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SEM1-Stormwater Specialist

Date Posted:  Sep 21, 2022
Requisition ID:  392424

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 perform the essential functions of a role.



About the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):
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.


Position Overview:

 This position exists within the Wetlands and Stormwater Section of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The position is responsible for administering stormwater regulations efficiently and consistently. The primary function of this position is to administer the stormwater program, which includes a multidisciplinary approach to stormwater management and pollution prevention. Work products include permitting and compliance on active construction sites, industrial facilities, and local government.


The salary for this position starts at $ 43,342.00 per year.



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



As the Senior Environmental Manager, you will be responsible for providing expertise in one or more of your respective program areas in environmental permit development and review, environmental inspections and/or enforcement activities, scientific studies, surveys and/or scientific analyses, technical assistance for grants and contracts, as well as providing administrative and technical support to the public, state and federal offices and industries. In this position, you will research complex issues and guide staff and regulated communities. ​ 

About the Job:

•    Responsible for administering Stormwater Regulations. Utilize applicable laws, regulations, and technical expertise to administer the Stormwater Program. 
•    Coordinate stormwater program activities with the Wetlands Program to achieve efficient administration of both programs.  Coordinate activities with other IDEM program areas and local, state, and federal agencies.
•    Communicate and coordinate with the public, local governmental officials, consultants, and other interested parties. 
•    Perform comprehensive and formal audits of MS4 Programs and inspections of construction sites and industrial facilities. Prepare technical and inspection reports, violation letters, and enforcement referrals.
•    Review regulatory documents to ensure the documents meet the requirements of permits and applicable statutes and rules.  Regulatory documents include but are not limited to stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWP3s), Stormwater Quality Management Plans (SWQMP), monitoring reports, and annual reports.
•    Conduct compliance investigations; prepare technical documents and inspection reports, violation letters, and enforcement referrals.
•    Serve as a mentor to other staff in developing their technical expertise.
•    Review documents (inspection reports, correspondence, and enforcement referrals) for technical and grammatical accuracy before approval by the Section Chief.  
•    Develop and/or serve as the lead for standard operating procedures, technical resource documents, and other guidance documents for the Section. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 
•    Interpret laws, regulations, and guidelines within the area of assignment including environmental response, solid and hazardous waste management, surveillance, and standards or water management. 
•    Develop and modify existing state programs to adapt to changes in federal or state legislation-mandated policy changes, for example, a change of grant program to a loan program requires the development of agency regulations and development of procedures for IDEM staff to follow in the implementation of changes, or providing leadership for new regulations required under Indiana Ground Water Protection Act. 
•    Coordinate environmental review of loan projects including preparation of categorical exemptions, environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and records of decision. 
•    Maintain a tracking system on projects to ensure that the state’s allocation of grant and loan monies is by schedules(s) from original grant/loan requests through planning, design, and construction to the final close-out audit. 
•    Prepare and provide a variety of written communications including responses to letters of inquiry from concerned citizens, elected representatives, and governmental officials. 
•    Chair or facilitate a variety of work-related committees such as dispute resolution committees to resolve disputes regarding the funding of community construction projects. 
•    Develop, maintain, manage and update computer data system to rank communities for wastewater treatment projects and distributes state and federal funds. 
•    Research, analyze, and report on priority projects and their progress. 
•    Perform annual audits of a large number of water pre-treatment programs. 
•    Provide technical assistance to municipalities and industries and evaluates industrial compliance to all environmental regulations. 
•    Coordinate review of requests for variance and exemptions from hazardous waste regulations. 
•    Review program plans for completeness, economic and technical feasibility, and environmental impact. 
•    Design and direct research projects regarding such issues as groundwater supplies, providing technical expertise for analysis and interpretation and logistics of projects. 
•    Prepare progress reports for Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners and provides consultation to management and staff. 
•    Review and evaluate technical work reports and supporting data for acceptability and conformance with federal requirements, laws and regulations, conclusions, recommendations, and completeness. 
•    Assign and review work of lower-level staff members. 
The job profile 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 requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, or a related field. 
  • Six (6) years of work experience in an environmental or environmental public health field. 
  • Extensive knowledge of theories, practices, and principles of Environmental Management and related areas. 
  • Thorough knowledge of theories, practices, and principles of physical sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) as they relate to the program area. 
  • Thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations as they apply to the program areas and the ability to apply these in a variety of conditions and situations.  
  • Ability to conduct surveys, inspections, and investigations of facilities and sites, review projects/situations, read plans, interpret findings, and make recommendations. 
  • Ability to establish long- and short-term project management goals and objectives. 
  • Ability to prepare documents for administrative and regulatory action. 
  • Ability to effectively interact with local, state, and federal groups and government representatives orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to prepare accurate and thorough reports. 
  • Ability to develop and define procedures and accomplish objectives within the appropriate and established deadlines. 
  • Ability to interpret and implement public policy as it relates to program-specific environmental rules or laws.  

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 benefits 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 a 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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