Environmental Specialist I

  • Environmental Specialist I
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Class Number: 
4618
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$30,576.00 – $42,780.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,274.00 – $1,782.50
Pay Grade: 
A18

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Definition

This is entry-level professional and technical work implementing federal/state laws and regulations related to natural resource management, protection, conservation and/or reclamation, and environmental health programs involving air quality, water quality, public drinking water protection, land reclamation, hazardous or solid waste management, radiation protection, environmental public health, and/or soil and water conservation. 

Job Duties

Participates in basic investigations of potential and existing environmental health and safety problems and issues concerning the quality of the state’s natural resources.

Participates in basic inspections and monitoring of pollution sources to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

Participates in environmental permitting.

Participates in planning, conducting, and/or overseeing assessment and remediation of wastes, and other environmental contamination; assists in recommending actions for managing risks to public health and the environment.

Assists with collecting samples of air, water, and/or waste for bacteriological, physical, chemical, or biological analysis.

Participates in the review, processing, or preparation of documents relating to permits, applications, contracts, plans, specifications, grants, and special studies.

Participates in the operation of a computerized data acquisition system to retrieve and transfer environmental data.

Assists with project administration involving the collection and compilation of expenditures, contract and agreement negotiations and preparation, invoice review, inspection of project progress, and communications with contractors or grant/loan recipients.

Assists with examining and preparing charts, tables, maps, and other pertinent documents for the presentation of data; prepares reports of investigations, findings, and analyses.

Assists with presentations, planning public exhibits, communicating risks to the public, publicizing accomplishments, and promoting a variety of programs and environmental protection projects.

Assists with or performs initial diagnostic tests on field and laboratory equipment; performs preventative maintenance on monitoring instrumentation.

Provides assistance with practical applications of state statutes, commission rules, program policies, and procedures.

Participates in environmental emergency responses and provides assistance with clean-up efforts.

Discusses basic environmental problems with representatives of public and private interests.

Provides notice of non-compliance and/or identifies potential problem areas; initiates enforcement actions or provides recommendations for resolution.

Receives close supervision; work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
College Graduates; Environmental Protection & Sanitation

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 30 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Environmental Science or Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physical Science, Geology, Engineering, Agronomy, Forestry, Soil Science, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Agriculture, Animal Science, Natural Resource Management, Soil Conservation, Atmospheric Science, or a closely related field.

(Professional experience in environmental protection, environmental or ecological assessment, environmental public health programs, wastewater/public drinking water inspections, or environmental program planning and coordination may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required college education.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Introductory knowledge of current environmental issues, federal and state laws, principles, theories, techniques, and terminology related to natural resource management, protection, conservation and/or reclamation, and environmental health programs.

Introductory knowledge of investigation, analysis, research and statistical methods/techniques, and procedures.

Introductory knowledge of environmental monitoring equipment usage and operation.

Ability to perform statistical computations.

Ability to evaluate data.

Ability to develop a basic understanding of technical issues through supervisory oversight.

Ability to manage multiple tasks with varying timelines.

Ability to correspond with colleagues and consultants through various communication methods in a clear and concise manner.

Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply laws, regulations, policies, guidance, procedures, maps, plans, and reports.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, regulated entities, and the general public.

Ability to travel, including overnight.

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