Environmental Scientist

Website Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Salary  $21.38 – $44.49 Hourly
Location  Salt Lake County, UT
Job Type Full Time
Agency 480 Department of Environmental Quality
Job Number 23462
Closing 7/9/2020 11:59 PM Mountain
Recruiter Crystal Haywood, chaywood@utah.gov 801-536-4281
# of Openings 1
195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City Utah
Background Check
You must successfully pass a criminal history check.
Schedule Code
B – Competitive Career Service – Employment in this position requires a probationary period.
This position is eligible for a full benefits package. See benefits tab below for details.
Driver License Requirements
Employees hired for this recruitment will be subject to the Driver Eligibility standards found at the following link: https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r027/r027-007.htm#T3
Job Description
The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking an Environmental Scientist to work in the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control. This position may be filled at any of the advertised levels listed below. Salary depends on the job level offered within the series.

Principle Duties
As an Environmental Scientist you will typically:

  • Evaluate numerical groundwater and vadose flow and contaminant transport modeling.
  • Evaluate probabilistic system modeling and frequency analysis of environmental media.
  • Evaluate groundwater pump and slug test for aquifer characteristics.
  • Evaluate radioactive isotopes and their impact on soil and groundwater.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal person for this position will possess:

  • Knowledge of ionizing radiation, radiological health principles, and health physics practices.
  • Experience with numerical groundwater and vadose flow and contaminant transport modeling, including parameter estimation, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of radionuclides, DNAPLs and LNAPLs.
  • Experience with probabilistic system modeling, and frequency analysis of environmental media.
  • Experience with time series analysis, and spatial statistical techniques for reviewing the adequacy of inter and intra-well analysis of chemical and radionuclide data in groundwater.
  • Experience with groundwater pump and slug tests to determine aquifer characteristics.
  • Experience with groundwater sampling techniques.
  • Experience with managing complex projects.
  • Experience with report writing and report review.
  • Experience working with low-level radioactive waste.
  • The ability to write reports identifying regulatory violations and documenting your findings.
  • The ability to develop and write enforceable license conditions.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

The selected candidate for this position may be brought in as an Environmental Scientist I with a salary range of $21.38-$32.11 per hour or an Environmental Scientist II with a salary range of $25.16-$37.80 per hour, or an Environmental Scientist III with a salary range of $29.60-$44.49 per hour. 

Preference may be given to those with a Bachelors degree in a physical science for a Environmental Scientist I. Preference may be given to those with a Bachelors degree in a physical science, in the process of becoming a licensed as a Professional Geologist and two years of work experience for an Environmental Scientist II, Preference may be given to those with a Bachelors degree in hydrology or physical science, licensed as a Professional Geologist and three years of experience for an Environmental Scientist III.

Why You Should Join Our Team
As a benefited employee of the Department of Environmental Quality, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance.

The Agency
For more information about the Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Waste Management Radiation Control, click here.

Supplemental Information
  • Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, e.g., working around operating machines, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
  • Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.
State of Utah
2120 State Office Building

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114


For more information, please contact chaywood@utah.gov