Environmental Scientist

Hiring Range: $3,976/month

The ND Department of Environmental Quality offers challenging work opportunities, a full range of employee benefits including a comprehensive employer-paid health plan, paid leave, a retirement plan, flexible work hours and more.

Summary of Work

This position is with the Solid Waste Program in the Division of Waste Management. The person selected will be responsible for performing inspections and evaluating compliance with the North Dakota Solid Waste Management Rules and the facility’s Solid Waste Management Permit for assigned solid waste facilities. This person will also evaluate solid waste activities, including responding to complaints and evaluating clean-up of contaminant releases within an assigned region. The person selected will be located at the main office in Bismarck, ND.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Conducting facility inspections.
  • Compliance assessment and tracking.
  • Assist in review of plans, specifications and reports.
  • Coordinating environmental assessments and cleanups.
  • Assist in collection of water and soil samples for field and laboratory testing.
  • Provide technical assistance to facility owners and operators regarding the state rules and regulations.
  • Input and analysis of data collected and received for the program database.
  • Responding to citizen complaints.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Skill in reviewing, analyzing and resolving environmental problems, and in gathering information and data for preparing reports.
  • Ability to interpret regulations and provide guidance and assistance on policies and procedures for achieving and maintaining compliance.
  • Considerable knowledge in environmental sciences, natural or physical sciences, engineering, or related curriculum.
  • Understand the basic principles and concepts associated with environmental issues and systems.
  • Computer skills including usage of databases and spreadsheets.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in the natural or physical sciences with emphasis in hydrology, geology, soils, range management or natural resources management and one year of related work experience. Preference will be given to applicants that have work experience or knowledge in solid waste management, waste sampling, landfill design and operation, geology, soils, and groundwater chemistry. Applicants should have effective written and oral communication skills, computer skills and good interpersonal skills. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle for use in job activities (mileage reimbursed at state rate).

Application Procedures

All applications for open Department of Environmental Quality positions must be made via the Careers site: https://www.nd.gov/omb/public/careers. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM on the posted closing date. All potential applicants must attach and/or upload the following documents in a .pdf, .docx, or .doc format:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that includes a brief description of the applicant’s background/qualifications
  • College transcript (copies or unofficial versions are acceptable)

Please fill in all requested information, such as dates of employment, hours worked per week, credits earned, etc.

Applications will be scored against the minimum qualifications and preferences listed on the job announcement and qualifying military service. After the scoring is completed, a certified list of eligible candidates and the applications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview, based on the final scores.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

For more information, about the position contact Diana Trussell, Division of Waste Management, at 701.328.5164. For assistance in the application or interview process, contact Stacy Hoffman, Human Resources Officer, at 701.328.3321 or TTY 1.800.366.6888.


Statewide travel including overnight stays is required. Out-of-state training or meetings may occur occasionally.

Hiring of any qualified individual will be contingent upon federal/state funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

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