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Job Specification

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TRAINEE

DEFINITION:

Under close supervision of a supervisory official, in an Environmental Services 
Program, learns to conduct routine surveys, studies, inspections, and/or 
investigations relating to the improvement and/or monitoring of environmental 
conditions, and/or the enforcement of environmental laws/regulations; does 
other related duties.

NOTE:  Positions in the Department of Environmental Protection may be 
assigned to any of the environmental fields such as Air Pollution Control, 
Coastal Resources, Laboratory Certification, Pesticide Control, Pesticide 
Control bilingual Spanish/English, Soil Science, Tideland Delineation, 
Water Resources or Waste Management. 

NOTE:  Positions in the Department of Transportation, with the exception 
of the Environmental Services Support Unit (ESSU)/Facilities Hazard 
Compliance Monitoring, consistent with federal and state environmental 
regulations, have responsibility for the evaluation of environmental impacts 
of specific projects at NJDOT, which includes an assessment of impacts to 
the social, economic, and natural environments.  This involves review or 
preparation of technical memorandum, studies, impact statements, etc. 
prepared pursuant to state and/or federal environmental regulations.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only.  
A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job 
specification.  Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
 
EXAMPLES OF WORK:

As a trainee and productive worker under supervision:

Learn to perform emergency or non-emergency medial actions requiring 
expertise in management of hazardous/non-hazardous substances or wastes.

Learn to participate in sampling, assessments, investigations, cleanup plans, 
closure, and post-closure procedures to determine presence and/or degree 
of impacts damage caused to the environment or public health by improper 
hazardous/non-hazardous substance or waste disposal methods.

Learn to collect, prepare, and transport environmental or waste samples 
containing hazardous/toxic substance or waste in accordance with applicable 
safety procedures/regulations.

Learn to review and evaluate laboratory and field reports/assessments, third 
party contractor plans for handling and transporting hazardous/non-hazardous 
substances or wastes to approved disposal sites, remedial investigation work 
plans and reports, technical documents, sampling plans, health and safety plans, 
contract documents or change orders, waste characterization plans, or 
emergency contingency plans, and makes recommendations as required.

Learn and assists in the development, review, and issuance of permits 
applicable to assigned element.

Collect data to prepare clear reports of investigative findings, inspections, 
and surveys containing recommendations and solutions.

Learn to review plans, specifications, and environmental impact documents.

Learn to prepare correspondence, enforcement directives, administrative orders, 
and case referrals to the Office of the Attorney General involving enforcement of 
any of the regulatory laws, rules, regulations, and procedures of various programs.

Participate in meetings relative to assigned activity, and in public information 
activities relative to assigned element.

Learn to prepare evidence and comprehensive reports for use in court 
actions/hearings, and may be called on to appear in court and testify as to 
the methodology used and accuracy thereof.

Learn to conduct field tests/investigations.

Learn to review and analyze Environmental Impact Statements to include physical, 
natural, and/or human environments submitted by other government agencies and 
private sector applicants.

May assist in examining plans, specifications, aerial photographs, and maps 
relevant to the Environmental impact statements under review.

Learn to conduct technical and scientific work associated with assigned 
research study or evaluation.

Learn to conduct field tests and/or collect samples for study.

Learn to maintain essential reports, records, and files.

Learn to prepare clear, technically sound, accurate, and factual reports 
containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Learn to take and maintain personal field notes.

Learn to investigate complaints.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual 
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree 
in one of the Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemical 
Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Planning,  Physical Geography 
or in Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering, 
Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, 
Mining Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Bio-resource Engineering.

Note:  The following education requirements are applicable to positions in 
the Department of Transportation assigned to all programs except 
Environmental Services Support Unit (ESSU)/Facilities Hazard Compliance 
Monitoring.

Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelorís degree in one of the 
following Physical, Natural or Social Sciences;  Environmental Science, 
Environmental Policy, Chemical Science, Biological Science, Geology, Natural 
Resource Management, Environmental Planning, Natural History, Anthropology, 
Historic Architecture, Historic Preservation, Archaeology, Sociology, Urban 
Studies, Geography, Economics, Agricultural Science, Marine Science, Urban 
Planning, Transportation Planning and Geoscience  or a Bachelorís of Science 
degree in Engineering in one of the following disciplines: Environmental 
Engineering, Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering, 
Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Industrial Engineering or 
Bio-Resource Engineering.

LICENSE:

Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey 
only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary 
to perform essential duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of the methods used to collect and analyze data.

Knowledge of the methods used to conduct investigations.

Ability to interpret environmental issues, laws, rules, and regulations and 
apply them to specific situations.

Ability to acquire, interpret, and apply knowledge of federal and state laws,
 rules, and regulations applicable to the area of assignment.

Ability to collect samples in the field.

Ability to learn to conduct tests and evaluate results.

Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written directions; organize assigned 
field and other technical work; and develop effective work methods.

Ability to investigate complaints.

Ability to work with others in investigations and to learn to use required test 
instruments.

Ability to establish effective work relationships with public and other 
government agencies in matters relating to the environment.

Ability to compile material for and assist in preparation of clear, technically 
sound, accurate, and factual reports of surveys/inspections/investigations 
containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to learn to prepare Environmental Impact Statements.

Ability to provide testimony under oath and act as witness at hearings and
 in court.

Ability to maintain reports, records, and files.

Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and 
information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.  American Sign Language 
or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they 
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable 
accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it would 
cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

ADVANCEMENT

Appointees in State Government who complete the 12-month training period 
successfully will be eligible for advancement to the title of Environmental 
Specialist 1.
 
Appointees in Local Government who complete the 12 month training period 
successfully will be eligible for appointment to the title of Environmental 
Specialist 1, or Environmental Health Specialist. 

The inability of an employee in this title to attain a level of performance 
warranting advancement to the titles listed above shall be considered 
as cause for separation
 
This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
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12516CN409500P95-
16001SNNE95N/AP95-

This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

5/16/2015