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Environmental Analyst III

Employer
State of Massachusetts
Location
West Side, Massachusetts, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
May 30, 2022

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Sector
Government
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Restoration
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Environmental Analyst III Monitoring Coordinator (Watershed Planning Program) Description The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the restoration and preservation of wetlands, surface waters and coastal resources. MassDEP seeks applicants for the position of Environmental Analyst III (EA III) within the Watershed Planning Program (WPP), Division of Watershed Management, Bureau of Water Resources. WPP is organized into five Sections that each have a different technical focus under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), such as Water Quality Monitoring, and is charged with achieving the goals of the CWA, including monitoring and assessing the quality of rivers, lakes, estuaries, and other surface waters throughout the Commonwealth. This position will be based in MassDEPs Central Regional Office, Worcester, MA. Duty Statement: Under the direction of the WPP Monitoring Program supervisor or his designee, the successful applicant will work collaboratively with WPP staff, as well as sister agencies and other interested parties to perform professional field investigations of the water quality and biological integrity of Massachusetts surface waters to support multiple water quality management objectives. The successful applicant will formulate quality assurance project plans (QAPPs), coordinate field and laboratory investigations, compile environmental data, and report findings in technical reports and memoranda. The successful applicant will also have lead responsibility for coordinating WPPs macroinvertebrate monitoring activities, managing contracts with commercial taxonomy laboratories, and managing and reporting on the macroinvertebrate data. Water quality and biological data are scientifically reviewed, validated, and used to perform waterbody assessment and other activities pursuant to CWA reporting requirements. Finally, the successful applicant will participate in meetings and/or conferences with agency staff, contractors, and other interested parties to discuss environmental issues pertaining to water quality, biological, and ecological health. The position involves working with other professional staff in a team setting and involves work of moderate difficulty and responsibility with substantial latitude for use of independent judgment. Specific duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Design and coordinate field and laboratory investigations to evaluate the status of water quality and biological integrity of surface waters, and to evaluate the effectiveness of measures taken to restore waters, such as permitting and best management practice (BMP) implementation; 2. Review the state 303d list and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) strategy and identify data needs for 305b, 303d monitoring; 3. Design and manage macroinvertebrate sample collection, analyze data, and apply invertebrate community metrics to the assessment of water quality; 4. Maintain, utilize, update, and ensure the quality of the existing benthic macroinvertebrate database; 5. Manage contractual invertebrate taxonomic services; 6. Coordinate and oversee the formulation of QAPPs for performing water quality and ecological field surveys; QAPPs to include the roles of MassDEP field and lab staff, as well as external parties, as needed; 7. Implement monitoring plans by collecting water samples, performing habitat and flow measurements and collecting and identifying biological specimens (e.g., aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, algae and plants); 8. Enter environmental monitoring data into electronic databases; 9. Utilize computer programs and applications to plan monitoring program activities, set schedules, track progress, analyze and present data and report findings; 10. Review, analyze, and interpret monitoring data and prepare scientifically defensible technical reports or memoranda; 11. Communicate results of water quality and biological monitoring studies to agency personnel, contractors and the general public; 12. Use GIS applications to screen potential monitoring sites and to present monitoring data and results; 13. Assist in the development of water quality assessments in accordance with the prevailing Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) guidance; 14. Assist program managers with policy development related to monitoring activities; and 15. Oversee and direct state-funded work conducted by consultants, non-profits, municipalities, and universities that support various water quality monitoring programs. Required Qualifications: 1. Knowledge of watershed science principles; 2. Knowledge of the principles and practices of aquatic ecology and environmental protection, including water pollution biology; 3. Knowledge of the chemical, physical, and biological properties of aquatic systems and their interactions; 4. Working knowledge of the use of macroinvertebrate community analyses in environmental assessment; 5. Experience with scientific data compilation, statistical analysis, and data presentation through figures and tables; 6. Experience interpreting chemical, physical, and biological data, and their relationship to water quality; 7. Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of environmental data to make appropriate recommendations; 8. An understanding of the importance of proper field and laboratory quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) as it relates to environmental reporting; 9. Ability to evaluate the adequacy and competency of environmental work conducted by others, whether data collection, analysis, or reporting; 10. Strong and effective writing, editing, and oral communication skills, including the ability to successfully convey complex issues to technical and non-technical audiences; 11. Strong organizational and time management skills; 12. Ability to work on multiple and concurrent projects to meet deadlines; 13. Ability to work independently, efficiently, and in an organized manner with very strong attention to detail; 14. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups; and 15. Strong working knowledge of MS Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Preferred Qualifications and Experience: 1. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental biology, aquatic ecology, and water quality assessment; 2. Working knowledge of field survey protocols and sampling methodologies pertaining to aquatic ecosystems; 3. Considerable experience working with Microsoft Excel and Access databases; 4. Development of water quality monitoring plans and QAPPs; 5. Familiarity with scientific QA/QC measures associated with environmental analysis; 6. Working knowledge of the use of standard laboratory and field instrumentation, microscopes and taxonomic keys; 7. Experience using the ESRI suite of ArcGIS software and geoprocessing tools; and 8. Experience working with the general public. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. 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 or natural science, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, hydrology, or water resources 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 following substitutions. Substitutions: I. An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental or natural science, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, hydrology, or water resources, 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 or natural science, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, hydrology, or water resources, may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.* III. A Graduate degree with a major in environmental or natural science, biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, hydrology, or water resources, 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. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience. *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. 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. *Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Science* *Organization: Department of Environmental Protection *Title: *Environmental Analyst III Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 8 New Bond St Requisition ID: 220005QS
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