Current Employment Opportunity

Environmental Quality Unit Supervisor
Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street,  Lincoln NE
Full-time Permanent
$25.52 - $38.28 Hourly
Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Flexible Schedules

It is a very exciting time at our agency, some of the things you can look forward to at the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy as an employee are:

  • A brand new office building in 2020 with free parking, (building currently under construction).
  • Flexible work schedules
  • You will be doing work knowing you are making a difference for current and future generations.

The agency is looking for a qualified supervisor to manage our Water Agriculture team and provide effective guidance. You will be responsible for supervising, managing and motivating team members on a daily basis.

As a team leader, you will be the contact point for all team members, so your communication skills should be excellent. You should also be able to act proactively to ensure smooth team operations and effective collaboration and ultimately should lead by setting a good example and engaging the team to achieve goals. 

This position will be responsible for supervising 11 staff in the Agriculture Permits and Compliance Unit; the oversite of the issuance of the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits and the state Construction and Operating (C&O) Permits.  The position will also have oversite on all compliance activities in the state of Nebraska for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO).  


* $25.520 – $38.279

*Hiring salary dependent upon selected applicant's qualifications and experience


  • Supervise unit program staff and support staff.  Duties include conducting performance evaluations, personnel issues, assigning duties, daily huddles, scheduling and monitoring work, and hiring.
  • Reviews and signs letters, reports, enforcement requests and other documents for the section.
  • Ensuring livestock NPDES and C&O permits are issued in a timely manner.
  • Reviews livestock waste control facility site plans.
  • Determines compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Working with the State Attorney General’s office in enforcement cases.
  • Regular communication with the regulated community, consultants, federal, state and local officials via phone calls and email.
  • Develops standard operating procedures to maintain consistency in application of regulations and program policies.
  • Confers with management staff to discuss administration and technical aspects of agency programs and to resolve related problems.
  • Coordinates activities of the work unit with other work units, sections or division of the Department and with other agencies of State or Federal government which might have an interest, be involved, or be effected.
  • Will conduct presentations at public hearings.

Master’s degree in environmental science, biology, life science, or engineering with thesis work relating to environmental quality plus one year of experience in a related field.


Bachelor of Science degree in the physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental science, geology, biology, agronomy, civil engineering, environmental engineering or a related field plus three years of work experience in a related field.

PREFERENCE:  Supervisory or Team Leader Experience

OTHER:   A valid driver's license or ability to provide independent transportation is required; ability to lift 35 pounds; ability to climb steep slopes/embankments, bend, stoop; ability to work in outdoor temperature extremes; ability to traverse uneven terrains, and walk long distances; ability to travel 30% of the time with some occasional overnight stays; ability to sit at a computer for an extended amount of time; ability to maintain regular and reliable attendance. 

Knowledge of: The principles of agronomy, livestock production, ecology, biological, physical and chemical sciences; statistical and analytical methods; word processing, spreadsheet and database management computer software.

Skill in: Communicating with individuals and groups with varying technical backgrounds to collect and relay information; listening to and understanding others; prioritizing workloads; using analytical judgment to make decisions; public speaking and providing presentations.    

Ability to:  Learn and apply local, State and federal environmental laws, regulations and standards; learn, apply and uphold agency policies and procedures; establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and private officials and with the general public; organize, analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions and prepare reports and technical papers; use computers and other tools for data storage and analysis; work in varying elements; maintain good working relationships with co-workers and the regulated community. 

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