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.

Their 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.

Whether you are a homeowner wondering about a project being planned in your neighborhood, an interest group seeking information or a company seeking to establish operations in Wyoming, they are here to answer your questions.

Position Overview:  This position is responsible for coordinating the Water Quality Division’s (WQD’s) role in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental review processes and assists with the development and adoption of Wyoming’s surface water quality standards consistent with the Wyoming Environmental Quality Act and federal Clean Water Act. The position collaboratively reviews, evaluates and develops recommendations on priority federal projects to ensure that the actions of federal agencies are consistent with Wyoming’s surface water and groundwater quality rules and regulations. The position assists with establishing attainable surface water quality goals for surface waters in the state; establishing water quality criteria to support surface water quality goals; and ensuring that surface water quality is maintained and protected through the development of antidegradation provisions and implementation methods.

Duties: 

  • Represents the Water Quality Division during formal and informal NEPA cooperator meetings to answer questions and ensure that federal projects with implications to the surface and groundwater quality are consistent with the Wyoming Environmental Quality Act, Wyoming’s Water Quality Rules and Regulations, policies, and guidance.
  • Collaborates with DEQ management and staff, the Governor’s office, federal agencies, and other cooperators to develop alternatives, provide recommendations, and provide input on planning documents and environmental analyses.
  • Prepares and provides input and technical language during NEPA document development citing state and federal statutes, regulations, and guidance.
  • Reviews analyze and develop official responses to Environmental Impact Statements, Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plans, United States Forest Service Forest Plans, Oil and Gas Leasing and Development, Renewable Energy Projects, Pipelines, etc., and how the plans and evaluations could be revised to be more consistent with Wyoming’s water quality rules and regulations.
  • Conducts technical reviews of EPA-recommended water quality criteria and implementation materials to determine applicability to Wyoming’s surface waters.
  • Develops technical comments in response to public notices and draft recommended water quality criteria and implementation materials.
  • Researches state and federal regulations and guidance on the development and implementation of surface water quality standards and implementation methods.
  • Conducts technical research, and evaluation, and recommends changes to Wyoming’s surface water quality standards and implementation methods.
  • Assists with the development of public outreach materials, website updates, etc.
  • Assists with compilation, evaluation, necessary research, and development of responses to comments.
  • Assists with the development, technical review, evaluation, and processing of use attainability analyses, site-specific water quality criteria, and discharge-specific variances.
  • Assists with design, sampling, and analysis plan development, data collection, compilation, evaluation, statistical analyses, literature review, technical document development, and review of scientific studies.
  • Ensures data meets applicable quality assurance, and quality control provisions.
  • Assists with other duties as assigned to implement portions of the federal Clean Water Act in Wyoming.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s (typically in The Sciences)
  • 0-3 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist
OR
  • 4-6 years of progressive work experience (typically in The Sciences) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Natural Resources Specialist
  • This position requires the ability to walk/hike in rugged terrain, and conduct fieldwork in wet, slippery, cold, and muddy conditions.
  • This position requires travel in and out of the state

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferences may be given to applicants that have a degree in environmental or physical sciences and demonstrated technical writing skills.
  • Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Code of Federal Regulations, guidance, Wyoming’s Surface Water Quality Standards, Wyoming Statutes, regulations, and guidance.
  • Knowledge of chemical, physical, and biological water quality monitoring and assessment techniques and development sampling and analysis plans, and quality assurance/quality control plans.
  • Experience with collection, management, and statistical analyses of chemical, physical, and biological water quality data.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems and geospatial datasets.
  • Ability to be resourceful, solve complex problems, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and coordinate with other personnel.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with particular proficiency in explaining complex technical and/or regulatory issues and concerns to varied audiences.
  • Ability to research, summarize information, document work, develop technical documents, and maintain records.

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 as well as how to apply.

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