Local recruitment: Environmental Scientist VI (Public Drinking Water Program)

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Montpelier, VT, USA 🇺🇸

Application Deadline Date:  03/15/2023

Req ID:  46446

Department:  Environmental Conservation

Location: Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent

Schedule Type:  Full Time

Hourly Rate:  $28.02

Overview

The Public Drinking Water Program is seeking a hydrogeologist excited to help Vermonters consume safe drinking water, through surface water and groundwater protection and management, source permitting and data analysis and management.

This job could be for you if you like to:
–    Understand, review, and protect groundwater resources through application of state and federal regulations and guidance.
–    Participate in public meetings, phone conversations, letters, and e-mail with consultants, town officials, the public, and permit applicants.
–    Provide preliminary spills assessments to aid in the management of spills, and conduct risk assessments associated with proposed septic system locations and Act 248/250 projects within source protection areas.
–    Serve as technical expert on behalf of the Division at various workgroups and committees, including the VT Technical Advisory Committee and Drought Task Force.
–    Through research and committee work, identify pertinent drinking water protection and management work and assist with analysis and contract management, including the upcoming VT groundwater monitoring assessment. 
–    Develop website content and a variety of outreach pieces to answer frequently asked questions from the public and consultants about public drinking water sources, permitting, protection and management. 
–    Work closely with a team of technical experts and coordinate broadly with staff from the entire Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division and other DEC staff.

We are specifically looking for someone with:
–    Strong geological/hydrogeological background, specifically related to drinking water use and protection.
–    Experience with Microsoft Office Products (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access), Adobe, and computer databases
–    Knowledge of federal and state drinking water regulations, environmental regulations, and/or experience working with the public
–    Excellent communication and technical writing skills 
–    GIS experience is not a requirement, but an advantage

The Agency of Natural Resources and Public Drinking Water Program has an employee-friendly telework policy, requiring staff (once trained) to work from the office as little as a few days a month. The rest of the days, staff are welcome to work in the office as they wish or work from their productive home offices. This is a full-time, permanent position, and when considering salary – remember that benefits is worth ~30% of your total compensation.

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Scientist VI, Public Drinking Water Program (Job Requisition #46446), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Sille Larsen at sille.larsen@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Environmental Factors

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.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in biology, microbiology, chemistry, soils science, geology or hydrogeology AND three (3) years of experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.

OR

Master’s degree in biological-life or physical science AND four (4) years or more of experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, or hydrogeology.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in biology, microbiology, chemistry, soils science, geology or hydrogeology AND five (5) years or more of professional experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in any biological-life or physical science AND six (6) years or more of professional experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, or hydrogeology.

OR

One year experience as an Environmental Scientist V or two years as an Environmental Scientist IV

Total Compensation

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

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.


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