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Environmental Resources Specialist 1 (W)

Various Locations WV

Continuous Recruitment, Statewide: The DOP anticipates several vacancies in the near future for this classification. This recruitment is not for a specific vacancy but to generate a pool of interested applicants. This classification has positions in every area of the state with the Department of Environmental Protection. The Division of Natural Resources and the Division of Highways occasionally have vacancies in this job classification as well. Make sure you mark in your county selection any county you would be willing to work in or commute to so you can be placed on the proper register.


Nature of Work:

Employee performs beginning level professional work in a specialty area in the acquisition, preservation, management and enhancement of the state's environmental/natural resources. Acquires the knowledge, skills and abilities to function at the beginning level; assists higher level specialist in programmatic areas. Work involves the application of scientific principles, laws and regulations and program planning techniques in the areas of assignment. Areas may include grants and contract administration, environmental/natural resource program development and evaluation, education, or environmental monitoring and compliance. Assists in the planning, organization and implementation of a state-wide or regional specialty program. Travel over difficult terrain and in inclement weather may be required.


Distinguishing Characteristics:

Environmental Resources Specialist 1 is distinguished from the other levels by acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities to function at the beginning level; assists higher level specialist in programmatic area.


Hiring Process: This job requires a written examination (W). Exams are given in several locations and no appointment is necessary. We encourage you to apply online. For test schedules, locations, see link below. If you apply online, you do not have to take a copy of the application to the test center. DO NOT APPLY UNLESS YOU CAN TEST WITHIN 90 DAYS. Online applicants who do not test within 90 days of application will be rejected. Applicants using a paper application must present a completed application form at the test site. Positive identification is required. There is a 90 day re-test waiting period. Caution: Any time you re-take the same test your new score, whether higher or lower, will automatically replace any previous test scores.

Click The APPLY Link To Apply Online. Do not use a paper application unless you cannot apply online. If you must use a paper application due to disability or other valid reason, please call our office (304) 558-3950 ext. 1 (8:30 am-4:30 pm) for special instructions.

Your eligible score will be based on information provided in your application. Make sure your application is detailed and complete. You may attach a resume and other documents; however, you should NEVER enter "See Resume" on the application. You MUST complete ALL parts of the application, including the Work Experience section.


IMPORTANT: Your application will remain active for this job announcement for 1 year Application for this job does not automatically qualify you for other positions. Be sure to submit your application for each position of interest. To receive an email notice anytime jobs in this or other categories are posted, you may choose to complete a Job Interest Card from the slide-out menu located at the top left of our Job Opportunities page.


Examples of Work

Training: Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry, physics, geography, geology, biology, economics, engineering, environmental studies, natural science*, or archeology.

* Examples of Natural Science fields might include: Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Ecology and Environmental Science, Marine Science, Physics, Earth Science, Forestry, Land Management, Agriculture, Conservation, and Atmospheric Science or related areas.

Social Science, non-natural science degrees, and degrees not related to those above DO NOT qualify.

Substitution: Full-time or equivalent part-time paid technical or paraprofessional experience in the acquisition, preservation, protection and enhancement of environmental/natural resources may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.


NOTICE: If you are claiming college or other post-high school education or license, you MUST attach or provide by mail a legible copy of your OFFICIAL education transcript, license or training record. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT UNTIL THIS VERIFICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED. To avoid missing a job opportunity, it is important that you provide this verification as soon as possible. You only have to provide this verification one time. It is not required with every application. Attach documents to the online application, or via email to:, FAX: 304-957-0396, or mail to: Division of Personnel, Building 3, Suite 500, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305.


Minimum Qualifications

If you decide to apply you will be required to answer the online Supplemental Questions shown in the tab above. Your responses will be made available to the hiring manager. You will be required to verify all responses. Misleading claims or statements is grounds for permanent disqualification.


Other Information

Test Centers

No appointments are made. Apply online. Then, report at the Test Center of your choice. Testing begins promptly at time indicated for each location. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early. Your application will be inactivated if you do not test within 90 days. Close the new window to return here.

Click Here for Test Center Locations and Schedules


Beckley, Bluefield, Bridgeport/Clarksburg, Charleston, Elkins, Huntington, Martinsburg, Moorefield, Parkersburg, Wheeling, White Sulphur Springs



Posted June 24, 2020

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