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Environmental Scientist - Division of Water

Date Posted:  Sep 19, 2022
Requisition ID:  396660

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. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:


The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.


About the DNR Division of Water:


The Division of Water collects, maintains, and provides water resource information.  This includes administering surface and groundwater resource assessments, alleviating flood disaster damages, regulating floodplain areas, reviewing dam and levee projects, and educating the community about water efforts and conservation.


Role Overview:


This is an entry-level position that assists the DNR Division of Water to achieve compliance with federal and state laws, regulations, and standards.  You will assist with identifying, abating, and eliminating sources of polutants or hazards that affect the environment.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Conduct inspections, surveys and investigations of pollution and radiation source facilities. 
  • Provide consultation to manufactures, service areas, local health organizations and communities utilizing the collected data. 
  • Prepare technical reports of inspections, surveys and investigations, documents findings and makes recommendations for action, including some licensure and certification. 
  • Provide expert testimony for administrative hearings and court actions. 
  • Investigate hazardous events affecting the environment or the health of the public. 
  • Interpret state and federal laws and regulations governing environmental sanitation conditions utilizing written communications, mass media, public speaking, public information materials and research data. 
  • Develop plans for implementing and promoting programs and/or updating state laws and regulations. 
  • Cooperate with federal, state, and local environmental and health agencies and the public in enforcement activities. 
  • Collect samples of air, water and/or industrial wastes for laboratory analysis. 


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 requirement to be considered for employment:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or Environmental Bioscience or a related natural resource field.  
  • Analytical skills using scientific methods and data analysis in your research.  
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing.  
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously. 
  • Strong technical writing, communication, and organizational skills. 
  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to one or more program area such as air and water pollution and solid and hazardous waste disposal. 
  • Knowledge of environmental health sciences and public and environmental health. 
  • Knowledge of environmental protection principles and practices including such systems as industrial waste control, water and sewage treatment and air and water pollution. 
  • Ability to conduct surveys, inspections and investigations of facilities including conducting appropriate tests and analyzing findings. 
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and prepare reports and technical documents for administrative and regulatory action. 
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with individuals and in group situations 
  • Ability to conduct special surveillance of hazardous situations and recommend appropriate action. 

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) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • 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




This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $34,424.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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