Environmental Scientist IV
The Monitoring, Assessment and Planning Program (MAPP) is seeking a qualified water quality monitoring specialist to assist the Watershed Management Division. The position is principally housed at the new Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory located at Vermont Technical College, in Randolph, VT.
Incumbents must have the ability to backcountry ski, swim, canoe, lift and carry 50 lbs. of equipment in backpacks with or without reasonable accomodation, as well as the flexibility to work overtime and spend overnights throughout the state.
The position will be responsible for the following job duties:
- Coordinate the Vermont Long-Term Monitoring Project (VLTMP) for acid sensitive lakes in collaboration with the VLTM Project Manager. Conduct and coordinate the day to day operations of field work during spring runoff and open lake sampling in the spring, summer and fall on 12 lakes.
- Manage and quality assure acid lakes water chemistry data, write quarterly and annual reports, conduct and report upon quality assurance activities and coordinate with state laboratory on QC issues.
- Conduct statistical trend detection on water chemistry from acid lakes from over 30 years of data. Present findings in journal articles and conferences.
- Conduct or oversee biological assessments on acid sensitive waterbodies, including diatom and periphyton communities, collaborating with federal, state and university partners.
- Participate as a core member of the biomonitoring team. Assist in collecting macroinvertebrates, fish and water chemistry using backpack shockers and multi-probes. Assist in taxonomic processing of preserved macroinvertebrate samples to order or family. Assist with fish identification and quantification in field.
Desirable skills and qualifications include:
- Sound knowledge of low ionic strength water chemistry including biotic and abiotic interactions.
- Statistical trend detection of seasonal water chemistry data.
- Experience developing biological criteria using diatoms or periphyton.
- Experience operating water chemistry instrumentation and identifying fish and macroinvertebrates.
When completing the application, applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume outlining their experience with respect to the above-noted duties and desirable skills.
Who May Apply
This position, Environmental Scientist IV (Job Requisition #1368), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Heather Pembrook at (802) 490-6149 or
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
Duties are largely performed in an office setting; however, some field travel may be necessary for which private means of transportation must be available. Field work may involve exposure to chemicals, gases, hazardous liquid and solid waste, and construction sites during all weather conditions; and may involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis.
Master's degree in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, or ecology, soils science, geology, or hydrogeology AND two (2) years or more of work experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, or ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.
Master's degree in any biological-life or physical science AND three (3) years or more of experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, or ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.
Bachelor's degree in biology, microbiology, chemistry, soils science, geology or hydrogeology AND four (4) years of professional experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, or ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.
Bachelor's degree in any biological-life or physical science AND five (5) years or more of professional experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, or ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.
Two years as an Environmental Scientist III.
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
- 80% State paid medical premium
- Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
- Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
- Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
- Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
- Low cost group life insurance
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Incentive-based Wellness Program
- Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.