You must submit a copy of your transcripts (See address or fax # in “How To Apply”).


NUMBER 2009-023



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission











Job Title



Pay Schedule

and Range



Environmental Trainee






VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.


If you successfully complete the one year training period, you will be promoted to Air Quality Specialist, Mining Specialist, Radiation Protection Specialist, Sanitarian, Sewage Planning Specialist 1, Solid Waste Specialist, Surface Mine Conservation Inspector, or Water Quality Specialist, depending on your area of specialization as a Trainee.  You will receive a salary increase when promoted.




You will participate in on-the-job and formal training to develop the knowledge and abilities necessary for professional proficiency in air pollution, solid waste, water quality, radiation, mining, sewage planning or sanitation.  Assignments increase in scope and complexity as you gain technical proficiency in the work.  Initially, you will assist higher-level specialists in performing inspections, investigations, enforcement, public relations, and consultation assignments.  After you demonstrate the ability to perform the work, advanced assignments are given and you will work under the technical guidance of higher-level specialists or supervisors.




You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.  If after reading the requirements you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement.


You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.


You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.


Necessary Special Requirement

You must have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license.


Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree with major course work in an appropriate physical or biological science or a closely related environmental field.


Clarification of Requirements

You may take the test if you have completed 90 or more credit hours and expect to receive a bachelor's degree that includes 24 credit hours in the physical, biological, and environmental sciences, regardless of major, within the next 7 months.  You must provide proof of your degree before you start work.


Twenty-four credit hours in the physical, biological or environmental sciences, regardless of major, are considered qualifying.






The PA Department of Health has positions located in Harrisburg (Dauphin County).  However, most jobs exist in the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Regional Offices, Mining Offices, and District Offices at various locations throughout the Commonwealth.  Most jobs exist within DEP in the following locations (regions/counties):  Southwest Region - Pittsburgh, (Allegheny); Beaver Falls, (Beaver); Ebensburg, (Cambria); Uniontown, (Fayette); Coal Center, (Washington); Greensburg, (Westmoreland).  Northwest Region - Knox, (Clarion); Meadville, (Crawford); New Castle, (Lawrence); Warren, (Warren).  Southcentral Region - Reading, (Berks); Altoona, (Blair); Harrisburg, (Dauphin); Lancaster, (Lancaster); York, (York).  Northcentral Region - Philipsburg, (Centre); Williamsport, (Lycoming); Sunbury, (Northumberland); Mansfield, (Tioga).  Southeast Region - Norristown, (Montgomery).  Northeast Region - Scranton, (Lackawanna); Wilkes-Barre, (Luzerne); Swiftwater, (Monroe); Bethlehem, (Northampton); and Pottsville, (Schuylkill).


DEP hires approximately 50 Environmental Trainees each year.  The actual location of the vacant positions has not yet been determined.


Employment preference may be given to residents of the counties within the region where positions will be filled.  Promotion preference may be given to employees of the region having the opening.


For the most recent information on job opportunities contact:


Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Human Resources, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 9th Floor, P.O. Box 2357, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2357; Telephone:  (717) 783-6220;;




The Department of Human Services provides support for Department of Health jobs.  For the most recent information on job opportunities, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Bureau of Human Resources, Health and Welfare Building – Room 126, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120; Telephone:  (717) 547-3183;




The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission Office.  You will have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the test. 


The test will cover the following subject areas:



Subject Area

Number of Questions




General Environmental Science




Interpretation of Written Material








Interpretation of Charts and Graphs




Basic Map Reading




Report Writing








The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission Offices, Monday through Friday.


The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.


If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.


If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.




Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.




Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:



State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569


Online and paper applications both require submission of a copy of your transcript.  Print your name and social security number at the top of the transcript and mail it to the above address or you can fax it to the above number.


Applications and further information can be obtained from:



State Civil Service Commission:




Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.


Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text


Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685




Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone


(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers

only) (215) 560-4367





Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone


(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers


only) (412) 565-2484




PA CareerLink offices




The Human Resources offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section


of this announcement


For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."