back to capitol job search

Environmental Specialist Supervisor (K0228130)

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

Posted: Nov 01, 2023


Job Description:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has an Environmental Specialist Supervisor opening in Topeka. This position provides expert programmatic guidance to environmental scientists, public and private officials, stakeholders, not-for-profits, university scientists, natural resource agency partners (state and local), in the daily execution of the Watershed Management Section’s (WMS) duties and responsibilities related to the Kansas Nonpoint Source Management Plan and CWA. The primary work product is a plan that is diverse in nature, highly complex, in which resources are leveraged or provided for implementation of the developed plan. Responsible for the acquisition and disbursement of State Water Plan Funds for both the Local Environmental Protection Program (LEPP) and the Drinking Water Protection Program (DWPP).

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

Act as WMS Programs lead including DWPP and LEPP in KDHE central office. Program development leader and technical adviser to DWPP and LEPP personnel in KDHE central office, specifically offering suggestions, recommendations, and direction in implementing DWPP assessments, plans and grants with several communities including stakeholder development. Coordinates with PWS section regarding available funding for BMP implementation. Guide the LEPP coordinator in the creation of a pilot grant program while updating the Environmental Handbook and Bulletin 4-2. Responsible for directing DWPP and LEPP programs outreach and education activities. Independently advises local stakeholders through professional observations and judgments necessary to identify environmental improvements to water quality; (B) select and apply appropriate environmental tools and recommend solutions and best management practices to solve specific water quality problems and achieve pollutant reduction goals; (C) review and interpret water quality data for local officials and stakeholder groups and provide scientific basis to make final decisions of a technical nature to identify water quality impairments, recommend corrective action through pollutant reduction goals and projects, and to evaluate project performance over time; (D) analyze data and make recommendations to solve specific projects that are not being accomplished; (E) communicate and coordinate assistance to local stakeholders and external partners regarding Source Water Assessment program principles, objectives and methodologies; (F) facilitate cooperation, knowledge and resources from watershed stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications

  • One year of experience in an environmental program/project area.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental, agricultural, biology or natural sciences/resources.

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.

  • Master’s degree in environmental, agricultural, biology or natural sciences/resources.
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Public speaking ability to diverse lay and technical audiences as demonstrated by examples.
  • Experience achieving solutions to environmental problems caused by Nonpoint Source Pollution.
  • Experience supervising.
  • Experience with water regulations, policies, or legislation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills.
  • 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:

Specific instructions for applying, which might include submitting a resume, cover letter, list of references, or completing an online application.

Please include the Job ID number K0228130 when emailing.

Job Application Process: Only applications submitted within our State of Kansas Careers Portal will be considered.

  • First Sign in or register as a New User at
  • Complete or update your contact information on the State of Kansas Careers Portal > My Contact Information page. *This information is included on all your job applications.
  • Upload required documents listed for each specific job posting.
  • Start your draft job application, upload other required documents, and Submit when it is complete.
  • Manage your draft and submitted applications on the Careers> My Job Applications page.
  • Check your email and My Job Notifications for written communications from the Recruiter.
    • Email – sent to the Preferred email on the My Contact Information page
    • Notifications – view the Careers> My Job Notifications page
  • Helpful Resources at “How to Apply for a Job – Instructions” and “How to Search for a Job – Instructions”


[email protected]

Salary Range

$ $26,98 to $28.31