Current Employment Opportunity

Drinking Water Program Specialist
Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street,  Lincoln NE
Full-time Permanent
$19.41 -  Hourly
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Monday thru Friday

Under limited supervision, monitors compliance of and initiates enforcement actions against public water supply systems; develops policies and procedures to implement new regulations; provides information to program staff and the regulated community to promote compliance with regulations; prepares reports for federal and state agencies regarding the status of compliance and the health and monetary effects of new regulations; identifies and informs individuals or communities about known water contamination. 

Monday – Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Flexible Schedules – After 6 month probationary period 10 hour workdays may be available. 

Location: 1200 "N" Street 

  • Submits routine and special reports to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as regulated or requested.
  • Prepares reports and interprets findings for the Governor's staff, agency staff, Natural Resources Districts, consulting engineers and owner/operators of systems.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual reports to the legislature to inform them of program developments, accomplishments and needs.
  • Identifies violations of state regulations/statutes and initiates appropriate enforcement actions against public water systems.
  • Coordinates investigation and response to citizen complaints involving public water supply systems. • Develops and maintains a system to reissue and update permits for operating a public water supply system.
  • Assists in the development of state laws and regulations pertaining to public water supply systems.
  • Assists in the development of public water supply program policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analyzes the effects of regulations, legislation, standards, and policies of assigned programs and initiates actions to make changes.
  • Assists in interpreting and communicating existing and new federal and state laws/regulations to define their compliance requirements for field staff, system own/operators, local officials and the EPA.
  • Instructs other drinking water section personnel concerning current and new methods of enforcement.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of a data base management system to monitor the compliance of public water systems to state and federal laws/regulations, and to track enforcement actions taken.
  • Prepares reports, exhibits and other program information to provide materials necessary for legal actions taken by the agency. • Writes, edits and revises regulatory summaries to inform the regulated community of state requirements.
  • Attends meetings of public water supply associations/organizations and other lay/professional groups as a representative of the agency.
  • Maintains working relationships and provides regulatory assistance to local boards of health, municipal officials, industrial officials, consulting engineers and the public in assigned program areas 

REQUIREMENTS: Coursework/training and experience in physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental sciences, geology, biology, agronomy, civil engineering, environmental engineering or a related field.

OTHER: Valid driver's license or the ability to provide independent transportation; Ability to travel overnight; Ability to maintain regular and reliable attendance

Knowledge of: basic knowledge of data management systems and software; biological, physical and/or chemical sciences.

Ability to: consult with others effectively; establish and maintain working relationships with public and private officials and the general public; communicate effectively in writing; organize, analyze and interpret data to draw conclusions and write administrative reports; plan and organize work; maintain records related to assigned program area. 

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