Natural Resources Specialist I

Texas General Land Office

The Texas General Land Office primarily serves the schoolchildren, veterans, and the environment of Texas. The agency does so by preserving our history, maximizing state revenue through innovative administration, and through the prudent stewardship of state lands and natural resources. This position is with Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program Are in Region 1, Nederland, TX.

Performs routine (journey-level) natural resources work. Work involves training on and conducting technical and natural resources pollution investigations and enforcing the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (1991). Works under moderate supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsman with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of Army – 92W Water Treatment Specialist; Navy – AG – Aerographer’s Mate; Coast Guard – MST – Marine Science Technician; Marine – 6842 Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) Analyst Forecaster; Air Force – 9S100 Scientific Applications Specialist; or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirement may meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at:

Essential Elements

Responds to, investigates, and drafts spill reports on actual or threatened coastal marine oil spills which may include assisting and directing contractors at small spills. Trains to conduct the collection and analysis of petroleum pollutants.

Trains to conduct inspections on waterfront oil handling facilities, review oil spill contingency plans for facilities and OPA/OSPRA vessels, conduct transfer monitors, conduct patrols; trains to complete proper forms and makes recommendations regarding findings; and conducts follow-up inspections as needed.

Operates and maintains technical equipment including boats (up to and including 27’ boat), skimmers, other basic spill response equipment, performs preventative maintenance and the preparation of all paperwork associated with same.

Trains to serve as liaison with local industry groups, the general public and local/state/federal agencies. Trains to conduct educational presentations and training programs.

Employee may be responsible for assisting the program and the agency during post-storm recover operations. This assistance will be provided in a manner consistent with the employee’s experience, training and availability and will be done in close coordination with regional management.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited four-year college/university with a degree in either natural sciences, marine transportation, or environmental studies or related field.

Applicant may substitute on a year for year basis full-time work in one of the following fields: natural science, environmental studies, emergency management, maritime industry, oil handling operations, shoreline cleanup assessment or related experience.


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Posted: May 11, 2018