Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Environmental Scientist II

Sioux Falls, SD

Job ID: 17023 Agency: Department of the Military / South Dakota Air National Guard Salary: $25.00 - $26.00 per hour, depending on experience Pay Grade: ES2 Location: Sioux Falls Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a full-time position with the Department of Military. For more information on the Department of Military, please visit https://military.sd.gov/ .

This position serves as the assistant compliance program manager responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the environmental programs to ensure SD Air National Guard (SD ANG) facilities and activities are in compliance with all Federal, Department of Defense, State, County, and local environmental laws and regulations. The environmental program is multi-disciplinary over diverse functional program areas to include: hazardous materials and waste management and minimization; air and water quality; solid waste/recycling; noise, lead, asbestos and spill abatement; radon reduction; cultural, natural and historic preservation; and environmental restoration.

On occasion, work will require climbing to heights of 40 feet, lifting objects weighing up to 75 pounds and work in strenuous body positions. Must be able to utilize and wear personal protective equipment for potential exposure to hazardous substances while obtaining waste samples and conducting inspection of accumulation points. Incumbent may periodically work in inclement weather or hazardous noise conditions. This position is potentially subject to be called back during non-duty hours and may require occasional overnight travel to out-of-state training events (1 to 2 times per year). Work schedule: Four 10 hour shifts (Tues.-Fri. 0645 - 1730).

Licenses and Certifications:
A valid driver's license is required.

Possess, or eligible to obtain, environmental certifications (i.e. 40 Hr HAZWOPER, DOT HM/HW Manifest, etc.)

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering AND 1 year environmental experience in air, land and water quality control programs. OR a Master's degree in the Environmental Science or Environmental Engineering is preferred.

A combination of considerable knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, geology, hydrology, soil types and mechanics, bacteriology, biology and physics as it relates to pollution prevention and control, solid and hazardous waste, air and water AND previous experience working in an environmental office or program (preferably military or Federal Government). Techniques and skills sufficient to analyze complex environmental factors. Ability to independently develop, operate and direct Environmental activities and arrange through execution cohesive short and long term environmental plans, with or without supervision or direction. Skilled in written and oral communication techniques sufficient to clearly explain and describe environmental issues, problems and solutions to diverse groups, high level military directorates and regulators.

Knowledge of:
  • area of primary focus will be Hazardous Material and Hazardous Waste management, solid waste management (trash/recycling) and Environmental Management System (EMS) through computer based management systems (EESOH-mis, VEMO);
  • resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Clean Air Act (CAA); Clean Water Act (CWA); Storm and Waste Water permitting through the National Discharge Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); ; Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); Above and Underground Storage Tanks (AST, UST); Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCCP); Emergency Planning and Right to Know Act (EPCRA); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability ACT (CERCLA); Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA); and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). An awareness of National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); Endangered Species Act (ESA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA);
  • maintain competency of computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Adobe Acrobat.

Skill to:
  • manage updates to written plans, permits and permitting process for the above referenced areas including e-plans;
  • develop rapport and provide technical assistance to Base personnel on applicable environmental programs and computer based systems (i.e. EESOH-mis, VEMO/EMS, APIMS);
  • gain knowledge of pollution prevention and control techniques;
  • provide program curriculum development, classroom training and engaging exercises to facilitate competency to Base personnel;
  • conduct environmental program reviews and site shop assessments as needed;
  • conduct Environmental sampling techniques and the interpretation of chemical analytical results;
  • analyze chemical data and make appropriate waste characterizations;
  • investigate spills under emergency conditions and coordinate appropriate remediation;
  • assist in the evaluation of new and existing equipment for compliance with environmental laws.

Ability to:
  • prepare and assist in presenting briefings to SDANG Commanders, EESOH Council and Cross Functional Team regarding the Installation's environmental programs;
  • use initiative and resourcefulness in developing and recommending new and modified methods and instruction to implement environmental goals;
  • manage diverse and sometimes conflicting guidance;
  • develop solutions and recommendations which require in-depth analysis and evaluation of a variety of complex conditions requiring knowledge and experience in various disciplines;
  • analyze Federal, Military, State and Local regulations pertaining to the environment;
  • conduct field investigations across a broad spectrum of program areas to ensure compliance;
  • handle several projects and locations concurrently while in and out of the office;
  • make recommendations and select alternates from collected data;
  • keep records, write clear reports and present findings to high level military directorates;
  • conduct studies and sampling that include qualitative and quantitative analysis;
  • ensure cooperation and collaboration across Base Maintenance support shops and Facilities Management, Safety and Occupational Health, Logistics, etc. to ensure effective environmental implementation;
  • develop instructions and standard operating procedures for the SD Air National Guard;
  • develop project specifications for contract bids and supervise controls during compliance projects;
  • independently audit programs (include one's own) without bias;
  • use judgement in choosing, interpreting and adapting precedents to determine local policies and procedures.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, attach your transcripts from 4 year accredited college.


Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=F70
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus "An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Environmental Scientist II