Nonpoint Source Program Coordinator (Job #29562)

Website Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Salary $30.49 – $45.82 Hourly
Location Salt Lake County, UT
Job Type Full Time
Agency 480 Department of Environmental Quality
Job Number 29562
Closing 11/29/2021 11:59 PM Mountain
Recruiter Crystal Haywood, 801-536-4281
# of Openings 1
195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City Utah
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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.
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Job Description

The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking a Nonpoint Source Program Coordinator (Environmental Scientist III) to work in the Division of Water Quality. The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program Coordinator works with many implementation partners and uses an in-depth knowledge of nonpoint source pollution control needs and characteristics of impaired waters to help prevent water quality impacts from nonpoint source generating activities and land uses.

Principal Duties
As the Nonpoint Source Program Coordinator you will typically:

  • Provide outreach and technical assistance of best management practices (BMPs) to individuals and groups such as land owners, conservation districts, watershed groups, forestry, agricultural organizations and municipalities.
  • Participate in NPS grant processes through the solicitation and review of project proposals and development and management of resulting contracts.
  • Prepare required documents and reports as necessary for Clean Water Act §319 Grant compliance.
  • Provide direction to local watershed efforts for implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads, Alternative Restoration Plans and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nine-element watershed plans.
  • Plan and coordinate water quality and project effectiveness monitoring efforts.
  • Serve as liaison with EPA and the Utah Division of Water Quality representative on NPS related workgroups, committees and other external groups.
  • Work with other funding programs including the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Watershed Restoration Initiative, and Utah Department of Agriculture and Foods’ Grazing Improvement Program to leverage funds, maximize resources and provide technical assistance for BMP implementation.
  • Organize and lead the annual nonpoint source agency meeting and other workshops/trainings on nonpoint source pollution control and BMPs.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal person for this position will possess:

  •  Knowledge of nonpoint sources of pollution and agricultural land management practices.
  • Experience with outreach, coordination and contract management.
  • Experience or knowledge of implementing best management practices for stream restoration and/or agricultural improvements for the benefit of instream water quality.
  • Knowledge of Clean Water Act, Utah Water Quality Act, Utah’s Administrative Rules and associated guidance that govern water quality programs in Utah.
  • The ability to coordinate, communicate and maintain highly effective professional relationships with local, state and federal agencies and community stakeholders.
  • The ability to practice effective project management for all water quality projects conducted by DWQ and/or contracted to external entities.
  • The ability to understand environmental regulations, water quality standards, environmental permitting, water quality monitoring and data analysis, water pollution control and related water fields. 

Preference may be given to those with:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution in: biology, hydrology, aquatic ecology, environmental science, watershed science, natural resources, soil and water conservation, agricultural science, stream restoration, civil or environmental engineering or closely related discipline. A Master’s or PhD degree in the above-mentioned disciplines is also preferred.
  • Direct coursework in or a demonstrated understanding of the following: water quality, limnology, aquatic ecology, water chemistry, hydrology, watershed planning and restoration, ecosystem ecology, stream morphology, pollutant transport, soil science and watershed modeling.

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 Water Quality, 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

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