RPM/ Business and Professionals - WWD-WXM Natural Resource Specialist - (Natural Resource Specialist III)

  • Posting Number: 0506-21
  • Group/Step: B19, Position: 552
  • Opening Date: 05/19/21
  • Closing Date: until filled
  • $45,180- $54,155.04 annually

Job Description

The Natural Resource Specialist is selected by and responsible to the Regulatory Programs Section Manager with some work activities assigned and supervised by the programs Team Leads. The Natural Resource Specialist performs highly complex natural resources work. Work involves administrative, environmental, conservation, protection, preservation, consultative and technical work in the planning, development, and implementation of multiple agency programs including the Water Well Drillers and Pump Installers (WWD) and Weather Modification (WXM) programs. Duties include performing inspections; investigations and audits; reviewing/analyzing plans and reports; communicating with and monitoring third party providers; reviewing applications; providing technical assistance; rendering interpretations and opinions on code; preparing and disseminating administrative and technical materials; performing research; updating databases; public outreach and training; and working with Department staff to establish and accomplish section objectives. Work involves preparing technical and compliance related documentation and reports, investigative research, studies; analyzing and evaluating the results of investigations in regard to groundwater protection, the environmental impact, and compliance with state law; analyzing and interpreting statutes and rules; developing, drafting, and reviewing rules; and acting as a liaison with applicable Advisory Boards, local, state, and federal agencies, groundwater conservation districts, and industries. The Natural Resource Specialist works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Extensive travel, up to 50% of work time, may be required. Some work may be performed under extreme climactic and/or hazardous working conditions*

*The position will be located at the North Campus 1106 Clayton Ln. Austin, TX 78723.

Essential Duties

  • Performs complex technical data collection, research, analysis, evaluations, inspections, investigations or surveys; evaluates impact on natural resources and compliance with statute, rules, and requirements. Performs technical assessments; prepares reports; and may testify as a witness in legal proceedings. Also gathers documentary/photographic evidence to facilitate/assist with consumer complaints and enforcement investigations.
  • Coordinates inspections, assessments, and studies; prepares recommendations regarding findings; and conducts follow-up inspections as required.
  • Conducts research as needed, including but not limited to natural resources hazards.
  • Participates in public hearings, facilitates group discussions, provides technical assistance, and serves as a technical advisor and consultant on natural resource programs.
  • Processes and reviews applications for permits and licenses.
  • Prepares educational materials, training, operation manuals, detailed reports, analyzes trends, maintains data, and refers cases to the Enforcement Division.
  • Provides technical assistance by interpreting codes, answering technical questions, and working with department staff, industry representatives, municipal officials, groundwater conservation districts, and the general public to resolve daily technical/administrative/environmental matters associated with the programs. Reviews and evaluates information on service delivery methods/outputs/activities to identify trends, gaps in resources, and areas for improvement.
  • Validates and reviews technical data and develops and uses complex simulation models and associated software.
  • Serves as liaison to federal, state, and local agencies to facilitate program administration through cooperative inspections/investigations, records review, and other communications. Represents the Department at industry association meetings, trade shows, conventions, training initiatives; and educates industry representatives, municipal officials, and the general public on the programs’ requirements. Assists in developing, monitoring, and implementing education initiatives performing quality assurance assessments as needed.
  • Conducts environmental, ecological, or meteorological assessments.
  • Researches, prepares, reviews, edits and submits environmental, technical and compliance related documents, papers, publications and reports; maintains, edits and prepares program correspondence; special, monthly, and annual compliance investigation reports; and technical reports.
  • Assists in formulating compliance-related investigative and environmental safety plans, developing and evaluating environmental and administrative policies and procedures for the Department, the Water Well Driller/Pump Installer and Weather Modification Programs.
  • Assists in reviewing and drafting complex rules, standards, policies and the development of procedural manuals. Also assists with monitoring third party providers, performing research and updating databases.
  • Provides back up for maintenance and data entry into the online Well Report Submission and Retrieval System and the Abandoned Well Referral database.
  • Participates in program planning, development, training, and implementation making recommendations as necessary to produce more effective programs.
  • Provides consultative services and technical assistance to plan, implement and monitor the Weather Modification Program.
  • Complies with division and/or agency training requirements.
  • Keeps management appropriately informed of ongoing activities and critical matters affecting the operation and well-being of the agency.
  • Demonstrates a spirit of teamwork offering positive and constructive ideas, encouragement, and support, to other members of staff and team while upholding the Agency’s core values.
  • Adheres to all Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Personnel Policies and performs related work as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Three (3) years of experience in environmental quality and regulatory work relating to weather modification, groundwater protection, water, monitor, injection well drilling and pump installation, geologic, hydrologic, hydrogeologic and environmental surveys and/or drilling, investigations, and/or environmental law and rule interpretation required. Experience in supervising environmental projects also required. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, meteorology, or a related field strongly preferred. Must possess a valid class C or above driver’s license and proof of auto liability insurance.

