Tennessee Environment & Conservation

Salary  $49,092.00 Annually

Location  Davidson County, TN
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 177930-073020
Closing 8/27/2019 11:59 PM Central

Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, physical sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, geology, meteorology), ecology, sustainability or applied science in sustainability, life sciences (e.g. biology, microbiology, health physics or biophysics), environmental health, pre-medicine, engineering or other acceptable science or natural resource related field and three years of full-time professional environmental program, natural resource conservation work or full-time professional work that involved ensuring compliance with radiation safety standards and/or regulations.

Substitution of a Specific Bachelor’s Degree for Experience:A bachelor’s degree in health physics or nuclear engineering may substitute for one year of the required experience in the Division of Radiological Health.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Graduate coursework in environmental science, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, physics, ecology, sustainability, applied science in sustainability, or other acceptable science or natural resource related field may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of two years (24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours is equivalent to one year).

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying fulltime environmental, sustainability, or natural resource conservation program experience may substitute for the required education, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of four years.

Three years fulltime professional environmental, sustainability, or natural resource conservation program work with the State of Tennessee.

Other Requirements
Necessary Special Qualifications: Applicants for this class must:
  1. Possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at the time of appointment in some positions;
  2. Applicants who are working in the Division of Radiological Health must have successfully completed the training courses offered by the Division of Radiological Health. Failure to do so may result in termination;
  3. TDEC Environmental Scientist’s 3 performing geologic duties the major portion of their time must: Either a.) have completed the required college course work at the time of appointment to be eligible to take the licensing examination offered by Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Board of Professional Geologists, or b.) hold and maintain a current Geologic license from the State of Tennessee during employment or hold a current Geologic license from another State that Tennessee has evaluated and granted reciprocal licensing rights. Applicants hired with a current Geologic license from a reciprocal licensing State must obtain, and then maintain, a current license in Geology from the State of Tennessee Board of Professional Geologists within one year of appointment;
  4. Some TDEC Environmental Scientist 3 positions assigned to function as Biologists must meet the specific educational requirements for Biologists, as follows: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree, including at least 36 quarter hours (or 24 semester hours) in biology, in one of the following areas: (1) biology or biological sciences, (2) botanical sciences, (3) environmental or conservation sciences, (4) zoological sciences, or (5) aquatic, terrestrial, or wetland biology or ecology or other acceptable biological science related field. 
Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview
Summary: Under general supervision, may be responsible for professional environmental, natural resources and/or similar science related program work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: *This is the advanced working and/or lead level in the TDEC Environmental Scientist subseries. An employee in this class will perform a full range of complex environmental compliance inspection, monitoring, problem identification, corrective action and enforcement duties in an environmental regulatory or assistance division.  An employee in this class may perform natural resource management and/or inventory duties in conservation or other non-regulatory programs.

Competencies (KSA’s)
  1. Decision Quality
  2. Functional/Technical Competency
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Written Communications
  5. Building Effective Teams
  6. Directing Others
  7. Technical Learning
  8. Time Management
  9. Listening
  10. Planning
  11. Customer Focus


  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Geology
  4. Physics
  5. Law & Government
  6. Mathematics


  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Science
  3. Judgment & Decision Making
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Time Management
  6. Instructing
  7. Active Listening
  8. Active Learning
  9. Quality Control Analysis
  10. Equipment Selection


  1. Written Expression
  2. Oral Expression
  3. Written Comprehension
  4. Oral Comprehension
  5. Gross Body Coordination
  6. Deductive Reasoning
  7. Inductive Reasoning
  8. Stamina
  9. Static Strength
State of Tennessee
312 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
17th Floor, Tennessee Tower
Nashville, Tennessee, 37243
(615) 741-4841

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