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Senior Environment Manager

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Senior Environment Manager
Date Posted: Aug 12, 2021 – Aug 26, 2021
Requisition ID: 250041
Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

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Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

About the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy.

Salary Information:

This position starts at a base salary of $43,342.

About the Job:

As a Senior Environmental Manager in this role, you will reside within the Technical and Logistical Services Section of the Office of Water Quality, Watershed Assessment and Planning Branch (WAPB), Indiana Department of Environmental Management. You will report to the Section Chief and coordinate the day-to-day activities of the Hoosier Riverwatch (HRW) Program, serve as the main point of contact for all program activities, provide training workshops for volunteer water quality monitoring, and lead integration of program with branch wide activities. You will act as the technical lead in administering the HRW program and coordinating robust citizen science water quality monitoring throughout Indiana. You will also provide database integration, website development, and monitoring support to other WAPB programs.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Recruit, Train, Coordinate, and Support Facilitators for the HRW Water Monitoring Programs - Provide support and coordination to the Hoosier Riverwatch Program
  • Recruit and train new instructors and support existing instructors for the HRW program. This will include training new instructors every other year. Conduct an existing instructor retreat on an annual basis.
  • Maintain communications with HRW instructors with group communications quarterly and individual communications bi-annually. Encourage HRW instructors to conduct training sessions around the state with a goal of offering 20 workshops per year.
  • Supply new instructors with a Training Trunk and maintain existing trunks by resupplying expended materials as needed in a timely manner. Provide oversight on administering requested program materials.
  • Serve as Data Manager for the HRW Program by maintaining the online HRW database, completing necessary QA review of data, and communicating any operational issues to the programmer.
  • Maintain and develop efforts to recognize contributions of trained instructors as appropriate.
  • Provide Administrative Support and Program Development for HR. Provide HRW program oversight and lead program improvements.
  • In collaboration with the HRW Volunteer Coordinator, maintain tracking for workshops and participants, review and enter workshop evaluations, and coordinate supply requests with trainers and volunteers.
  • Provide updates to HRW training materials as needed and seek continuous improvement of program and materials.
  • Work with media and communications staff to develop and post HRW training videos online for use during workshops or as resources for volunteers to review sampling techniques.
  • Assist with program reporting and budget oversight of program materials to include ordering and maintaining supplies.
  • Coordinate HRW Activities with the Watershed Assessment and Planning Branch (WAPB). Assess where Riverwatch activities can be integrated with WAPB programs.
  • Participate in the annual review and evaluation of WAPB monitoring programs and assess where Riverwatch activities can be integrated with WAPB programs.
  • Participate as necessary with WAPB staff in order to implement the External Data Framework in the Riverwatch Program.
  • Attend WAPB Section Meetings on own initiative or as assigned by the Technical and Logistical Services Section Chief and/or the WAPB Branch Chief in order to coordinate HRW activities with the activities of all of the sections in the WAPB.
  • Support WAPB Initiatives and Watershed Education Efforts - Provide subject matter expertise as needed in water quality monitoring and education as they pertain to HRW and the needs of WAPB.
  • Compile and forward to media and communications the HRW Riffles and Pools newsletter by established deadlines.
  • Promote HRW programs through electronic media and in coordination with IDEM and other agency water quality monitoring and watershed restoration activities.
  • Maintain an active presence in environmentally related programs such as the Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy, IN Water Monitoring Council and/or other programs as appropriate.
  • Assist with monitoring efforts and special projects' teams as requested to support goals of all sections within WAPB.
  • The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • 3-5 years of professional experience in volunteer coordination, watershed management, water quality monitoring, environmental education, or conservation program development. An M.S. degree in any of these fields of study with heavy emphasis on water quality may substitute for experience.
  • Experience in aquatic macroinvertebrate identification and interpreting water quality results is desired.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Chemistry, Biology, Conservation, or a related field required.
  • Thorough knowledge of theories, practices and principles of environmental management as it pertains to water quality.
  • Knowledge of the identification of aquatic insects and fish throughout Indiana.
  • Ability to lead educational workshops and foster local interest in citizen science as it applies to water quality.
  • Ability to effectively interact with local, state, and federal groups and government representatives both orally and in writing.
  • Strong ability to work independently and in a team to lead program improvements.

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:
  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the 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
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.