Performs highly complex (senior-level) environmental work or public health and safety work for the Disaster Recovery Program. Work involves coordinating inspections, surveys, assessments, or investigations to ensure compliance with environmental laws; evaluating environmental impact; and identifying health and safety hazards and other sources that can affect the health of the environment or population. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. NOTE: The DR Program is grant funded and is expected to be short-term in nature.
Essential Job Elements:
Reviews and certifies residential and infrastructure environmental review records for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. Prepares and/or reviews correspondence, technical reports, environmental review records and requests for release of funds. Provides guidance and interpretation on laws, regulations, procedures and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program requirements to Environmental Consultant Providers, Sub recipient's, Grantees and GLO staff. Coordinates inspections, field surveys, assessments, tests and/or investigations to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Evaluates the environmental impact of activities in the following areas: Historical Preservation, Floodplain Management, Wetlands, Coastal Zone Management, Water Quality, Sole Source Aquifer, Endangered Species, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Clean Air, Farmland Protection, Environmental Justice, Noise Abatement and Control, Explosive and Flammable Operations, and Airport Clearance Zones. Reviews, evaluates, monitors and approves consultant work, as needed. Assists with the development of Programmatic Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with various regulatory agencies to facilitate environmental clearance. Conducts audits to ensure environmental records management procedures are being followed as required. Reviews and maintains automated project tracking system. Performs related work as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in environmental sciences, natural sciences, environmental engineering, a related field; or four years of full-time work experience in environmental and/or public health studies may be substituted for education on a year for year basis; or a law degree. (Interviewed applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to interpret a regulation or technical guidance in writing based on their understanding of the example.)
Environmental experience working with Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for infrastructure projects. Environmental experience working with CDBG grants for residential projects. Experience working with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Knowledge of environmental laws and regulations and of relevant safety practices and techniques. Skill in the use of photographic, laboratory, and field testing equipment; in computers and software applications; and in research techniques. Ability to interpret laws, regulations and technical guidance, to apply scientific principles, to detect and evaluate environmental and public health hazards, to communicate effectively, and supervise the work of others.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires the employee to primarily perform sedentary office work; however, mobility (standing and walking) is routinely required to carry out some duties. This position requires extensive computer, telephone and client/customer contact and communication. It requires the ability to bend, stoop, kneel, and reach as needed for filing and similar routine office duties. The job also requires normal cognitive abilities requiring the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies. It requires the stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions. Ability to read printed materials and computer screens. The individual must be able to lift, pull, physically handle, and transport records, documents, boxes, and all related information and materials, weighing up to 20 pounds when required. The individual must be able to sit for long periods of time when commuting to and from assigned destination and when traveling on state business including fieldwork and training assignments.
Other (licenses, certifications, et cetera):
Valid Texas drivers license.
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