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The Environmental Manager will oversee, develop, and coordinate the laboratory’s environmental program and provide leadership and technical expertise on environmental issues.
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Position Summary

The Environmental Manager will oversee, develop, and coordinate the laboratory’s environmental program and provide leadership and technical expertise on environmental issues. 

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Analyzes and reports environmental data and assesses environmental impact.

  • Approves and analyzes data derived from monitoring activities.
  • Reviews laboratory analyses, interprets findings, and acts on findings to ensure compliance to regulatory requirements.
  • Prepares summaries and technical reports and recommends action to correct inadequacies or ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Conducts environmental assessments, compliance investigations, and inspections; and presents results to management and regulatory agencies.
  • Analyzes potential impact of new activities on environmental conditions.
  • Prepares and reviews compliance reports and submittals to regulatory agencies.
  • Evaluates and assesses deficiencies in the program and recommends corrective actions.
  • Reviews, recommends, and conducts environmental studies and plans.

Develops, implements, and coordinates the environmental program.

  • Sets goals, performs long range planning, and establishes priorities.
  • Develops and implements procedures and conducts inspections for permitting, licensing, and other requirements. 
  • Develops standards and criteria set by regulations and site self-audits and policies.
  • Proposes, implements and enforces program policies and performs all inspection activities.
  • Manages program activities involving all environmental regulatory requirements including but not limited to air and water quality monitoring and measuring.
  • Oversees, implements and/or partakes in the hazardous material/waste minimization handling and disposal programs.
  • Develops, conducts, and provides environmental training materials for employees, visitors, users, contractors.
  • Presents clearly environmental standards, programs, and policies to employees, scientists, and governmental officials.
  • Develops and implements stormwater and SPCC plans to meet compliance standards.

Provides technical expertise to management on complex issues to facilitate informed decisions.

  • Provides expert assistance to staff, users, and contract personnel on environmental issues
  • Prepares highly technical environmental impact statements or natural resources reports on health hazards, environmental control, and ecological assessments to effectively utilize and protect natural resources while accomplishing long range goals.

Desired Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental or industrial engineering disciplines or advanced degree in related science.


  • Extensive experience in mine and/or research facility environmental compliance, resource conservation, waste reduction, or hazardous materials management. 
  • Experience overseeing the work of environmental personnel and related program activities.
  • Minimum of 15 years work experience in environmental, mining, and water management.


  • Statistical skills to analyze data and compile reports, and trends.
  • Technical writing to prepare detailed research reports.
  • Proficient with AutoCad and Microsoft Office.


  • Attention to Detail—ability to maintain constant awareness of surroundings and ensure tasks are completed carefully and accurately.
  • Organization—ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and keep order and coordinate numerous activities.
  • Communication—ability to communicate well both orally and in writing and with a wide variety of people.
  • Continuous Learning—ability to keep up to date on state and federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to environmental activities.
  • Problem-Solving—ability to identify problems and quickly generate viable solutions.
  • Teamwork—ability to work cooperatively and support others in the workgroup.

Work Requirements

Successful incumbent will be required to: 

  • Work in all types of conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold).  
  • Work underground.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. occasionally.
  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license.

The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website or upon request from Human Resources.