Current Employment Opportunity

Environmental Quality Programs Specialist II
Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street,  Lincoln NE
Full-time Permanent
$22.11 -  Hourly
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Monday thru Friday

Conduct biological stream monitoring and provide statewide assessments of the biological conditions of Nebraska’s streams. Develop and implement monitoring and project management plans for other surface water monitoring programs. Coordinate the activities of staff involved in field data collection and laboratory analyses.  

  • Coordinate the field data collection for biological stream monitoring and assist in the data entry, analysis, and interpretation of biological information collected. 
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of other surface water monitoring and assessment activities. 
  • Collect biological, physical, and chemical data for all surface water monitoring programs.
  • Supervise the activities of up to eight temporary employees and other Department staff involved in field data collection, including training as required.
  • Assist in data entry, analysis, and interpretation of the information collected from surface water monitoring programs. 
  • Write quality assurance project plans and standard operating procedures around program objectives.
  • Coordinate the Department’s biological laboratory and supervise the activities of up to eight temporary employees involved in bacteria, pesticide, and algae toxin analysis.
  • Conduct fish kill and citizen complaint investigations and complete investigations with appropriate notifications, corrective legal action, and written reports. 
  • Purchase equipment and supplies relating to surface water monitoring activities.
  • Assist in the recruitment of sampling personnel and solicit assistance including hiring temporary personnel and contracting with other federal, state, and local entities. 
  • Respond to questions from the public, other state agencies, and federal agencies; write letters, answer phone questions, and attend meetings.  

Bachelor of Science Degree in the physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental science, geology, biology, agronomy, civil engineering, environmental engineering or a related field consistent with the duties of the position, including soil science, chemistry, geology, hydrology, limnology, biology, statistics, technical writing, resource planning and computer programming field AND one year of full-time professional experience in a related field, consistent with the duties of the position.

OTHER: A valid driver's license or ability to provide independent transportation is required;  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds;  Ability to travel overnight minimally September through May – with overnight travel as much as 50% during the months of June through August;  Occasional overnight travel;  Ability to work in outdoor temperature extremes, climb slopes, walk on uneven terrains, and walk long distances; Ability to maintain regular and reliable attendance. 

PREFERRED:   Master's degree in biology, ecology, fisheries science, life sciences, environmental sciences or related field.  Experience as a supervisor, program coordinator, a team leader or technical expert on large, complex projects, or as mentor to other technical staff.  Experience leading meetings, giving presentations

Knowledge of:   The principles of aquatic ecology and hydrology; biological, physical and chemical sciences; statistical and analytical methods; word processing, spreadsheet, geographic information system, and database management computer software.

Skill in: fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate identification, 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 write reports; write and prepare technical papers and reports; use computer software and other tools for data storage and analysis.

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