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Senior Environment Manager

Date Posted:  Apr 6, 2021
Requisition ID:  197841


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 Job:

The Senior Environmental Manager serves as a specialist in environmental science and especially aquatic ecology and is skillful in working in groups focused on production of defined products.  Performs field, laboratory, and office duties described in IDEM’s Surface Water Quality Monitoring Strategy, specifically, fish tissue contaminant, and QA/QC programs.  Enters, QA/QCs, and interprets data from these programs and communicates the data and information to a wide variety of customers using verbal, electronic, and writing techniques. Serves as a resource person for IDEM staff and the public as an environmental scientist water quality specialist generally familiar with other IDEM programs as well as a specialist in the ones already described. This position is associated primarily with the Fish Tissue Contaminants Monitoring program but may also assist as necessary in any other monitoring program areas.  Reports to the Targeted Monitoring Section Chief.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

     -Interprets laws, regulations and guidelines as they pertain to the Fish Tissue Contaminants Program;
     -Develops and coordinates programs and work plans for the Fish Tissue Contaminants Program;
     -Directs and participates in field work as a Crew Chief and techincal expert;
     -Respond to citizen inquiries in the field, office, and elsewhere;
     -Prepares and provides a variety of written communications including responses to letters of inquiry from concerned citizens, elected representatives, governmental officials;
     -Chairs or facilitates a variety of work-related committees;
     -Develops, maintains, manages, updates computer data systems that store and analyze information from Branch projects;
     -Researches, analyzes and reports on projects in the Fish Tissue Contaminants Program and their progress;
     -Oversees quality control in the assigned program area;
     -Prepares progress and status reports for Commissioner and Assisant Commissioners and provides consultation to management and staff;
     -Reviews and evaluates technical reports and supporting data for acceptability and conformance with state & federal requirements, laws and regulations;
     -Provides leadership to bring all parties together to resolve problems and maintain work project schedule;
     -Acts as a Fish Tissue Contaminant Program contact person with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ISDH, DNR, ORSANCO and other relevant agencies;
     -Disseminates information to section staff on technical and administrative issues;
     -Researches and recommends the purchase of a variety of technical supplies & equipment;
     -Consults with agency attorneys concerning projects;
     -Assigns, reviews work of lower-level staff members;
     -Maintains certifications and licenses;
     -Participates and contributes necessary time and effort to complete the Branch’s responsibilities regarding special projects;
     -Supervises as requested in supervisor's absence and trains new employees and interns.

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:

     -At a minimum, a Baccalaureate degree in natural, physical, biological or environmental science;similar area plus considerable experience in a related area;
     -Thorough and extensive knowledge of theories, practices and principles of program specialty area;
     -Thorough knowledge of the physical sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) as they relate to program area;
     -Thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations as they apply to program area and the ability to apply these in a variety of coditions and situations;
     -Ability to effectively interact with local, state and federal organizations;
     -Extensive knowledge of grants management, applicable grants programs and the process for awarding grants;
     -Extensive knowledge of the organization, function and programs of the IDEM, EPA, DNR and ISDH as they relate to the program area;
     -Ability to develop and implement programs, define procedures, and prepare schedules to accomplish set objectives within established deadlines;
     -Possesses excellent oral and written communication skills;
     -Ability to coordinate a work unit, reviewing and evaluating technical reports and data of staff;
     -Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and deal tactfully with a variety of individuals including community leaders, government officials and repsresentatives from city, state and federal governments;
     -Ability to act as a mediator, helping groups with conflicting objectives reach a consensus.

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) 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

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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