Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Environmental Program Specialist Trainee 1, G-13

Occupation Group

Environment

Salary Information

Starting Salary

$46,529

Career Ladder Information

Salary Information for Environmental Program Specialist Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Environmental Program Specialist Trainee 1 13 $46,529 $59,542
Environmental Program Specialist Trainee 2 14 $49,202 $62,806
Environmental Program Specialist 1 18 $61,270 $77,912
Environmental Program Specialist 2 23 $79,325 $100,342
Environmental Program Specialist 3 27 $97,826 $120,492
Environmental Program Specialist 4 64 $116,686 $147,256

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

Job Description

Environmental Program Specialists function in one or in various Environmental Quality/Remediation program areas, such as Air Resources, Environmental Remediation, Materials Management, Spill Response, and Water Resources, performing professional program development and support functions. You would work in areas where an engineering or specific scientific background is not needed, but where environmental program technical skills will assist in meeting department goals and serve as the link between engineering/scientific and administrative program areas. Specifically, you would performs a variety of task including carrying out small projects, serving as a member of a project team to complete segments of larger more complex projects, as assistants to higher level professional staff, or reviewing regulated activities; and make determinations or recommendations based on your own inspections, investigations, and analyses.

Trainees will receive a combination of structured training, on-the-job training, and/or practical job performance to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to function at the full performance level.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

A bachelor's or higher degree in accounting, agricultural engineering, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, atmospheric science, aquatic science, bacteriology, biochemistry, bioengineering, biology, botany, business administration, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, climate change, coastal resources management, communications, computer engineering, computer science, construction engineering, conservation biology, cultural resources and historic preservation studies, data analysis, earth sciences, ecology, economics, ecosystem management, engineering technology, environmental biology, environmental education, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forest engineering, forest science, forestry, genetics, geochemistry, geographic information systems, geography, geological engineering, geology, hydrology, industrial design, industrial engineering, landscape architecture, marine science, mathematics, manufacturing engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, meteorology, microbiology, molecular biology, natural resources, natural resources conservation, natural resources management, natural resources planning, natural science, packaging science, physical science, physics, product design, public administration, public policy studies, sustainability, toxicology, urban forestry, urban planning, urban studies, water resource engineering, water resources management, wildlife management, wildlife science, or zoology.

Advanced Placement

If chosen, you may, at the agency's discretion, be appointed to a higher level. You must inform the agency of any additional qualifications at your interview.

View Additional Qualifications

For Trainee 2 you must also have:

Either 1. One year of qualifying professional experience*; OR

2. A master's or higher degree qualifying degree**

For the Full Performance Level you must also have:

Either 1. Two years of qualifying professional experience*; OR

2. A master's or higher degree qualifying degree** AND One year of qualifying professional experience*

*Qualifying experience is defined as: Experience in a position where you have responsibility for the following: development and implementation of program policies and procedures; preparing and interpreting rules and regulations; development, preparation, and management of procurement (solicitation) documents, contracts, and/or grants; providing non-engineering technical assistance and information to consultants, public officials, and facility managers; collecting data, reviewing alternatives, performing qualitative or quantitative policy analyses; writing technical or programmatic reports; developing, implementing, analyzing, and evaluating programs; developing and implementing expenditure plans, procuring external funding sources, collecting and forecasting the impact of funding and/or organizational change efforts; assisting with the development of environmental public information campaigns.

**Qualifying degrees: accounting, agricultural engineering, agricultural science, agronomy, animal science, atmospheric science, aquatic science, bacteriology, biochemistry, bioengineering, biology, botany, business administration, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, climate change, coastal resources management, communications, computer engineering, computer science, construction engineering, conservation biology, cultural resources and historic preservation studies, data analysis, earth sciences, ecology, economics, ecosystem management, engineering technology, environmental biology, environmental education, environmental engineering, environmental health, environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental toxicology, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forest engineering, forest science, forestry, genetics, geochemistry, geographic information systems, geography, geological engineering, geology, hydrology, industrial design, industrial engineering, landscape architecture, marine science, mathematics, manufacturing engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, meteorology, microbiology, molecular biology, natural resources, natural resources conservation, natural resources management, natural resources planning, natural science, packaging science, physical science, physics, product design, public administration, public policy studies, sustainability, toxicology, urban forestry, urban planning, urban studies, water resource engineering, water resources management, wildlife management, wildlife science, or zoology

How to Apply

The November 2022 PCO Examination is closed, applications are no longer being accepted