Veterans, Reservists or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of: 92W Water Treatment Specialist, MST Marine Science Technician, 1W0X1 Weather, 6842 Meteorology and Oceanography Analyst Forecaster or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: Military Crosswalk for Occupational Category - Natural Resources (texas.gov)


The successful candidate will have: Knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal ordinances and laws; environmental analysis techniques and procedures related to weather modification, groundwater protection; hydrology; water, monitor, closed loop geothermal, injection well drilling, pump installation; environmental/groundwater surveys; and investigative and research techniques. Knowledge of other applicable standards, general practices, codes, and policies relative to the industries. Skill in the operation of standard tools of the hydrological profession and computers, MS Office and applicable software and analytical programs. Skill in scientific data management, in collecting and assessing hydrological data and in applying modeling and statistical procedures. Ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts; to devise solutions to problems; and, to prepare concise reports. Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures; Ability to understand and interpret policies and procedures clearly/accurately; to establish and maintain effective working relationships; and, to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to read/interpret technical materials related to the programs including design, installation, erection, repair, or alterations; to make on-site assessments to ensure compliance with applicable codes; and, to provide friendly, caring service to customers. Ability to train others and to assign/supervise the work of others.

*Hazardous Working Conditions
Some work may be performed both inside and outside under extremely hot and cold, muddy, and loud conditions in close proximity to building materials and/or operating machinery.

Applications may be downloaded from TDLR’s website https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/employ.htm.

E-mail or fax applications to: TDLR, Human Resources Office, Austin Texas 78711, Fax (512) 475-3377. E-mail Human.Resources@tdlr.texas.gov. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of State Applications.  Applications not completely filled out may be rejected.  Only typed applications will be considered.

This job is not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


TDLR provides a total compensation package that enables us to attract, motivate, and retain highly skilled and talented employees, including a merit system, full use of salary ranges, performance awards, retention and recruitment bonuses.

TDLR participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), TDLR will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the application, contact TDLR Human Resources at 512-463-7184. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview

Benefits Available to TDLR Employees

In addition to a positive and supportive work environment, The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation offers a strong benefits package.

  • State-paid health and life insurance plans for you;
  • Optional dental plan and health insurance for your family members;
  • State retirement matching contribution;
  • Optional 401K and 457 Plans;
  • Flexible health and dependent day care accounts;
  • Optional term life insurance for you and your dependents;
  • Short and long term disability insurance for you;
  • Voluntary AD&D insurance;
  • Retirement through the Employees Retirement System (ERS);
  • Long Term Care Insurance;
  • Longevity Pay;
  • Direct Deposit;
  • Optional after tax-contributions to a 529 Texas College Investment Plan;
  • Paid sick leave accrues from your first day at work;
  • Sick Leave Pool for catastrophic illnesses and injuries;
  • Workers’ Compensation;
  • Family Medical Leave;
  • Military Leave;
  • Jury Duty Leave;
  • Smoke-free workplace;
  • Confidential and personalized Employee Assistance Program services;
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program;
  • Career Paths that ensure professional growth and advancement within the agency;
  • On-the-job and cross-training to develop job related skills and enrich professional growth;
  • Wellness programs and activities such as yoga and massage therapy;
  • Employee and family-friendly workplace;
  • Flexible/Compressed work schedules;
  • Paid vacation accrues from your first day worked;
  • Active charitable employee associations;
  • Length of Service awards;
  • Generous holiday schedule;
  • Employee Recognition Programs;
  • Casual dress; and
  • A progressive agency culture that promotes open communication, efficiency, transparency and trust.

Staff Compensation Information, as required by Government Code, Section 659.026.