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Environmental Specialist Supervisor (210989)

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Wichita (Full-Time)

Posted: Nov 16, 2023



The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has an Environmental Specialist Supervisor opening in Wichita. This position responds to spills, releases, and discharges of regulated substances that may threaten or harm public health and/or the environment.  Responses may be considered “emergency” in nature and may occur outside of normal business hours.  Provides consultation and instruction to industry representatives and clean-up contractors concerning containment of spilled substance and remediation of impacted material.  This assistance may be required outside of the South-Central District based on staffing.  Provides technical expertise and guidance to subordinate employees, the public, and other concerned persons regarding the techniques, technologies, and activities of the Department regarding remediation and investigation at contaminated sites.  This instruction may be through formal training sessions or informally through correspondence or personal contact.  Periodically reviews the spill database to determine if past spills require further action prior to being closed.

Job Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

Directs the supervision of environmental remediation staff within the South-Central District (SCD), which includes making work assignments, setting staff priorities, setting performance standards, and providing performance feedback and conducting personnel evaluations of staff.  Performs as a unit supervisor to plan, coordinate, and oversee the execution of the environmental remediation unit within the SCD.  Oversees the preparation of technical projects, designs, plans, estimates, calculations, inspections, testing, and data collection for soil and groundwater remediation projects, which includes but is not limited to public relations, technical oversight, geologic oversight, tracking of various program elements, ranking of priorities, unit updates, and project tracking.  Assures consistency, QA/QC, fairness, and follows all agency/bureau/section guidelines and policies for elements of all BER programs.  Provides quarterly reports to the DEA of various activities conducted by the unit.  Provides interpretation to professional and field staff of federal and state statutes, regulations, and administrative policies and procedures consistent with program objectives.

Schedules and conducts subsurface environmental site assessments for the closure of underground storage tanks (UST) or when a release of a regulated substance from an underground or aboveground storage tank has been reported.  Assessments are conducted through the collection of soil and/or groundwater samples for field and/or laboratory analysis to determine if contamination concentrations are present above agency maximum contaminant levels.  Determines proper course of action for contaminated sites, which usually includes referral into the Petroleum Storage Tank Release Trust Fund.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • A bachelor’s degree in environmental science with an emphasis on biology, chemistry, geology, or a related natural science.

Licensing & Certification: 

  • Valid Driver’s License – Incumbent is required to have and maintain a valid driver’s license when operating a state vehicle, a private vehicle, or a rental vehicle for the benefit of the State.

Preferred Qualifications:

Any additional skills, experiences, or qualifications that would be beneficial, but aren’t strictly necessary.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental regulation of air, water, and waste generators.
  • Demonstrated leadership, including experience in staff training and oversight and program management.
  • Good communication skills both written and oral.
  • Experience in conducting compliance inspections.
  • Spelling, proofreading, editing, attention to detail.
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

About the Position:

  • Who can apply: Anyone (External)
  • Classified/Unclassified Service: Unclassified
  • Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm (Flexible schedules available)
  • Eligible to Receive Benefits: Yes
  • Veterans’ Preference Eligible: Yes

Employment Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, mental, dental, vision, and additional coverage
  • Sick & Vacation leave
  • Work-Life Balance programs: parental leave, military leave, jury leave, funeral leave
  • Paid State Holidays (designated by the Governor annually)
  • Fitness Centers in select locations
  • Employee discounts with the STAR Program
  • Retirement and deferred compensation programs

How to Apply:

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Contact Information:

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Salary Range

$ $56,118.40 to $61,838.40