Environmental Analyst III (Drinking Water)
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.
MassDEP seeks applicants for the position of Environmental Analyst III (EA III) within the Bureau of Water Resources (BWR) Drinking Water Program. The BWR Drinking Water program is charged with regional implementation of the Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations and the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure the protection of public health.
This position will be based in MassDEP's Central Regional Office (CERO), Worcester, MA and will be responsible for the inspection and approval of new Public Water System (PWS) drinking water sources, evaluating source protection measures, assisting public water suppliers with the development of new or replacement sources to ensure the protection of public health. Duties involve generating decisions on applications; conducting hydrogeological and pumping test reviews for the development of new sources, identification of threats to sources, and ensuring adequate supply; evaluating water system designs; and inspecting PWSs for compliance with regulatory requirements to ensure the protection of public health. This position also conducts sanitary surveys, prepares and issues routine enforcement documents, conducts associated follow-up activities, and provides technical assistance to the public and the regulated community.
Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Review New Source Approval (NSA) applications for the installation of PWS sources.
- Conduct/attend pre-application meetings.
- Provide technical assistance to public water suppliers and municipal partners regarding the development of new and/or replacement PWS sources and source protection.
- Conduct field inspections of proposed source locations and determine feasibility.
- Use hydrogeologic knowledge to approve groundwater well placement, pumping test approvals, and Zone I/Zone II delineations.
- Review and approve data collection procedures for pumping tests to evaluate the potential impacts to sensitive receptors and for compliance with the MassDEP Regulations, guidelines and policies.
- Write decisions on NSA applications (Technical Deficiencies, Approvals and Activations).
- Perform on-site sanitary survey inspections of public water systems.
- Update applicable MassDEP data tracking systems.
- Determine compliance with the Drinking Water Regulations. Compile documentation for enforcement and compliance activities.
- Provide technical assistance to public water suppliers and operators Prepare timely inspection reports and issue enforcement documents.
- Attend meetings, conferences and trainings.
- Perform related Drinking water work as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications and Work Experience:
- Knowledge and experience in evaluating hydrogeological systems and models.
- Knowledge and experience with the general operation of public water systems and well design.
- Knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations governing drinking water activities.
- Ability to understand, apply and explain the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
- Experience with interpreting regulations and policies.
- Ability to climb ladders, navigate uneven terrain, and enter areas with limited access.
- Dealing with the public and public officials.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to assemble items of information according to established procedures.
- Review scientific reports and analytical data.
- Write memoranda, letters and technical or general reports.
- Collect, compile and correlate environmental data.
- Strong abilities with use of Microsoft Office Tools.
- A Valid Class D Drivers License.
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.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.