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About the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):
Our mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy. We issue air, water, and solid and hazardous waste permits that restrict discharges to environmentally safe levels. Staff members inspect and monitor regulated entities; provide compliance and technical assistance; monitor and assess air, land, and water quality; use enforcement actions as necessary to ensure compliance and respond to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state.
The salary for this position starts at $ 43,342.00 per year.
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This Senior Environmental Manager position will cover a range of duties depending on Section and Branch workloads. Duties may include: drafting some of the most complex industrial or sanitary National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued to wastewater treatment plants; developing waste load allocation analyses using stream modeling techniques; CWA Section 316(a) and (b) demonstration reviews, water treatment additive reviews, and other duties as needed. Reviews of special submittals such as water quality standard variances and antidegradation demonstrations or other technical submittals may be required. Participation in policy or rule development, peer review, and training of less experienced staff is expected.
All of these duties require strong technical writing, communication, and organizational skills. Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, TEMPO, Sharepoint, ArcView GIS, and other computer software programs are routinely utilized. The ability to organize and handle multiple projects simultaneously is essential. Drafting NPDES permits, associated fact sheets, cover letters, waste load allocation analyses, and other technical documents are required. Understanding and utilizing NPDES applications, historical data, waste load allocation studies, state and federal rules and regulations, office SOPs and other information is required. Familiarity with wastewater treatment plant and collection system design and operation is beneficial as is a strong background in environmental science, biology, chemistry, and environmental engineering. Interaction with staff in various IDEM program areas is expected to acquire necessary information. Periodic site visits to wastewater treatment plants may also be necessary.
In this role, you are required to be responsive to comments and inquiries from applicants, the general public, and U.S. EPA. You will defend permit terms and conditions and interact via correspondence and formal meetings with applicants to resolve permitting issues. You will also attend and participate in public hearings regarding permit actions throughout Indiana and/or appear in legal appeals of permit actions. You may also represent the Section in internal or external workgroups which may include public speaking and presentations. Other duties and special projects may be assigned.
About the Job:
As the Senior Environmental Manager, you will be responsible for providing expertise in one or more of your respective program areas in environmental permit development and review, environmental inspections and/or enforcement activities, scientific studies, surveys and/or scientific analyses, technical assistance for grants and contracts, as well as providing administrative and technical support to the public, state and federal offices and industries. In this position, you will research complex issues and guide staff and regulated communities.
A Day in the Life:
The essential functions of this role are as follows:
- Interpret laws, regulations and guidelines within area of assignment including environmental response, solid and hazardous waste management, surveillance and standards or water management.
- Develop and modify existing state programs to adapt to changes in federal or state legislation-mandated policy changes, for example, change of grant program to loan program requires development of agency regulations and development of procedures for IDEM staff to follow in the implementation of changes, or providing leadership for new regulations required under Indiana Ground Water Protection Act.
- Coordinate environmental review of loan projects including preparation of categorical exemptions, environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and records of decision.
- Maintain a tracking system on projects to ensure that state’s allocation of grant and loan monies is in accordance with schedules(s) from original grant/loan requests through planning, design and construction to final close-out audit.
- Prepare and provide a variety of written communications including responses to letters of inquiry from concerned citizens, elected representatives and governmental officials.
- Chair or facilitate a variety of work-related committees such as dispute resolution committee to resolve disputes regarding funding of community construction projects.
- Develop, maintain, manage and update computer data system to rank communities for wastewater treatment projects and distributes state and federal funds.
- Research, analyze and report on priority projects and their progress.
- Perform annual audits of a large number of water pre-treatment programs.
- Provide technical assistance to municipalities and industries and evaluates industrial compliance to all environmental regulations.
- Coordinate review of requests for variance and exemptions from hazardous waste regulations.
- Review program plans for completeness, economic and technical feasibility and environmental impact.
- Design and directs research projects regarding such issues as groundwater supplies, providing technical expertise for analysis and interpretation and logistics of projects.
- Prepare progress reports for Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners and provides consultation to management and staff.
- Review and evaluates technical work reports and supporting data for acceptability and conformance with federal requirements, laws and regulations, conclusions, recommendations and completeness.
- Assign and reviews work of lower-level staff members.
The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
What You’ll Need for Success:
You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or a related field.
- Six (6) years of work experience in an environmental or environmental public health field.
- Extensive knowledge of theories, practices and principles of Environmental Management and related areas.
- Thorough knowledge of theories, practices, and principals of physical sciences (chemistry, biology, physics) as they relate to program area.
- Thorough knowledge of federal and state regulations as they apply to program area and the ability to apply these in a variety of conditions and situations.
- Ability to conduct surveys, inspections and investigations of facilities and sites, review projects/situations, read plans, interpret findings, and make recommendations.
- Ability to establish long- and short-term project management goals and objectives.
- Ability to prepare documents for administrative and regulatory action.
- Ability to effectively interact with local, state, and federal groups and government representatives orally and in writing.
- Ability to prepare accurate and thorough reports.
- Ability to develop and define procedures and accomplish objectives within the appropriate and established deadlines.
- Ability to interpret and implement public policy as it relates to program specific environmental rules or laws.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
- Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
- Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
- Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution;
- Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
- Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match;
- Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options;
- A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
- 150 hours of paid new parent leave;
- Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
- Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off;
- 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years;
- Education Reimbursement Program;
- Group life insurance;
- Referral Bonus program;
- Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits;
- Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program;
- Free Parking for most positions;
- Free LinkedIn Learning access;
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.