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Environmental Specialist I / II / III

Expiration Date: 

Position Number: ESP0095  

City: Jefferson City  

Division/Program: Environmental Quality / Environmental Services Program    

Semi-monthly salary:  $1317.00 – $2129.50

Posting Period: December 12, 2018 to December 28, 2018

Contact Information: Larry Robinett / (573)-522-3384

Job Description: 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking an Environmental Specialist to serve in the Water Quality Monitoring Section of the Environmental Services Program located in Jefferson City, Missouri. This position is primarily involved with field activities of monitoring and collection of water, wastewater, sediment, and fish tissue using scientific equipment and techniques. The data gathered in these monitoring activities supports a variety of Department functions including water quality standards development, water quality assessments, permit limit development, facility compliance and protection of public health. This position requires the successful candidate to be highly motivated, a self-starter, dedicated, and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.   The successful candidate must be able to operate scientific monitoring equipment, work outdoors in all weather conditions, navigate rough terrain, and lift and carry up to 40 pounds. Frequent statewide travel is required from this position located in Jefferson City, Missouri. A valid driver’s license is required.

 • Conduct field monitoring and collection of samples of surface water, groundwater, wastewater, fish tissue, and sediment using scientific equipment and techniques.
 • Conduct waste load allocation studies for permit reviews and total maximum daily load studies.   • Provide essential training to new regional office, water protection and other program personnel by organizing and instructing the Basic Sampling training class.
 • Analyze water samples for E. coli, cyanotoxins, and chlorophyll-a for permit compliance, development of, and compliance with, water quality standards, and protection of human and animal health.
 • Conduct routine calibration and maintenance of equipment used in water monitoring activities.
 • Write and review monitoring reports, standard operating procedures and quality assurance project plans.
 • Enter and review data in various data management systems.  
 • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with the public, regulated community, other government agencies, co-workers, and management.


 • Good manual dexerity and physical condition for performing vigorous field work.   
 • Ability to work outdoors during adverse weather conditions.
 • Ability to navigate rough terrain.
 • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
 • Ability to travel daily or overnight to anywhere within the state of Missouri.
 • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
 • Ability to pass a criminal background check.