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Environmental Services Trainee

By March 22, 2024



Public Posting


POSTING #: 24-00123

TITLE: Environmental Services Trainee


DIVISION: Local Resources and Community Development


UNIT: Environmental Resources


SALARY: $52,513.10-$54,906.96

WORK WEEK: 40 Hours

ISSUE DATE: 3/22/2024

CLOSING DATE: 4/12/2024




The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is seeking applications for candidates for the position of Environmental Services Trainee within the Division of within the Division of Local Resources and Community Development, Environmental Resources. Environmental Services Trainees are assigned a 40 – hour work week.


Standard workweek is Monday through Friday.


2024 Spring Grads are encouraged to apply.


The Department of Transportation (DOT) currently offers a telework pilot program, and this position may qualify for up to 2 days of remote work at your primary residence outside of your assigned DOT work location. This program does not supersede the “New Jersey First Act”, which requires newly hired NJDOT employees to establish, and then maintain, principal residence in the State of New Jersey.


New hires will be eligible for the telework pilot program after they successfully complete a 4 – month working test period.


Unit Description

The Division of Environmental Resources is responsible for a wide range of environmental services including obtaining state and federal environmental approvals for federal and state funded transportation projects and administrated by various units within NJDOT, provides technical guidance regarding legislation, regulations and policies related to the environment and transportation, and ensuring the business practices at facilities owned and operated by NJDOT are in compliance with governing state and federal environmental regulations.


The Division consists of three (3) business units that have distinct responsibilities: the Project Development Group, the Environmental Policy Group, and the Environmental Services Support Unit (ESSU).


The Project Development Group is responsible for a wide range of environmental support services including obtaining state and federal approvals for transportation projects funded by NJDOT and administered by various units within Local Resources and Community Development and other areas of NJDOT as needed.
The Environmental Policy Group is responsible for coordinating reviews of proposed legislation, regulations or policies related to the environment and transportation and for providing technical advice to NJDOT units and Senior Leadership on policy – making decisions related to environmental issues. Serves as NJDOT’s central point of contact for environmental policy.
The ESSU provides full support to NJDOT’s Divisions of Operations and Administration to ensure the business practices at facilities owned and operated by NJDOT are in compliance with governing state and federal regulations related to storm water management, storage/disposal of hazardous materials and site remediation.
Position Description:

Assisting with all activities required to obtain federal and state environmental permits/approvals for assigned projects (including conducting field testing/investigations, and analysis/interpretation of field and laboratory data), identifying environmental constraints and/or environmental impacts.
Learning to prepare project related documents (technical memoranda and reports, NEPA and Section 4(f) documents, EO215 reviews, etc.) and correspondence for internal and external (review agencies and others) coordination.
Assisting in the development of alternatives that will avoid or minimize impacts to the environment and the identification of appropriate mitigation.
Assisting in the development of Environmental Plans and Specifications and the review of permit applications.
Providing Maintenance Facilities Hazardous Waste Substance Investigation and Remediation Oversight
Reviewing Consultant Invoices
Helping to maintain an environmental management data base for all projects
Reviewing Consultant’s Reports
Helping to manage the financial aspect of the Consultant Agreements
Evaluating the performance of the consultants
Developing expertise in the area of hazardous waste site remediation protocols and regulations

EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Planning, Physical Geography or in Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Mining Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Bio – resource Engineering.


NOTE: The following education requirements are applicable to positions in the Department of Transportation assigned to all programs except Environmental Services Support Unit (ESSU)/Facilities Hazard Compliance Monitoring. Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following Physical, Natural or Social Sciences; Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Chemical Science, Biological Science, Geology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Planning, Natural History, Anthropology, Historic Architecture, Historic Preservation, Archaeology, Sociology, Urban Studies, Geography, Economics, Agricultural Science, Marine Science, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning and Geoscience or a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering in one of the following disciplines: Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Bio – Resource Engineering.


LICENSE: Appointee will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey.


Preference will be given to candidates having major course work in environmental science, ecology, biology, natural resource management, and environmental policy.


For more information regarding this position, please refer to:



Work Authorization: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. NJDOT does not provide sponsorship or accept student/OPT program, F1 or H1B work authorization visas.


Residency: All persons hired on or after September 1, 2011 have one year from the date of appointment to establish, and then maintain, principal residence in the State of New Jersey subject to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:14 – 7 (P.L. 2011, c. 70), also known as the •New Jersey First Act.•



You must apply through the NJDOT website at:



Submit a complete packet by the closing date that includes the following documents:

NJ State Application for Employment (Application and instructions can be found at link above)
Letter of interest
Current resume
Copy of unofficial transcript OR foreign degree evaluation

Proof of Degree: You must provide transcript or evaluation of your UNDERGRADUATE degree. Foreign degree evaluation must be evaluated by a USA recognized evaluation service and include your course – by – course evaluation.


Incomplete Packets: Applicants MAY NOT be considered if they fail to provide all requested documents upon initial submittal or fail to follow instructions when submitting electronically. Applicants will be selected for an interview on the basis of their application/resume


Current State employees: Any appointments made that involve movement may result in a forfeiture of rights to any promotional lists in their former unit.


As a NJ State Department, NJDOT offers a comprehensive benefit package including Health Care (medical, prescription drug, dental and vision care), Pension, Deferred Compensation, 13 paid holidays, and Benefit Leave (12 vacation days, 15 sick days and 3 administrative days).


NJDOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email dot – hr.ada@dot.nj.gov. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case – by – case basis.


SAME APPLICANTS: If you are under the NJ “SAME” program, your supporting documents (Schedule A or B letter), must be submitted along with your resume by closing date indicated above. For more information on the SAME Program visit their Website at: https://nj.gov/csc/same/overview/index.shtml , email: SAME@csc.nj.gov , or call CSC 609 – 292 – 4144, option 3.


New Jersey Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

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