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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:  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 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, 
Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Geography or in 
Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering, 
Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural 
Engineering, Mining 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 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 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.

MER   05/07/2011