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Permit Review Engineer

Date Posted:  Nov 23, 2021
Requisition ID:  287246

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 $62,348.00 annually.

Salary Information:

The salary for this position typically starts at $62,350.

About the Job:

The purpose of this position is to perform those activities as necessary to help the Permit Review Section achieve its goals as they relate to the overall strategic goals and objectives of the Permits Branch. As such, this employee reviews applications for Air permit approvals which include MSOP, FESOP and Part 70 permits; and modifications, revisions and amendments to these permits. The employee is responsible for drafting these approvals, which includes drafting conditions that are practically enforceable and assure compliance with state and federal air pollution laws and regulations. The employee also researches state and federal guidance related to permitting and state and federal air pollution laws and regulations. The employee works with minimal direct supervision and follows general instructions concerning purpose and desired results, through consultation with the supervisor as needed.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Writes all levels of permit approvals expeditiously and with minimal error or guidance.  The permit documents must include conditions that are practically enforceable and assure compliance with state and federal air pollution laws.
  • Writes complex permit approvals, including BACT and/or LAER evaluations for PSD, Nonattainment NSR permits, and state BACT requirements.
  • Research state and federal guidance related to air pollution permitting and state and federal air pollution laws and regulations.
  • Coordinates with the Compliance and Enforcement Branch regarding monitoring, testing and enforcement.
  • Coordinates with the other Office of Air Quality programs on projects and activities related to monitoring and modeling.
  • Works closely with staff and management to foster a positive work environment, supportive of the agency mission and goals while promoting employee development.
  • Assists staff through mentoring and training.
  • Reviews draft permits from staff, as needed, and provides comment and guidance.
  • Responds to inquiries from citizens, regulated communities, environmental groups, attorneys, engineers and government officials.

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:

  • Six (6) years engineering work experience plus a bachelors degree in Engineering from an accredited four-year college required. A combination of related work experience and accredited graduate training in Engineering may also be considered. License to practice engineering in the State of Indiana may be considered in place of all the above requirements. (Proof of licensure must accompany application.)
  • Broad knowledge of the environmental sciences as they relate to air pollution and its control.
  • Thorough knowledge of Federal and State laws, regulations, and policy guidance concerning air pollution permitting, control devices, and the Federal Clean Air Act.
  • Excellent research, writing, mathematics, and technical skills for preparing accurate, clear, and thorough air permit documents and associated calculations.
  • Ability to establish long and short term project management goals and objectives, and to plan and coordinate varied and changing operations to achieve those goals.
  • Ability to issue quality permits with the established deadlines.
  • Ability to establish relationships with IDEM staff, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff, company representatives, consultants, and the public.
  • Effective communication, both orally and in writing.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Difficulty of Work:

  • The Environmental Manager uses technical data, laws, regulations and procedures, but must adapt and apply these to solving broad issues and problems. This individual generally works independently and is required to formulate ideas, use initiative and creative thinking, develop alternatives and make decisions and recommendations for projects and programs based on complex regulations and laws, funding issues and various interrelated factors. Interpretation and implementation of legislation and regulation may be extremely difficult. Work often involves working with groups having conflicting objectives on multi-faceted problems, requiring a high-level of decision-making, problem solving and diplomacy.

Personal Work Relationships:

This individual will be expected to partner with agency personnel and related stakeholders working towards completion of assigned functions. Exceptional customer service is provided to agency partners and/or the general public.
Partnership with relevant public agencies, federal, state & local governments and/or community leaders may be required.

Working Conditions:

This role performs work in a standard office environment.


  • Acquiring Information
  • Delivering High Quality Work
  • Acting with Integrity
  • Adapting to Change
  • Building and Supporting Teams
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Critical Thinking
  • Meeting Basic Work Expectations
  • Using Computers and Technology
  • Serving Customers


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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