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Environmental Engineer I -Land

Date Posted:  Jul 1, 2024
Requisition ID:  445975

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About Indiana Department of Environmental Management: 

Our 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. We issue air, water, and solid and hazardous waste permits that restrict discharges to environmentally safe levels. Staff members inspect and monitor regulated entities; provide compliance and technical assistance; monitor and assess air, land, and water quality; use enforcement actions as necessary to ensure compliance; and respond to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state.


Role Overview

Review various types of complex projects in all the programs in the Office of Land Quality Permits Branch. These include Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, Confined Feeding Operation (CFO), and Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) units.  Develop guidance document, mentor staff, and perform peer reviews. Evaluate alternative design and perform additional engineering research and analyses to ensure compliance with the rules and laws. Evaluations include various aspects of engineering such as, geotechnical, structural stability, chemical and thermal treatment technologies, design, operation, and maintenance for various types of units such as treatment, storage, containment systems, landfills, incinerators, boilers and industrial furnaces, pyrolysis units, digesters, CFOs, and surface impoundments.


Salary Statement

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $75,010.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Perform detailed technical engineering reviews and specifications of facilities and conduct on-site inspections to ensure that they meet State of Indiana's standard guidelines. 
  • Conduct permit reviews including review of permit application documents, plans, specifications, design summaries and evaluating the compliance history. 
  • Conduct surveys, special problems investigations and inspections to collect data, collect samples for Lab analysis, prepare reports for administrative and/or regulatory action and may testify at hearings and in court.  
  • Review plans and specifications with emphasis on identifying deficiencies and potential problems and recommending sound alternatives. 
  • Ensure that facilities comply with safety requirements by conducting inspections, advise enforcement staff on technical issues, prepare or review enforcement documents; attend hearings, prehearing conferences, and preparatory meetings; and testify as an expert witness at hearings or in court. 
  • Provide prompt responses back to the general public, consultants, contractors, government officials, permit applicants. 
  • Serve as representative of agency on national associations concerned with standards applicable to revisions of design standards and discussion of new developments. 
  • Work as Subject Matter in the technical formulation of federal regulations and provides comment, on behalf of agency, to proposed rules and regulations of federal government and other states. 
  • Serve as project officer in certain sub-grants and sub-grantees, to determine efficient utilization of grant monies. 

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. 

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited four-year college required. 
  • License to practice engineering in the State of Indiana  
  • Six (6) years of experience in Engineering and related field. 
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply pertinent state, federal and local rules, regulations and ordinances and ability to modify or assist in modification of regulations as necessary.  
  • Extensive knowledge of the environmental sciences, especially those areas of biology, chemistry and engineering which relate to pollution control principles.  
  • Thorough knowledge of the structure and functions of various sections within the division and the ability to coordinate section roles to achieve an acceptable solution to individual problems. 
  • Working knowledge of accounting and economic principles and practices as applied to the cost benefit analysis, grant processes and value engineering. 
  • Ability to conduct intensive literature surveys, inspections, and research for technical advancement of the programs and investigations and to prepare reports for the use as evidence and basis for recommendations for action. 
  • Effective communication skills in individual and or group situations, in order to discuss and review highly technical information to reach a common solution which is economically and environmentally sound.  
  • Ability to develop programs, define procedures and prepare schedules to accomplish set objectives. 
  • Ability to technically review plans, specifications, and control systems with emphasis on identification of adverse economic and environmental impacts and to choose and recommend sound alternatives. 
  • Extensive knowledge of the Working knowledge of the principals and practices of air, land, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste and disposal, occupational health and safety and/or water supply based on the division you will be assigned to. 
  • Ability to utilize Computer Assisted Design (CAD) related programs, electronic documentation, and database entry and maintenance. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.


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) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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