Environmental Program Specialist 3

Website Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Salary: $31.82 – $33.41 Hourly
Location: Fairbanks or Juneau or Anchorage, AK
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Environmental Conservation
Job Number: 36943
Closing:11/28/2022 5:00 PM Alaska
Division: Water
Position Open To All Applicants
Bargaining Unit General Government
Range 18


Job Description

This position is open to Alaska Residents only.
Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.  

The location of this position is currently in Fairbanks. 

The position may be in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau dependent upon the location of the most qualified candidate. 

Do you enjoying working in a position that directly impacts the safety and health of your fellow Alaskans? 

Do you want to be part of a team of dedicated engineers, environmental specialists, and project management professionals whose mission is to provide sustainable water and sanitation facilities in Alaska? 
If so, this job is for you.

Who we are: The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water is recruiting for an Environmental Program Specialist (EPS) 3 position in the Compliance Program. You will work in the Enforcement Section with a committed team of dedicated and experienced environmental professionals to make a difference in protecting water quality, human health, and the environment. The position assists in developing and negotiating civil Clean Water Act/Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES) enforcement actions to bring responsible parties into compliance in collaboration with the Alaska Department of Law

Our mission to Alaska:  The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation staff is dedicated to conserving, improving, and protecting Alaska’s natural resources and environment to enhance the health, safety, economic, and social well-being of Alaskans.  The Division of Water Compliance and Enforcement Section is staffed with dedicated, hardworking professionals in an environment of camaraderie. This position works with responsible parties, inspection, permitting, funding, engineering staff, and the Department of Law to develop, negotiate, finalize, and track formal enforcement actions. Formal enforcement contributes to the Division of Water’s success in implementing the APDES program.

Benefits of joining our team:  The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation staff is dedicated to conserving, improving, and protecting Alaska’s natural resources and environment to enhance the health, safety, economic, and social well-being of Alaskans. The Division of Water establishes standards for receiving water cleanliness and regulates discharges to waters and wetlands via discharge permits issued for numerous activities, including mining, seafood processing, oil and gas, construction and industrial storm water, domestic and miscellaneous industrial wastewater.

The benefits of joining the Compliance program include the opportunity to become a member of a fast-paced environment surrounded by a wealth of knowledge. Members of the team enjoy the comradery of coworkers and a structured training program. Working for the Department of Environmental Conservation provides a stable, but flexible, work schedule and the satisfaction of knowing that you will work directly with the regulated community to protect the environment.

Your working environment:   The work environment of this position will be primarily in an office setting with infrequent travel necessary. The position is being recruited in the Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau locations. The normal day-to-day of the position will require coordination with other sections within the Division of Water, other Departments such as the Department of Law, or Federal, City, and State agencies as well as the regulated community in the context of enforcement of their permits.

We are looking for people with any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the following competencies:    

  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for own actions and decisions. Complies with established control systems and rules.
  • Compliance: Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with State and federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Critical Thinking: Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Negotiation: Works with others towards an agreement that may involve exchanging specific resources or resolving differences.

To view the general description and example of duties for an Environmental Program Specialist 3 please go to the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/Alaska/classspecs  

Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the following competencies:

  • Scientific Research: Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of scientific principles related to environmental, ecological, biological, or physical science and the methods, and processes used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of results.
  • Compliance: Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
  • Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, considering the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Equivalent to those typically gained by:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; or natural resources.
Professional experience developing knowledge and skills in environmental regulations, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality; or learning to evaluate the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; prepare environmental documentation; and determine, negotiate, and monitor permitted activities. 

Additional Required Information

  1. Attach a copy of your college transcripts if using education to meet the minimum qualifications for the position. (Unofficial Transcripts)
  2. A cover letter is required as part of this recruitment. Applicants which fail to submit a cover letter within their applicant profile that contains all the requirements, including addressing the five desired competencies listed in this posting, will not be considered for this position.
  3. Writing sample (in addition to cover letter)
  4. Three (3) professional references with current contact information


  1. A copy of your college transcripts and a copy of any relevant certificates and/or licenses.
  2. A list of at least three (3) professional references, with at least one from a recent supervisor.


A cover letter is required for this position. A well written cover letter that clearly documents and provides examples of how your experience and training demonstrates the desired competencies. The cover letter should also detail why you are interested in the position and why you are uniquely qualified for this position. If you do not have experience in one of the areas, simply say so. If no cover letter is attached, your application will not be considered. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.


To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application.  (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview or if not provided, transcripts will be required prior to appointment.



Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.  Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration.

When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer’s name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported, and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application.  If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.  A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying.

If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position, please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level.  Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position.  This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed.

NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting “see resume or CV” or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.



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Contact Information
For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:

Name: Melinda Smodey

Title: Environmental Program Specialist 4

Phone: (907) 269-7544

Email: melinda.smodey@alaska.gov


State of Alaska
PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811

(800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)

For more information, please contact melinda.smodey@alaska.gov