Environmental Analyst III
About MassDOT An agency on the move, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) takes great pride in connecting the Commonwealth's residents and communities. Powered by a growing data-analytics discipline - and working in conjunction with municipalities, public agencies and the private sector - we're finding new ways to improve the Bay State's transportation infrastructure. Position Summary Assists the senior staff in overseeing environmental compliance and protection programs at public use airports. Manages the Statewide Vegetation Management Program and serves as the division lead for the implementation of various statewide environmental projects/programs. Serves as the principal overseer on environmental planning/permitting projects for the Commonwealth's 35public use airports; including projects presented for Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review and projects that require federal, state and local permits prior to development. The Environmental Analyst III will also provide technical assistance to airports in response to inquiries concerning significant environmental impacts at/and around airports that may affect airport operations and responds to non-airport/aviation potential conditions that have the ability to affect those airports and become potential hazards to the safety of flight. This position is Monday through Friday with remote/telework options. Duties and Responsibilities * Manages consultant teams in the preparation of noise, air quality, ground access, planning mitigation and other environmental needs analyses. Ensures that technical analyses are comprehensive and properly represent MassDOT' policies and procedures. * Reviews/comments on airport master plans, environmental planning & permitting documents, scopes of work and cost estimates for various projects and evaluates them for eligibility, priority status, and applicability of regulatory and program guidelines. * Assists with early identification of impact avoidance, minimization and mitigation strategies for all permitting assignments. * Evaluates the feasibility of proposed sustainability projects at airports as they relate to economic viability, operational efficiency and natural resource conservation, to meet the MassDOT and Commonwealth goals for energy reduction and increased resiliency. * Reviews and interprets federal and state environmental laws and implements regulations such as Wetlands Protection Act, Chapter 91, MEPA, NEPA, Coastal Zone Management Act, Water Quality Certification, and the U.S. Army Corps to determine the environmental permitting/mitigation requirements of new airport construction and rehabilitation/redevelopment projects. * Works closely with FAA Airports Division, airport managers, consultants and technical teams to monitor and anticipate environmental agency permitting requests for upcoming infrastructure, facility and development projects at public use airports. * Maintains close working relationships with state and federal agency representatives particularly during project review by various agencies. Coordinates with all parties and assists agencies in setting scheduling priorities when multiple projects are under review. * Coordinates with the Legal Department to ensure that MassDOT projects undergo required approval processes, as directed. * Represents MassDOT interests by attending meetings with city, state and federal agencies, community organizations and environmental interest groups. Makes public presentations at community outreach meetings - often on highly controversial issues. * Assists in the development of environmental planning and permitting strategies for airport projects to be developed by others. Reviews/evaluates permit requirements and supervises environmental filings by consultants and 3rd party development teams. * Prepares project Requests for Proposals (RFPs), evaluates consultant proposals, and participates in consultant selection processes. * Assists MassDOT Drone Pilot Program team members and Aeronautics staff with information on airport obstructions, wildlife hazards, wetlands delineation, GIS mapping, and other potential safety items that are necessary for successful project outcomes. * Acts as resident inspector at airports overseeing vendors performing site work on vegetation management and mitigation projects. * Coordinates with Mass Highway on airport tree clearing when obstructions are located in the Highway's Right of Way (ROW). * Conducts airport site visits and assists in developing permitting strategies/approaches to ensure that appropriate and timely environmental planning and permitting is completed prior to the start of proposed airport development/infrastructure projects. * Negotiates consultant contracts including scope, cost and schedule in consultation with the Director of Aviation Planning. * Provides education/training to industry stakeholders/management on environmental laws/policies that may affect airport projects. * Assists the Aviation Operations and Compliance Division with inspections of airport environments, vegetation management issues, and compliance with environmental regulations related to wetland and waterway resource areas, and wildlife hazards. * Complies with FAA standards for safe ground operations while operating vehicles in active aircraft operating areas (AOAs) such as runways, taxiways and aircraft parking aprons. Escorts contractor vehicles/equipment in and around the airfield vicinity. * Must follow approved two-way radio protocols when communicating position on an airfield or requesting approval to proceed to authorized work construction sites. * Applicants must possess a valid Class D driver's license and this position requires applicants to pass a CORI background check for ID badging and access to the Logan Office Center Preferred Qualifications Prior experience working in aviation/airport settings and/or knowledge in environmental planning/permitting or FAA regulations is preferred. If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Felis DePina, Human Resources at email@example.com. First consideration will be given to applicants that apply within the first 14 days. All job applications must be submitted online through MassCareers to be considered. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, of which (B) at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.* II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.* III. A Graduate degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.* * Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. For a disability‐related reasonable accommodation or alternative application method, call ADA Coordinator, Heather Ulesoo (617) 851-9447. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.