The Office of Water Programs (OWP) is a research and training organization located on the Sac State campus. The OWP Research Group is seeking Environmental Specialists I and II. The OWP Research Group provides technical expertise and applied research services in water quality monitoring and evaluation, stormwater permits and best management practices (BMPs), water and wastewater treatment, and water resources. OWP provides an excellent opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial, collaborative manner with a small, highly proficient group of professionals on projects that require innovative solutions.
As a self-supporting entity, OWP obtains its funding from contracts and competitive grants. Past clients include California state agencies including Caltrans, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services, Department of Toxic Substances Control, and Department of Parks and Recreation. Other clients and partnerships have included environmental consulting firms, equipment manufacturers, and the California Stormwater Quality Association.
OWP has successfully competed for state and federal grant funds. Recent grants include a $10M award to provide drinking water technical assistance to disadvantaged communities in California and a $4.9M award to develop a program that allows licensed child care centers in California to sign up for free lead testing of their drinking water and free replacement of contaminated drinking water fixtures. OWP, through an EPA grant, is the EPA Region 9 Environmental Finance Center (EFC). As the EFC and through a state grant program, OWP provides water, wastewater, and groundwater technical assistance to disadvantaged communities. OWP also teamed on a grant project with the City of Sacramento to implement and test low impact development devices on the Sac State campus. Technical services we provide through contracts/grants include stormwater management program planning and implementation; hydrologic and hydraulic modelling; flood inundation mapping; lab-scale testing; planning, design, and management of field-scale experiments; analysis and interpretation of monitoring data; stormwater training and testing; geographic information systems (GIS) and other computerized modeling; project management; and information dissemination.
To be considered, apply by Friday, September 17, 2021. We encourage you to apply to the position that best suits your qualifications.
Environmental Specialist I $4,854 - $5,329 per month
Environmental Specialist II $5,483 - $8,224 per month
University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI) offers an excellent benefits package that includes:
• Participation in CalPERS Retirement Program
• Paid Vacation Time – starting at 10 hours accrued/month
• Paid Sick Time – 8 hours accrued/month
• Paid Holidays – 13 paid holidays per year including paid time off the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as the CSUS campus is closed plus one personal day.
• Excellent medical benefits – 100% employer paid medical & dental for employee-only coverage and low cost for family coverage
The Environmental Specialists series, with progressive levels of responsibility, provides support and advice services for applied research and technical assistance projects conducted by the Office of Water Programs on environmental problems. This position includes water quality and water resources specialties. The position involves providing technical expertise for stormwater compliance programs; technical assistance to disadvantaged communities; planning and construction of experimental facilities; planning, administering, and conducting research activities; and disseminating research results. This position assists with proposals, marketing, planning, organizing, supervising, and/or performing the work of a professional staff, and ensures that work products meet OWP quality standards. The position represents OWP at professional meetings and conferences involving state and federal entities, Sacramento State and other colleges/universities, industry, and private sector organizations. This position reports directly and receives general direction from the Associate Director of Research for the Office of Water Programs or their designee.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Environmental Specialist I
- Provides advice in designing, implementing, and completing research projects.
- Collects, analyzes and interprets field and laboratory data from stormwater characterization research projects, stormwater runoff toxicity evaluations, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies, and similar projects.
- Provides technical expertise and support for stormwater compliance programs.
- Identifies the need and assists in incorporating research findings in design and implementation of environmental and water resources projects.
- Administers research and technical assistance projects, including preparation of selected contract documents (e.g., scopes and schedules), day-to-day contract enforcement, and evaluation of project results.
- Prepares reports and presentations of findings to university, contractor, and other interested parties and groups.
- Provides Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) for sample collection and reporting activities.
- Participates in conferences and workshops to transmit research results.
Additional duties for Environmental Specialist II
- Assists in the preparation of proposals.
Environmental Specialist I
- Bachelor of Science Degree in biological sciences, biology, microbiology, chemistry, geology, earth sciences, environmental sciences or related field.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to interpret and analyze environmental laws and regulations including Federal
- Register and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
- Demonstrated knowledge of the characteristics and environmental impacts of point and non-point source pollution.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary research group.
- Demonstrated ability to review and edit technical project reports and documents.
- Demonstrated ability to present information and results in conferences and meetings.
- Must be legally eligible to drive in California, complete and pass an online training course, maintain a good driving record, and be acceptable for vehicle insurance coverage under the University Enterprises insurance plan. Must continue to meet the established driving standards. Driving record will be monitored with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure compliance.
- Must pass a background check, which may include fingerprinting. Must continue to meet the established standards.
Additional qualifications for Environmental Specialist II
- Master of Science Degree in biological sciences, biology, microbiology, chemistry, geology, earth sciences, environmental sciences or related field.
- Demonstrated knowledge of monitoring and analysis of natural and engineered environmental systems.