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  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $3,999.00 - $7,006.00 gross per month
  • Baton Rouge

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Supplemental Information
19-93 ES4CRO GR
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST 4
OEC / SURVEILLANCE / CRO
Domicile: Baton Rouge

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST 4

THIS VACANCY IS OPEN ONLY TO PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
This position is located within the Capital Regional Office, Surveillance Division, Office of Environmental Compliance, Department of Environmental Quality. The position is domiciled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The incumbent of this position is responsible for the oversight and performance of complex scientific technical work in the Capital Regional Office, Surveillance Division, Office of Environmental Compliance, Department of Environmental Quality. The incumbent should have experience with conducting compliance inspections and investigations of complex facilities such as water major facilities and MS4s. The incumbent will utilize advanced technical environmental knowledge of regulations and issues related to water quality to mentor and assist in the development of Environmental Scientist 1, 2 and 3. The incumbent monitors and verifies that Section personnel are compliant with the applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) regarding inspections, complaint investigations, monitoring, assists in the review of team and individual work products, and assists in coordination of employee training. The incumbent should be knowledgeable of and experienced with water-related surveillance issues, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and have strong organizational skills. This includes have comprehensive knowledge of wastewater treatment systems, understanding and application of environmental sampling methods and methodology, experience with the calibration, operation, maintenance of ambient water quality monitoring equipment, and proper response methods to oil and chemical releases in sensitive environments. The incumbent will assist with staff development in the areas listed above.

This position will be filled using the generic option.

NO CIVIL SERVICE SCORE OR ELIGIBILITY IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

Equal Opportunity Employer

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Gloria Robertson
Human Resources
LA Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 4303
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
gloria.robertson@la.gov


Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Either of the following will qualify:

1. GENERIC OPTION:
A baccalaureate degree with a major in one of the following scientific fields: agronomy, animal science, atmospheric sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, forestry, geosciences, health physics, health sciences, medical physics, nuclear science, physical geography, physics, soil sciences, statistics and quantitative methods, toxicology, or wildlife and fisheries sciences plus one of the following:

1. Two years of professional level scientific/technical environmental or radiation experience.

2. Two years of experience as an attorney practicing environmental law in a governmental environmental regulatory program.

3. Two years of professional level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience gained in an environmental regulatory program.

NOTE: (For generic option)
Professional level scientific/technical environmental experience is defined as experience gained in an environmental laboratory, an environmental compliance program in the private sector, or a governmental environmental program performing environmental work involving compliance with federal and/or state environmental regulations.

Professional level scientific/technical radiation experience is defined as that experience gained in a regulatory or non-regulatory nuclear energy or radiation protection program, which includes health physics and medical physics.

2. LABORATORY OPTION:
A baccalaureate degree with a major in one of the following scientific fields: agronomy, animal science, atmospheric sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, forestry, geosciences, health physics, health sciences, medical physics, nuclear science, physical geography, physics, soil sciences, statistics and quantitative methods, toxicology, or wildlife and fisheries sciences plus one of the following:

1. Two years of professional level environmental lab experience.

2. Three years of professional level analytical laboratory, research laboratory, LIMS (Lab Integrated Management Systems), or laboratory auditing experience.

NOTE:(For laboratory option)
Professional level environmental laboratory experience is defined as experience gained in a governmental or private sector laboratory performing environmental laboratory analysis work involving compliance with federal and/or state environmental regulations.

LIMS is defined as the database in which all analytical data generated by a laboratory is stored.

Laboratory auditing is defined as on-site inspection of a laboratory for accreditation or certification purposes.

SUBSTITUTIONS: (For both options)
Graduate training will substitute for the required experience on the basis of fifteen semester hours in any of the qualifying fields for six months of experience.Graduate training with less than a master's degree will substitute for a maximum of six months of experience.

A master's degree in any of the qualifying fields will substitute for one year of experience.

A Ph.D. in any of the qualifying fields will substitute for a maximum of two years of experience.

A master's degree or Ph.D. in any of the qualifying fields will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

College credit beyond the baccalaureate degree will substitute for a maximum of two years of experience.

NOTE: (For both options)
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


NOTE: (For both options)
The transcript must state that the applicant's major is in one of the specified fields. Baccalaureate degrees with majors in a field not listed above which included a heavy concentration in science courses will not be considered qualifying.

NOTE: (For both options)
Some specific scientific fields that are not qualifying are agriculture, agronomy, architecture, computer science, food science, horticulture, mathematics, and science education.

Job Concepts
Function of Work:
To utilize advanced technical environmental knowledge to perform at an advanced level in permitting, certification, enforcement, emergency response, data collection and assessment, quality assurance, facility classification, laboratory analysis, and/or environmental assessment, and to assist in the development of lower level Environmental Scientists by serving as a leader and mentor.

Level of Work:
Advanced.

Supervision Received:

Direct from an Environmental Scientist Supervisor or comparable level supervisor. May be supervised by higher level personnel.


Supervision Exercised:
None.

Location of Work:Department of Environmental Quality.


Job Distinctions:Differs from Environmental Scientist 3 by the presence of specialized tasks that relate to complex regulatory work and by the presence of tasks related to staff development.

Differs from Environmental Scientist Supervisor by absence of overall supervisory responsibility for a functional unit or geographical area.

Differs from Environmental Scientist Staff DCL-A by the absence of specialized technical knowledge at the expert level and designation as a dual career ladder job.


Examples of Work
EXAMPLES LISTED BELOW INCLUDE BRIEF SAMPLES OF COMMON DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS JOB TITLE. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL TASKS ARE INCLUDED.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST/GENERIC OPTION:

Establish a mentoring relationship with lower level Environmental Scientists providing guidance, technical expertise, support, training and career development.

Assists in the evaluation of procedures to ensure quantity and quality of work is consistent among lower level Environmental Scientists.

May review and monitor the work of lower level Environmental Scientists to ensure technical accuracy and completeness as well as consistency with department, office, division, and section policies.

Assists in the assessment, coordination and monitoring of training for staff members. Conducts training of lower level staff on procedures applicable to the unit.

Provides support to lower level Environmental Scientists through oversight and on-the-job training in the evaluation and drafting of air/water/waste permits.

Perform first line technical review of complex permit applications requiring knowledge of varied complex processes and pollution control technology.

Serve as coordinator and lead worker over complex inspections, investigations, and/or environmental incidences ensuring compliance with surveillance procedures.

Prepares and/or reviews reports and develops appropriate enforcement actions for highly complex or controversial cases, including coordination and technical support with staff, Attorneys, and Administrativ

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