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Stream Restoration Specialist

Commonwealth of Virginia

Richmond ,  Virginia

The Department of Environmental Quality, Water Permitting Division, Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection seeks a highly qualified candidate to assist with technical review of stream restoration projects for the Virginia Water Protection (VWP), the Office of Stormwater-MS4, the Non-Point Source Nutrient Credit, and State Local Assistance Fund programs. Assists with the review of stream restoration projects to meet a multitude of goals and objectives, including preliminary and final stream restoration design plans and specifications, monitoring reports, and corrective action plans. Provides technical guidance, assistance, and training to DEQ personnel for implementing stream assessments and stream restoration. Provides general program assistance to regional permit staff with regulatory and technical issues associated with stream mitigation projects and enforcement cases. Assists in the development and implementation of policies, regulations, guidance, and program manuals for enhancing stream restoration project reviews across multiple DEQ programs. Demonstrated experience with water permit programs; knowledge of and experience in state and federal wetlands/stream protection laws and regulations and state and federal public participation guidelines; demonstrated extensive knowledge of and experience in the principles of wetland and stream identification, Natural Stream Channel Design techniques, stream assessment/restoration design, construction coordination, and monitoring. Demonstrated experience in developing, evaluating or implementing procedures, guidance, and regulations. Demonstrated ability to effectively use computer systems and software to include Microsoft Office products and “RiverMorph” stream design software or “Bentley FlowMaster” or their equivalents. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Strong analytical skills, organizational skills, negotiation skills, facilitation skills, and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as be an integral part of a fast-paced, productive team.

Minimum Qualifications
Degree in environmental science or engineering, biological or ecological sciences, hydrology, hydrogeology, ecological restoration, natural resource management or related fields or a combination of education and experience demonstrating an equivalent technical background. Demonstrated experience in the technical and legal requirements of Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act, the Virginia Water Protection Permit permitting process, the nutrient crediting programs, and urban stormwater pollutant control and mitigation. Demonstrated experience in effective communication, both verbally and in writing, with various levels of stakeholders. Demonstrated experience with computer systems, data analysis, and basic statistics. No special license, registration, or certification required. Documented completion of Rosgen stream channel design (Levels 1-4) and Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) certification or the equivalent are beneficial. A valid state driver’s license is required.

Special Requirements

  • The Commonwealth does not provide sponsorship; therefore, applicants must be a citizen or national of the U.S., a Lawful Permanent Resident, or an alien authorized to work.
  • Excluding current DEQ Employees, the Selected Candidate MUST pass a criminal background check.


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