The current work environment has put many organizations severely understaffed. The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is one of those organizations. Nearly 20% of the NC DEQ positions are unfilled. How does that affect you?
Well, the NC DEQ administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health. This means there are fewer people to protect your health and the environment.
We’re going to explore a few environmental careers, benefits to an employee and why these jobs are important. If you want to skip to the end, I will sum it up for you. We need more employees in the environmental field now!
The current labor market allows potential employees to be picky, and typically they are picking organizations that pay more. NC DEQ is paying thousands less than other organizations and can’t compete.
The fact that so many positions are unfilled also means an increased workload for current staff and longer lead times on environmental permits. Not to mention the current staff is getting paid thousands less than their peers in other organizations. Not only is recruitment a problem, but retention is too.
Most of the jobs at the NC DEQ will require a bachelor's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences. One year of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may also be substituted in lieu of a degree. We will look at some entry-level environmental careers, their pay and general job duties.
Rate of Pay: $43k-$76K a year
Rate of Pay: $43K to $76k annually
The benefits of working for a state organization include retirement savings, 401k, health benefits, vacation and sick time. These are not accounted for in the initial salary offer but need to be considered when deciding if a job is financially feasible. In many cases, 5% savings a year and hundreds of dollars a month in healthcare costs are paid for.
New employees are needed now more than ever, with 450 current employees becoming eligible for retirement in five years. There is no better time than now to get a job in the environmental field. We encourage you to use the links below to apply for jobs and start your environmental career today!
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