Environmental Scientist (Job #28547)

Website Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Salary $22.02 – $45.82 Hourly
Location Salt Lake County, UT
Job Type Full Time
Agency 480 Department of Environmental Quality
Job Number 28547
Closing 9/16/2021 11:59 PM Mountain
Recruiter Crystal Haywood, chaywood@utah.gov 801-536-4281
# of Openings 1
Location 195 North 1950 West, 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
EEO Statement
The State of Utah is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. For accommodations, dial 711 or TTY: 800-346-4128.
Job Description

The Department of Environmental Quality is looking for an Environmental Scientist to work in their Division of Environmental Response & Remediation in the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Remedial Assistance Section. This position may be filled at any of the advertised levels listed below. Salary depends on the job level offered within the series. 

Principal Duties
As the Environmental Scientist you will typically:

  • Manage contractors working at Leaking Underground Storage Tank State-Lead sites.
  • Clearly communicate PST rules and regulations with stakeholders, management and the regulated community.
  • Work with responsible parties to investigate leaking PST releases and formulate cost effective methods to clean them up.
  • Use the tanks database and other electronic tools to track and manage the leaking PST site case workload.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal person possesses general knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Environmental investigations and cleanups.
  • Able to understand and interpret environmental site assessment and remediation reports.
  • Applying scientific principles to evaluate the nature of releases, site characteristics and potential impacts to people and the environment.
  • Environmental sampling methods for soil and groundwater or other potentially impacted media.
  • Effectively communicate in writing and verbally with co-workers, management and the general public.
  • Project management; scheduling and budgeting.
  • Contract and contractor management.
  • Proficient computer skills – Microsoft Word and Excel, email, internet, etc.

The selected candidate for this position may be brought in as an Environmental Scientist I with a salary range of $22.02-$33.07 per hour or an Environmental Scientist II with a salary range of $25.91-$38.93 per hour, or an Environmental Scientist III with a salary range of $30.49-$45.82 per hour.  

Preference may be given to those with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical or Life Science (including Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Hydrogeology, or Physics) or in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering from an accredited university.

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 Environmental Response and Remediation, 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
4315 S. 2700 W., Suite 2100

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84129

For more information, please contact chaywood@utah.gov