ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST STAFF DCLA

State of Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA

Commission
Supplemental Information

19-94 DCLACRO GR

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST STAFF DCLA

OEC / SURVEILLANCE / CRO

Domicile: Baton Rouge

THIS VACANCY IS OPEN ONLY TO PERMANENT EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Supplemental Qualifications: One year of professional scientific/technical environmental experience at or above an Environmental Scientist 3 level conducting compliance inspections, investigations, sampling and responding to incident complaints related to Water Quality.

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

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

3. Three 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. Three years of professional level environmental laboratory experience.

2. Four 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, architecture, computer science, food science, horticulture, mathematics, and science education.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:
To perform as a staff advisor and expert to agency staff and the public in the regulation of environmental impacts and the possible consequences of those impacts from industrial, commercial, governmental, or construction activities. To perform as a high level advisor for the state on a specific area of environmental policy or other areas of technical or regulatory expertise and in the process serves as a mentor to lower level Environmental Scientists. To coordinate/monitor the technical aspects of various teams in the Regional Office(s).

This job is designated a Dual Career Ladder job as defined in CS Rule 1.14.1.1 requiring performance of higher level more complex duties and possession of advanced specialized skills. A Civil Service Commission approved agency policy is required prior to implementation.

Level of Work:
Advanced.

Supervision Received:
Broad direction from an Environmental Scientist Supervisor, Environmental Scientist Manager or Environmental Division Administrator.

Supervision Exercised:
May exercise functional/project supervision over Environmental Scientists of a lower level.

Location of Work:
Department of Environmental Quality.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Environmental Scientist Senior by absence of responsibility for serving as the Departments state expert.

Examples of Work

Manages contractual agreements.

Represents the department at meeting with citizen groups, news media, educational forums, and the regulated community regarding complex environmental issues.

Initiates, negotiates, and manages settlement agreements for environmental violations and problems.

Provides technical testimony and serves as an expert witness at hearings and enforcement proceedings.

Makes technical decisions related to the granting of permits, variances, exemptions and enforcement action.

Directs the technical operations of delegated federal programs.

Formulates and establishes technical standards and necessary operating procedures and compulsory scientific testing methods.

Directs activities related to the researching, drafting, and promulgation of rules, regulations, and guidelines.

Directs the implementation of quality control and quality assurance procedures necessary to ensure that scientifically sound and reproducible dates are provided.

Performs related work as assigned.