Environmental/Natural Resources Technical


Jobs in this family oversee and perform specialized technical work that supports the needs of environmental/natural resource programs, scientific research and analysis, and the protection of natural resources.  The jobs in this family perform field surveys, collect and analyze data, and perform other vocational/technical duties in the field of environmental/natural resources.

Typical functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Collection of data samples.
  • Entry of samples into databases.

The work assigned to positions in this series ranges from gathering routine data and samples to specialized identification and analysis of environmental/natural resources data. 

Environmental Technician

This is a first-level position accountable for gathering routine, specific environmental/natural resources data and samples, recording and entering information into databases, obtaining standard reports for use by others, and performing a variety of manual labor activities. Work at this level is controlled by protocols and/or specific assignments with clear instruction, and is limited but specialized in nature. Positions at this level also require knowledge of the basic characteristics of the data collected for proper data entry and/or proper manual labor requirements. Employees in these roles are trained on the job and knowledge is learned within a few months.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of sample collection methods and techniques.  Ability to operate a motor vehicle and maintain a valid vehicle operator’s license. Ability to work in a variety of weather conditions.

Typical qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent.   

Pay grade

Senior Environmental Technician

This is a second-level technical position that identifies and analyzes environmental/natural resource data using as well as preparing materials for propagation and study. Employees at this level perform laboratory identification and analysis and/or perform lead work oversight of lower level positions. Duties will also include working closely with or providing insights and recommending solutions to scientists, program personnel, and/or supervisors and managers.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous level: Ability to conduct relevant surveys and studies. Ability to interpret and analyze findings and provide recommendations.

Typical qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent and 1 or more years of relevant experience. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

Pay grade