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RRC - Natural Resources Specialist II-III/Surface Mining and Reclamation

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 8/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00006722
Categories: Mining
Keywords: mining

Job Description

General Description


The Railroad Commission of Texas seeks a natural resourcesspecialist to work within the Applications and Permits (A&P) Section of theSurface Mining and Reclamation Division (SMRD). This position offers the opportunity to implement the Texas Coal MiningRegulations for mines in the State of Texas. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of an A&Pmanager.  The ideal candidate hasdemonstrated technical and regulatory aptitude, is friendly, professional, andenjoys advanced problem solving.  The jobtitle offered for this position will be based on Division business needs andthe selected applicant's qualifications.

Note:  Technical writing is essential for this position.  Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide technical writing sample, completed within last three years, of no more than 500 words 


EssentialJob Duties


·  Reviewpermit applications (new, renewals, revisions, transfers, bond updates and bondreleases) and monitor reports to determine whether they meet regulatoryrequirements for approval.

·   Preparedetailed technical reports advancing a professional opinion regarding theadequacy of an application or monitoring report in meeting the requirements ofthe Texas Coal Mining Regulations and program requirements with respect tobaseline, operations-plan and reclamation-plan information for the technicalareas listed below.

·   Responsiblefor technical evaluation of submissions in some or all the following areas ofexpertise:

o  Soiland overburden dataand handling plans;

o  Agronomicplans for re-establishment of soils and vegetation to support post-mine land-useplans;

o  Surface-waterquality and quantity data; and 

o  Aworking knowledge of:

§  environmental protection practices;

§  procedures for successfulrevegetation of mined lands;

§  quality control of analytical data;and

§  statistical methods in the assessmentof natural resources data.

·   Facilitatecompletion of the processing of multidisciplinary applications as projectcoordinator.

·  Allevaluation reports may be subject to being presented as evidence inadministrative hearings and reviewer may need to provide expert oral testimonyat such hearings. 

·   Assist field personnel in field evaluations and aid other earthscience and agronomy staff with research and tasks related to permittingactivities and monitoring of surface mining and reclamation operations. 

·  Respondeffectively to inquiries and requests from the regulated industry and thepublic concerning all aspects of surface coal mining, reclamation andexploration permit application processing and surface uranium mining andexploration permit processing, as necessary.

·   Asrequested, identify program changes and/or special projects to improve programeffectiveness, and assist in the implementation of such through a formal,established procedure.

·   Performsother duties as assigned by his/her manager or the Division Director.

This position requires some travel.

State Classification #: 2683
State Classification Title: Natural Resource Specialist II
Salary Group: B17

Military Occupational Specialty Codes (MOS):
Army – No Equivalent
Navy – AG, 180X, 680X
Air Force – 1N1X1
Marine Corps – 6842, 8831
Coast Guard – 790, MST, 72, OAR15

Additional Military Crosswalk information may be found at http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_NaturalResources.pdf 




·    Graduation from an accredited four-year college oruniversity with major course work in soil science, environmental science, naturalresources, biology, ecology, or closely related field.

·    Natural Resources Specialist II – 1 or more years relevant professional workexperience.

·    Natural Resources Specialist III – 2 or more years relevant professional work experience.

·    Valid Texas Driver's license and a good driving record.

·    Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year-for-year basis.

Note:  Salary is dependent upon education and experience. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide technical writing sample, completed within last three years, of no more than 500 words. 


·       Experience in soil science, agronomy, forestry, and/or mining.

·       Experience dealing with consultants and regulatory agencies.

·       Experience with environmental regulations.

·       Experience with CAD or GIS software for assessment and map production.

·       Experiencein collection and assessment of soil, vegetation, and water samples and labanalyses.


Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities


·       Major course workin soil science, environmental science, natural resources, biology, ecology, or closely related field, with related experience.

·        Demonstrated excellent organizational, communication and writing skills.

·        Ability to use and maintain state-owned property to ensure that all equipment isin safe working condition (i.e., vehicle maintenance).

·        Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and inwriting.

·       Ability to address issues/concerns in a professionalmanner.

·       Ability to respond to high pressure situations andmeet changing demands and timelines.

·       Proficient in the use of computer systems utilizingMicrosoft Office Suite and database systems.


Miscellaneous Requirements


·       Ability to work Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM withoccasional flexible hours, and weekends.  

·       Position requires ~25% overnight travel.


Mustbe willing to work in all types of weather conditions when out in thefield.  Must be able to walk severalmiles in inclement weather conditions and over uneven terrain.  Exposure to wildlife and poisonous plants arelikely during field inspections. 


·    Abilityto lift and/or move 50 pounds.  Must beable to operate state owned vehicles, off-road utility vehicles and smalltrailers in inclement weather and all types of driving conditions.

Remarks: There is one available position. Official transcripts, DD214 or DD1300, copies of license/certifications, or other minimum requirement validations will be requested at the time of the job offer.


Due to the high volume of applications we do not accept telephone calls. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Notifications to applicants are sent electronically to the email address you provide.

The Railroad Commission of Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age
or disability in employment or in the provision of services.
The Railroad Commission of Texas is a smoke-free workplace