*This posting is open to all applicants.*
Recruitment Range: $58,294 – $76,000
This position is located
127 Cardinal Drive Ext., Wilmington, NC 28405
North Carolina Government employee perks/benefits

This position currently qualifies for a hybrid telework option with routine office and remote workdays. The NC Department of Environmental Quality trusts our employees to be self-motivated and successful in hybrid/remote roles. Telework options are subject to change at the discretion of management.

This position will act as the team lead to perform compliance evaluations to determine their compliance status of the wastewater collection program and NPDES/Non-discharge treatment facilities for the seven counties under the responsibility of the WiRO. Evaluations require a thorough review of all existing compliance data and scheduling field inspections of the facility. This position will also create reports that cover all aspects of the inspection, including any deficiencies that may need to be corrected by the facility. This position will provide consulting, staff training, and technical assistance to inexperienced employees or permittees; and provide incident and emergency response to complaints, spills and discharges, and natural disasters. Some emergencies may require a response to occur after hours and/or on weekends, on a limited basis.

Additional Information:
Must possess the ability to function as a team leader and supervise or train personnel in knowledge of practices related to collection, wastewater treatment, disposal systems, water quality permitting, compliance, and inspections policies, procedures and practices. This position requires the ability to walk through rough, steep, and uneven terrain and work in unfavorable conditions, including exposure to inclement weather, noise, dust, fumes, machinery, and insects. This position will sometimes be required to make presentations to diverse audiences. Sufficient mental acuity and dexterity to manage unforeseen problems and dangerous situations in remote field situations and the ability to communicate with other employees and the general public in order to effectively perform the activities is required.

The Division of Water Resources:
The Division of Water Resources is responsible for protecting North Carolina’s drinking, surface and groundwater for all waterbodies including lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and aquifers. This environmental stewardship is accomplished through actions including permitting issuance, investigations, regulatory compliance and enforcement, monitoring and field assessments, certifications, laboratory analysis and testing, planning, water quality standards management, educational outreach, and other efforts. The Division comprises six sections: Water Quality Regional Operations, Water Sciences, Public Water Supply, Water Quality Permitting, Groundwater Resources, and Water Planning. Click here to learn more about the Division of Water Resources.

The NC Department of Environmental Quality:
The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina’s environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public’s health, and works to advance in all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina’s needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state’s school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. Please visit our website at the Department of Environmental Quality for more information.

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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities listed below, along with the Minimum Education and Experience requirements, are REQUIRED to qualify for this position. We will not review resumes in lieu of Experience and Education listed on the application. Click these links for additional information: Introduction to the Job Application and Addressing Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.

To qualify for this position, applicants must document on the application that they possess ALL of the following:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of water quality or state/federal regulations related to wastewater collection or treatment, wastewater effluent disposal systems, water quality permitting, inspections, compliance or enforcement.
  • Demonstrated ability to review, evaluate, or approve moderate to complex NPDES or Non-discharge documents for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with applicable regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize several complex permitting projects or meet project milestones or deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge to train and mentor other staff.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master’s degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.