Careers

​​​Overview

The Department of Environmental Protection is a covered agency under the WV Division of Personnel (DOP) and governed by the Administrative Rule. Therefore to be considered for employment with the Department of Environmental Protection, applicants must currently be employed in a “covered civil service” position and meet the minimum requirements for the advertised position, test through the Division of Personnel to get established on DOP’s referral listings, or be eligible for reinstatement into a Division of Personnel covered position. Refer to the Division of Personnel's website for more information about the DOP’s processes and procedures.

An exception to the hiring process is made for all positions in the Division of Air Quality and attorney positions for the Office of Legal Services. Positions within the Division of Air Quality follow the hiring requirements for the agency; however, testing through the Division of Personnel is not required. To fill positions within the Division of Air Quality, applicants are required to submit a completed “DOP Application for Examination” to the Department of Environmental Protection by the established deadline.

DEP is an equal opportunity employer

 
 

Benefits of State Employment

The State of West Virginia offers employees a wide variety of competitive financial and personal benefits. For more information, please see the West Virginia Division of Personnel Benefits page.

Annual Leave

Annual leave (vacation/personal time off) is earned by eligible employees from the first day of employment. Most agencies allow employees to receive credit for earned leave on a monthly or semi-monthly basis, and the amount of leave accrued is based on years of service. Employees may use their leave in accordance with agency protocol, and they may save (or “bank”) up to a yearly maximum carry forward amount (from December 31 into the next year) that varies by length of service.

0 to 5 Years of Service

1.25 days off per month accrual and 240 hours maximum carry-over.

5 to 10 Years of Service

1.5 days per month accrual and 240 hours maximum carry-over.

10 to 15 Years of Service

1.75 days per month accrual and 280 hours maximum carry-over.

Over 15 Years of Service

2.00 days per month accrual and >320 hours maximum carry-over.

Sick Leave

Paid sick leave is available to eligible employees who are ill, injured, or have medical appointments, and it is earned from the first day of employment. Most agencies allow employees to receive credit for earned leave on a monthly or semi-monthly basis. All employees earn sick leave at the same rate (1.50 days/month = 18 days/year) and are allowed to carry an unlimited sick leave balance.

  • 1.5 days per month regardless of years of service
  • Employees may use up to 40 hours of his or her own sick leave balance for the illness of an immediate family member.


Retirement

The State of West Virginia offers an outstanding defined benefit pension plan – the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) under the Consolidated Public Retirement Board.

In addition, employees are offered the voluntary opportunity to participate in the West Virginia Retirement Plus Program, a supplemental retirement plan designed to provide an extra savings alternative for all State, county, city and other political subdivision employees. This retirement program is similar to a 401(k) plan in structure except that it is designed to supplement a participant's primary retirement plan.

  • Employees contribute 4.5% of their gross pay each payday (tax-deferred); the employer contributes 14.5% each payday.
  • Employees are vested after 5 years of creditable service.
  • Defined Benefit Plan with retirement payments based on years of service and final average salary (highest 36 consecutive months out of the last 15 years of employment).
  • Under the Straight Life Annuity option, the employee’s estimated benefit can be calculated as 2% of the years of credited service times the final average salary. This option does not pay an annuity to a beneficiary.
  • Two other options are available that pay 100% (Option A) and 50% (Option B) of the employees’ retirement annuity to the employee’s named and eligible beneficiary.
  • ING 457 Supplemental Retirement Plan is available.
  • For more information on retirement, visit www.wvretirement.com.

Paid Holidays

The State offers 12 paid holidays in each year. The number of paid holidays is above the national average for both public and private sector employees. In addition, employees generally do not work on statewide primary and general election days.

  • 12 paid holidays every year
  • Primary and General Election days off
  • An additional half day holiday before both Christmas and New Years when the holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday


Health and Life Insurance Benefits

The State of West Virginia offers, through a variety of plans, a comprehensive health insurance plan which includes benefits for hospital, surgical, major medical, prescription drug, and other medical expenses. The State pays the majority of the insurance premium; employee premiums for health insurance vary according to salary.

Health

HMO coverage option available. Traditional pay-per-benefit option also available.

Vision/Dental

Low-cost plans available at tax-free rates.

Life

Group life insurance available with low group rates.


Commonly Posted Positions Within DEP

The positions listed here are ones that are commonly posted for DEP. Each position title is linked to the job specification provided by the West Virginia Division of Personnel.

Be sure to establish your name on competitive registers for any position you are interested in, and also, if you are a current or former employee eligible for reinstatement, be sure to check the current employment opportunities apply directly for those that interest you.


Current Openings

To view current job openings within the WV State Government, visit the West Virginia Division of Personnel Job Search Page or follow the steps below:

  1. Go to https://personnel.wv.gov
  2. Under "State Employment"
  3. Click on "Promotion/Transfer Jobs Open"
  4. Show all Job Postings

If you are not a current civil service employee or eligible for reinstatement, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to https://personnel.wv.gov
  2. Under the "Job Seekers"
  3. Click on "Jobs Open for Application
  4. Scroll through the titles or use the search option
  5. Click on job ttile and follow appropriate instructions for submitting applications electronically

Note: If the job title requires a written examination, you must go to a WV test site within 30 days of submitting your electronic application. If the job title requires a review process, you should receive your test score(s) within two to three weeks.

Attorney Positions

For attorney positions, application/resume can be submitted to the Chief of the Office of Legal Services.

Applying for a Current DEP Opening

To apply for a current opening with the Department of Environmental Protection, please submit a completed “Division of Personnel Application for Employment” to the following address:

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Administration: Human Resources
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304


Governor's Internship Program

Each year the Department of Environmental Protection takes advantage of the Governor’s Internship Program to hire college students during the summer. Should you have an interest in this program, please refer to the West Virginia Governor's Internship Program website and follow the directions for students. This website usually starts accepting applications for the current year in February.


Important Notes

Environmental Inspectors

The Department of Environmental Protection does not hire Environmental Inspectors from the Division of Personnel’s referral listings. If you have an interest in the Environmental Inspector title and you are not a “covered civil service” employee or eligible for reinstatement with WV State Government, please refer to the Environmental Inspector-in-Training title at https://personnel.wv.gov/job_seekers/

  • This does not include Environmental Inspectors for the Office of Oil and Gas

Additional Information

  • The Division of Personnel’s Internal Job Vacancy Postings are usually updated each Monday.
  • For covered/reinstatement state employees, please use the “DOP Applications for Employment” for current job openings within WV State Government; must have a signature and be dated during the posting period.
  • DEP posting numbers for advertised Department of Environmental Protection positions should be included on submitted applications along with the title.​

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