State of Indiana

State of Indiana

  • Valparaiso, IN

  • $75,010 per year

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process, as well as perform the essential functions of a role.

Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):

Our mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy. We issue air, water, and solid and hazardous waste permits that restrict discharges to environmentally safe levels. Staff members inspect and monitor regulated entities; provide compliance and technical assistance; monitor and assess air, land, and water quality; use enforcement actions as necessary to ensure compliance; and respond to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state.


The salary for this position traditionally starts at $75,010.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

Role Overview:

This position is located in the Northwest Regional Office in Valparaiso. This position will be responsible for inspecting the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana.

About the Job:

As the Environmental Engineer, you will be responsible for serving as a technical consultant to achieve compliance with, and enforcement of, state and federal laws, regulations, and standards in various large-level program areas including air, land, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste and disposal, occupational health and safety and/or water supply. In this position, you will conduct plan reviews, analyze problems, and recommends a course of action to obtain compliance with applicable laws, rules, and standards in conformance with the Agency policies and procedures. In this position, you will support internal and external customers including Agency staff, consulting engineers, permit applicants, governmental officials, and the general public.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Perform detailed technical engineering reviews and specifications of facilities and conduct on-site inspections to ensure that they meet the State of Indiana’s standard guidelines.
  • Conduct permit reviews including review of permit application documents, plans, specifications, and design summaries, and evaluating the compliance history.
  • Conduct surveys, special problems investigations, and inspections to collect data, collect samples for Lab analysis, prepare reports for administrative and/or regulatory action, and may testify at hearings and in court.
  • Review plans and specifications with emphasis on identifying deficiencies and potential problems and recommending sound alternatives.
  • Ensure that facilities comply with safety requirements by conducting inspections, advising enforcement staff on technical issues, preparing or reviewing enforcement documents; attending hearings, prehearing conferences, and preparatory meetings; and testifying as an expert witness at hearings or in court.
  • Provide prompt responses back to the general public, consultants, contractors, government officials, and permit applicants.
  • Serve as a representative of agency on national associations concerned with standards applicable to revisions of design standards and discussion of new developments.
  • Work as Subject Matter in the technical formulation of federal regulations and provides comment, on behalf of the agency, to proposed rules and regulations of the federal government and other states.
  • Serve as a project officer in certain sub-grants and sub-grantees, to determine efficient utilization of grant monies.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You’ll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited four-year college required.
  • License to practice engineering in the State of Indiana
  • Six (6) years of experience in Engineering and related field.
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply pertinent state, federal, and local rules, regulations, and ordinances and ability to modify or assist in modification of regulations as necessary.
  • Extensive knowledge of the environmental sciences, especially those areas of biology, chemistry, and engineering which relate to pollution control principles.
  • Thorough knowledge of the structure and functions of various sections within the division and the ability to coordinate section roles to achieve an acceptable solution to individual problems.
  • Working knowledge of accounting and economic principles and practices as applied to cost-benefit analysis, grant processes, and value engineering.
  • Ability to conduct intensive literature surveys, inspections, and research for the technical advancement of the programs and investigations and to prepare reports for use as evidence and basis for recommendations for action.
  • Effective communication skills in individual and or group situations, to discuss and review highly technical information to reach a common solution that is economically and environmentally sound.
  • Ability to develop programs, define procedures and prepare schedules to accomplish set objectives.
  • Ability to technically review plans, specifications, and control systems with an emphasis on identifying adverse economic and environmental impacts and choosing and recommending sound alternatives.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Working knowledge of principals and practices of air, land, water pollution, solid and hazardous waste and disposal, occupational health and safety, and/or water supply based on the division you will be assigned to.
  • Ability to utilize Computer Assisted Design (CAD) related programs, electronic documentation, and database entry and maintenance.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
  • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
  • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at

The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.

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