Environmental Atmospheric Science Specialist
State of Montana - Helena, MT

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Position Title:
Environmental Atmospheric Science Specialist

  • Applications must be received by Midnight
on the closing date.

Listing Number: 5710-11D5

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For more information contact:
State Agency:
Environmental Quality

HR: 1520 E. 6th Ave.

Helena , MT

Phone: (406)444-4218

Fax: (406)444-5330

E-mail: KDavis3@mt.gov

  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce





Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Environmental Quality

Permitting and Compliance

Air Resources Management


Bargaining Unit:

5,6, or 7

State Application Required:

$32,872.00 - $76,648.00

Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information: Additionally, benefits include; health, life, dental, paid leave, optional vision and a state matched retirement fund. Total benefits package equals $14,683.

Special Information:
Application can be found on the State of Montana Website (https://svc.mt.gov/stateapp/). The job profile can be requested via email: KDavis3@mt.gov Phone: (406) 444-4218 or FAX: (406) 444-5330.

Minorities are underrepresented in this category of positions at DEQ and are encouraged to apply.

Salary: Pay range for Environmental Science Specialist level 5 is $32,875 to $41,090. Pay range for Atmospheric Science Specialist level 6 is $48,854 to $61,067. Pay range for Atmospheric Science Specialist is $59,718 to $74,648.

Travel: Light.

Job Location: This position is located in Helena, Montana.

This position serves as the agency’s air quality meteorologist by providing technical guidance and services for all aspects of air pollution meteorology for the DEQ, other state agencies, federal agencies, local air quality programs, and the general public. Position analyzes and interprets seasonal weather patterns coupled with air pollution data in preparation of reports, forecasts, stagnation warnings, and/or recommendations for the Montana Smoke Management Program and all other affected department programs. As necessary, Position provides technical assistance for air modeling activities to ensure models are developed and the results interpreted in compliance to regulatory and policy parameters. Position also provides assistance to bureau-wide activities such as special technical studies, ambient air monitoring, planning, policy, rulemaking, data quality assurance, permitting, registration, and compliance.

  • Knowledge of meteorology, including air pollution dispersion forecasting.
  • Knowledge of climate theory, atmospheric chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
  • Knowledge of environmental media regulatory frameworks and application.
  • Skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skills in negotiating for results, facilitating meetings, and resolving disputes.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership in the workplace.
  • Ability to provide for customer service and teamwork.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities.
A Bachelor’s, Master’s, or doctorate degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, climatology, or related fields with significant course work in atmospheric physics, air pollution meteorology, atmospheric dynamics or thermodynamics, statistics, mathematics, computer sciences, environmental studies, or closely related fields of study and no experience for level 5. Level 6 requires a Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of job related experience, or a Master’s degree and 2 years of job related experience. Level 7 requires a Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of job related experience, or a Master’s degree and 3 years of job related experience. A closely related field of study may include, but is not limited to, experience in air quality modeling or dispersion forecasting, preferably with a state or federal environmental regulatory agency or a firm providing environmental consulting. Alternative combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

Supplemental Questions:
This provides you an opportunity to present more complete and specific details regarding your qualifications. The responses should be clear and concise since the hiring team will view them as a sample of your written communication skills separately from the state application form and as part of the evaluation process. Supplemental questions will coincide with the online application when specified for this position. You are welcome to cut and paste your responses from a word processor. NOTE: Each question response is limited to 6000 characters which equals about 1 ½ pages on a word processor. If you are applying by mail you must have your typed answers on a separate sheet of paper marked with your name and position number.

Describe your educational and/or working relationships that would exemplify your ability to work with consultants, the public, special interest groups, and/or the regulated community.
Describe your educational and/or working experience with interpreting and applying environmental laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.
Describe your educational and/or work experience coordinating the development of, writing about, and presenting technical information to diverse groups of stakeholders.

Additional Materials Required: None Required

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