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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Environmental Specialist Senior in Des Moines, Iowa

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Environmental Specialist Senior

Salary

$54,454.40 - $83,990.40 Annually

Location

Des Moines - 50313 - Polk County, IA

Job Type

Full-time

Agency

542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Job Number

21-01218

Closing

11/30/2020 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Mark Moeller, 515-725-0275, mark.moeller@dnr.iowa.gov

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Job Description

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Specialist Senior within the Water Quality Bureau, located in Des Moines, IA. This position will serve as the manager over the Private Water Well Supply program. Duties include:

Develops and manages the statewide environmental program to regulate the permitting and construction of private water supply wells, including well contractor certification rules and program areas. Consults with other Water Supply Engineering Section staff regarding technical aspects of well construction. Evaluates requests for variances from the public in compliance with Department requirements.

Manages the permitting of private water supply wells with local county authorities for all 99 Iowa counties, including the development, implementation and management of county well permitting authority through use of 28E agreements (or other approved means). Works with counties specifically in the areas of properly issuing private well construction permits, collection of well data from new, existing, and abandoned wells and dissemination of the well data into the Private Well Tracking System (PWTS) for distribution to interested parties. Coordinates the collection and management of well construction fees. Works with counties to maximize their cooperation and participation in the enforcement of well permitting and construction issues. Provides training to County Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) agents so they have a greater understanding of well-related issues, including water quality issues.

Administers the Private Well Tracking System (PWTS), a state-wide web-based database used to issue private water well construction permits under 567 IAC Chapter 38. Tracks well log data, water quality sample data, well reconstruction data, and well plugging information. Works closely with the Department's Information Technology staff to ensure data integrity and necessary database updates, and works with counties and well contractors who are required to use the PWTS to ensure their data and information needs are met.

Identifies, coordinates, develops, implements, and reviews policies, methods and techniques integrated into the state's private well program area pursuant to 567 IAC Chapters 38, 39, 47, 49, and 82. Effectively regulates the construction, maintenance, and abandonment of wells. This work includes assessing the current and emerging drilling technologies to ensure minimum levels of groundwater protection are maintained. Works with stakeholder groups when areas of greater regulation are warranted to establish support or consensus for reviewing, writing, and implementing rules.

Coordinates with the Department's Operator Certification Program to provide guidance for the management of well contractor portion of Operator Certification. This work includes biennial re-certification and renewal guidance and documentation; answering questions related to well contractor's role and requirements in contractor certification requirements; issuing and tracking Notices Of Violations (NOVs) resultant from violations of the private well rules; reviewing background history of applicants seeking well contractor certification; reviewing and qualifying well contractor continuing education (CEUs) training; and mediating disputes between homeowners and well contractors when there is an appearance of private well violations.

Provides code and rule guidance and training to stakeholder groups, citizens, and other interested parties. Performs other tasks and projects as assigned by Supervisor.

Essential Functions

Manages and implements the Iowa DNR Private Well Program.

Evaluates variance requests from private well rules and assists other DNR programs with private well issues and variances.

Instructs, trains, evaluates and reviews work, and balances workload for others assisting in the private well program.

Ensures private well program rules are up-to-date and works with all stakeholders for any needed rule updates or changes.

Ensures agreements with county public health department working with permitting private wells are established and up-to-date.

Maintains and fosters good relationships with all stakeholders regarding private wells in Iowa.

Manages, administrates, and updates the Private Well Tracking System (PWTS) database in order to efficiently and accurately maintain private well information on a state-wide basis.

Collects, analyzes, disseminates, and effectively communicates private well data and trends to interested groups and stakeholders. Manages the creation of visual representation of private well data and information.

Provides technical guidance and effectively communicates and coordinates with other programs within the Department, including the Operator Certification Program.

Provides requested information and guidance to the Operator Certification Program in relation to well contractor certification.

Provides and effectively presents training and education to various stakeholders including private well owners, well drillers and contractors, county sanitarians, citizens, and other state and government programs.

Travels to remote sites for meetings and technical assistance driving a state vehicle and mobility to access well sites in rugged terrain.

Communicates fluently and tactfully both written and oral in English to communicate with county sanitarians, private well owners, well drillers and contractors, other stakeholders, and the public.

Critical Job Competencies

Position Specific Competencies: Accountability, Interpersonal Skills, High Productivity, Attention to Detail, Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Customer Focus, Integrity, Problem Solving, Project Management, Self-Management, Team Player, Technical Competency: Private well permitting and/or well drilling expertise.

Preference will be given to those with related work experience in the private well industry and to those with Global Information System (GIS) and database management experience.

Must have a valid Class C Drivers License in order to drive a state vehicle or personal vehicle and travel for job duties.

The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees will be at the base of the pay range. This position offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package. The State of Iowa is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Applicants may attach a Resume/Cover Letter to the online application

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a Natural Science and three years of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, history, archeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks;

OR

an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year of the required full-time professional work for each 30 semester hours of the required education;

OR

an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting thirty semester hours of accredited graduate level coursework in a Natural Science, history, or archeology for each year of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;

OR

employees with current continuous experience in the State of Iowa Executive Branch that includes twenty-four months of full-time work as an Environmental Specialist or Environmental Engineer.

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Please read all questions and answers thoroughly and make sure you understand them completely.Ensure the answers to your questions match the information filled out on your application and the attachments you have uploaded. If the answers to your questions are inconsistent with your application information or uploaded attachments, you will be given zero points for the question.Knowingly misrepresenting the facts when submitting any information related to an application, examination, certification, appeal, or any other facet of the selection process will result in your disqualification from this application and future employment with the state of Iowa.

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Have you filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq?

  • No - I have NOT filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq

  • Yes - I HAVE filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq

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Have you graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a Natural Science? IF YES - How many years do you have of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water

supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid

waste, geology, history, archeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks?

  • I have not graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in a Natural Science

  • Less than three years of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, history, archeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks

  • Three years or more of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, history, archeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks

04

How many years do you have of a combination of post high school course work in a Natural Science AND/OR full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water

supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid

waste, geology, history, archeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks? 30 semester hours equals on year of experience.

  • I do not have any of the education and/or experience

  • Less than seven years of the combined education and/or experience

  • Seven years or more of the combined education and/or experience

05

How many years do you have of a combination of GRADUATE level (post bachelor's degree) coursework in a Natural Science, history, or archaeology AND/OR full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, history, archaeology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tank? 30 semester hours equals one year of experience, Applicants can substitute a maximum of 60 graduate semester hours (in the areas listed above) and must have at least one year of the experience.

  • I do not have any of the education and/or experience

  • Less than three years of the education and/or experience

  • Three years or more of the education and/or experience

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Are you a current State of Iowa employee (executive branch)? IF YES - How many years of experience do you have in the classifications of Environmental Specialist or Environmental Engineer for the State of Iowa?

  • I am not a State of Iowa employee

  • I do not have any experience as an Environmental Specialist or Environmental Engineer for the State of Iowa

  • Less than two years of experience as an Environmental Specialist or Environmental Engineer for the State of Iowa

  • Two years or more of experience as an Environmental Specialist or Environmental Engineer for the State of Iowa

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Agency

State of Iowa

Agency

542 Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Address

Wallace State Office Building502 E 9th St, 4th FloorDes Moines, Iowa, 50319

Website

http://www.iowadnr.gov/

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