Function of Work:
To perform as a staff advisor and expert to agency staff and the public in the evaluation of environmental impacts and the possible consequences of those impacts from transportation projects. As staff specialist, develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and programs to be carried out by others; as an individual researcher or worker, carries out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques, procedures, materials, testing techniques, technology, or processes. To coordinate/monitor the technical aspects of various teams in the Districts.
This job is designated as a Dual Career Ladder job as defined in CS Rule 22.214.171.124 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:
Broad direction from an Environmental Impact Manager, professional engineer, or higher-level administrator.
May exercise functional/project supervision over environmental/engineering staff of lower levels.
Location of Work:
Department of Transportation and Development.
Differs from Environmental Impact Specialist 3 by the presence of responsibility for serving as the Department's statewide expert, consultant, and/or researcher in a specific environmental area.
Differs from the Environmental Impact Manager 1 by the absence of managerial/supervisory responsibilities.
Examples of Work:
The Environmental Impact Specialist DCL (Biologist) performs as staff advisor and expert to agency staff and the public in the evaluation of impacts and the possible consequences of those impacts to biological resources from transportation projects. Expertise area includes Wetlands/Other Waters and Threatened & Endangered Species. The Supplemental Qualifications for this position are: A baccalaureate degree in biological science, forestry, environmental science/ecology, or wildlife and fisheries science plus two years of professional-level environmental experience at the Environmental Specia list 3 level in biological resources work performing wetland delineations/determinations and threatened /endangered species surveys.
30% Conducts in-depth analyses and research, including field investigations, on the most complex biological resource issues and prepares detailed reports in compliance with the National Environmenta l Policy Act (NEPA,) including Env ironmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, Section 4(f) of the U.S. DOT Act statements, wetland delineations/determinations in compl iance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and performs surveys and habitat evaluations for threatened & endangered species in compl iance with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Includes directing special h ighly complex research projects such as monitoring project effects on threatened & endangered species, and sensitive specia lized ecosystems. Presents results at conferences as well as prepares articles for local and/or national publication.
20% Serves as project manager for consultant projects on special env ironmentally complex projects. Establishes scopes of work, negotiates work effort and approve/disapproves work, approves payment of invoices, ana l yzes results, evaluates va lidity and makes recommendations regarding implementation.
20% ln expert role trains staff in addressi ng biological resources issues and concerns, incl uding the use of appropriate field techniques. Evaluates and introduces state of the art technology and procedures. Oversees quality of biological resources work performed by other staff and is responsible for assigning/reviewing/approving that work.
15% Serves as staff advisor and expert by providing technical environmental assistance to Planning, Road Design, Bridge Design, and District personnel in solving difficult and unusua l biological resou rce problems, using state of the a11technology and procedures. In expert advisor role serves on national committees and/or task forces sponsored by the Transp01tation Research Board, Ameri can Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, as well as other regional and state committees regarding biological resources.
5% Makes technical procedural decisions related to m1tJgati on of transportation impacts to biological resource program areas; formu lated and establishes technical/procedural standards.
5% Keeps abreast of new environmental laws, regulations, methods, and developments affecti ng the organization for the purpose of recommending changes in emphases of programs, or developing new programs warranted by such developments.
5% May be required to perfonn other duties as necessary including, but not limited to, emergency/disaster supp01t activities.
A baccalaureate degree in biological science, forestry, environmental science/ecology, or wildlife and fisheries science plus two years of professional-level environmental experience at the Environmental Impact Specialist 3 level in biological resources work performing wetland delineation/determinations and threaten/endangered species surveys.
This position has a special entrance rate of $2,469.23 /bi-weekly.
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For further information about this vacancy contact:
Carey L. Coxe, M.A.
Environmental Impact Manager 2
1201 Capitol Access Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
"The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is an equal employment opportunity employer and serves as a model employer for individuals with disabilities. DOTD does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, or pregnancy, and prohibits harassment of any type."
A baccalaureate degree in one of the following fields: biological sciences, sociology, economics, anthropology, forestry, chemistry, geology, physics, geography, environmental science/ecology, wildlife and fisheries science, engineering, landscape architecture, architectural history, architecture or archeology followed by four years of professional level environmental science, natural resource management or cultural resource management experience.
A master's degree in one of the qualifying fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.
A Ph.D. in one of the qualifying fields will substitute for two years of the required experience.
Advanced degrees will substitute for a maximum of two years of the required experience.
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.