Environmental Program Specialist

Recruitment #220509-R20B-09



This position is located in the Water Quality Division - Operator Certification Section, Oklahoma City, OK.

The position is for an Environmental Programs Specialist to work in the Operator Certification Section in the Operator Certification & NextGen Reporting Group, Water Quality Division, and will report to the Operator Certification Section Manager. The position requires a positive attitude, a self-motivated work ethic, the ability to work independently, the ability to communicate effectively with customers and co-workers, strong customer service skills, the ability to work with a diverse group of people, good organization skills, grammar and typing skills, the ability to work as a team member, problem solving skills, honesty, and discretion. It will be responsible for the review and approval of temporary water & wastewater licenses, review and approval of non-certified helper applications, help set up internet exams, help administer written exams, restructure exams as required, developing, maintaining, and reviewing online training, managing database projects in a service and cloud-based architecture, and other duties as assigned.

Major Job Duties:
• Review and approve or disapprove temporary water & wastewater applications, and non-certified helper applications. Track applicant information in the proper databases.
• Set up multiple water and wastewater internet exams in the certification database, as required.
• Restructure exam types in certification database as needed.
• Review and add online training content for Operator Certifications Section learning management system.
• Help maintain and update multiple databases used by the Operator Certification Section.
• Review and add online training content to the learning management system used by the Operator Certification Section.
• Coordinate with staff members, and contractors to develop and implement Operator Certification modernization efforts.
• Generate reports relevant to Operator Certification activities utilizing various data mapping and reporting tools.
• Support the integration of various systems including local and cloud-based sources utilizing APis and web-based data formats such as XML and JSON.
• Respond to phone calls and water and wastewater operators appearing in person.

 • Travel - Employee is required to travel in state for meetings and to provide technical assistance and, occasionally, out-of-state for training.

• Communication Skills - Employee must be capable of effectively and politely communicating, both verbal and in writing, with regulated facilities, DEQ and other agency personnel, and with the customers.

• Flexibility and Positive Responsiveness - Employee must exhibit positive responsiveness with assigned tasks and with newly identified projects that the agency/division deem necessary to meet program assignments, commitments, and directives. The employee must be capable of working as a team member and individually to meet and advance the overall Agency or Division goals.

• Computer Skills - Employee must be capable of proficiently using DEQ standard software (MS Office, Word, Outlook, Excel, and Access) and the Internet. Should have knowledge of data mapping, integration and reporting tools (such as SQL, FME, Crystal Reports, etc.). Should have knowledge of cloud-based software. Employee will be expected to participate in training in those areas deemed important for performing the job, in order to continually enhance work skills. Preference will be given to applicants with database administration or application development experience

• Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Employee is required to perform duties at an Environmental Programs Specialist I or II level. Tasks will require knowledge of the principles and practices of applicable environmental programs, primarily focused on the tenets of public water supply and the data associated with the PWS program. Ability is required to effectively implement and track assigned tasks; to organize and complete projects; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; to interpret applicable state and federal laws; to implement training programs; to analyze complex situations and make sound judgments; and to collect and analyze data.

An EEO Employer.


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, computer science, data management or civil, agricultural, environmental, geological or chemical engineering. Salary may be commensurate for those with one year of professional experience in an area listed above or a master's degree in a qualifying area.


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