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State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources Drinking Water Rules Lead Specialist in Augusta, Maine

Drinking Water Rules Lead Specialist

Augusta , Maine , United States | Life & Physical Sciences | Full-time | Partially remote

Apply by: July 22, 2024

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Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)Environmental Specialist IIIOpening Date: July 9, 2024Closing Date: July 22, 2024Job Class Code: 9253

Grade: 04-23 (Pro/Tech)

Salary: $49,275.20 - $69,139.20 per yearPosition Number: 2032-1923Position Location: This is a full-time, limited period position located in Augusta. This opportunity allows partial telework with management approval.

Limited Period Position

The Maine CDC, Drinking Water Program, is looking for an Environmental Specialist III to provide technical support and assistance in implementing the rules and regulations associated with lead in drinking water. The Drinking Water Program is tasked with overseeing public drinking water systems throughout Maine, administering federal and state safe drinking water regulations. The Drinking Water Program works with more than 1,900 public water systems to help ensure that they provide safe, secure, and reliable drinking water.

This position will be responsible for understanding and interpreting rules and regulations pertaining to lead in drinking water, in Public Water Systems and in schools. The purpose of this position is to protect public health and ensure safe drinking water by coordinating activities to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. This knowledge will be used to assist public water systems, schools, drinking water program staff and other interested parties in understanding the regulations, and ensuring compliance with all necessary rule requirements. This position will be involved in the State Lead in Schools project as well as in the understanding, interpretation, and implementation of the new revisions to the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCRR).

Core Responsibilities

As a key member of the Drinking Water Program, your core responsibilities will include:

• Determining if schools and childcare facilities comply with the inventory, sampling, mitigation and public notification requirements of the State Lead in Schools rule.

• Determining if public water system (PWS) comply with state and federal lead rules/regulations.

• Determining/assisting in the necessary next steps once a standard is exceeded.

• Determining how information and data results will be disseminated.

• Developing tools to improve communication with schools, public water systems and the public.

• Determine whether policies/procedures should be reviewed/updated.

Minimum Qualifications:

A six (6) year combination of education and/or experience in environmental, biological, physical science, or engineering which includes two (2) years of environmental experience. Qualifying education must include at least 15 credit hours of science or engineering coursework from an accredited educational institution.

Preferred candidates will also have:

• Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations related to drinking water.

• Knowledge of Microsoft Access, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

• Knowledge of issues related to water and water pollution.

• Knowledge of biological, chemical, physical, geological, ecological and/or engineering principles as well as water chemistry and treatment processes.

• Knowledge of standard lab procedures as well as chemicals and chemical characteristics.

• Knowledge of environmental sampling and testing methods and practices.

• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

• Ability to develop and implement training related to rules and regulations.

• Ability to develop tools to assist with understanding and implementing rule requirements.

• Ability to read and interpret complex rules and regulations and share that knowledge in an easily understood format.

• Ability to utilize rule knowledge to make recommendations to changes in procedures, policies, rules and regulations.

• Ability to work well in a team environment and be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

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Agency information:

TheDepartment of Health and Human Services (https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/) (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

For additional information about this position, please contact Amilyn Stillings, Senior Health Program Manager, at (207) 287-6472.

To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

Please submit all documents or files in PDF format.

To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.Smith@Maine.gov (Ashley.Vigue@Maine.gov) .

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Fit – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays , 12 days of sick leave , and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($11,196.96 - $13,172.88 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

  • Retirement Plan – The State contributes the equivalent of 13.29% of the employee's pay towards the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS).

  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receivesix weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act .

    State employees are eligible for an extensive and highly competitive benefits package (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-jobs/compensation-benefits) , covering many aspects of wellness. Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/) .

    Note: Benefits may vary somewhat according to specific collective bargaining agreements and are prorated for anything less than full-time.

There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role.

As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics.

If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.