Natural Resources Analyst, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Cheyenne, WY

Position Title: Natural Resources Analyst

Organization: Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Location: Cheyenne, WY

Organization Overview: Since 1973, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has served as the state’s regulatory agency charged with protecting, conserving and enhancing Wyoming’s land, air and water for the benefit of current and future generations. The scientists and professional staff contribute to the quality of life in Wyoming through a combination of monitoring, permitting, inspection, enforcement, restoration and remediation activities that support responsible stewardship of the state’s natural resources.

Position Overview: This position is responsible for surface water quality monitoring and evaluation within the Water Quality Division, Watershed Protection Program.

Duties: Designs detailed sampling and analysis plans for water quality evaluations; collects chemical, biological, and physical surface water samples and measurements using standardized procedures; evaluates monitoring data using water quality standards and other technical criteria; writes interpretive water quality evaluation reports and data summaries; communicates with stakeholders within primary area of responsibility, and other duties assigned by the supervisor.

  • As a project manager, develop study designs and write detailed sampling and analysis plans for water quality evaluations.
  • Coordinate across field teams and programs to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Be proficient in planning, scheduling, and time management.
  • Develop field schedules, secure and document access permissions, and coordinate with appropriate stakeholders.
  • Collect credible chemical, physical, and biological samples and measurements using standardized procedures.
  • Evaluate water quality condition and trends using interpretive tools, statistical procedures, scientific literature, and independent judgment.
  • Determine attainment of numeric and narrative water quality criteria.
  • Write detailed water quality reports and data summaries.
  • Objectively and consistently interpret and apply policies and standards.
  • Investigate public water quality complaints and recommend solutions or enforcement actions when appropriate.
  • Provide technical assistance to agencies and stakeholder groups.
  • Effectively communicate with stakeholders having diverse perspectives on water quality issues.
  • Train and provide day-to-day oversight of seasonal interns.

Preferred Qualifications:  Applicants with a degree in an aquatic sciences field and having experience designing surface
water quality studies, and collecting and interpreting water quality and ecological sample data.

  • Understands basic concepts of aquatic ecology, hydrology, chemistry, statistics, and other environmental science principles.
  • Effective written and verbal communicator of technical subject matter
  • Competent in common computer applications, including GIS.
  • Able to work independently, take direction, be self-motivated, and have a strong work ethic.
  • Able to collaborate and cooperate with a team on achieving common goals.
  • Able to set priorities and complete multiple assignments in a timely fashion.
  • Able to interact with the public, other agencies and other employees in a professional and courteous manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s (typically in The Sciences)
  • Experience: 0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist OR
  • Education & Experience Substitution: 4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist

Salary/Pay: $4,345.47 – $5,432.27 Monthly

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

How to Apply: Please use the online application to view the full job description using job listing 2022-04814 as well as how to apply.