I, Forester I, Geologist I, Hydrologist I, Agronomist I, Historian I, Archaeologist I, Fishery Biologist I, Wildlife Biologist I, Habitat Biologist I, Cartographer I, or Planner I with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
OR
A master's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; or natural resources.

Substitution:
Four years of any combination of experience in environmental or scientific field work, sampling, and analysis; environmental regulation compliance; site remediation; emergency response; hydrologic or geologic studies; environmental planning; or environmental engineering and post-secondary education in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree.

Special Note:
Physical science includes fields such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, hydrology, meteorology, oceanography, etc.


ADDITIONAL REQUIRED INFORMATION:

Notice to Applicant:
A complete application for consideration should include the following additional item:

  • A Cover Letter
  • A Copy of College Transcripts - Unless work history clearly identifies how you meet experience substitutions
  • One Technical Writing Sample


COVER LETTER
A cover letter is required for this position. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

FLEXIBLY STAFFED
This position is flexibly staffed. It may be filled at the I, II, or III level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at a lower level, promotion to the higher level will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class.

RESIDENT REQUIREMENT
This position is open to Alaska Residents only. If you are not sure if you qualify for Residency Status, please contact the Workplace Alaska Hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907)465-4095.

EDUCATION
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position.

WORK EXPERIENCE
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

MULTIPLE VACANCIES
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

EEO STATEMENT
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov.
For applicant password assistance please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=alaska

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:
Name: Jason Olds
Phone #: (907) 465-5303
Email: jason.olds@alaska.gov