Environmental Inspector-In-Training (W)
State of West Virginia - West Virginia

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Requires a degree in natural/applied science/safety/health, or related experience. Trainee level technical and field inspection work in environmental protection programs. Determines compliance with applicable laws, regulations, permits, best management practices, and/or contracts within an assigned region of the state. Work involves intensive training programs. Work is characterized by initial performance of job duties accompanied by an inspector, technical staff, training officer, or specialist, or supervisor. With gradual assumption of more independence and authority, and as proficiency is demonstrated, supervision becomes less direct. As the employee progresses in the performance of assigned and statutory duties, conditional apprenticeship assignment may be made to a specific geographic area of the state, during which the employee exercises all authority and is assigned responsibility in accordance with the laws of West Virginia pertaining to the area of assignment. Work requires travel and outside work in varying weather conditions and over difficult terrain. Subject to emergency response, being on-call and temporary assignment to a different geographical area of the state, as necessitated by environmental conditions and agency needs. May be assigned to an area of specialization, as detailed above.

This annoucement is not for a specific job opening. We are simply building a list of qualified applicants for possible future vacancies. Vacancies may occur periodically in various locations. Questions about current openings, job locations, and agency hiring plans should be directed to the Department of Environmental Protection, Human Resources Office.

How to Apply: Apply online. This job requires a written examination (W) . Exams are given in several locations and no appointment is necessary. You may apply from any internet connected computer. Public access computers are available at many libraries and at Workforce offices. For test schedules, locations, paper application forms and information about testing check our Job Opportunities Web Site (www.state.wv.us/admin/personnel). You do not have to take a copy of the online application to the test center. DO NOT APPLY UNLESS YOU CAN TEST WITHIN 90 DAYS. Online applicants who do not test within 90 days of application will be rejected.
If you must use a paper application due to disability, please call our office for special instructions. Applicants using a paper application must present a completed application form at the test site. Positive identification is required. There is a 90 day re-test waiting period. Caution: Any time you re-take the same test your new score, whether higher or lower, will automatically replace any previous test scores.

If you have previously applied for this job within the past 11 months and simply want to update your ID (name, address, etc.), work preferences, or county availability, do not re-apply. Instead, send us a letter.


Training: Graduation from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a degree in natural or applied science, engineering, or occupational safety and health.

NOTE: You may attach your transcript or training records to the online application; however, verification is not required at time of application. Your application MUST contain complete education/training information.

Substitution: Full-time or equivalent part-time paid inspection, technical, or professional employment in one of the areas of assignment may substitute for the required training on a year-to-year-basis.

Special Requirements: Must be eligible for license to operate a motor vehicle in West Virginia. For work in the areas of hazardous waste management and solid waste management, must take and pass physical examination within the first six months of employment and submit to annual follow-up examinations. Failure to pass the initial examination will result in termination of employment. Failure to pass a subsequent examination may result in reassignment.

NOTE: Personnel engaged in activities associated with hazardous wastes risk exposure to situations or chemicals which may cause illness or injury if proper procedures are not followed.

Candidates are sometimes selected on the basis of specific training or experience that is related to the position assignment area. The position areas are shown below. Make sure your application includes sufficient information to determine your specific position qualifications.

Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation
Environmental Compliance Monitoring
Hazardous Waste Management
Surface Mining Reclamation
Solid Waste Management
Water Pollution Control
Air Quality

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