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State of Massachusetts Planner III, Regional Watershed Planner in West Boylston, Massachusetts

The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails, golf courses and parkways. The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Regional Planner III - Regional Watershed Planner. This position is responsible for administration of the Watershed Protection Act (WsPA) in the Wachusett Reservoir watershed. Passed in 1992, this regulation is a critical part of the Division's mission of protecting the watershed and the drinking water supply for more than 3 million people. Specific Duties: * -Implement the Watershed Protection Act (WsPA; Watershed Protection Regulations 313 CMR 11). -Respond promptly to public inquiries regarding the WsPA. -Read and interpret land development plans to evaluate compliance with WsPA regulations. -Write Advisory Rulings, Determinations of Applicability, and Variance decisions under the WsPA; issue final documents within mandated timeframes. -Review and track all WsPA applications and add relevant information to the Wachusett Section’s Environmental Quality database. -Schedule and participate (as staff) in WsPA Variance hearings by presenting questions and relevant information. -Review previous years’ files in Environmental Quality database, maintain documentation of issues and actions taken, and ensure that electronic records match paper records. -Carry out or coordinate site inspections of active and historic WsPA Variance decisions to ensure work adheres to conditions. -Attend intra-agency Watershed Protection Act Working Group meetings to discuss policy and address specific problems related to the WsPA and share new information with staff. -Coordinate with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on matters of regulation and jurisdiction. -Review building permits for watershed towns each month and send letters to property owners of affected parcels. -Review property transfers for watershed towns each month and send letters to new property owners of affected parcels informing them of the WsPA and how they may obtain additional information. -Maintain contact and cooperative relationships with municipal officials, development consultants, realtors, and other interested parties to maximize WsPA compliance. -Provide Town Halls with WsPA maps, brochures and applications annually or as needed. -Communicate regularly with Environmental Quality staff and work together to resolve any threats to water quality by providing prompt notice of any projects that involve National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) construction general permits, septic system replacements, stormwater infrastructure, or other environmental regulations. -Carry out or coordinate inspections of older projects and communicate with owners until past projects are resolved. -Work with watershed communities on review and update of local stormwater regulations to comply with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) permit. -Provide professional support on land use planning or other associated topics such as proposed trail routes, local zoning regulation changes, or other land use changes related to the Division of Water Supply Protection's mission to watershed communities. *Preferred qualifications and license and/or certification requirements: -Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License is required. -Graduate or undergraduate degree in Resource Management, Planning, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Biology, Environmental Sciences or a closely related field. -Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of watershed management and protection, including methods and techniques of field and laboratory research that pertain to watershed management. -Experience using geographic information systems (e.g, ArcGIS). -Ability to utilize hand-held GPS devices and digital cameras. -Ability to read, understand, interpret, apply, and explain technical literature and the laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to land development and its impact on drinking supply watersheds in Massachusetts and assigned unit activities. -Ability to work independently and as part of a team. -Strong organizational skills. -Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others. -Ability to speak and write clearly and to communicate effectively with staff and the general public. -Ability to work outdoors all year round under varying climatic conditions. This requisition will remain open for 90 days however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. 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 urban or regional planning, environmental planning, transportation planning or land use planning, and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental sciences may be substituted for two years of the required (A) experience.* II. A Graduate degree with a major in urban or regional planning, environmental planning, urban studies, architecture, landscape architecture, civil, environmental, or transportation engineering or environmental studies may be substituted for 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 three years of the required experience. Substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License. *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. *Job: Environmental and Energy *Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation *Title: *Planner III, Regional Watershed Planner Location: Massachusetts-West Boylston-180 Beaman St Requisition ID: 2100021R

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