The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a vacancy for an Environmental Specialist in the Air Quality Bureau's Compliance and Monitoring Section, Asbestos Program. The position conducts inspections to determine compliance with the Asbestos National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), completes inspection reports, enforces compliance, and provides compliance assistance and guidance. Individuals applying for this position should possess a strong background in an environmental field, inspection procedures, and/or air quality compliance.
Specific Duties Include:
Prepare for and conduct routine and complaint inspections to determine compliance with the Asbestos National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). These inspections include observing work in progress at building renovation and demolition sites, interviewing contractors and property owners, reviewing records, recording observations, and taking photographs of work performed at sites. Inspections may also include collecting samples of suspect asbestos- containing materials and donning protective clothing and a full-face respirator. Notify contractors and property owners on site when violations are discovered and provide guidance and options for compliance with all NESHAP requirements. Complete inspection reports to document findings.
Answer questions from regulated entities, the general public, and the media about asbestos and the asbestos regulations. Conduct compliance assistance and outreach visits to communities, institutions, associations, and individual property owners to provide guidance and direction on asbestos projects. Provide asbestos assistance to communities with damaged property following natural disasters such as floods and severe storms.
Develop and send enforcement correspondence such as Notices of Violation letters to responsible parties when appropriate. For cases that meet department referral standards, prepare a Referral Summary in accordance with department guidance and include justification for an administrative penalty. Assist DNR attorneys and the Iowa Attorney General in preparing formal enforcement cases for asbestos NESHAP violations and testify in court when necessary.
Review asbestos demolition/renovation notifications and training fire/controlled burn of demolished building notifications for compliance with notification and rule requirements. Maintain an asbestos database to track and document inspections, complaints, and enforcement actions.
Attend annual training sessions on asbestos regulations and safety procedures. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Conduct routine and complaint inspections to determine compliance with asbestos regulations; traverse construction sites and rough terrain, perform work in hot and cold environments, climb ladders, carry 25 pounds of equipment; wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as clothing (e.g. Tyvek suits) and full-face respirator, and use of decontamination procedures including showering on-site in some instances.
Must participate in and pass a medical surveillance program to demonstrate individual is physically able to wear a respirator and perform asbestos activities.
Must have a valid Iowa driver's license and have the ability to travel frequently with overnight stays.
Communicate complex factual findings and regulatory requirements clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing, to public officials, contractors, property owners, and others.
Provide compliance assistance and display high standards of ethical conduct.
Critical Job Competencies
Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Communication Skills, Customer Focus, Interpersonal Skills, Team Player, Self-Management, Computer Skills, Technical Skills (air quality/asbestos)
Applicants may attach a Resume / Cover Letter to the online application.
The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.
The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees will be at the base of the pay range. This position offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package. The State of Iowa is an EEO/AA Employer.
Minimum Qualification RequirementsGraduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in natural science; an equivalent combination of experience and education substituting one year of full-time professional work in an environmental, radiation control, environmental health or food sanitation program for each year (30 semester hours) of the required education.
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