Environmental Scientist II

Recruitment #051619-MGBE02-400400



The Division of Water monitors, manages and protects both surface water and ground water in Delaware. The Division includes an EPA and FDA-certified environmental laboratory and oversees permitting and regulatory programs to manage the treatment and disposal of wastewater, both on the land and into surface waters.

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Summary Statement

This posting is for two Environmental Scientist II positions. One position is in the Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section (WSLS) and is responsible for, but not limited to: processing applications for wetlands and subaqueous lands permits according to relevant State regulations, advising applicants on methods to minimize environmental impacts when proposing projects subject to this Section's jurisdiction, providing expertise related to wetlands and stream restoration subjects related to hydrology, soils and flora for inter-agency projects, and providing general information to the public, including the business community, concerning the Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Program. The second position is in the Surface Water Discharges Section (SWDS) and is responsible for, but not limited to: independently conducting random and scheduled on-site inspections of NPDES permitted facilities, Groundwater Discharges permitted wastewater facilities, and General Industrial Storm Water Facilities, and will involve visual observations, sampling of effluents to identify or evaluate compliance/performance, malfunctions, or non-compliance; DMR review, data review, and technical guidance, and enforcement processes.  

Career Ladder

Upon satisfactory completion of department promotional standards and job requirements, employees may be eligible to be promoted to the next level.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Conducts field studies or inspections and evaluations for compliance with permit and regulatory requirements; observes, collects, analyzes, reviews and interprets data from standard field studies, compliance inspections, various regulatory submissions or literature and makes recommendations.
  • Performs statistical analysis of data.
  • Conducts technical reviews and makes recommendations on permit applications or other various regulatory submissions to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Prepares permits, technical reports and/or enforcement case documents.
  • Responds to technical/regulatory inquiries from other state, local and federal agencies as well as public and private organizations or individuals.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Environmental Scientist II
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Life, Physical, or Applied Science or related field.
  2. Six months experience in analyzing and evaluating scientific data.
  3. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  4. Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
  5. Six months experience in technical report writing. 

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

For the Surface Water Position Only: As a condition of hire the applicant must agree as a requirement of employment to successfully complete the Level I Wastewater Operator Class AND pass the Level I Wastewater Operator examination by the end of their probationary period.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at www.delawarestatejobs.com.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.