Environmental Program Specialist

Recruitment #220527-R20B-10



Hiring Range: $ 1,668.58 - $1,881.71 Bi-Weekly

These positions are located in our Environmental Complaints & Local Services Division - Southeast Region. The positions will be located in McCurtain County and the offices will be in Broken Bow or Hochatown area.

Employees in this position are responsible for the completion of tasks to meet Agency goals including the 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.  They must attend required training and be able to complete tasks in a professional, competent manner.  The tasks include conducting: facility inspections, complaint investigations, soil profiles and final inspections for on-site wastewater systems, private water well evaluations, emergency response; as well as review/approval of paperwork submitted to the Agency, attending public meetings and providing technical assistance to customers.  The environmental specialist is also responsible for the preparation and submittal of all reports generated while performing assigned tasks. 

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 orientation, the ability to work with a diverse group of people, good organizational skills, grammar and typing skills, the ability to work as a team member, problem solving skills, honesty, discretion and loyalty.

Major Job Duties:
1. Within an assigned geographic area: provide environmental complaint response, investigation, and resolution; conduct air, water and soil inspections and investigations; collect environmental samples; provide technical assistance.  These inspections may require walking a variety of terrains, climbing steep embankments, etc.

2. Conduct investigations into and resolve environmentally related complaints and perform inspections at facilities permitted by DEQ; working with parties to gain compliance and initiating enforcement if necessary.

3. Perform all regulatory functions of the on-site sewage treatment program to include soil tests for system design, inspection of system installations, review of soil tests and inspections done by the private sector and issuance of authorizations for the construction of sewage treatment systems.

4. Provides 24-hour emergency response to natural disasters and emergencies related to hazardous materials, spills or releases.

5. Provide technical service to citizens and municipalities with regard to water treatment, wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal and air pollution control.

Physical Requirements:
1. Operate a personal computer as required to perform and complete assigned duties.
2. Must be able to walk over a variety of terrain, such as loose gravel, sloped ground, steep embankments, excavated areas and construction sites.
3. Manually auger a 3-inch diameter hole, which requires fairly rigorous upper body twisting.
4. Climbing ladders and/or stairs, and
5. Carry equipment and/or supplies, which, at times, may consist of lifting/carrying up to 25 lbs.

The position requires daily travel.  Environmental Specialists must possess a vehicle, have a valid driver’s license and be able to endure several hours of driving each day.  A State vehicle may be provided to drive while performing work duties.  However, the employee must possess a vehicle to use to perform work duties if needed.  If a personal vehicle is used, the employee will be reimbursed for work miles per the ODEQ travel and reimbursement SOP.

An EEO Employer.


Educational Requirements:
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.

Applicants wishing to apply for the Environmental Programs Specialist position within the Environmental Complaints and Local Services Division must also meet the qualifications for a Registered Sanitarian and Environmental Specialist.  This includes a total of 30-semester hours in a Physical, Natural, and Biological Science, Public Health and/or Environmental Health.


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No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.