Environmental Programs Specialist I

Recruitment #200212-R20A-I07



Specific Location of Work
3800 North Classen Boulevard       
Oklahoma City, OK  73118

Description of Skills and Work Duties
Located in Planning and Management Division, Water Rights Administration Program. Under supervision, the selected applicant will be responsible for administrative, customer service, and technical field work related to the rules governing the permitting and enforcement of water rights and the assessment of water availability. 

Strong field investigation, customer service, and analytical skills are required. Strong writing skills and knowledge of Microsoft© suite, GPS equipment, and ArcGIS is required. Knowledge of hydrologic principles, regulatory review process and the Public Land Survey System experience is preferred.  Some field work, with travel, is required.

Examples of job duties include, but are not limited to the following:
*Extensively utilize database, ArcGIS, and workflow software to manage portfolio of water permit applications, research water issues, generate maps and update GIS shape files.
*Evaluate and process water right applications for water users in the state.
*Analyze data and documentation, work with applicants, and prepare correspondence to process permit applications.
*Verify annual water use reports, assist permit holders with questions, prepare statistical summaries, and educate the public regarding water use and availability.
*Assist in conducting hydrologic field investigations, report preparation, and resolution of water use interference situations in times of drought. 
*Assist in responding to records requests and preparing for and presenting educational training sessions. 
*Conduct technical site investigations and collect data to verify water rights applications, well construction, completion of works, dam maintenance, etc. 
*Occasional, onsite compliance and enforcement investigations.

For additional information regarding work duties please contact Christopher Neel at chris.neel@owrb.ok.gov


Positions in this family are responsible for planning, supervising and performing technical and professional work in an environmental quality, environmental management or environmental health protection program. This includes performing inspections, surveys, and investigations, reviewing and approving federal grants, providing consultative services, and ensuring compliance with environmental laws.  Specialty areas may include biology, health, geology, hydrology, and environmental science. 


The Environmental Programs Specialist job family has four levels which are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility for providing leadership to others.  

Level I:
This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities in a training status to build their skills in conducting investigations, performing basic professional analysis, and interpreting state and federal laws.  In this role they will perform tasks involved in the evaluation of inspection and survey data, preparing technical records and reports, and assisting in making recommendations concerning remedial actions to correct environmental or water problems. 


Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 semester hours in a physical, natural, or biological science, chemistry, geology, hydrology, physical geography, epidemiology, environmental science, environmental health or civil, agricultural, environmental, geological or chemical engineering.


All interested applicants must upload a copy of their resume and transcript to their application submission