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Training and Development Specialist (METC)

Working Title: Training and Development Specialist (METC) Revised 12/19/14

Brief Position Overview
The METC is the center of State training coordination and implementation for the water and wastewater industry in Montana. METC also includes an outreach into public involvement and education and other environmental areas.

Department: Extended University/Summer Session
Division: Office of Extended University/Summer Session

Salary: $30,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

General Statement

The Montana Environmental Training Center (METC) is the center of State training coordination and implementation for the water and wastewater industry and other environmental areas in Montana. METC is a training organization whose goals are to provide a base for state training and coordination between training and technical assistance providers; to develop and implement effective training and technical guidance for water and wastewater operators, managers, and other environmental and public health professionals; to help ensure the preservation of the large public investment in water and wastewater systems through public and professional awareness and education; and to improve the quality of the states water by promoting wise use and management of resources.

Activities implemented to achieve these goals include (among others) planning, coordinating and processing through printing and distribution of an annual training calendar to include events sponsored by METC (approximately 25-30 per year) and other training organizations; planning, organizing and implementing training sessions; developing, through contracted services or in-house work, specific training materials and modules; assessing water/wastewater industry training needs and incorporating those needs into future training events.

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Facilitate and/or instruct water and wastewater and other environmentally related training courses (30%).
2) Participate in the production of the annual training calendar (15%).
3) Maintain Training Library, Equipment Inventory and Other Information Lists (15%)
4) Maintenance of METC Website (20%)
5) Participate in the Dissemination and Review of the annual Operator Needs to Survey (10%)
6) Research State and Federal Laws and Policies related to the water and wastewater industry (5%).
7) Explore ways in which to develop training opportunities in the Bakken Oil region based on environmental impacts related to potable water treatment and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment (5%).
8) Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1 A Bachelor of Science Degree with a science background such as Water Quality, Water Resources, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, or Hydrology.
2) A valid Montana drivers license.
3) Knowledge of the water and wastewater industry, including process control, operation and maintenance of drinking water systems (both surface water and groundwater), and wastewater systems.
4) The ability to work with and communicate with professional staff, water and wastewater professionals and the general public, both on an individual basis and in presentations to large groups effectively.
5) A general knowledge of the principles of adult learning processes, instructional methods, training needs assessments and training evaluation. Increased knowledge of these processes will be gained through experiences in facilitating and/or teaching courses and through professional development opportunities on the job.

Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1) Current certification as a class 1 surface water treatment, class 1 wastewater treatment or class 1 distribution operator or laboratory technician with 5 years of experience.
2) Experience as an environmental trainer, educator, or regulator.

The Successful Candidate Will

1) Be efficient with Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint.
2) Be at ease operating office equipment such as desktop and laptop computers and projectors, printers, copy machines, fax machines.
3) Be able to operate and maintain common water quality analysis instruments.
4) Be able to operate recording equipment including video and still cameras.

Special Requirements

Travel throughout Montana to facilitate and/or teach courses is required. Travel is usually alone and in a state-owned utility van or sedan. Travel ranges from a minimum of 1-3 days to a maximum of 7-8 days for 1-2 weeks each month.

Physical Demands

Training equipment and materials must be lifted, transported and set-up for use at training sites. Most of the training equipment weighs in excess of 10 pounds. The ability to lift up to 50 pounds is necessary. Moderate walking is required. Exposure to wastewater samples is sometimes necessary.

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Diversity Statement

Montana State University-Northern is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the Universitys mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

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