[ES_JOBS_NET] ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST 1, 2, or 3, Louisiana State Government - Baton Rouge, LA

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Sun Feb 11 20:19:23 MST 2018

Louisiana State Government  - Baton Rouge, LA


Supplemental Information

Job Number # 18-16 ES GR


This position is located within the Office of Environmental Compliance /Hazardous Waste Enforcement Division. It is domiciled in East Baton Rouge Parish. This posting may be used to fill vacancies in other divisions or units within DEQ within 90 days of closing.

Vacancy Information
This position may be filled as either a Probational or a Job Appointment (open to all qualified applicants); a Promotion (open to all statewide classified and Agency wide permanent status employees); or by Detail to Special Duty OR a Classified WAE.  Current permanent status, classified employees may be required to accept a Probational appointed if selected.  If filled as a Job Appointment, there is a possibility that this position may be converted to a Probational Appointment should funding become available.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as an Environmental Scientist 1, 2 or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant.
The maximum salary for the Environmental Scientist 3 is $78,582.00. Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities page" for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualification requirements and job concepts for each level.

This position will be filled under the generic option.

Responsibilities and/or Preferences
The Environmental Scientists in the Enforcement Division enforce the environmental laws of the state based on the review and assessment of data collected by the Department and through the use of formal and/or informal administrative enforcement means.  Higher-level Environmental Scientists generally handle more complex cases and may be involved in training lower level Environmental Scientists.  The overall function of this position is to enforce state environmental laws and regulations, specifically the Hazardous Waste Regulations (RCRA), Solid Waste Regulations, Radiation Protection Regulations and Underground Storage Tank Regulations.  Training will be conducted as directed by the supervisor in accordance with departmental policies and procedures

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.  Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account.  Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.

Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Minimum Qualification Review - See History - Click the History link for the results of your application review.  Passing candidates will designate as "Pass".  Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".

Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.

Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.

Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager.  You may or may not be called for an interview.

Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.

Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers<https://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/B&CSC_Contacts.pdf> (Download PDF reader)<https://get.adobe.com/reader/>, and at our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.  If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note:  Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process.  Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process.  Such questions should be directed to our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available.  Information is also provided on our job seeker website at www.jobs.la.gov<http://www.jobs.la.gov/>).

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.
Equal Opportunity Employer
For further information about this vacancy contact:
Gloria Robertson
Human Resources
LA Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 4303
Baton Rouge, LA  70821
gloria.robertson at la.gov<mailto:gloria.robertson at la.gov>

A baccalaureate degree with a major in one of the following scientific fields: agronomy, animal science, atmospheric sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, forestry, geosciences, health physics, health sciences, medical physics, nuclear science, physical geography, physics, soil sciences, statistics and quantitative methods, toxicology, or wildlife and fisheries sciences.

A master's degree or Ph.D. in any of the qualifying fields will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies:  the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The transcript must state that the applicant's major is in one of the specified fields. Baccalaureate degrees with majors in a field not listed above which included a heavy concentration in science courses will not be considered qualifying.

Some specific scientific fields that are not qualifying are agriculture, architecture, computer science, food science, horticulture, mathematics, and science education.
Job Concepts

To regulate environmental effects of industrial, commercial, governmental and construction activities through performance of permitting, certification, investigation, inspection, enforcement, emergency response, data collection and assessment, quality assurance, facility classification, laboratory analysis, and/or environmental assessment tasks.


Direct from an Environmental Scientist Supervisor or equivalent level technical supervisor. May be supervised by higher level personnel.


Department of Environmental Quality.

Differs from Environmental Scientist 2 by the absence of independent responsibility for basic level scientific projects.

The primary function of this level is to receive the necessary training and experience to prepare for the responsibility of higher levels. The focus is on formal and on-the-job training in the multi medias of air/water/waste or environmental laboratory analysis.
Examples of Work



Assists in review of permit applications for minor sources of pollution or minor modifications to major sources of pollution.

May draft permits under close supervision.

Assists in routine inspection and complaint investigations.

Participates in emergency response activities.

Participates and/or assists in enforcement actions.

Assists in the operations of monitoring equipment and collection of monitoring data.


Perform routine "wet-chemistry" analyses of water and wastewater samples for various chemical and physical parameters using titrimetric, gravimetric, and volumetric procedures.

Performs basic potentiometric analyses of water and wastewater samples.

Develops skills and assists in the analyses of various environmental samples (air water, wastewater, soils, sediments and aquatic organisms) using various instrumental procedures including atomic absorption spectrophotometry, automated colorimetry, ion chromatography, gas chromatography infrared spectrometry, mass spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, or scanning electron microscopy.

Develops skills and assists in the required distillation/extraction of environmental samples prior to instrumental analysis, or the preparation and calibration of sampling devises used to collect ambient air samples.

Develops skills and assists in the preparation of necessary standard solutions and reagents required for laboratory operations.

Assist in the acquisition, formatting, reporting, and quality control of analytical data.

Assist in the calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

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