Overview

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

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.

 

Salary Information:

The salary for this position starts at $ $43,342.00 annually.


Introduction

The Hoosier Riverwatch (HRW) Coordinator oversees the day to day activities of the Hoosier Riverwatch Program within the Watershed Assessment and Planning Branch (WAPB), Office of Water Quality of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The person in this position reports to the section chief of the Technical and Logistical Services Section and is the technical lead for the HRW program which includes training instructors, managing supplies and budgets, maintaining both the internal and online HRW databases, and coordinating program activities with other WAPB staff to maintain and improve upon citizen science water quality monitoring throughout the state. The coordinator will recruit, train, coordinate, and support instructors for the HRW program. They will encourage HRW instructors to conduct training sessions around the state with a goal of offering 20 workshops per year. This person serves as the primary contact for both internal and external customers regarding the HRW program and provides general oversight of the HRW volunteer coordinator. They will oversee the program’s annual budget with assistance of the section chief and ensure supplies are administered to volunteers and instructors. Additionally, this person serves as a representative for branch wide activities and projects such as the external data framework, field monitoring activities, and others as assigned by the section chief. The person in this role should be familiar with water quality monitoring techniques, aquatic macroinvertebrate identification, and water chemistry. They should also have a strong interest in outreach and education, leading workshops, and fostering relationships with a wide range of audiences.


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 public, state and federal offices and industries. In this position, you will research complex issues and provides guidance to 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 description 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.


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:
This role does not provide direct supervision to 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) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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