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Erosion & Sediment Specialist

Date Posted:  Jun 19, 2022
Requisition ID:  346102

La Porte, IN, US, 46350


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 Job:

This position exists within each District in the Office of Construction of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). The person in this position reports directly to the District Construction Director as their expert in water related environmental compliance including erosion control on construction project sites.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Incumbent interprets laws, regulations and guidelines to analyze complex situations and provide guidance to INDOT district staff, consultants and contractors;
  • Conducts reviews of project plans during the development phase, providing input and guidance on issues related to Storm Water Pollution Prevention, Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Section 401/404 Permit compliance; Works with Construction personnel to ensure that projects are constructible, and adequately anticipate both temporary (during construction) and permanent ESC features.
  • Attends preconstruction meetings to ensure that the contractors understand and comply with all aspects of the ESC contract provisions;
  • Reviews contractors’ Storm Water Quality Control Plan (QCP) and their initial and subsequent Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for adequacy and compliance with all 401/404 permit requirements;
  • Conducts field reviews to evaluate the contractor’s level of compliance with their self-monitoring and reporting requirements, and provides independent analysis and feedback on issues related to compliance with the QCP, SWPPP and permit conditions;
  • Conducts certification training for consultants, contractors and INDOT personnel involved in erosion and sediment control plan preparation, review and implementation;
  • Serves as the primary training resource Construction personnel;
  • Prepares and provides a variety of written and verbal communications including compliance reports, guidance documents and training material;
  • Provides advice on proper implementation of ESC measures to INDOT management and staff;
  • Consults with other agencies and staff for assistance as needed; and,
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

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 requirements to be considered for employment:  

  • High school diploma or equivalent;
  • Must possess a CPESC (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control) and/or a CSSWI (Certified Erosion Sediment and Storm Water Inspector) certification, or the ability to obtain within 24 months;
  • CPESC requires a qualifying Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, or higher, in engineering (agricultural, civil or environmental), geology, soil science, natural science or management, landscape architecture, or a related field plus three (3) years of professional experience in the soil erosion and sediment control profession, or a High School Diploma or equivalent plus seven (7) years or more of professional level experience in the erosion and sediment control profession, plus passing a comprehensive exam to be credentialed; 
  • CSSWI requires a High School Diploma or equivalent plus three (3) years or more of focused erosion, sediment and storm water inspection experience (a formal two or four year degree in a qualified field of study may count as one (1) year of experience). After meeting these requirements, obtaining the CSSWI certification requires passing a written examination to determine the applicant’s proficiency in inspection practices and knowledge of applicable legislation and regulations;
  • General knowledge of theories, practices and principles of water resources, storm water management, water pollution control, construction management, construction specifications, and related programs, including IDEM Rule5 and IDEM Rule13;
  • General knowledge of mathematics and physical sciences as they relate to water resources and construction;
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license;
  • Ability to develop and recommend solutions, define procedures, and prepare schedules to accomplish INDOT’s regulatory compliance goals;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and deal tactfully with a variety of individuals including consultants, INDOT staff, operators, attorneys and representatives of federal regulatory and oversight agencies;
  • Ability to act as a mediator, helping groups with conflicting objectives reach a consensus; and,
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

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;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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