Roadside Environmental Specialist (#MGCE01)
$34,142.00 Yearly Min / $42,678.00 Yearly Mid / $51,214.00 Yearly Max

Roadside Environmental Supervisor (#MGCE02)
$39,093.00 Yearly Min / $48,866.00 Yearly Mid / $58,639.00 Yearly Max

Roadside Environmental Administrator (#MGCE03)
$47,892.00 Yearly Min / $59,865.00 Yearly Mid / $71,838.00 Yearly Max

Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses three levels in the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Sciences occupational group, Natural Resources occupational series and describes inspection and compliance work for ensuring that all native and introduced vegetative growth within the statewide network of transportation rights-of-way is designed, developed and maintained to provide erosion control, travel safety, and visual pleasure.  Erosion and sediment control inspection work is conducted during the planning, design, construction and maintenance stages of transportation projects and established rights-of-way.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Reviews construction plans to determine field constructability of all erosion and sediment control methods/devices to be used throughout the construction process; long term storm water control features and landscape designs including fixed features and vegetative specimens. Comments on designs and recommends plan modifications.
  • Meets with project inspectors and contractors to identify wetland boundaries, review and approve field changes, and explain site non-compliance and how to comply with state and Federal regulations. Recommends work stoppage if contractor fails to comply.
  • Coordinates field inspections and fieldwork including all maintenance, repairs, replacements; pesticide applications; care and maintenance of all native and introduced vegetation. 
  • Determines when roadside maintenance work can be done in house or requires specialty contractors. Coordinates with operations staff or justifies and coordinates the contracted activities with staff activities. Inspects contracted planting and overall landscape work. Recommends payment/corrections.
  • Inspects plant materials at the source, accepting or rejecting due to plant health.
  • Inspects stormwater management facilities and reports failures/potential failures.

Levels of Work

Roadside Environmental Specialist

This is the first level.

  • Works under the general supervision of a technical superior.
  • Contacts are the agency's stormwater engineer and construction inspectors, other state and federal inspectors,
  • project inspectors and contractors and responding to public inquiry/concern.

Roadside Environmental Supervisor

This level supervises the day-to-day erosion control inspection activities.

  • Reports to a technical superior.
  • Supervision is exercised over at least two or more merit full time positions per Merit Rule 5.1460. The elements of supervision include planning, assigning, reviewing, evaluating, coaching, training, and recommending hire/fire and discipline.
  • Coordinates the work of a field inspection team and establishes priorities to ensure against construction interruptions, hazardous conditions and to maintain safe and attractive transportation rights-of-way including planned removal of dead/diseased trees, pesticide applications, landscaping projects, and vegetation research projects.
  • Meets with suppliers/vendors, prepares specifications and requests for bid, recommends award of contracts, processes contract addendum, change orders, extensions, invoices, and enforces contract terms/recommends renegotiation terms. Approves payment and negotiates corrections.
  • Follows up with project inspectors for violations of erosion/sediment control regulations. May meet with contractors.
  • In event of non-compliance, may call for work stoppage. Persistent non-compliance is referred to superior.
  • Analyzes section programs and projects to determine funding needs/availability, recommend budget requests and understand technological changes and the useful applications of plant research findings.
  • Works with department information management section to develop and maintain administrative and program related computerization such as GIS application to facility inventories.
  • Active membership/participation in professional organizations ensures up-to-date knowledge in the variousdisciplines associated with the right-of-way development/maintenance.

Roadside Environmental Administrator

This level plans, develops, and implements the vegetative management program for the State's  network of transportation rights-of-way.

  • Reports to an administrative superior.
  • Provides the technical expertise necessary for development of long-term objectives for vegetative development and maintenance. Researches and evaluates alternative design, vegetation, and maintenance methods.
  • Plans and designs landscaping projects.
  • Develops policies and procedures for program implementation and operation to include in-house and contracted design, installation, and maintenance.
  • Represents the Department on the DelDOT Roadside Vegetation Advisory Committee as co-chairman.
  • Analyzes the feasibility of section's budgetary proposals. Revises and justifies proposals.
  • Participates at public hearings and makes presentations at formal and informal gatherings related to right-of way issues and private sector sponsorships of right-of-way beautification projects.
  • Active membership/participation in related national organizations to ensure up-to-date knowledge in the various disciplines important to an effective right-of-way program.
  • Contacts are with plant/chemical science researchers, both academic and private enterprise, design and maintenance contractors, the general public/public officials, and intra-agency management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of the principal and practices of erosion/sediment control and stormwater management.
  • Knowledge of state laws, rules, and regulations regarding erosion and sediment control.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations regarding wetlands and subaqueous lands identification, damage/destruction, mitigation, and remediation and herbicide and pesticide use, methods of application and storage.
  • Knowledge of soil mechanics as applicable to engineering and agriculture.
  • Knowledge of horticulture, aboriculture, and soils as applicable to landscaping and erosion characteristics.
  • Knowledge of landscape design.
  • Knowledge of herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer use and application methods.
  • Ability to interpret landscape and construction design plans, maps, blueprints, sketches and drawings at the level needed for field application.
  • Ability to define problems and develop solutions.
  • Ability to use the principles of geometry for area and quantity determinations.
  • Ability to make changes to erosion/sediment control and landscape plans and designs and to estimate related costs.

In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the Roadside Environmental Supervisor requires:

  • Knowledge of ornamental horticulture, arboriculture, agronomy, and landscape design.
  • Knowledge of plant pathology, chemical growth controls, forestry, pesticides/herbicides and their application equipment.
  • Knowledge of right-of-way development and related practices, procedures and programs.
  • Knowledge of calibration procedures for various methods of pesticide application.
  • Knowledge of state laws, rules and regulations regarding contracted services.
  • Skill in reading landscape and construction design plans, maps, blueprints, sketches and drawings and interpreting for field application.
  • Ability to recognize and mediate conflict.
  • Ability to organize and write clear, complete and concise records, reports, and correspondence.
  • Ability to use computers and software to maintain accurate data.
  • Ability to negotiate with vendors regarding invoice discrepancies.

In addition to the above knowledge, skills and abilities, the Roadside Environmental Administrator requires:

  • Knowledge of arboriculture, phenology, taxonomy, landscape architecture, and organic chemistry.
  • Knowledge of ornamental horticulture, turfgrass management, and botany.
  • Knowledge of soil erosion controls.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, local laws, rules, zoning, and ordinances as they relate to right-of-way vegetative development/management, including contract administration and purchasing.
  • Knowledge of applied research methods and technical report preparation.
  • Ability to prepare training/educational programs for intra-agency staff, local governments' staff and the general public.
  • Ability to assume lead positions on committees and review panels regarding local, state, and national landscape/vegetative management issues.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Roadside Environmental Administrator
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Three years experience in landscape design and maintenance work including planting and seeding.
  2. Three years experience in pesticide application and safety standards.
  3. Six months experience in budget development which includes analyzing financial data and making long and short range plans and projections.
  4. Three year experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  5. Six months experience in staff supervision which includes planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others.