Environmental Science Specialist
State of Montana - Helena, MT

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Job Listing Detail

Position Title:
Environmental Science Specialist

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 8709-1211E


For more information contact:
State Agency:
Environmental Quality

HR: 1520 E. 6th Ave.

Helena , MT

Phone: (406)444-4218

Fax: (406)444-5330

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711

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

Public Water and Subdivisions


Bargaining Unit:


State Application Required:

$39,446.00 - $49,308.00

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 $16,042. Salary will be set according to the successful candidate’s qualifications and existing salary relationships.

Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

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.

Travel: 5 %

This position serves as the “rule specialist” for public water supplies in Montana. The incumbent manages the implementation and administration of assigned rules including assisting the rules team in development of the rule, administration of the rule, and acts as the program representative on issues related to the rule, compliance monitoring, and other duties as necessary to fulfill the goals and objectives of the program as well as the department. This position provides technical assistance training to public water supply operators and members of the public as well as conducting on-site visits in matters relating to compliance issues to protect public and environmental health and ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to public water supplies.

This position requires a working knowledge of the theories, concepts, and principles of microbiology, biology, hydrology, chemistry, public health, computer databases, and water supply. This includes treatment, storage, and distribution of drinking water; knowledge of evolving drinking water treatment technologies and how they are applied; and knowledge of the various statutes and rules which describe public water supply systems and related requirements. This position requires skill in applying the rules and regulations to public water operations. This position requires the knowledge of field and laboratory instrumentation used in public drinking water such as: turbidimeters, chlorine analyzers, particle counters, pH testing instruments, Global Positioning Systems, and other water testing equipment; technical calculations and evaluations necessary to review operations; collection and preservation of water samples. Requires use of Windows based computers. Ability to use Microsoft office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access computer databases (preferably Oracle) and other office software packages. Must have the skill and ability to make decisions or recommendations, based on the information available.

The above knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform this position are acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences (including physical science, chemistry, microbiology, hydrology, or biology), environmental health field practices, engineering or a related science or environmental field and 3 years of progressively related experience in drinking water environmental or public health protection, the analysis and interpretation of scientific information related to water regulation/compliance, water treatment, supply, or closely related field. Other relevant combinations of education and work experience will be evaluated on an individual basis.

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 work experience with environmental or public health regulations in relation to ground water and drinking water public water supplies.

Additional Materials Required: None Required

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