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State of Massachusetts Environmental Analyst III in Worcester, Massachusetts

Nonpoint Source Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator Environmental Analyst III Description 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’s Watershed Planning Program (WPP)is responsible for protecting and restoring the quality of the state’s rivers, lakes, estuaries, and other waterbodies. The WPP seeks applicants for a Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator (Environmental Analyst III) to provide critical support to WPP’s Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program in efforts to reduce adverse impacts of NPS pollution on water quality. Under the supervision of the NPS Program Section Chief or his/her designee, the Watershed Specialist & Outreach Coordinator will apply technical experience and expertise related to NPS pollution to assist inwatershed planning to protect and restore waterbodies, provide technical assistance to partners with planning forNPS pollution control measures and best management practices (BMPs),and conduct outreach to strengthen collaborative efforts to mitigate NPS pollution. The preferred candidate will have a professional demeanor, demonstrateexcellent organizational skills,be highly motivated, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Additional attributes of the preferred candidate will includethe ability to manage and work on multiple projects concurrently, meet tight deadlines, and work well both independently and as a member of a team. Typical job duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Provide technical support and guidance to external stakeholders (municipalities, universities, nonprofit organizations, watershed associations, and regional planning agencies) on the development of Watershed Based Plans (WBPs) using EPA’s nine-elements framework. 2. Manage DEP-funded projects supporting the development of WBPs. 3. Provide external stakeholders with technical assistance on planning, selection, implementation, and operations and maintenance of BMPs for NPS pollution management. 4. Conduct targeted outreach and educational activities to external stakeholders on NPS pollution management. 5. Conduct and oversee trainings and workshops on NPS pollution management topics. 6. Provide external stakeholders with technical assistance on planning for development of high-quality project ideas for 319 grant proposals. 7. Manage select NPS program initiatives such as the Healthy Watershed Program, successfully prioritizing healthy waters and engaging partners to implement interventions or planning activities to ensure protection of healthy watersheds/high-quality waters. 8. Build and strengthen partnerships with lead state agencies involved in water quality restoration to coordinate efforts and effectively implement NPS restoration activities, specifically coordinating meetings and workgroups as needed. 9. Build and strengthen partnerships to maximize effectiveness and efficiency of NPS mitigation efforts, including coordination of meetings for watershed managers from state agencies, municipalities, watershed organizations, conservation districts, and the private sector to share information, network, and collaborate. 10. Oversee the development of tools to support NPS program planning and management. 11. Complete revisions to the evaluation criteria and methodology used for prioritizing lakes, streams, and estuaries for both restoration and protection. 12. Create a framework for identification of focus watersheds for NPS grants and related outreach activities. 13. Oversee updates to the Massachusetts Clean Water Toolkit. Required Qualifications * Knowledge of NPS pollution pathways, impacts, mitigation, and prevention. * Considerable knowledge of watershed assessment and planning principles. * Ability to build and maintain partnerships to restore water quality. * Ability to lead teams and facilitate collaborative goal setting. * Effective project management skills. * Strong and effective writing, editing, and oral communication skills, including the ability to successfully convey complex issues to internal and external stakeholders. * Professional experience implementing programs or projects that manage urban or agriculture runoff to surface waters or groundwater. * Detailed technical and operational knowledge of BMPs for control of NPS pollution, including storm water management and agricultural conservation practices. * Ability to balance independent work and close coordination with supervisors, colleagues, partners, and stakeholders. * General knowledge of fiscal account tracking systems. * Knowledge ofMS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Additional Desired Qualifications * Experience in project management, with a focus on grantee and contractor oversight to produce high-quality deliverables. * Experience with financial oversight of grant funded projects. * Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. * Proficiency in the ESRI suite of ArcGIS software. This position will be based in Worcester at DEP’s Watershed Planning and Program’s Office at 8 New Bond Street. 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 or natural science, environmental planning, environmental design, environmental engineering, earth science, geology, biology, hydrology, or water resources 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 following substitutions. Substitutions: I. An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental or natural science, environmental planning, environmental design, environmental engineering, earth science, geology, biology, hydrology, or water resources, 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 or natural science, environmental planning, environmental design, environmental engineering, earth science, geology, biology, hydrology, or water resources, may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.* III. A Graduate degree with a major in field of environmental or natural science, environmental planning, environmental design, environmental engineering, earth science, geology, biology, hydrology, or water resources, 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. 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-Worcester - 8 New Bond St Requisition ID: 210004NG

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