Current Employment Opportunity

Environmental Specialist II - Waste Compliance Section
Environment & Energy
245 Fallbrook Blvd,  Lincoln NE
Full-time Permanent
$23.45 -  Hourly
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Monday thru Friday

The primary duties of this position include evaluation of hazardous waste generator and permitted facilities and permitted solid waste facilities; conduct of complaint investigations; assist the Waste Permit Section in the review and issuance of permits and provide input to the Inspection and Compliance Division on issues related to all aspects of hazardous waste and solid waste regulations. In addition, the position represents the Waste Compliance Section in matters related to industry groups and regulatory agencies. Other duties within the Inspection and Compliance Division could be assigned up to 10% of the workload including such things as inspections of Wastewater treatment facilities and associated complaints, Air quality complaints related to open burning, etc.

  • Assess compliance with hazardous waste and solid waste regulations at industrial, commercial, and municipal facilities through inspections.
  • Coordinate related enforcement activities as assigned.
  • Conduct complaint investigations and respond to actual or potential sources of environmental pollution. Maintain hazardous waste facility database to measure program objectives Resolve issues concerning facility information discrepancies.
  • Organize and interpret data for program reporting and decision making. RCRAINFO, IIS, BRS, etc.
  • Testifies at hearings as an expert witness to verify observations and conclusions form data collection and interpretation as required in legal actions.
  • Conducts pre-inspection file reviews, documents inspection results, and maintains facility database. Provide technical assistance to the public, the regulated community, and other governmental agencies concerning solid waste and hazardous waste management and the corresponding regulations.
  • Documents violations and supports Department enforcement process.
  • Reviews draft permits and provides feedback on compliance issues.
  • Review special waste classification and alternative disposal requests.
  • Prepare correspondence and detailed reports concerning program activities using word processing, spreadsheet and specialized agency databases.
  • Writes, edits and reviews technical papers and reports to respond to inquiries and complaints and to provide data required or requested by federal, State and local agencies, the professional community or the general public.
  • Analyzes data, statistics, charts and tables to prepare reports, technical papers or correspondence for presentation to the general public and/or the regulated community.
  • Meets with federal, State and local government representatives, and the general public to explain environmental quality program policies and programs.
  • Collects environmental quality data as necessary to meet program objectives.
  • Reviews EPA guidance documents, memorandums, Federal Register notices, Federal and State regulations, professional journals and trade magazines to keep abreast of emerging issues.
  • Participates as part of a team to prepare and present environmental seminars, events, workshops and public information sessions that aid in the education of the public regarding environmental regulations and policies.

Bachelor’s Degree in the physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental science, geology, biology, agronomy, civil engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, hydrology, community and regional planning, or a related field. Experience may substitute for education or a year-for-year basis.

Other:  • Valid driver's license or ability to provide independent transportation; • Approximately 10% overnight travel; • Selected candidate is subject to a physical exam and screening along with participation in the agency's medical monitoring program; • Ability to lift 35 pounds; • Ability to climb 10 ft ladder; • Ability to climb, bend, stoop • Ability to work in outdoor temperature extremes; • Ability to walk on muddy, icy, uneven terrains and steep slopes to accomplish tasks; • Ability to sit for long periods of time • Ability to work in an industrial setting • Regular and reliable attendance required.

Knowledge of: The principles of ecology, geology and hydrology; 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; read and interpret topographic and geologic maps; organize, analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions and prepare reports and technical papers; use computers and other tools for data storage and analysis.

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