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Environmental Scientist 1,2,3

Louisiana State Government

Lake Charles ,  Louisiana

Responsibilities and/or Preferences
The incumbent of this position performs technical, administrative, and professional work at an advanced level in the Air Field Services Section. This position requires complete understanding of the operation of LADEQ's ambient air monitoring program involving more than 35 monitoring sites statewide. Work is performed in accordance with principles, concepts, and techniques of higher mathematics, the physical, chemical, and engineering sciences, and with federal and state rules, regulations and guidelines related the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the Code of Federal Regulations, (CFR) and the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act. The position requires use of a state vehicle in the performance of duties, since these duties frequently require travel to monitoring sites throughout the state. Supervision is received from an Environmental Scientist Supervisor.

Applicants will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment. Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application if possible (PDF format preferred). Candidates may apply 90 days prior to receipt of the qualifying degree; however, the effective date of the appointment cannot be prior to the graduation date.
Resumes (or attachments of any kind) will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. An application may be considered incomplete if the work experience and education sections are not completed.

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers (Download PDF reader), and at our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process. Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to our Baton Rouge Information and Testing Office at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at

Applications will be rejected if the applicant fails to meet the minimum qualifications, submits an incomplete application or fails to apply by the closing date of the announcement. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application listing complete work experience and education.
This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.
Equal Opportunity Employer


A baccalaureate degree with a major in one of the following scientific fields: agronomy, animal science, atmospheric sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, forestry, geosciences, health physics, health sciences, medical physics, nuclear science, physical geography, physics, soil sciences, statistics and quantitative methods, toxicology, or wildlife and fisheries sciences.

A master's degree or Ph.D. in any of the qualifying fields will substitute for the baccalaureate degree.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The transcript must state that the applicant's major is in one of the specified fields. Baccalaureate degrees with majors in a field not listed above which included a heavy concentration in science courses will not be considered qualifying.

Some specific scientific fields that are not qualifying are agriculture, architecture, computer science, food science, horticulture, mathematics, and science education.

To regulate environmental effects of industrial, commercial, governmental and construction activities through performance of permitting, certification, investigation, inspection, enforcement, emergency response, data collection and assessment, quality assurance, facility classification, laboratory analysis, and/or environmental assessment tasks.

Direct from an Environmental Scientist Supervisor or equivalent level technical supervisor. May be supervised by higher level personnel.

Differs from Environmental Scientist 2 by the absence of independent responsibility for basic level scientific projects.

The primary function of this level is to receive the necessary training and experience to prepare for the responsibility of higher levels. The focus is on formal and on-the-job training in the multi medias of air/water/waste or environmental laboratory analysis.

Examples of Work


  • Assists in review of permit applications for minor sources of pollution or minor modifications to major sources of pollution.
  • May draft permits under close supervision.
  • Assists in routine inspection and complaint investigations.
  • Participates in emergency response activities.
  • Participates and/or assists in enforcement actions.
  • Assists in the operations of monitoring equipment and collection of monitoring data.


  • Perform routine "wet-chemistry" analyses of water and wastewater samples for various chemical and physical parameters using titrimetric, gravimetric, and volumetric procedures.
  • Performs basic potentiometric analyses of water and wastewater samples.
  • Develops skills and assists in the analyses of various environmental samples (air water, wastewater, soils, sediments and aquatic organisms) using various instrumental procedures including atomic absorption spectrophotometry, automated colorimetry, ion chromatography, gas chromatography infrared spectrometry, mass spectroscopy, polarized light microscopy, or scanning electron microscopy.
  • Develops skills and assists in the required distillation/extraction of environmental samples prior to instrumental analysis, or the preparation and calibration of sampling devises used to collect ambient air samples.
  • Develops skills and assists in the preparation of necessary standard solutions and reagents required for laboratory operations.
  • Assist in the acquisition, formatting, reporting, and quality control of analytical data.
  • Assist in the calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

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