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Environmental Scientist 1/2/3

Louisiana Department of State Civil Service
Baton Rouge, LA
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

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$3,624.40 - $5,346.00 Monthly


Baton Rouge, LA

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GOV-Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Opening Date


Closing Date

11/28/2023 11:59 PM Central
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Supplemental Information

Position: Coastal Resources Scientist 1 - 3

Agency: Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)

Division: Planning and Research/Feasibility Studies

Office Location: 150 Terrace Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

For recruitment purposes, applicants who are within 90 days of graduating with a baccalaureate degree will be allowed to apply for this position.

  • Assists in evaluating and assessing the feasibility and/or benefits of specific coastal restoration and hurricane flood protection projects
  • Performs analyses and interpretation of technical environmental and scientific data
  • Provides recommendations for the development of the standard analytic techniques
  • Reviews restoration and protection project proposals and provides recommendations to higher level staff in the Planning and Research Division
  • Supports the administration of CPRA's Atchafalaya Program
  • Provides technical assistance in the planning, engineering and design, and construction of hydrologic restoration and access projects in the Atchafalaya Basin
  • Assists in the development of the State Atchafalaya Master Plan
  • Assists in the implementation of CPRA's non-structural programs
  • Prepares technical scientific/environmental reports, briefing packages, speeches, or other presentations on matters related to assigned areas for use by higher level staff in the Planning and Research Division or by higher levels in the CPRA, the Governor's Office of Coastal Activities, or members of the Louisiana Legislature
  • May represent CPRA at public hearings, workshops, conferences, and seminars and/or by serving as a member of a technical scientific/ environmental committee, subcommittee, or board

    As part of Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Coastal Resources Scientist 1, Coastal Resources Scientist 2 or a Coastal Resources Scientist 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please refer to the "Job Specifications" tab located at the top of the LA Careers "Current Job Opportunities" page of the Civil Service website for specific information of salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level. The maximum salary for the Coastal Resources Scientist 3 is $78,582 annually. This position is eligible for premium pay.

There are special bi-weekly entrance rates established for this position:
Coastal Resources Scientist 1 $1,672.80 Coastal Resources Scientist 2 $1,789.60 Coastal Resources Scientist 3 $2,036.80
No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

Louisiana is a State as Model Employer for individuals with disabilities.

If you have any questions, you may contact:

Margaret Dunn, Human Resources Specialist

P.O. Box 44027

Baton Rouge, LA 70804



A baccalaureate degree in one of the following fields: agronomy; atmospheric sciences; biological sciences; chemistry; coastal resource management; ecology; engineering; environmental sciences; forestry; geosciences; landscape architecture; marine science; natural resource management or studies; oceanography; physical geography; planning; statistics; wetland management; or wildlife and/or fisheries science.


The transcript must state that the applicant's major is in one of the specified fields. Baccalaureate degrees with majors in a field not listed above which included a heavy concentration in qualifying courses will not be considered qualifying.

Some specific fields which are not qualifying are agriculture, anthropology, architecture, computer science, food science, mathematics, science education, and nuclear science.

NOTE: Any college hours or degree must be from an accredited college or university.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:

To utilize regulatory and/or non-regulatory measures to create, restore, enhance, protect, and preserve the state's coastal wetlands, marshes, flood plains, and other natural resources vital to the state's economy and/or the safety of its citizens (private, public, institutional, industrial, and governmental), and to protect the citizens of Louisiana with hurricane flood protection measures.




Usually direct from a Coastal Resources Scientist Supervisor, but may receive supervision from higher level personnel.




State agencies involved in coastal science activities.


Differs from Coastal Resources Scientist 2 by the presence of entry level work.

Examples of Work

Assists in making verbal presentations to higher level Coastal Resource Scientists and/or preparing written technical reports documenting field investigations, permit reviews, consistency reviews, enforcement reviews, or compliance reviews.

Assists in performing scientific searches, compiling and cataloging data, collecting field samples, analyzing data, and preparing reports and maps.

Assists with on-site scientific/technical ecosystem information gathering and analysis of data for the preparation of various position papers to be used in determining the best coastal restoration or hurricane protection projects for implementation.

Provides general information through written correspondence, arranging and preparing information for public meetings, hearings, workshops, symposiums, and etc., or by assisting in public awareness and education activities.

Conducts basic analyses of environmental data using computerized data base(s) or GIS.

Assists in the preparation of Coastal Use Permits, consistency authorizations, or enforcement actions; may draft permits for projects under close supervision.

Assists in reviews of local coastal programs and in providing pertinent information and technical assistance to the coastal parishes.

May be assigned scientific studies of very limited size and complexity, or assist in studies or programs of larger scope and complexity.

Assists in inventorying land uses, solid and hydrological and meteorological regimes, and obtaining and analyzing biological samples and data to determine which conditions may cause or be causing adverse impacts to coastal wetlands, marshes, flood plains, ecosystems, and other natural resources within these areas.

Assists in preparing technical reports, publications, and pamphlets relative to the protection, conservation and enhancement of coastal wetlands, marshes, and flood plain areas in Louisiana, and hurricane flood protection for the citizens of the state.

Louisiana State Government represents a wide variety of career options and offers an outstanding opportunity tomake a differencethrough public service. With an array of career opportunities in every major metropolitan center and in many rural areas, state employment provides an outstanding option to begin or continue your career.

As a state employee, you will earn competitive pay, choose from a variety of benefits, and have access to a great professional development program:

Insurance Coverage More information can be found at

Holidays and Leave - State employees receive the following paid holidays each year:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
  • Mardi Gras,
  • Good Friday,
  • Memorial Day,
  • Independence Day,
  • Labor Day,
  • Veteran's Day,
  • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

***** Additional holidays may be proclaimed by the Governor

State employees earn sick and annual leave which can be accumulated and saved for future use. Your accrual rate increases as your years of service increase.

Retirement - State of Louisiana employees are eligible to participate in various retirement systems (based on the type of appointment and agency for which an employee works). These retirement systems provide retirement allowances and other benefits for state officers and employees and their beneficiaries. State retirement systems may include (but are not limited to):
  • Louisiana State Employees Retirement System ( LASERS has provided this video ( to give you more detailed information about their system
  • Teacher's Retirement System of Louisiana (,
  • Louisiana School Employees Retirement System (, among others


Are you within 90 days of graduating?
  • Yes
  • No
  • N/A - I have already graduated.


Do you possess a baccalaureate degree in one of the following fields: agronomy; atmospheric sciences; biological sciences; chemistry; coastal resource management; ecology; engineering; environmental sciences; forestry; geosciences; landscape architecture; marine science; natural resource management or studies; oceanography; physical geography; planning; statistics; wetland management; or wildlife and/or fisheries science?
  • Yes
  • No

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State of Louisiana


For agency contact information, please refer to

the supplemental information above.

Louisiana State Civil Service, Louisiana, 70802


(866) 783-5462



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