Environmental specialist Job at Ohio EPA, Columbus, OH

  • Ohio EPA
  • Columbus, OH

Job Description

Most positions offer the flexibility of a hybrid schedule that combines working from home with regular in-office and/or field work. In-person work requirements may change for training, meetings, and other operational needs.

What We Need

Ohio EPA Environmental Specialist 2

What We Do

At the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, our primary goal is to protect the environment and public health. We do this by ensuring compliance with federal and state environmental laws.

What We Need YOU To Do

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency wants you to be our newest environmental specialist in the Division of Drinking and Groundwater (DDAGW), located at our Central Office in Franklin County.

Ah, there you are. We knew you’d be stopping by.

As DDAGW’s environmental specialist, you will implement Ohio’s Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) Program, applying geological skills in generating and reviewing documents and conveying pertinent information internally and externally. You will assist public water systems with source water protection planning, including the development and implementation of protective strategies to reduce the potential for source water contamination. You will also get to perform public outreach, including giving presentations to local government, county and soil and water conservation districts, state and federal agencies, and professional conferences related to source water protection and ground water resources in Ohio. Additionally, you will help in the development and revisioning of procedures, guidance, fact sheets, newsletters, brochures, and other informational materials to assist DDAGW in implementing Ohio’s SWAP Program.

You will be conducting work pertaining to Ohio’s Statewide Ambient Ground Water Quality Monitoring Program, including semi-annual sampling to characterize ground water quality for major aquifers and evaluate spatial, temporal, and land use changes. You will interpret Ohio’s water well standards and hydrogeologic sensitivity assessments to determine pathogen sensitivity of a well or wellfield, as well as helping Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water’s evaluation of wastewater sites. Lastly, you will conduct special investigations of ground water contamination sites.

Here's the 2-minute drill.

  • Use hydrogeologic information to assess contamination threats to drinking water sources as a part of implementing Ohio’s Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP) Program.
  • Work with public water systems to develop and implement protective strategies.
  • Use ArcGIS Pro to make maps to show hydrogeologic data such as ground water flow direction, aquifer characteristics, and source water protection areas.
  • Conduct ground water sampling.
  • Evaluate hydrogeologic information to determine sites for public drinking water wells.
  • Review ground water monitoring reports and pumping tests and provide technical recommendations.
  • Provide technical ground water support to the Division of Surface Water.

Apply today and let’s chat!

What’s In It For You

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

  • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans.

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

  • Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Employee Development Funds

  • The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

  • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary. Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation

  • The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.

4 yrs. trg. or 4 yrs. exp. in position involving geology or hydrology, engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science &/or other comparable physical or health science field, earth science &/or urban & regional planning, &/or mathematics.

  • Or baccalaureate degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, earth science &/or urban & regional planning, geology or other comparable physical or health science field or mathematics.

Note: New employees in EPA's solid waste program, excluding those in the solid waste planning unit, must obtain a sanitarian-in-training certificate during their probationary period.

  • Or 12 mos. exp. as Environmental Specialist 1, 85861.
  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.

Job Skills: Environmental Services, Soil and Water Conservation Professional Skills: Customer Focus, Analyzation and Collaboration

Primary Location

United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County-Columbus

Work Locations

Lazarus Government Center


Environmental Protection Agency

Classified Indicator


Bargaining Unit / Exempt

Bargaining Unit




$27.84 - $40.77

Unposting Date

Jun 21, 2024, 10:59:00 PM

Primary Job Skill

Environmental Services

Technical Skills

Environmental Services, Soil & Water Conservation

Professional Skills

Analyzation, Collaboration, Customer Focus

Agency Contact Name

Hollie Robinson

Agency Contact Information


Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Part time, Local area, Work from home, Home office,

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