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Environmental Specialist III

  • Environmental Specialist III
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$41,208.00 – $65,544.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,717.00 – $2,731.00
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This is senior-level professional and technical and/or scientific 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, evaluates, and provides recommendations regarding potential and existing environmental health and safety problems and issues concerning the quality of the state’s natural resources.

Coordinates and directs projects and program efforts involving local, state, and federal agencies.

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

Implements environmental laws, regulations, program policies, and procedures; provides direction relating to compliance issues.

Plans, directs, and participates in environmental surveys and studies; evaluates and interprets findings, and prepares scientific reports; and recommends and approves corrective actions and ensures implementation of those plans.

Investigates pollution problems, possible health hazards, and violations of environmental laws and regulations.

Interprets, develops, prepares, and implements complex air, water, and/or waste sampling plans; collects, processes, and monitors samples; and analyzes and interprets data.

Conducts compliance inspections and monitors pollution sources; and prepares inspection and monitoring reports.

Provides assistance to representatives of other agencies, officials, facility owners and operators, and the public relating to environmental programs, laws, regulations, contract specifications, program requirements, and practical applications.

Responds to environmental emergencies; and oversees or conducts site assessment, characterization, and/or remediation of contaminated sites or environmental emergencies.

Presents information to public and professional groups to promote environmental programs and awareness.

Negotiates with regulated entities to gain compliance with environmental programs, laws, rules, regulations, and develops complex enforcement plans; monitors progress toward compliance.

Recommends appropriate tests to determine environmental damage and/or threats to the public’s health; and performs analysis utilizing complex scientific equipment.

Operates a computerized data acquisition system to determine efficiency in the retrieval and transfer of environmental data; verifies data and makes final determination of data quality control.

Reviews, processes, or prepares complex operating permits and regulatory registrations.

Provides training and advice to staff; leads special work groups or teams.

Exercises significant independence and initiative in completing assignments; receives limited supervision; work is reviewed 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.)

Two or more years of experience as an Environmental Specialist II, Water Specialist II, or Chemist II 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,

Four 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 two years of 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?

Comprehensive knowledge of current environmental issues and the department’s role, responsibilities, and abilities in addressing such issues.

Comprehensive knowledge of planning, conducting, and analyzing environmental investigations.

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

Comprehensive knowledge of analysis, research and statistical methods/techniques, and regulatory procedures.

Intermediate knowledge of scientific theory, principles, and practices as applied to environmental control and/or epidemiology.

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

Ability to analyze, comprehend, and apply information in scientific reports, plans, and research papers.

Ability to prepare reports, plans, grants, bids, contracts, and cooperative agreements, and give presentations.

Ability to work independently and as a member/leader of diverse work groups.

Ability to collect samples, interpret and evaluate data, and perform statistical computations.

Ability to discern when legal assistance is required in conducting inspections and investigations.

Ability to plan and manage multiple projects with varying timelines, prioritize work, and make effective decisions.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

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

Ability to travel, including overnight.

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