Environmental Specialist

State of Kansas - Shawnee, KS3.7

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment verification document upon hire. KDHE participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

Environmental Specialist (K0236572) in the Bureau of Waste Management

This role would be responsible for preparing draft environmental regulations and policies related to the administration of the Kansas solid and hazardous waste programs. These regulations contain complex technical and scientific provisions. Review technical and scientific literature and make professional observations and recommendations based on current and proposed Kansas solid and hazardous waste regulations. Conduct and/or participate in public meetings and hearings. Prepare: public notices; testimony for public hearings and Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations meetings; response to comments; and other documentation related to the promulgation of regulations.

A complete position description can be emailed upon request.

Minimum Requirements:
A bachelor's degree in environmental science with an emphasis on biology, chemistry, geology or a related natural science. Experience may be substituted for education as determined relevant by the agency.

Valid Driver's License - Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver's license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Criteria:
  • Bachelor’s degree in bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Geology, Earth Science, or Natural Sciences/resources.
  • Post-graduate coursework in a natural science or law.
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
  • Proofreading, editing, attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to perform independent research
  • Technical writing
  • Knowledge of Kansas and/or federal solid and hazardous waste regulations
  • Knowledge of other state or federal environmental regulations
  • Experience interpreting/implementing state and/or federal environmental regulations
  • Experience interpreting/implementing state and/or federal environmental regulations
  • Experience writing regulations, policy, guidance, or other technical documents
  • Experience working in an environmental program, preferably solid and/or hazardous waste
$23.31 to 26.98 hourly; can vary depending upon experience and qualifications.

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2: Complete the State of Kansas Application Form and submit to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

STEP 3: Email these additional documents to recruiter@ks.gov Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copies of Official transcripts if a degree is required or preferred
  • Copy of Professional License or Certification if required or preferred
  • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate
KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant (even non-residents) applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website. A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:
KDHE – Office of Personnel Services
ATTN: Recruiter
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 580
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-4486
Fax: 785-559-4271
Email: recruiter@ks.gov

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Veterans Preference’ Eligible (VPE):
Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran" under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the competency factors of the position, including any preferred selection criteria established in accordance with K.A.R. 1-6-3. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job. Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. See Veterans' Preference for additional information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KDHE encourages applications from all persons. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 785-296-1539 if accommodations are needed in completing an application, interviewing and any other aspect of the employment process. EOE

The mission of KDHE is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.