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Environmental Manager

Date Posted:  Nov 20, 2021
Requisition ID:  254381

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.  This position will be with the Municipal NPDES Permits Section.


Salary Statement:

The salary for this position starts at $38,688.

About the Job:

This position as an Environmental Manager exists within the Municipal NPDES Permits Section, Permits Branch, Office of Water Quality, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). You will work in a technical position which may perform duties related to any of the following activities in the Permits Branch: development and issuance of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for sanitary-type and/or industrial wastewater treatment plants; stream modeling/wasteload allocation development; and/or Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project management.  These permits, wasteload allocation analyses, and CSO projects are developed to comply with state and federal environmental rules and procedures.  Proper regulation of wastewater treatment facility discharges is necessary to protect water quality, human health, and aquatic life.  Coordination is required with multiple IDEM and EPA personnel.  Public meetings/hearings as well as interaction with the general public are sometimes required.   

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this roles are as follows:

  • Strong technical writing, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, TEMPO, Sharepoint, ArcView GIS and other computer software programs are routinely utilized.
  • The ability to organize and handle multiple projects simultaneously is essential.  Drafting NPDES permits, associated fact sheets, cover letters, wasteload allocation analyses and other technical documents is required. 
  • Understanding and utilizing NPDES applications, historical data, wasteload allocation studies, state and federal rules and regulations, office SOPs and other information is required.
  • Familiarity with wastewater treatment plant and collection system design and operation is beneficial as is a strong background in environmental science, biology, chemistry, and environmental engineering.
  • Interaction with staff in various IDEM program areas is expected to acquire necessary information.
  • Periodic site visits to wastewater treatment plants may also be necessary.
  • Required to be responsive to comments and inquiries from applicants, the general public, and U.S. EPA. 
  • Defend permit terms and conditions and interact via correspondence and formal meetings with applicants to resolve permitting issues.
  • Attend and participate in public hearings regarding permit actions throughout Indiana and/or appear in legal appeals of permit actions. 
  • May represent the Section in internal or external workgroups which may include public speaking and presentations. 

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 We're Looking For:

  • Possess at least a Bachelor's of Science in a relevant field of Science or Engineering, such as Environmental Management.
  • An ability to review NPDES permit applications and all other related documents.
  • An ability to draft NPDES permits for Municipal-type NPDES facilities.
  • An ability to interpret federal regulations and state rules and laws.
  • An ability to provide technical policy recommendations based on state and federal rules, laws and policies.
  • An ability to work with wastewater treatment plant operators, consultants and attorneys on NPDES permit issues.
  • An ability to communication well both verbally and in writing.
  • An ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Knowledge and skill typically acquired through a graduate education in natural, physical, biological or environmental science, or engineering; or a Bachelor’s degree in similar area plus experience in a related area.
  • Broad knowledge of theories, environmental protection principles and practices, specialty area and program area.
  • Thorough knowledge of chemistry, biology, hydrology, mathematics, engineering and other environmental sciences as they relate to program area.
  • Thorough knowledge of soil, water, air sampling, laboratory analysis and interpretation as it relates to program area.
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable state and federal codes and laws, rules, regulations, guidelines, and acts.
  • Thorough knowledge of biological, ecological and limnological systems affected by agency actions and ability to study and analyze these systems.
  • Ability to conceptualize, coordinate and implement studies.
  • Ability to conduct surveys, inspections and investigations of facilities and sites, review projects/situations, read plans, interpret findings and make recommendations.
  • Ability to prepare documents for administrative and regulatory action.
  • Thorough and specialized knowledge in remedial and corrective action technologies needed in environmental clean-up situations.
  • Ability to perform in a professional manner and make sound recommendations under extremely stressful situations.
  • Specialized knowledge of, and ability to coordinate, a complex technical database.
  • Excellent research and writing skills for preparing accurate, precise, clear and thorough reports.
  • Ability to effectively interact with parties with diverse levels of environmental expertise particularly for purposes of meetings, hearings and negotiating critically sensitive issues.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to interpret and apply legal terminology and practices and ability to apply these in a variety of conditions and situations.
  • Ability to develop and define procedures and accomplish objectives within the appropriate and established deadlines.

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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