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NHDES Wetlands Permitting Specialist

NHDES Wetlands Permitting Specialist

Wetland Permitting Specialist - ENVIRONMENTALIST III - #19216 (Job Id 23877)

Location: US:NH:CONCORD                                       


Salary: 47,307.000- 66,729.000 USD

Post Date: 02/08/2022                                           

Close Date: 02/25/2022





Position #19216

*See total compensation information at the bottom of announcement.

The State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services, Water Division, Wetlands Bureau has a full time vacancy for an Environmentalist III - Wetlands Permitting Specialist.


  • Performs skilled professional work including the technical evaluation of survey, architectural, restoration, and engineering plans associated with the review of applications for permits to conduct impacts within non-tidal wetlands, including shoreline stabilization projects, stream crossing projects, commercial and residential development projects and wetland and stream restoration projects pursuant to RSA 482-A and RSA 483-B. Assists in the preparation of enforcement documents as part of investigations of alleged violations of the state’s Wetlands Act and other Land Resource Management programs. Inspects construction projects to determine compliance with applicable laws, rules, and permit conditions. Collaboratively works within the LRM on bureau wide needs and initiatives.
  • Responsibilities: Implements the provisions of the RSA 482-A, the Wetlands Act and other Land Resource Management programs through the review of applications, the completion of technical site inspections, and the investigation of complaints to identify, correct, and provide follow-up related to regulated activities. Technical reviews and site evaluations are completed at a high level of technical and professional competence. Inspection findings are documented in professional inspection reports.
  • Reviews technical documents and data, including wetland plans, shoreland plans, engineering plans, surveys, restoration plans, forest inventory plans, waiver, variance, and permit requests related to the Wetlands Act and other Land Resource Management programs.
  • Conducts pre-applications meetings and provides assistance to the general public and their representatives including certified wetland scientists, certified soil scientists, engineers, foresters, loggers, contractors and developers, to ensure understanding and attain compliance with LRM requirements and regulations.
  • Coordinates with other state, federal, and local agencies to ensure consistency and compliance with the Wetlands Act and other Land Resource Management Program issues as required.
  • Collects and maintains appropriate evidence, data, records and reports to ensure sound technical and factual information is retained as official NHDES records to support LRM programs, goals and actions. Recommends follow up action and remedial or mitigation measures if appropriate, and providing testimony at hearings.
  • Evaluates and recommends enforcement strategies and coordinates enforcement actions, including drafting Letters of Deficiency, Administrative Orders and recommendations for the issuance of fines and for referrals to the Department of Justice, assisting with in the preparation and presentation of cases for NHDES at administrative fine and appeal hearings as delegated.
  • Completes a broad range of technical, regulatory, field and administrative assignments as delegated, providing needed resources and while increasing individual knowledge, skills and abilities of LRM programs, procedures and requirements.
  • Achieves and maintains proficiency with the use of available tools and systems, including data and information systems, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), field and mobile devices.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to assigned staff as necessary well as presenting information and providing assistance to other DES programs, and the public and municipal groups when so delegated.
  • Continually seeks to improve practices to add quality and value in support of the Department's mission while identifying and eliminating unnecessary or redundant actions.


Education: Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university with major study in any of the biological or physical sciences, the environmental sciences, resource management, or a related environmental field of study. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.

Experience: Four years’ experience as an Environmentalist or in a relevant field such as water resource management, wetlands science, soils, hydrology, geology, botany, environmental engineering or environmental law.

License/Certification: Eligibility for a NH driver’s license.

PREFERRED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of wetland science, wetland ecology, and engineering plan review. Knowledge and experience with local, state and federal wetland regulations and permitting. Experience working with the public. Excellent written and verbal communication and workload management skills. Ability to conduct training programs. Ability to perform job functions in unfavorable working conditions (e.g. cold and wet weather) and strenuous activities such as continuous walking, reaching and bending.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: The supplemental job description lists the essential functions of the position and is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. An employee may be required to perform other related duties not listed on the supplemental job description provided that such duties are characteristic of that classification.

Candidates with relevant experience are encouraged to apply and provide detailed information on that experience as it may be able to considered in lieu of required formal education. However, those same years of relevant experience that are considered in place of formal education cannot also be used to satisfy years of required experience.

Criminal background and driving record review required.

For further information please contact Stefanie Tetreault, Environmentalist IV at or at 603-271- 0676. Use apply button or submit a fully completed state application and accompanying documents by the closing date to NHDES PO Box 95 Concord NH 03302-0095 Attn. Human Resources. You may also contact Raymond Wilson, HR Coordinator at 603-271- 1496 or at .


 The State of NH total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits, including:

HMO or POS Medical and Prescription Drug Benefits:

The actual value of State-paid health benefits is based on the employee's union status, and employee per pay period health benefit contributions will vary depending on the type of plan selected.

See this link for details on State-paid health benefits:

Value of State's share of Employee's Retirement: 14.53% of pay

Other Benefits:

  • Dental Plan at minimal cost for employees and their families ($500-$1800 value)
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • State defined benefit retirement plan and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/life balance flexible schedules, paid holidays and generous leave plan
  • $50,000 state-paid life insurance plus additional low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program (ability to earn up to $500)

Total Compensation Statement Worksheet:

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TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964

The positions perform skilled professional work including the technical evaluation of survey, architectural, restoration, and engineering plans associated with the review of applications for permits to conduct impacts within non-tidal wetlands, complete shoreline stabilization projects, and inspect construction projects to determine compliance with applicable laws, rules, and permit conditions. The positions also work collaboratively with the Land Resources Management Program on bureau wide needs and initiatives. The ideal candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be detail-oriented, and have the ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic work setting.

Note: There are two Wetland Permitting Specialist positions to be filled (#19216 and #18145). If interested, we strongly recommend you apply for both positions. They are equal in terms of duties and responsibilities though, to be considered for both, you must apply to each separately.

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Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

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