[Wrf-users] Career Opportunity - Iowa Dept of Natural Resources, Air Quality

Johnson, Matthew [DNR] Matthew.Johnson at dnr.iowa.gov
Mon Oct 11 11:53:49 MDT 2010


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Air Quality Bureau (IDNR-AQB) has an opportunity available in the field of dispersion modeling.  This is a full time position located at the IDNR-AQB offices in Windsor Heights (a suburb of Des Moines), Iowa.  The full description of the position is provided below and in the attachment.  The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER

If you are interested in this position, please not that applications must be received by October 21st.
For  additional information, please contact:

Jim McGraw,
Supervisor, Program Development Section, Air Quality Bureau
jim.mcgraw at dnr.iowa.gov

Thank you

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Job Title: Environmental Specialist
Environmental Services Division
Air Quality Bureau

Salary Range:  $1,563.20 - $2,358.40 bi-weekly
Location:  7900 Hickman Rd., Windsor Heights
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Department of Natural Resources' Air Quality Bureau has an opening for an Environmental Specialist within the Program Development Section.  The purpose of this position is to conduct, review, interpret, and provide complete reports on air dispersion modeling of air emission sources under the direction of a lead worker.  Modeling to be performed will include ambient air quality analyses for minor source permit applications, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit applications, and special projects as directed by the supervisor and lead worker.

Air dispersion modeling duties will include obtaining source operating information and parameters from bureau engineering staff and permit applications, selecting and inputting source and meteorological data into the model, and executing the model runs.  The position will use meteorological data processors to format raw meteorological data for model input, and quality assure and correct meteorological data and fields generated by the processors.  The position will interpret and verify model results , including the creation of reports that will be provided to the individuals who requested that the modeling be performed; reporting will include creation of summaries of model assumptions, inputs, results, and notation of modeling analysis discrepancies and suggested corrective actions.

The position will also provide technical support for planning activities related to animal feeding operations, including obtaining, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on air emissions data and information from animal feeding operations and the impact of the emissions on air quality.  The position will also assist in planning and program development activities as directed.

ABILITIES AND SKILLS:  This position requires the general knowledge of meteorological concepts, principles, and environmental factors as they apply to air quality.  Candidates must have the ability to understand air dispersion modeling concepts, as well as regulatory laws and rules for air quality standards and relevant permits; must have the ability to use complex computer programs to analyze and model meteorological data, as well as PC based word processing and database programs; must have the ability to manage numerous projects and tasks; must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff and customers in both local government and industry; must be able to effectively work in a team environment.  The position requires the ability to travel and occasional overnight stays.  The candidate must possess careful attention to detail, capacity to adjust to change, work pressures or difficult situations without undue stress and an ability to work independently; must demonstrate initiative, a customer service and team orientation and display high standards of ethical conduct.  Position is full time and as such, requires regular, punctual attendance.

COMPETENCIES:  Accountability, Action Orientation, Common Sense, Communication Skills, Computer Skills, High Productivity, Problem Solving, Project Management, Integrity, Self Management, Team Player, Technical Competence

Education, Experience and Special Requirements:  Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for an Environmental Specialist based on education, experience and special requirements, or an acceptable combination thereof, as established by the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.
In addition, applicants must also qualify for DAS selective: 442 - Meteorology.


Step 1:  Interested applicants must submit a State of Iowa application form for this position by the close of business on October 21, 2010.  Application forms are available from the Iowa Department of Administrative Services' (DAS) web page at www.das.hre.iowa.gov<http://www.das.hre.iowa.gov>, from any Workforce Development Center, or at the DAS-HRE office in Des Moines.  Completed applications must be submitted through the DAS web page or faxed to DAS at 515-281-7970.  You must include the job title and job vacancy number on all applications.

Step 2:  In addition, please send a cover letter and resume that outlines your experience as related to the position to: DNR Hiring Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319, or email them to dnr.hiringcoordinator at dnr.iowa.gov<mailto:dnr.hiringcoordinator at dnr.iowa.gov>.  Please submit the cover letter and resume by the closing date.  For more information about this position, contact Jim McGraw, Supervisor, Program Development Section, Air Quality Bureau at 515-242-5167 or email at jim.mcgraw at dnr.iowa.gov<mailto:jim.mcgraw at dnr.iowa.gov>.

***The starting salary for new state employees is expected to be at the base of the pay range***

The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER

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