Recruitment Range: $43,500 – $50,450
This position is located at:
225 Green Street, Suite 714, Fayetteville, NC 28301-5095
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.

The Animal Feeding Operations Program is responsible for the permitting and compliance activities of animal feeding operations across the state. All North Carolina swine, cattle/dairy and wet poultry farms are subject to the requirements of their respective state general, individual and NPDES permits. Every five years, a new general permit is issued.

This position is part of the Animal Feeding Operations (AFO) of the Water Quality Permitting Section. Staff is responsible for permit actions for the program to include development of general permits or permit template language; permit application reviews and permit issuance; certification and/or authorizations; determination of the compliance status of permitted and regulated activities; the initiation of enforcement actions and legal orders; the evaluation of groundwater and surface water impacts and emergencies; and the implementation of new programs.

Primary duties for this position include

  • Provide technical assistance to both internal and external stakeholders, permittees, and AFO program supervisor.
  • Reviewing land based operations and providing a more focused assistance to individual permittees that need guidance to be compliant with state general, individual and NPDES permits.
  • Responsible to review sites associated with non-compliant facilities that have caused environmental harm or facilities that currently have certified plans which are inadequate to meet state requirements.
  • Travel to Regional Offices to conduct inspections for compliance and enforcement activities for animal operations in the State.
  • Responsible for review of all animal waste applications with respect to the adequacy of the site and soils proposed to be used for land application of animal waste.

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. Learn more by visiting 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:

  • Documented knowledge of the scientific principles related water quality.
  • Documented knowledge of collecting samples, preservation, chain of custody, and/or data collection.
  • Documented experience conducting compliance inspections, prepare reports, and/or write communications.

Management Preferences:

  • Demonstrated ability to walk/hiking through steep and/or densely vegetated cover, uneven terrain). Physical ability to conduct site visits, collect samples, and to processing samples. Need to be able to routinely pick up coolers, samples, sample equipment and ice (e.g. 50lbs).
  • Demonstrated ability to handle with tact, consistency, and sound judgment the variety of situations encountered in consultative services and regulatory enforcement.
  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office products, such as Word, Excel, or Outlook.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’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 one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.