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Natural Resource Analyst

Employer
State of Massachusetts
Location
Belchertown, Massachusetts, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research, Government
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
Forestry
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a large agency made up of several Divisions. The Division of Water Supply Protection (DWSP) is a section of DCR whos primary mission is to provide pure water through responsible watershed management. DWSP manages and protects 140,000-acres of watershed lands and reservoirs that provide a natural forest filter and some of the nations highest quality drinking water to approximately 3 million residents of Massachusetts. The DWSP Natural Resources Section is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Natural Resource Analyst, Environmental Analyst II. This position helps implement and coordinate aspects of Natural Resource management for the maintenance of excellent water quality standards on Division property. Serves to protect, maintain and enhance water resources on Division property while mitigating and minimizing animal-related damage to both watershed structures and resources. Duties include: -Research and Monitoring: Performs environmental analysis on the impacts of Watershed forestry on animals such as small mammals, birds, bats, reptiles, and amphibians; inventories vernal pools on watershed lands; assist with deer density surveys to calculate the impact deer have on the watershed forest and measure its ability to regenerate. Conducts field investigations and surveys of various species that can impact water quality. -Water Supply Damage Mitigation: Helps with the Watershed white-tailed deer management program; works with Natural Resources Staff to mitigate animal damage problems across Division lands including species that may impact water quality or cause infrastructure damage. -Data and Report Preparation: Enters results from the Divisions various natural resources management programs and prepares related reports; Compiles and helps prepare technical or general reports summarizing environmental data collected from research and natural resource monitoring activities. -Land Management: Assists in determining compliance with the appropriate sections of current Land Management Plans; Plans and monitors environmental conditions that focus on ecosystem health and the conservation of state-listed species. Projects include invasive species control, young forest management, and rare natural communities management. Assists with annual forest management proposal review on watershed lands. -GIS/Database Management: Uses ArcPro, ArcGIS online and mobile collection Apps (such as ESRI's Field Maps and Survey 123) to enter and maintain various environmental data sets for use in watershed management; Uses Microsoft Access and Excel to maintain and update various data sets. -Public/Professional Associations: Under the guidance of the Environmental Analysis III, assists municipalities and the public with animal-water related concerns, problems, and damage mitigation when Division property or resources are involved; Give lectures and presentations to public groups and at professional meetings on a variety of natural resources and water supply related topics. -Assists with the coordination of watershed management activities with other Division activities by consulting with other DCR staff and section heads to assure compatibility of the various management objectives. Preferred Qualifications: -An undergraduate degree in the natural resource management field. -Experience with natural resource monitoring -Experience with GIS and/or mobile GIS applications -Willingness to work outdoors in a variety of conditions -Ability to work both independently and part of a team on a variety of projects -Experience operating or using small boats First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) three 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 one year 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 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 environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. *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 Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Natural Resource Analyst Location: Massachusetts-Belchertown-485 Ware Road Requisition ID: 220007C8
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