ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS SPECIALIST I - III

Recruitment #211001-UNCR-32

Introduction

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Send resume, cover letter, a copy of transcript(s), and references to:

Jason Ramming jason.ramming@conservation.ok.gov 

Applications must be received no later than close of business
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS SPECIALIST I - III

Duty Location: 
Position location preference is western OK with secondary option for Oklahoma City.  Regardless, statewide travel is required including frequent overnight trips.  Some out of state travel is also required.
 
The Environmental Program Specialist I - III is primarily involved in stream monitoring programs that involve chemical, physical, and biological monitoring. The primary work of this position involves field collections, the majority of which is performed alone. Office work consists of maintaining accurate records of field work performed, precise transference of data, coordination of monitoring activities with other monitoring personnel, maintenance of monitoring equipment, and other duties as assigned. Position is supervised by the Monitoring Coordinator.

Typical Functions Include:
• Conduct physical, chemical, and biological monitoring of streams according to agency standard operating procedures according to schedule and in coordination with other water quality specialists.  Collection events occur throughout the year regardless of most weather conditions.
• Determine suitability of individual sites and conditions to accurately represent program and quality objectives.  Ensure all sampling episodes are fulfilled according to schedule, including covering runs for colleagues during extenuating circumstances.                          
• Follow directives of the Quality Assurance Officer and all relevant Quality Assurance/Quality Control plans in conducting all monitoring activities.  Maintain accurate records of fieldwork performed and conduct all quality assurance actions prior to submission.
• Transfer samples to analytical laboratories and all data to records manger in accordance with quality assurance protocols and standard operating procedures.
• Collect, handle, and identify a variety of aquatic and semi-aquatic organisms, including the ability to field identify many fish species collected in the state.
• Operate and maintain monitoring equipment and analytical instrumentation to collect precise, accurate information.
• Operate and maintain assigned vehicle in accordance with agency policies.
• Become proficient in safe operation and maintenance of backpack and boat mounted electroshocking units.
• Assist with the installation and maintenance of automated samplers.
• Interact with landowners and citizens in a professional manner.
• Represent the Water Quality Division at public and private meetings.
• Participate in educational events where communication of technical knowledge to the lay person is necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Required at this level include strong written and oral communication skills, knowledge of water quality with an environmental / biological context with focus on relationship between land use, pollution, chemical and physical water quality and the biota of streams and rivers, and knowledge of the preparation, coordination and review of field and laboratory procedures. Position must apply effective knowledge of the principles and practices of water quality, biological, and physical sample collection and survey methods as contained in the OCC standard operating procedures and must demonstrate ability to implement those methods in planning and conducting field investigations. The ability to think analytically, make sound decisions in the moment, and to read surveys, maps, and other technical documents is also required. 

Special Skills/Requirements
• Working knowledge of OCC monitoring standard operating procedures, quality assurance/quality control requirements, and data quality objectives.
• Must be a legal resident of the United States and possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.
• Ability to swim proficiently.
• Ability to obtain and maintain CPR and first-aid certification.
• Willingness to travel to meet program needs – including frequent overnight trips.
• Willingness to work irregular weeks with long workdays and potential weekend work to meet sampling requirements.
• Requires some heavy lifting and ability to work outside during all types of weather conditions.

Education and Experience
Requirements at this level are the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 semester hours in a physical, natural, or biological science, chemistry, geology, hydrology, physical geography, or environmental science.   An advanced degree in a similar field is a plus but not required for an entry level position.

Compensation
Position is a full-time, benefitted, unclassified state employee.  Position level and salary is commensurate with experience and education.  Pay band starting salary ranges from $35,000- $45,000, depending upon position level hired.

Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.