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Job Specification



Under the close supervision of a supervisory official in an Environmental Engineering Program in a State department, institution, agency, or local government agency, learns to conduct routine surveys, studies, inspections, and/or investigations relating to the improvement and/or monitoring of environmental conditions; learns to review engineering plans; learns to gather data, and research and analyze information as it relates to the enforcement of environmental laws/regulations; does other related duties as required.

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.


Under close supervision, as a trainee and productive worker:

Learns to perform moderately complex engineering calculations.

Learns to conduct environmental tests and surveys; assists in performing environmental quality samplings.

Learns to review engineering plans.

Learns to prepare detailed diagrams and maps.

Learns to operate monitoring equipment and devices.

Confers with representatives of industrial complexes regarding environmental matters.

Compiles materials to be used in review/evaluation of environmental surveys/studies.

Assists in the development, review, and issuance of permits applicable to assigned section.

Learns to conduct field inspections of industrial complexes to evaluate polluting emissions and their discharges into the environment.

Learns to collect and prepare samples for laboratory analysis.

Learns to investigate complaints.

Learns to prepare evidence for use in court actions and hearings and may give testimony under oath.

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

Learns to maintain essential reports, records, and files.

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



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental, Ocean, Coastal, Bio-Resource, Biomedical, Sanitary, Industrial, Agricultural, or Mining Engineering, or other field of engineering related to the environment.

NOTE:  An Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General may be substituted for the above education requirement.  Applicants must submit proof of the EIT certification and the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam results. The area of discipline indicated on the FE exam results must be in Chemical, Civil, Environmental, Industrial & Systems, Mechanical, or other disciplines.


Appointees 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 of engineering calculations and principles, and of engineering problems.

Knowledge of the responsibilities, programs, standards, policies, and procedures of the department relating to environmental engineering, after a period of training.

Knowledge of engineering methods, principles, and techniques.

Knowledge of structural design, earth work construction, soil mechanics, and/or stream gauging or hydraulics.

Knowledge of the methods used to collect and analyze data.

Ability to examine and analyze engineering drawings, plans, designs, charts, maps, diagrams, and sketches.

Ability to collect samples.

Ability to gather and analyze data.

Ability to perform simple engineering calculations and to analyze engineering problems.

Ability to read, interpret, and apply knowledge of State and federal laws related to environmental engineering, and the rules, regulations, and codes of the Department of Environmental Protection relative to the program areas.

Ability to conduct field inspections.

Ability to comprehend and follow relatively complex oral and written instructions.

Ability to review and analyze engineering plans/specifications, environmental impact statements, and reports.

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

Ability to maintain essential records, reports, and files.

Ability to learn how 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 if they can perform the 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.


Appointees who successfully complete the twelve (12) month training period  will be eligible for advancement to the title of Environmental Engineer 1, in accordance with the New Jersey Civil Service Commission procedures.

The inability of an employee in this trainee title to attain a level of performance warranting advancement to the Environmental Engineer 1 title shall be considered as cause for separation.

CODE:  54247    12/02/2023