Natural Resources Specialist II

Austin, TX

TCEQ - Natural Resources Specialist II (Soil Scientist) (00027043)




Primary Location: Texas-Austin


Work Locations: Headquarters (582-HQAUS) 12100 Park 35 Circle  Austin 78753


Job: Life, Physical, and Social Science


Employee Status: Regular


Schedule: Full-time


Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00


State Job Code: 2683  

Salary Admin Plan: B


Grade: 17  

Salary (Pay Basis): 3,558.50 - 3,558.50 (Monthly)


Number of Openings: 1


Overtime Status: Exempt


Job Posting: Dec 28, 2022, 3:05:15 PM


Closing Date: Jan 11, 2023, 11:59:00 PM





Are you ready to make an impact on the Texas environment? The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state's public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. At Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), we are passionate about protecting the environment; it is at the heart of everything we do.

We need your skills and passion. Bring your innovative ideas to the TCEQ team and actively work toward ensuring Texas has clean air, clean water, and safe waste management.

When joining our team, you get some great perks including, paid leave, health insurance, retirement plan, and state & federal holidays. Benefits & Perks at TCEQ.

Many positions have an opportunity for HYBRID work schedule.



As part of the TCEQ Office of Water team, you will strive to protect the state’s water resources, working towards clean and available water.


TCEQ Soil Scientist positions play key roles in supporting their respective teams. In a Soil Scientist position, you will use your skills and experience to:

  1. Conduct reviews of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) and land application authorizations; provide support on soil science issues for the TCEQ.
  2. Compile, analyze, and interpret data to assess potential impacts of wastewater irrigation on surface and groundwater quality. Prepare evaluations in accordance with federal and state rules and TCEQ policies. Perform calculations to determine agronomic rates and water balance for application of wastewater.
  3. Coordinate with management and other appropriate staff regarding issues on CAFO plans and soil reviews.
  4. Perform Executive Review Committee (ERC) draft permit reviews. Assists in the development of Response to Comments (RTC) documents. Enter data into PARIS. Responds to inquiries from staff, executives, government entities, applicants, permittees, and the public.
  5. Ensure data received complies with permit requirements and meets applicable National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) requirements. Coordinate when data is insufficient and update permit files and electronic records as needed.
  6. Communicate information concerning permits and the permitting process.




Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in a natural or physical science, engineering, environmental studies, or related field.
  • One year of full-time experience in the field of environmental activities may be substituted for each year (30 semester hours) of the required education.

Transcripts / College hours or course work: See instructions on how to attach documents. A copy of your official college transcript or evaluation of foreign credentials in CAPPS is required if needed to meet the minimum qualification requirements outlined above.


NOTE: This position is also available as a lateral transfer opportunity (LTO) to TCEQ employees within the Natural Resource Specialist II - IV state classification. The selected candidate must meet the minimum qualifications of the corresponding job in the Natural Resource Specialist II - IV series.


Condition of Employment:

TCEQ will conduct a criminal history records search, driving history (if required for the job) on candidates offered employment.

In compliance with ADA, if you need any special accommodations during the employment process, please contact HRSS for assistance at (512) 239-0102.

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Codes:

Veterans, Reservists or Guardsmen with experience in the Military Occupational Specialty found here, along with the minimum qualifications listed above are highly encouraged to apply. Please contact us at with questions or for additional information.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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