Environmental Analyst IV

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Springfield, MA, USA 🇺🇸

Description

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

Duty Statement: Under the general supervision of the Wetlands Section Chief or an analyst or engineer of higher grade in the Wetlands Section, the Wetlands Analyst IV shall perform the duties below. This position is a senior analyst position, and the candidate is expected to perform these duties with minimal supervision and have the ability and capacity to exercise independent judgment in accomplishing these duties.  The position is assigned to the Western Regional Office of MassDEP located in Springfield. 

  •  Review permit applications for projects subject to the Wetlands Protection Act, 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations and Chapter 91/Waterways Regulations;
  • Schedule and conduct site visits with applicants, consultants and local/state/federal representatives to evaluate wetland delineations and discuss technical and regulatory aspects of project proposals under the Wetlands Protection Act, 401 Water Quality Certification regulations and Waterways Regulations.
  • Draft information requests and other correspondence necessary to evaluate permit applications and appeals.
  • Draft SOCs/SORADs/SDAs,401 WQC permits, Waterways Licenses, MEPA comments and other correspondence for approval by the Section Chief.
  • Participate in adjudicatory hearings, prepare expert testimony for administrative and Court/Attorney General proceedings.
  • Conduct technical and regulatory review of moderately complex plans, reports, wetland replication proposals, stormwater calculations and stormwater management designs; prepare technical comments, information requests and other correspondence;
  • Investigate complaints, respond to requests for assistance by conservation commissions, property owners or others; gather information as needed in order to determine compliance with 401 WQC, Waterways and the WPA Regulations; evaluate reports of violations to determine whether agency action is appropriate and make recommendations on enforcement actions;
  • Draft enforcement agreements/actions and monitor compliance on resolved cases; participate in enforcement conferences;
  • Draft comments on MEPA filings or other documents, including assisting with information collection/review and determining appropriate actions;
  • Participate in pre-application meetings in the regional office with other local/state/federal agencies on projects that involve wetland and waterways issues; coordinate with other local/state/federal agencies regarding permitting, compliance and enforcement of projects permitted under the WPA, Waterways Regulations and the 401/404 Regulations.
  • Participate in meetings with stakeholders, members of the public, local/state/federal representatives about projects or policies within the scope of the Wetlands Program.
  • Perform data entry and other duties as required.

 Preferred Work Experience:   

  • Knowledge of the principles of wetland science, such as botany, hydrology and soil science, relevant to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Regulations and 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations as well as experience in wetland delineation under the Massachusetts regulations.
  • Direct experience in implementing the WPA and a strong understanding of the regulations for inland and coastal resource areas as well as permitting procedures.   
  • Demonstrated ability to review moderately complex site development plans, stormwater reports, engineering studies, specifications and related information that is routinely submitted for projects that are proposed in or near wetlands. 
  • Knowledge and experience applying the Mass. Stream Crossing Standards and Stormwater Regulations is strongly preferred.  
  • Knowledge and experience applying Chapter 91and the Waterways Regulations is strongly preferred.  
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both oral and written, are required.  

  Preferred Qualifications:   

  • Documented experience and proficiency in implementing and applying the Mass. Wetlands Protection Act regulations.
  • Knowledge of the 401 WQC Regulations.
  • Knowledge of Chapter 91 and the Waterways Regulations.
  • Knowledge and work experience reviewing site development plans, stormwater management plans, erosion and sedimentation management plans, waterways (dock) plans, wetland delineation and related technical information.
  • Knowledge of MassDEP Wetlands Policies.
  • Experience and training in wetland delineation methodology.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 2000, Powerpoint, Excel and GIS.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five 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 three years must have been in a professional capacity, and of which (C) at least one year must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) 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 one year 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 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.

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.Official Title: Environmental Analyst IV

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Springfield – Res 6051

Job: Science

Agency: Department of Environmental Protection

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Posting: Nov 2, 2021, 8:00:23 PM

Number of Openings: 1

Salary: 69,929.34 – 102,938.94 Yearly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Michelle Water-Ekanem – 6172925751

Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES – Engineers/Scientists

Confidential: No

Apply By: ASAP


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