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IDEM - Environmental Manager 2 Position

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has an Environmental Manager 2 Position available in the Probabilistic Monitoring Section (Specializing in aquatic macroinvertebrates).

It is an internal/external job posting that expires on Wednesday August 14 at 11:59 p.m.

Job Posting details are provided below and applicants can apply at:

Requisition ID: 14249

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

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Hire Salary: This position typically fills at an annual salary of $38,688.00 however may be commensurate with education and experience.

About the job:

This Environmental Manager 2 position resides in the Probabilistic Monitoring Section of the Watershed Assessment and Planning Branch in the Office of Water Quality. Incumbent will assist the Macroinvertebrate Community Program Manager and serve as a specialist in aquatic ecology. This position performs field, laboratory, and office duties described in IDEM's Water Quality Monitoring Strategy which includes collection and analysis of physical, chemical, and biological data at random and targeted sites within a watershed of interest to assess designated use support, identify potential causes and sources of impairment, provide information for watershed characterization planning and restoration projects, and look for improvements following implementation of a watershed plan. This position assists with collection and identification of macroinvertebrate samples, data entry into the Assessment Information Management System (AIMS), and ensuring quality control of data entry as well as interpretation and communication of the data from these programs to a wide variety of customers using verbal, electronic, and writing techniques. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of biological, ecological, and limnological systems and experience collecting chemical, physical, and biological data and working in a laboratory setting. Specifically, previous experience with macroinvertebrate sample collection and identification would be beneficial in this position.

A day in the life:

The essential functions of this roles are as follows:

  • Macroinvertebrate sample collection, specimen identification, data entry, writing standard operating procedures, and assisting with the Virtual File Cabinet (VFC).
  • Collecting macroinvertebrate samples in the field; entering field data for samples as they arrive to the lab; ensuring data entry quality control is complete prior to printing labels for laboratory samples;
  • Sorting macroinvertebrate specimens from debris in the samples; identifying and enumerating individual macroinvertebrate specimens to lowest taxonomic level; assisting with slide creation and identification of Chironomid and Oligochaete specimens to lowest taxonomic level;
  • Entering laboratory bench sheet with macroinvertebrate identification; and ensuring that data entry quality control is complete prior to running the Index of Biotic Integrity reports.
  • Field work responsibilities include: experiencing all types of sampling to help with writing/updating standard operating procedures; assisting with site reconnaissance activities if necessary for special projects; assisting with Cyanobacteria sampling, water chemistry, E. coli, flow, fish and macroinvertebrate community, habitat evaluations, fish tissue, and algal sampling.
  • The position will also assist with prepping, scanning, indexing, and disposition of documents in VFC.

What we're looking for:

  • Knowledge and skill typically acquired through a graduate education in natural, physical, biological or environmental science, or engineering; or a Bachelor’s degree in similar area plus experience in a related area;
  • Broad knowledge of theories, environmental protection principles and practices, specialty area and program area;
  • Thorough knowledge of chemistry, biology, hydrology, mathematics, engineering and other environmental sciences as they relate to program area;
  • Thorough knowledge of soil, water, air sampling, laboratory analysis and interpretation as it relates to program area;
  • Ability to conceptualize, coordinate and implement studies;
  • Ability to conduct surveys, inspections and investigations of facilities and sites, review projects/situations, read plans, interpret findings and make recommendations;
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable state and federal codes and laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and acts;
  • Ability to prepare documents for administrative and regulatory action;
  • Thorough and specialized knowledge in remedial and corrective action technologies needed in environmental clean-up situations;
  • Ability to perform in a professional manner and make sound recommendations under extremely stressful situations;
  • Specialized knowledge of, and ability to coordinate, a complex technical database;
  • Excellent research and writing skills for preparing accurate, precise, clear and thorough reports;
  • Ability to effectively interact with parties with diverse levels of environmental expertise particularly for purposes of meetings, hearings and negotiating critically sensitive issues;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to interpret and apply legal terminology and practices and ability to apply these in a variety of conditions and situations;
  • Ability to develop and define procedures and accomplish objectives within the appropriate and established deadlines;
  • Thorough knowledge of biological, ecological and limnological systems affected by agency actions and ability to study and analyze these systems.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer