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Tech Environmental Specialist

Date Posted:  Nov 6, 2019
Requisition ID:  26909

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.


Indiana Department of Environmental Managers (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.


The salary of this position starts at $48,464.

About The Job:

This position is a senior-level technical position within the Wastewater Permits Branch in the Office of Water Quality.  Your primary focus is to serve as a Branch expert and resource in technical, regulatory, and policy matters related to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting.  This position reports to the Branch Chief and will work across all Sections in the Branch, and will serve as a resource to the Office of Water Quality as a whole.  Individual as well as group projects will be assigned.  Multiple time-sensitive and highly complex assignments must be managed simultaneously, often with little direct supervision. 

A Day In The Life:
  • Duties will be wide ranging, technically challenging, and may include any of the following:  Serving as a technical liaison to permittees, IDEM and EPA staff, as well as the public in matters related to NPDES permitting and water quality issues; Drafting of rules and participation in, and tracking development of, both State and Federal rulemakings and initiatives; 
  • Assisting in the review and development of water quality criteria and related implementation guidance; 
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures and training materials; Providing detailed training to less experienced staff; Review of technical submittals such as various types of water quality standards variances, antidegradation demonstrations, site-specific criteria requests, 316(a) and 316(b) studies, financial capability reviews, or other technical submittals;
  • Drafting the most complex types of NPDES permits, which may include any type of permit developed in the Branch;
  • Assisting in the legal defense of permit actions or agency decisions under litigation; conducting or reviewing wasteload allocation analyses and providing modeling training to staff; conducting peer review of draft permits or other work products;
  • Providing support to Branch or Office management in areas of policy development, strategic planning, staff development, and responding to inquiries;  Represent the Branch in various internal and external workgroups which may include public speaking, presentations, and travel.
What You'll Need For Success:
  • Experience with and expert level understanding of NPDES rules and regulations
  • Experience with and expert level understanding of water quality modeling
  • In-depth working knowledge of common wastewater treatment processes
  • Ability to handle and manipulate sets of environmental data
  • Significant science background in environmental engineering, environmental science, chemistry a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead projects and workgroups with little direct supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or as a team member


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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