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Environmental Engineer

Date Posted:  Oct 13, 2021
Requisition ID:  255925

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy.


Salary Information:

This position starts at a base salary of $56,836.

About the Job:

In this role as an Environmental Engineer, you will serve as a project engineer in the Engineering Section, Permits Branch for solid and hazardous waste management, confined feeding operation, septage and land application programs responsible for managing and reviewing as well as ensuring compliance/enforcement of state and federal laws, regulations and standards, including facilitating the permit process, for a variety of programs and program elements.  You will provide technical expertise and guidance, and will serve as an entry- to mid-level worker responsible for providing engineering and geotechnical expertise to ensure facility compliance with environmental regulations for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.  You will also ensure appropriate design, construction, and/or installation, operation, monitoring, and maintenance methods and procedures, and compliance with rules, regulations and laws.  You will report to an Environmental Engineer Supervisor. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Manage solid and hazardous waste management, confined feeding operations or septage and land application programs providing technical expertise to municipalities, industry plant officials, engineering consultants and contractors.
  • Provide technical assistance to staff, state, and federal agencies, industries, contractors, environmental engineering consultants, and the public.
  • Evaluate plans and specifications for storage, treatment, and disposal facilities, provide comments,  recommend approval/denial of construction/operation/closure/post-closure/remedial action permits according to existing and proposed federal and state laws and regulations; develop construction or treatment process alternatives to improve compliance to regulations.
  • Interpret laws, regulations, and requirements, concerning storage, treatment, and disposal facilities and construction/operation compliance for communities and consultants.
  • Perform technical analysis of the impact of the facilities, as needed.
  • Evaluate engineering processes of pollution sources and their impact.
  • Evaluate permit applications, prepare comments and draft permits, conduct studies to support issuance/reissuance of permits, funding action for landfills or water or solid/hazardous waste plant construction or modifications.
  • Review solid and hazardous waste landfills, surface impoundment’s, storage and treatment facilities during construction and operation.
  • Develop and recommend strategies, guidelines, and procedures for control assessment.
  • Respond to inquiries concerning environmental issues from citizens, environmental groups verbally and in writing.
  • Interpret and assist in developing policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Serve as a state representative from other states, federal government, engineers, university staff, municipalities, and industrial facilities.
  • Review/evaluate and write technical reports on various pollution issues.
  • Consult with others in developing/reviewing agency technical design guidelines.
  • Assist in formulating section and program procedures and policies to accomplish agency objectives, maintain schedules and comply with state and federal rules, regulations, laws, and agency policies.
  • Make recommendations regarding updating of state laws and rules.
  • Provide testimony at public meetings, administrative hearings, and adjudicatory hearings.
  • Consult with agency legal staff regarding non-compliance cases.
  • Attend related meetings, training, conferences and seminars in order to remain abreast of all developments in the field.
  • Review designs, develop, and test computer programs to aid in research.
  • Assist in leading a group of professionals working on a specific program assigning and reviewing work.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Knowledge and skill typically acquired through a baccalaureate degree in accredited engineering field in areas of environmental, civil/geotechnical, chemical or a related area.   
  • Preferred knowledge of the principles and practices of assigned area of technology such as industrial and municipal water or waste water treatment processes, solid/hazardous waste treatment or air pollution control, and landfill design, construction, operation and maintenance.
  • Thorough knowledge of the sciences as they apply to assigned area (soils, chemical reactions, kinetics, biological processes, geotechnical, engineering hydrology, geology, hydrogeology, construction technology, thermodynamics and mathematics).
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal/state laws and regulations, engineering and environmental law principles, regulatory/permitting/enforcement policy principles and precedents.
  • Ability to review plans and specifications for treatment and control systems and to recommend alternatives based on environmental assessment and cost analysis.
  • Ability to conduct inspections of facilities under construction or while in operation.
  • Ability to prepare reports for use as evidence and/or basis for recommendations for action.
  • Ability to develop and implement programs, define procedures, and prepare schedules to accomplish set objectives.
  • Ability to prepare reports or guidance documents.
  • Knowledge of laboratory methods and procedures used in program area.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with individuals and in group settings, and relate complex technical concepts to untrained individuals.
  • Broad knowledge of computer programming and systems design as it relates to program area.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with a variety of individuals, officials, industry representatives, and consulting firms.
  • Ability to direct work of others and provide both technical and administrative guidance and leadership

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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