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Job Title

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST SENIOR

Job Code

04519 ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST SENIOR

Auto req ID

14859BR

Location

Polk County

Full/Part Time

Full-Time

Department

009-Agriculture

Salary Minimum

$49,212

Salary Maximum

$75,940

Job Description

Administration
Serves as lead worker for planning and developing projects and program elements of Iowa’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and Coal Regulatory programs.  Directs staff time and coordinates workload for collection of data and input for environmental documents.  Reviews and analyzes data and inputs with regard to environmental priorities and concerns of other agencies.  Coordinates program efforts with local, state and federal agencies and partners as needed or required by federal or state regulations.  Monitors and tracks professional service contracts for consultant deliverables concerning reclamation project design and construction.  Reviews monthly invoices and assigns cost codes for processing claims for payment submitted to environmental consultants, engineering firms, contractors and other vendors.

Program and Project Planning, Development, Design and Inventory
Serves on the contract selection committee as assigned for the selection of design firms for AML projects.  Conducts public meetings with stakeholders, engineers and private landowners.   Maintains relationships with local government subdivisions in counties where reclamation  projects are undertaken.  Develops public notice documents and monitors need for same to ascertain that program requirements are met.  Assists with preparation of annual grant applications and collection of information for annual reporting requirements.  Completion of annual oversight and performance agreement objectives.   Works with federal granting agency to maintain and update program provisions.  Makes recommendations for project priorities and assignment of tasks.  Conducts inventory activities of sites in preparation of developing the required environmental clearances from the US Fish and Wildlife Services, US Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa DNR and other regulatory agencies.  Prepares RFP’s and administers contracts for aerial photography, mapping, archaeological surveys and threatened and endangered species determinations.  Participates in on-site technical reviews and assessments with OSM personnel, landowners and consultants as needed or as assigned.  Coordinates review and submittal of AML site inventory updates to OSM.  Coordinates Coal Regulatory issues and actions with applicants and federal enforcement agency as assigned.  Responds  to public request for information as directed and assigned. 

Program and Project Implementation, Construction and Maintenance 
Works with engineering consulting firms and contractors to carry out and complete reclamation projects.  Assists with emergency subsidence occurrences caused by past coal mining activity.   Conducts stakeholder meetings including landowners, public entities and partnering agencies for collaboration on project development.  Makes recommendations for maintenance needs of completed projects.  Reviews site inventories and environmental documents completed by staff prior to review by oversight agencies.   Oversees professional services contracts of engineering consulting firms for the development of construction specifications and designs.  Attends monthly construction contact meetings, reviews completed work, and approves pay applications in accordance with contract documents.  Reviews construction specifications for public bidding contracts. Performs regulatory reviews and enforcement actions for the Coal Regulatory Program as assigned.

Other
Performs duties as assigned by the Bureau Chief in support of Division activities and responsibilities.  Participates in general program training for all MMB functions and maintains working knowledge of all MMB program elements and project activities.  Provides mentoring and support to staff and program clients as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in a Natural Science and three years of full time professional scientific experience in an environmental program in the areas of water supply, waste water, animal feeding operations, hazardous substances, radiation, sewage treatment, solid waste, geology, flood plain, air pollution, dam safety, or underground storage tanks.

For additional ways to qualify, please click on this link to view the job description and minimum qualifications.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to applying through the Department of Administrative Services, please submit a cover letter and resume to Gloria Stinson, HR Associate, IDALS Personnel Bureau, Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA  50319; or fax 515-281-8503; or email Gloria.stinson@iowaagriculture.gov

Post Close Date

31-Dec-2014

To Apply:

Submit a completed Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) application form by the closing date. To complete an electronic application form, click on “Apply for Job Vacancy(s)” button.  You may also mail an application form to: Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise, Hoover State Office Building, 1305 East Walnut, Des Moines, IA 50319-0150 or fax your application to (515) 281-7970.

 

Mailing Address: IDALS,  Wallace State Office Building,   502 E. 9th Street,  Des Moines, IA 50319:     PH: 515-281-5321
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