Environmental Technician I

State of North Carolina - Wake County, NC3.6

Salary Grade: GN06
Recruitment Range: $30,280 - $40,206

Department Information:
The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina's environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health, and also works to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina's needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. To learn more about the Department of Environmental Quality please visit our website at http://deq.nc.gov/.

Division Information:
The Division of Mitigation Services (DMS) is responsible for providing compensatory mitigation for streams and wetlands that are unavoidably impacted by development and transportation projects. The Division provides all planning, implementation, and disposition associated with restoration, enhancement, creation and preservation for the 17 river basins and in the State. The DMS manages the development of comprehensive mitigation projects worth $75 million annually. The products produced by this Division facilitate approximately $1.2 billion in statewide infrastructure improvements annually. The staff of DMS requires extensive knowledge of the Clean Water act, biology, engineering, mitigation, ecosystems, process management, data and financial information management, measurement and analysis, and public relations.

Position Information:
The Division of Mitigation Services is a fee-based program providing cost-effective mitigation alternatives that improve the state's water resources. Stream, wetland and riparian buffer restoration sites are located statewide, within urban and rural areas of North Carolina. The Environmental Technician is a key member of the operations team responsible for a broad range of field duties and related documentation.

This is a field-oriented position that will include approximately thirty percent of the work time in an office setting. The Environmental Technician will perform technical and physical tasks to support project teams within the DMS. Work will include, but is not limited to, field data collection, installation and maintenance of monitoring devices, easement boundary marking, vegetation inspections, and minor project repairs. The Environmental Technician must be able to work in a variety of physically demanding field conditions including but not limited to summer heat and inclement weather, hiking rough terrain, wading streams, and traversing fences. Use of technologies such as GPS and tablet computers is common. The position requires the individual to be self-reliant, independent in thought and action, and the ability to improvise to accomplish tasks in remote areas.

Office duties will generally require the use of Microsoft office products (Word, Excel) and can include production of maps using GIS (training provided). Data entry and management are also important duties for this position. Data will be utilized for many reasons including field verification, project tracking, and mapping.

The work schedule for this position is Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and may require working beyond normal work schedule to meet the business need. This position is physically located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wake County.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

***To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. ***

Qualified applicants must possess an application that clearly reflects work experience that demonstrates the following:

Demonstrated work experience with installation, maintenance and data extraction of groundwater wells, automated water samplers, grab sampling, or other equipment used for collecting water quality data.
Demonstrated work experience with 360 camera/drone images/video processing.
Demonstrated work experience entering, processing and analyzing data.
Demonstrated work experience with acquiring and processing Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
Must be physically capable of carrying up to forty pounds, traversing rough terrain, wading, and climbing fences.
Applicant must meet both the Minimum Education and Experience Requirements and all posted Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies requirements to be considered Qualified for the position.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Associate's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.