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Environmental Specialist II

  • Environmental Specialist II
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$36,360.00 – $57,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,515.00 – $2,408.00
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This is mid-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

Researches, investigates, and evaluates potential and existing environmental health and safety problems and issues concerning the quality of the state’s natural resources.

Conducts inspections and monitors pollution sources to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

Collects, processes, and monitors samples of air, water, and/or waste for bacteriological, physical, chemical, or biological analysis.

Reviews, processes, or prepares documents relating to permits, applications, contracts, plans, specifications, grants, and special studies.

Administers projects involving the collection and compilation of expenditures, contract and agreement negotiations and preparation, review and approval of invoices, inspection of project progress and compliance, communications with contractors or grant/loan recipients, and review of change order requests.

Prepares and evaluates charts, tables, maps, and other pertinent documents for interpretation and presentation of data; prepares reports of investigations, findings, and analyses.

Plans and prepares presentations, public exhibits, publicizes accomplishments, and promotes a variety of programs and environmental protection projects.

Communicates exposures, risks, and related issues to the public, officials, and other interested parties.

Provides assistance with environmental programs and explains laws, regulations, contract specifications, program requirements, and practical applications to officials, facility owners and operators, and the public.

Responds to environmental emergencies and provides assistance with clean-up efforts.

Evaluates and discusses difficult environmental emergencies/problems with representatives of public/private interests and provides recommendations and/or preventative measures ensuring sound environmental practices and protection of the public’s health.

Conducts studies of potential and existing environmental hazards to determine the degree of compliance with applicable state and federal laws.

Operates a computerized data acquisition system to retrieve and transfer environmental data; evaluates components of the computer data acquisition system for proper functioning.

Performs diagnostic tests on field and laboratory equipment; assists with corrective maintenance.

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

Receives general administrative direction; work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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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.)

One or more years of experience as an Environmental Specialist I, Water Specialist I, or Chemist I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


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; and,

Two or more years of professional experience in environmental protection, environmental or ecological assessment, environmental public health programs, wastewater/public drinking water inspections, or environmental program planning and coordination.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for one year of the required experience.) 

(A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for the required experience.)

(Additional qualifying experience 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?

Intermediate 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.

Intermediate knowledge of resource sampling and data collection.

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

Intermediate knowledge of environmental monitoring equipment usage and operation.

Introductory knowledge of the principles, techniques, and applications of epidemiology, particularly as related to environmental health hazards.

Introductory knowledge of current principles, techniques, and terminology related to environmental control.

Introductory knowledge of data interpretation, risk assessment, and risk management, including remediation.

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

Ability to collect samples and interpret data.

Ability to develop and present training relating to environmental laws, regulations, policies, guidance, procedures, and programs.

Ability to conduct inspections and/or investigations related to environmental issues and prepare inspection reports.

Ability to perform statistical computations.

Ability to evaluate data.

Ability to perform work that requires a basic understanding of technical issues under supervisory oversight.

Ability to manage multiple projects with varying timelines.

Ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse work group.

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

Ability to communicate effectively and prepare and make presentations.

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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