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Environmental Scientist

Date Posted:  Aug 5, 2022
Requisition ID:  384803

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 Health (IDOH):

The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.



This position traditionally starts at $34,424 per year and may be commensurate with education and work experience.

About the Job:

As the Environmental Scientist, you will function as a specialist in onsite sewage systems. Provides technical assistance and training on existing and proposed state laws, rules and policies, current residential onsite  sewage practices, and advances in technology to local health department staff and other government officials, onsite sewage disposal system designers and installers, members of professional organizations, and the public. Provides support to local health departments on their onsite sewage system programs, assistance in program development, and review for compliance with applicable statutes and rules. Makes decisions and recommendations based on technical expertise, a thorough knowledge of state laws, rules and policies, and an evaluation of site and soil characteristics. Assists local health departments and other units of local government with resolution of problems of unusual complexity. Also may be called upon to investigate or resolve public health or environmental problems that do not fall into the purview of other State or local agencies.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Develops and conducts both classroom and field training programs for local health department personnel and installers on existing state laws, rules, policies, protocols, best management practices, current residential onsite sewage practices, advances in technology, onsite operation and maintenance, investigation and sampling, and local health department operation. 
  • Provides technical assistance and consultation for local health department staff, residential sewage system designers and installers, soil scientists, developers, builders, realtors, property owners and purchasers on interpretation of soils reports; site suitability and limitations; system options and designs; plan review; system installation; troubleshooting system failure, recommendations for system repair.
  • Assists local health department program development and implementation of IDOH Rule 410 IAC 6-8.3 
  • Investigates complaints that local health department staff
  • Routinely audits local health department permits and other records to determine compliance with state laws and rules. 
  • Observes and evaluates local health department staff field performance to determine compliance with state laws and rules. 
  • Reviews local ordinances for compliance with state laws and rules.
  • Assists local health department staff in developing forms for its residential onsite sewage program.
  • Assists with investigation of community-wide sewage problems.  Makes proper referrals to local, county, and state officials and agencies on non-program public health and environmental matters.
  • Provides information at public meetings for audiences including local health department staff, government officials, residential onsite sewage system designers and installers, professional organizations, and members of the public 
  • Participates in the development of revisions to rules and in the development of policies, best management practices, protocols, professional and public education materials for distribution 
  • Develops and carries out special studies and projects, such as field studies of alternative and experimental technologies; field studies of components and technologies described in the state rule; and literature reviews, often in cooperation with other agencies, state universities, manufacturers, and vendors.
  • Investigates proposals for new equipment, processes or design innovations to determine whether or not they can be successfully used in Indiana
  • Reviews and recommends approval or denial of plans for alternative and experimental technology proposed for use at specific sites in Indiana.
  • Conducts field observations to monitor performance of new technology systems, and record findings using a database and digital photos.
  • Attends trainings given by manufacturers to learn about products and technologies.
  • Trains local health department staff on conducting plan reviews for experimental onsite sewage system technologies.
  • Prepares letters and reports concerning observations, field investigations, environmental assessments, and equipment evaluations, in sufficient detail to support appropriate follow-up by the agency
  • Represent the Indiana Dept of Health as a specialist in onsite sewage disposal at public meetings with local health boards, elected officials, professional organizations, and members of the public.

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 with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

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

  • Ability to understand and apply the principles, theories, and precendents of soil morphology, hydrology, hydraulics, statistics, epidemiology, hydrogeology, wastewater treatment, anerobic and aerobic digestion, professional ethics.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply state laws, rules, protocols, and policies governing current residential onsite sewage practices and advances in technology.
  • Knowledge of Indiana State Dept of Health functions, policies, and procedures as they relate to the residential onsite sewage program.
  • Knowledge of environmental engineering, sanitation, public health science, environmental health science, soils, and mathematics as they pertain to facilities subject to our laws and rules.
  • Thorough technical knowledge of residential onsite sewage practices and components.
  • Ability to recognize, observe, and evaluate potential risks to public health, and violations of law, and to prepare complete and logical technical reports documenting such findings.
  • Ability to read blueprints and plans, analyze data, interpret findings, and recommend a course of action.
  • Ability to recommend options for system design on sites with limitations, including but not limited to, limited space and restrictive soil conditions.
  • Ability to review proposals for conventional and experimental onsite technologies for compliance with current rules, protocols, and policies.
  • Ability to conduct investigations, surveys, and inspections of sites and residential onsite sewage systems and components, including conducting tests using equipment or collecting samples for laboratory analysis.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and prepare reports and technical documents.
  • Ability to review cases, analyze data for compliance, define problems, and recommend course of action.
  • Proficient public speaking skills, including the use of PowerPoint to create presentations using photos, and graphics.
  • Proficient in the use of computer software for the preparation of reports, completion of spreadsheets, and database updates.
  • Ability to establish harmonious relationships with industry, local, public and private agencies.
  • Ability to communicate, verbally, in writing, and electronically with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Ability to maturely and professionally handle verbal abuse, and threats to life, limb and personal property.
  • Possession of a valid Indiana driver’s license, an operable vehicle, and the ability to drive.

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


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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