Report on Environmental Program Specialist II/III (PCN 18-7400)

Environmental Program Specialist II/III (PCN 18-7400)

Description: 
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Who we are:
The Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program is looking for two a highly-motivated individual to join our Northern Alaska Region Team. The diversity of the job requires resourceful candidates who enjoy working independently and as part of a team in reviewing industry oil discharge prevention and contingency plans, managing cleanup of oil and hazardous substance releases, and participating in facility inspections and spill response exercises. We’re recruiting for a single vacancy in the TAPS/Interior Unit.

Our mission to Alaska:
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation staff are dedicated to conserving, improving, and protecting Alaska's natural resources and environment to enhance the health, safety, economic, and social well-being of Alaskans.  On our team, you will have direct influence on preventing and mitigating the effects of oil and hazardous substance releases and ensuring their cleanup through government and industry planning and rapid response.

Why you should join our team:
Our program provides quality training and ample growth opportunities with meaningful and challenging work that makes a difference for the State of Alaska.  We collaborate in our work with a wide cross-section of agency staff, industry consultants, and the general public.

Your office location:
These positions are based in a relaxed office setting interspersed with frequent field visits and travel opportunities.  Our team typically travels to Anchorage, to the North Slope, along the TAPS corridor, and throughout the diverse communities of the Northern Region for spill response, facility inspections, and response exercises.

Desired competencies:
A successful applicant will have some or all of the following competencies addressed in their application package. 

  • Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
  • Planning and Evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Incident Management: Knowledge of the tactics, technologies, principles, and processes to protect, analyze, prioritize, and handle incidents.
  • Environmental Science: Knowledge of the interdisciplinary concepts, principles, theories, and methods of investigating the natural and physical environment, including examination of ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, plant science, zoology, mineralogy, oceanography, limnology, soil science, geology and physical geography, atmospheric, and other related sciences in the protection and improvement of the environment and its resources.
  • Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a brief, clear, and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Special Notice:
Travel is typically required to Anchorage, to the North Slope, along the TAPS corridor, and to remote communities throughout the Northern Region, with the possibility of statewide emergency response travel. Emergency response travel could happen at any time, including nights, weekends, and holidays, and be for periods up to two weeks in duration.  

While in the field, you will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment including, when required, a respirator.  

Work involves answering the after-hour duty phone on a regular rotation within the statewide program.

Environmental Program Specialist II

Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the following competencies

  • Environmental Science - Knowledge of the interdisciplinary concepts, principles, theories, and methods of investigating the natural and physical environment, including examination of ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, plant science, zoology, mineralogy, oceanography, limnology, soil science, geology and physical geography, atmospheric, and other related sciences in the protection and improvement of the environment and its resources.
  • Scientific Research - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of scientific principles related to environmental, ecological, biological, or physical science and the methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
  • Critical Thinking - Analyzes and evaluates data to draw logical and well-reasoned conclusions.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; or natural resources.
AND
Professional experience developing knowledge and skills in environmental regulations, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality; or learning to evaluate the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; prepare environmental documentation; and determine, negotiate, and monitor permitted activities.

Environmental Program Specialist III

Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the following competencies
•Scientific Research - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of scientific principles related to environmental, ecological, biological, or physical science and the methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
•Compliance - Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
•Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
•Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; or natural resources.
AND
Professional experience developing knowledge and skills in environmental regulations, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality; or learning to evaluate the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; prepare environmental documentation; and determine, negotiate, and monitor permitted activities.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION

  • Please provide a cover letter that addresses your knowledge, skills, abilities, or years of experience in the following areas. Applicants are not required to have experience in all areas; if you do not have experience in a particular area, simply say so and offer any other experience you have gained that may be similar.
    • Interpreting or implementing State, federal, or local regulations and guidance documents.
    • Spill prevention, response, or cleanup of oil and other hazardous substances, including any experience operating spill response equipment.
    • Drafting, reviewing, or implementing oil discharge prevention and contingency plans or other similar contingency planning experience.
    • Knowledge and experience in the Incident Command System or emergency response.
    • Scientific background, including any education, research, or work experience in environmental science, collecting samples, and evaluating data.
    • Written and oral communication skills, including any technical communication training or experience in customer service.
    • Working and/or recreating in remote and harsh Arctic/Subarctic or marine conditions or other equally harsh climate.
    • Project management skills and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.  
Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online, or if you’re unable to attach to your application, email it to the contact provided in the job posting.
  • Resume
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts if using education to meet the minimum qualifications

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERIVEW

  • Three professional references, with daytime contact information.
  • Professional writing sample.

RESIDENT REQUIREMENT
This position is open to Alaska Residents only. If you are not sure if you qualify for Residency Status, please contact the Workplace Alaska Hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907)465-4095.

EDUCATION
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

WORK EXPERIENCE
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment    

MULTIPLE VACANCIES

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

NOTICE
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the ‘govermentjobs.com’ domains. For information on allowing emails from the ‘govermentjobs.com’ domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at https://secure.governmentjobs.com/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=alaska

EEO STATEMENT
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Experience Requirements: 
Not requirements
Date posted:
2020-11-24
Job Id: 
8255411