Environmental Analyst (Long Island Sound Regional Coordinator)
NEIWPCC is a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality. We engage and convene water quality professionals and other interested parties from New England and New York to collaborate on water, wastewater, and environmental science challenges across regions, ecosystems, and areas of expertise.
New York has dedicated extensive state resources to restore and protect the water quality of Long Island Sound (LIS). The EPA Long Island Sound Study (LISS) has been an important partner in improving water quality in the Sound. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Division of Water (DOW) is focused on the water quality aspect of the LISS priorities and works closely with the divisional bureaus within the DOW, as well as coordination with the Division of Marine Resources, to improve the water in the Sound. DOW also leads the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) which focuses on how best to reduce nitrogen loading to groundwater and surface water through technical, management, and regulatory/policy actions. Many of the on-going and future programs involve multiple partnerships and coordinated efforts with local governments. DOW has a strong partnership with the three counties in the Long Island Sound watershed and New York City and is seeking to increase DOW’s coordination with municipalities.
The LIS Regional Coordinator (LISRC) is a new position and will supplement and increase the NYSDEC DOW’s engagement in LISS. This position will assist in the planning and execution of activities and projects NYSDEC DOW participates in through LISS and will act in a coordinator capacity in the area of water quality (specifically nitrogen reduction) and community sustainability/resilience. The LISRC will participate in LISS workgroups and meetings; participate in TMDL implementation, evaluations, revisions, and implementation of additional nitrogen reduction plans and measures; provide technical support and participation on the stakeholder group for EPA’s LIS Nitrogen Reduction Strategy; facilitate and provide technical support for NY municipalities; and provide grant oversight and management. The LISRC will also build partnerships with and assist municipalities in evaluating and assessing local policies and programs to determine how they align with the LISS Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), and assist municipalities to leverage the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) to implement water quality improvement projects.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Project management. Engage with counties and municipalities in the LIS watershed and help them identify and implement projects that align with local policy and the water quality priorities in the LISS CCMP, especially those related to nitrogen reduction.
- Funding Coordination. Serve as lead to connect counties and municipalities in the LIS watershed with available funding sources, including state and federal grants.
- Grant Management. Serve as coordinator and project manager for LISS EPA grants to DOW, keeping project timelines intact and preparing required reports.
- Workgroups and Committees. Provide technical support and participation in LISS workgroups and committees to strengthen NYSDEC DOW’s activity in the LISS objectives and advancement of the CCMP Implementation Actions.
- Outreach. Prepare informational materials and conduct outreach and education activities (e.g., meetings, presentations, web content, etc.), with municipalities to help them learn about the LISS program, the LISFF, and the integral role municipalities play in restoring and protecting the Sound.
- A bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, natural science, earth science, biology, chemistry or related field preferred.
- 3+ years of professional work experience in the field.
- Knowledge of project management, including budget oversight and grant writing.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to facilitate and present at large group meetings to a variety of audiences.
- Experience working cooperatively with a broad range of stakeholders in planning and implementing water quality protection programs.
- Ability to work independently and as part of diverse and multi-disciplinary groups and display good organizational, recordkeeping, and follow-through skills.
- Computer literacy, particularly spreadsheets, word processing, and virtual meeting platforms.
It is important to note that this position is currently funded for two years, with the potential for an extension pending additional funding.
NEIWPCC offers a competitive compensation package, including excellent comprehensive benefits for eligible employees. If interested, we welcome you to send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 11, 2020. Please reference 21-LISS-001 in the email subject line.
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