Environmental Specialist I (Shelby)


: $73,500.00 - $115,400.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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Description of Work


Open to All Applicants

Recruitment Range: $36,677 $42,011
GN Salary Grade: GN09

This Position will be located in the Wilmington Regional Office (WiRO) at 127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington, NC. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an environmental specialist who conducts a range of activities in the Wilmington Regional Office. Job duties include serving as a professional staff member involved in field investigations, facility evaluations, permitting, compliance determination of permitted and regulatory activities, and enforcement. Employees in this position are generally responsible for the following activities:

  • Implementing the Ambient Monitor and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation programs at the WiRO.
  • Performing on-site compliance inspections of collection and wastewater treatment facilities (NPDES and non-discharge), including industrial, municipal and residential waste systems.
  • Assisting with other WQROS programs (e.g., well construction permits, 401 water quality certifications and wetlands, collection systems, etc.) to meet daily operational work needs.
  • Reviewing monitoring reports and prepare related reports from permitted facilities to determine compliance with permit limits.
  • Performing regional activities required for processing and issuing NPDES and sewer system permits.
  • Conducting complaint investigations involving permitted and non-permitted facilities and conducting on-site investigations involving reports of discharges at facilities and preparing enforcement actions if warranted.
  • Sampling surface waters and wastewater discharges.
  • Providing technical assistance to the general public, consultants and contractors in a professional manner.
  • Investigating citizen complaints and data requests.
  • Providing incident and emergency response to complaints, spills and discharges, and natural disasters. Some emergencies may require a response to occur after hours and/or on weekends, on a limited basis.
  • Completing routine administrative duties such as filling out electronic time sheets, work plans and attending routine staff meetings.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

    Applicants must submit an application that clearly reflects work experience that demonstrates the following:

  • Considerable knowledge in ecology and the environmental areas of biology and chemistry and working knowledge of Division rules and regulations and federal regulations pertaining to water quality, particularly the Clean Water Act;
  • Proficiency with maneuvering outboard motors, boats, trailers, trucks. Working knowledge with boating safety and routine boat / trailer maintenance and operation requirements, knowledge of basic navigation, and rules of the road.
  • Working knowledge of wastewater treatment plant operation, concentrated animal operation facilities and related waste management, collection systems, and land application systems (residuals, spray irrigation, high-rate infiltration);
  • Proficiency with sample/data collection and preservation techniques with working knowledge on sampling equipment and laboratory supply/organization including: use multi-parameter meters, flow measuring devices, turbidity meter, various sampling devices, common hand tools (saw, hammer, screw driver, wrench), automatic samples, soil probes; operation of GPS units, cameras.
  • Ability to analyze, manipulate, evaluate, and write technical reports from information produced as a result of scientific, engineering, or regulatory study;
  • Ability to make public presentations: excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders, i.e., regulated facilities, municipal, state, federal, local governmental agencies, environmental groups, non-profits, citizens;
  • Ability to work independently when doing collections, sampling, and field investigations and to exercise sound judgment when dealing with individuals in regulatory and compliance services;
  • Ability to carry up to 50 pounds of equipment in the field, climb up and down ladders and catwalks, walk several miles to conduct evaluations or respond to emergencies; walk through rough and uneven terrain and work in unfavorable conditions, including exposure to inclement weather, noise, dust, fumes, machinery, snakes, sewer spills, insects- employee must be cognizant of other persons' safety at all times
  • Flexibility is essential for this position, the employee must be able to adapt and respond in a professional manner to unexpected situations
  • Other Required Competencies- Valid driver license; required computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets, power point; occasional overnight travel required
  • Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

    Bachelor's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Supplemental and Contact Information
    Associated topics: air monitoring, bioassay, biodiversity, conservation, ecological, field, food, sustainability, water monitoring, wetlands * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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