Environmental Analyst IV (Wetlands Analyst)

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Boston, MA, US

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

MassDEP seeks applicants for the position of Wetlands Analyst/Environmental Analyst IV in the Wetlands and Waterways Division within the Bureau of Water Resources (BWR). This position will focus on project review, permitting, and compliance pursuant to the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) and Water Quality Certification (401WQC) regulations specifically related to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) portfolio, primarily Highway Division projects. To meet the challenges of ensuring a safe, reliable, and resilient public roadway system across MA, MassDOT looks to expedite highway and bridge infrastructure improvement projects, using strategies such as design-build (DB). MassDOT projects impacting wetland resource areas comprise an important component of MassDEP Wetlands Program’s work. The Wetlands Analyst IV will perform an essential submittal review and permitting role through pre-construction (e.g. design, permit application), construction, and post-construction phases to ensure established review timelines and regulatory requirements are met for wetlands Variance, wetlands, and other MassDOT permitting tasks, as necessary.

The Wetlands Analyst may also assist with other MassDOT-related efforts, including coordination with other MassDEP programs (e.g. Chapter 91 Waterways), other resource agencies, and local Conservation Commissions; and participation in relevant Program initiatives and Policy development. This position is based in MassDEP’s Boston Office at One Winter Street.

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Primary review and permitting duties for MassDOT Highway projects, focused on, but not limited to, wetlands variances;
  2. Participate in project reviews/consultation at early design/pre-application stages;
  3. Review draft submissions and permit applications within established expedited timeframes;
  4. Prepare and process permits and permit amendments pursuant to WPA and 401WQC regulations to ensure timely issuance;
  5. Participation in pre-construction meetings and ~quarterly project meetings and conducting site visits, as needed, to ensure effective coordination on complex projects;
  6. Review post-Variance submittals (e.g. construction plan changes) to evaluate conformance with Variance and regulatory requirements (e.g. pre-construction documentation);
  7. Coordinate with MassDEP Boston and Regional Offices and with other regulatory/resource agencies and permitting programs, as needed;
  8. Track progress and time spent on project tasks in accordance with established timelines;
  9. Assist in MassDEP wetlands programmatic and policy initiatives directly relevant to or jointly undertaken with MassDOT. Topics may include wetlands mitigation, stormwater management, erosion and sedimentation control and other related issues;
  10. Participate in development and delivery of MassDOT-relevant trainings; and
  11. Other duties, as assigned, to support project review, permitting, and compliance for MassDOT portfolio.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Demonstrated proficiency and field experience with a broad range of issues related to implementation of the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and 401 Water Quality Certification, such as soils and plant identification, wetland and wildlife habitat assessment, riverfront area impact assessment and mitigation, stormwater management (including calculations and design), erosion and sedimentation control, wetlands mitigation design and monitoring, and design of stream crossings to meet wetlands standards.
  • Detailed knowledge of and direct experience with large construction projects. Multi-lane highway widening, and other major linear construction project experience strongly preferred, including design and construction period issues (e.g. erosion and sedimentation control, and runoff and stabilization practices). 
  • Knowledge of policy, regulations, and case implementation related to wetlands protection and river and coastal processes. Direct experience with Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL C. 131, sec 40) and associated WPA Regulations (310 CMR 10.00), the Federal and Massachusetts Clean Waters Act (MGL C. 21, sec 27) and 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations (314 CMR 9.00) strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience with wetlands regulations and delineation requirements pertaining to bordering land subject to flooding, compensatory flood storage design, and FEMA no-rise requirements and analyses.
  • Experience designing stormwater management practices and stream crossings in accordance with applicable MA wetlands regulations.
  • Knowledge of MEPA/NEPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Highway Methodology processes as they pertain to alternatives analyses and project development. Familiarity with principles of traffic assessment preferred.
  • Experience with design, construction, and monitoring of wetland replacement / mitigation preferred.
  • Ability to exercise tactful negotiation and excellent problem-solving skills to resolve conflict among a broad range of constituents with competing interests.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and tools of project management.
  • Ability to analyze complex information, draw conclusions, and summarize effectively for different audiences. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), web-based platforms; ArcMap/MassGIS; and data and information management systems.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills, including experience with regulatory documents, technical reports, and presentations.
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.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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