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Environmental Specialist - Mid-Level - Helena, MT (Requisition Number: ENVIR01565)

Environmental Specialist - Mid-Level - Helena, MT (Requisition Number: ENVIR01565)


This is a full-time regular position in Helena, Montana to provide a full spectrum of research, fieldwork, documentation, report preparation, public involvement, and agency coordination services to clients in the area of environmental documentation in support of State and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects and permitting in support of the Clean Water Act and other state requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Participate in multi-faceted NEPA projects for both public and private sector clients. Carry out hands-on work in the areas of conducting environmental research and document review, preliminary assessments, environmental planning, and preparation of NEPA documentation.

Coordinate with state and federal resource agencies, clients, staff and other professionals to obtain project information and secure NEPA document approvals. Excellent communications skills (both verbal and written) are required.

Assist with public involvement and agency meetings.

Conduct field work including wetlands delineations, wetlands functional assessments, ordinary high-water mark delineations, stream and habitat assessments, and jurisdictional ditch analysis.

Preparation of wetland delineation reports, functional assessments, mitigation plans and environmental compliance, and state and federal permit applications.

Interact with other personnel, including project engineers, AutoCAD drafters, document production staff, and graphics technicians.

Perform field work in support of wetlands, wildlife, and other environmental resources.

Research, write, and edit reports and proposals. Excellent writing skills are critical.

Assist in preparing scopes of work, budgets, schedules, and other project management tasks.

Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

Other duties may be assigned.


To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

This position requires a Bachelors' degree in environmental, planning, or related science program from an accredited university and at least 6 years' of NEPA and wetland and/or natural resource compliance project experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act and special study areas relating to aquatic biology, wildlife, noise, air quality, wetlands, archeology/cultural resources, socioeconomic, Section 4(f), and other key areas is important. Public involvement skills and a desire to work with diverse interests to build better projects are critical.

Knowledge US Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation methods and experience preparing wetland delineation reports and permit applications.

The ability to travel and work in remote areas under adverse conditions for extended periods of time is required.

Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project software.

Global Positioning System (GPS) skills are important.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.

Must have excellent writing skills and be able to communicate effectively with large and diverse groups.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

Ability to prioritize special projects and daily workload to ensure that all work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

On occasion, must have the ability to work at remotes sites. Ability to walk and hike through rough terrain, snow, and ice; dig with shovel or digging bars; routinely lift between 30 & 50 pounds.

Work hours and schedules may vary depending on projects. The ability to work more than 40 hours/week at critical times will be required.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Salary Range: $65,000 - $88,000

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Link to the job on DOWL’s career page.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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