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VRO - P0312 - VWP Permit Writer and Compliance Inspector

At the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, we value our employees who dedicate themselves in protecting Virginia’s natural resources. Be a part of a dynamic team where you can make a difference while enjoying all of the benefits of working in state government: competitive salary for working a 40 hour week, comprehensive insurance, 12 paid holidays, vacation/personal/sick time/parental leave, membership in the Virginia state retirement system, flex schedules, tuition reimbursement, telecommuting, performance based recognition, access to an extensive professional training program, many opportunities for advancement, and much more. So if you enjoy working on a variety of projects with high-quality colleagues in a fostering environment, apply today!

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II (VWP Permit Writer and Compliance Inspector) – P0312
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Minimum Starting Salary: $46,087
The Department of Environmental Quality, Valley Regional Office (VRO), seeks a qualified candidate to implement the VWP permitting and inspection program in VRO. This position will review and process VWP permit applications and inspect projects in order to assess permit compliance. This position will appropriately follow laws, regulations, and Agency guidance to evaluate permit applications, and develop and write enforceable permits and permit decision documents in a timely manner. This position will coordinate applications with federal and state agencies, local governments, applicants, agents, and the general public to resolve issues efficiently, openly, fairly, and consistently; and respond appropriately to inquiries and complaints from the general public. This position will complete inspections and audits of assigned VWP projects to adequately characterize site conditions and assess permit compliance and construction status; collaborate with enforcement staff as needed to ensure timely and appropriate correction of all non-compliance; and provide technical and procedural support for VWP permits. This position will also use databases, GIS, and other available tools to track and manage VWP permit application status, permit compliance, inspections, and attain other necessary information.

·   Knowledge of environmental science, environmental engineering principles, natural sciences, wetland and stream ecology, aquatic biology, hydrology, and/or botany.
·   Knowledge of federal and state wetland and water pollution control laws, regulations, and programs, including wetland delineation and compensatory mitigation procedures and practices.
·   Demonstrated ability to read, interpret, and properly apply complex policies, guidelines, and/or regulations.
·   Ability to critically evaluate applications and engineering analyses, plans, permits and related correspondence.
·   Demonstrated ability to successfully self-mange time and resources to achieve program goals within required timeframes.
·   Ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
·   Strong project management, negotiation, and facilitation skills.
·   Computer skills to include word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and GIS.
·   Must possess excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in teams and with diverse groups of stakeholders.
·   Must be sensitive to public attitudes and concerns while effectively carrying out the agency mission.
·   Valid driver’s license is required.
The Commonwealth does not provide sponsorship; therefore, applicants must be a citizen or national of the U.S., a Lawful Permanent Resident, or an alien authorized to work.

Excluding current DEQ Employees, the Selected Candidate MUST pass a criminal background check.
Recruit: General Public              
Application Closing Date: December 6, 2019
For consideration for this position, candidates MUST apply online at Applicants are encouraged to be specific regarding job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities. Resumes are encouraged but do not substitute submittal of the online application. Applications submitted via postal mail, email, or fax will not be considered.