Environmental Scientist II-South Dakota

Agency
South Dakota Department of Transportation
Location
Pierre, SD
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$24.32 - $26.13 per hour, depending on experience
Last Date to Apply
02/20/2019
Website
http://tinyurl.com/y6vxcxoo
Description
This position will conduct environmental reviews of transportation projects to assure compliance is carried out and documented with federal and state laws, regulations, and permitting processes that relate to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A valid driver license is required. The incumbent will work a typical 40-hour workweek in an office setting, Monday through Friday, although hours may vary during the active construction season. Work activity will involve both an office environment and an outdoor environment. Normal physical dexterity for field work in all types of weather conditions will be fundamental.
Qualifications
The Ideal Candidate Will Have: A minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental or physical sciences and 1-3 years of progressive experience equivalent to Level I of the Environmental Sciences Career Band OR a master's degree (if limited or no experience). Prior work experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and transportation decision making in a federal, state, or local permitting occupation will assist the candidate in succeeding in the position. An ideal candidate will lead the preparation of NEPA documents in order to communicate scientific and technical information to the public, state, and federal agencies using experience preparing Environmental Assessments (EA), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), and Categorical Exclusions (CE). Knowledge of: *the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related Federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations and permitting requirements, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and other compliance regulations under NEPA; *environmental planning and environmental sciences such as biological resources, physical resources, and social resources; *practices and principles of project management; *Microsoft Office 2010 software (Excel, Word, & PowerPoint) and proficiency with GIS; *Department of Transportation policies and procedures (preferred but not required). Skill to: *perform research, conduct environmental analyses, develop recommendations, and prepare technical reports under NEPA; *prepare NEPA documentation including environmental impact statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), Categorical Exclusions (CE); *develop a written document with accurate spelling, rules of composition, grammar, and content; *effectively maintain concise files and records; *establish and maintain inter-agency and interdisciplinary relationships. Ability to: *effectively manage projects from concept through completion; *coordinate project work with other departments, regulatory/resource agencies, and local governments to ensure issues identified are adequately communicated and addressed; *demonstrate self-confidence and take action when necessary; *plan, organize, and prioritize work activities to meet schedules and deadlines; *interpret, understand, and implement state and federal laws, rules, department standards, policies, and procedures; *provide technical expertise and research on environmental issues; *display high standards of ethical conduct; *coordinate and facilitate meetings with regulatory/resource agencies; *develop and maintain effective highly professional relationships with coworkers, clients, and various stakeholders; *promote a friendly work climate in order to achieve shared goals. VETERANS' PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information please visit https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS. Apply at: http://tinyurl.com/y6vxcxoo South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources 500 East Capitol Pierre, SD 57501-5070 Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344 "An Equal Opportunity Employer"
Contact Person
Joanne Hight
Contact Phone
605-773-3721
Contact eMail
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