Current Employment Opportunity

Environmental Quality Programs Specialist I or II
Environment & Energy
1200 "N" Street,  Lincoln NE
Full-time Permanent
$21.09 - $22.66 Hourly
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Monday thru Friday

Under general supervision, reviews air quality permit applications and drafts air quality operating permits for sources discharging pollutants into the air to ensure compliance under the Clean Air Act.  This position will also create and revise guidance documents and give presentations and webinars to the regulated community and public for the Air Program.

*Environmental Quality Programs Specialist I - $21.085 Hourly

*Environmental Quality Programs Specialist II - $22.665 Hourly

*Hiring classification and salary dependent upon selected applicant's qualifications and experience

  • Review operating permits applications for existing sources of air pollution. Determine applicable requirements in accordance with Title 129, Nebraska Air Quality Regulations, and federal regulations.
  • Draft concise and enforceable operating permits with appropriate conditions.  Make recommendations for permit issuance or denial.  Work with applicants to obtain appropriate information needed to prepare operating permits, including establishing due dates for submitting additional information.
  • Conduct reviews of draft permits written by others for accuracy, consistency, and content as necessary.
  • Meets with federal, state and local government representatives, the regulated community and the general public to advise them on the technical requirements and policies of the Air Program.
  • Prepare and give presentations and webinars to provide outreach to the regulated community and public. Schedule public hearings as necessary and provide testimony in areas of responsibility.
  • Develop and revise guidance documents and forms for staff and the public as needed.
  • Assist in regulatory planning and development of the air permit program.


Bachelor of Science Degree in the physical sciences, natural sciences, environmental science, geology, biology, agronomy, civil engineering, environmental engineering or a related field consistent with the duties of the position, including soil science, chemistry, geology, hydrology, limnology, biology, statistics, technical writing, resource planning and computer programming field AND one year of fulltime professional experience in a related field, consistent with the duties of the position. 


Educational - Same requirements as Environmental Quality Programs Specialist II

Experience - No years of experience

Other Requirements: Valid driver's license or the ability to provide independent transportation; Minimum travel; ability to lift  35 pounds; able to climb, bend, stoop; able to work in outdoor temperature extremes; Able to walk on muddy, icy, uneven terrains and steep slopes to accomplish tasks; regular and reliable attendance required;

Preferred: Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of air quality management, and state and federal air pollution control rules and regulations; Excellent skills in written and oral communication, and in making decisions based on analytical judgment; Experience writing technical reports;

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of air quality management, and local, state, and federal air pollution control rules and regulations

Skills: Excellent written and oral communication; analytical and judgment skills; computer skills

Ability to:  Read, write, and understand technical reports; interpret complex environmental regulations and prepare concise and enforceable air quality operating permits; Relate to people having various technical and non-technical backgrounds.

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