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State of Massachusetts Environmental Analyst III in Wilmington, Massachusetts

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 Northeast Regional Office (NERO), Wilmington, MA, and will be responsible for assessing compliance with the Drinking Water regulations by conducting sanitary survey inspections and documenting findings, determining compliance with regulatory policies and standards, and other compliance and enforcement activities. This position also assesses water quality monitoring and reporting, prepares and issues routine enforcement documents, reviews assessments and corrective action plans, prepares and issues sampling plans, conducts associated follow-up activities, and provides technical assistance to the public and the regulated community. A particular focus of this position is to assist the Drinking Water section’s PFAS lead in the implementation of newly promulgated regulations for PFAS, including coordinating and evaluating PFAS compliance, monitoring and proposed corrective actions, which may include corrective actions. This position will also coordinate with other MassDEP Bureaus on PFAS issues.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Perform on-site and remote sanitary survey inspections of public water systems and prepare timely inspection reports.

  2. Determine compliance with the Drinking Water Regulations, compiling documentation for enforcement and compliance activities and updating tracking databases.

  3. Review and evaluate PFAS analytical data submitted by Public Water Suppliers (PWS) to insure they meet QA/QC standards.

  4. Track all submittals for PWS where PFAS has been detected, such as public notices, additional sampling, updated sampling schedules, corrective actions, etc., and update MassDEP tracking systems.

  5. Perform engineering reviews of permit applications associated with drinking water facilities, including treatment facilities, distribution systems, etc.

  6. Prepare and issue standard enforcement documents in response to violations of the drinking water regulations and non-conformance with drinking water guidelines.

  7. Assist in reviews and interpretation of water quality data and provide technical assistance regarding water quality issues and complaints.

  8. Provide technical assistance to public water suppliers and operators on follow-up corrective action plans and enforcement actions.

  9. Implement water quality monitoring programs; tracking, logging contaminants, determining compliance.

  10. Prepare, maintain and update drinking water sampling schedules and plans.

  11. Perform technical reviews of water quality monitoring reports.

  12. Coordinate intra-agency water quality monitoring waiver determination reviews.

  13. Provide technical assistance to the general public and regulated community on drinking water issues.

  14. Provide assistance to laboratories and public water suppliers on quality assurance and quality control review of monitoring data.

  15. Update and manage the WQTS database for public water supply inventory, bacteriological and chemical water quality monitoring data and violation and enforcement actions.

  16. Attend meetings, conferences and trainings.

  17. Perform related Drinking Water Program work as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications and Work Experience:

  • Documented experience and knowledge of MassDEP Drinking Water Regulations and guidelines, particularly as related to sanitary survey requirements.

  • Ability to read and understand engineering plans.

  • Ability to perform independent on-site inspections of public water systems.

  • Work experience interacting with the public and public officials in a professional manner.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of general operations of public water systems.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong attention to detail with demonstrated ability to organize and compile detailed information.

  • Work experience demonstrating the ability to review technical correspondence, interpret, and compile results and prepare a draft written response.

  • Work experience demonstrating the ability to review and interpret drinking water quality data.

  • Knowledge and experience with managing data.

  • Experience evaluating laboratory analytical procedures, methods and quality control.

  • Ability to climb ladders, navigate uneven terrain, and enter areas with limited access.

  • General knowledge of state environmental programs.

  • Ability and experience explaining complex technical concepts to the general public.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public.

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office 365.

  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s 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.

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 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.

Job: *Science

Organization: *Department of Environmental Protection

Title: Environmental Analyst III

Location: Massachusetts-Wilmington-205 B Lowell Street

Requisition ID: 2100033U

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