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, the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources and commits to address Environmental Justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth.
MassDEP seeks applicants for the position of Environmental Analyst III (EA III). The position is assigned to the Boston Office Drinking Water Program (DWP), located in Boston, MA.
Under the supervision of an employee of higher grade, the EA III assists in the implementation of the MA Drinking Water Regulations and the Safe Drinking Water Act with emphasis in the following areas:
- Coordinate Ground Water Rule, Emergency Response, Enforcement, Legionella, Underground Injection Control, Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule and related Safe Drinking Water Act programs. Revise, maintain and implement current SOPs for all assigned programs.
- Review and keep current on all federal and state requirements for assigned programs.
- Develop regulations, policies, guidance, factsheets, forms and web updates for staff, public water suppliers and certified operators for assigned drinking water programs.
- Assist in developing Primacy applications and responding to Primacy questions for assigned programs.
- Chair one or more internal workgroups for assigned programs; work with staff in regional office and Boston to ensure EPA Performance Partnership Agreement conditions are met for all assigned programs.
- Review Public Water Systems compliance with and/or adherence to Drinking Water Regulations, Policies and Guidelines for the assigned programs.
- Work with internal workgroup(s) to review and finalize correspondence templates for all assigned programs.
- Represent the Drinking Water Program on EPA and ASDWA workgroups for assigned programs.
- Work with EPA or other national related workgroups (e.g. American Water Works Association) to develop standards and guidelines for assigned programs.
- Work with Regional MassDEP staff to track and monitor schedules for assigned programs.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of general public drinking water principles and management practices.
- Receive technical inquiries and complaints by phone or email and provide appropriate responses.
- Develop appropriate enforcement strategies as it relates to the Department’s Enforcement Response Guidance (ERG) and Drinking Water Program Comprehensive Compliance Strategy (CCS) for all assigned programs.
- Develop and provide training, outreach and assistance to Public Water Suppliers, Departmental Staff, Other Agencies and Professional Organizations to help ensure compliance with applicable DWP regulations, guidance and policies for assigned programs.
- Assist with investigation and response to all Drinking Water Program water quality and quantity complaints.
- Coordinate with other State Agencies, the EPA, regional groups and the water works associations on assigned programs.
- Use of Microsoft software applications including Word, Power Point, Access and Excel.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Implementing MassDEP Drinking Water Program, Regional and Federal Initiatives.
- Maintaining MassDEP’s database systems as appropriate.
- Application of drinking water requirements to situations at Public Water Systems to determine compliance and to recommend actions.
Performance of these duties requires professional environmental analytical work of substantial difficulty and importance with some latitude for self-directed and/or unreviewed action and decision making, requiring independent judgement and skill.
The selected candidate must be able to:
- Valid driver’s license.
A cover letter and resume expressing your interest in this position and technical writing sample must be submitted as part of the application process. These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying.
Preferred qualifications and experience:
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental science and public health, including knowledge of the Drinking Water Regulations (MGL c. 111, §5G and §160 and 310 CMR 22.00) and associated guidance and policy documents.
Preferred skills include the following:
- Experience with the operation of Public Water Systems.
- Experience with the design, permitting or oversight of Public Water Systems.
- Licenses as a Public Water System Operator – preferably Treatment and Distribution System licenses.
- Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and practices pertaining to the protection of drinking water, the environment, and public health.
- Knowledge and experience with environmental sciences/engineering as it relates to drinking water.
- Knowledge or experience with water systems, treatment systems, equipment controls and technologies.
- Experience conducting scientific studies and preparing reports in such areas as contamination migration, hydrology, hydrogeology.
- Knowledge of the principles of hydrology including hydrologic cycle, groundwater flow, gradient, contaminant migration, recharge, discharge and hydraulic properties of aquifers such as conductivity and transmissivity.
- Knowledge and experience in the design or scoping of drinking water facilities.
- Knowledge and experience with water quality monitoring and water treatment technologies.
- Experience reviewing and evaluating technical aspects of permit applications.
- Knowledge and understanding of current water conservation technologies for Public Water Systems and users.
- Familiarity with water quality sampling and laboratory practices.
- Experience implementing Massachusetts General Laws and regulations.
- Experience reviewing and translating technical report results into permit conditions.
- Knowledge of the methods of general and technical report writing.
- Ability to express ideas clearly both orally and in writing.
- Experience in dealing with the public and public officials.
- Experience with Microsoft Office 365 Suite.
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.
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.
Official Title: Environmental Analyst III
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-1 Winter Street
Agency: Department of Environmental Protection
Job Posting: Apr 26, 2022, 7:07:28 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 64,294.62 – 94,119.74 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: GLYNIS BUGG – 6173484040
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES – Engineers/Scientists