Environmental Analyst III

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Boston, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Apply By: 
ASAP

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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. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, golf courses, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Environmental Analyst III.

Responsible for monitoring, tracking and analyzing a broad range of aquatic/hydrologic conditions to inform and guide water resources management including the Lakes and Ponds Program, and to provide information to stakeholders.  Maintains and evaluates related databases and websites; develops plans and directs research in the water related resources fields.  Monitors water conditions in Massachusetts, prepares monthly Hydrologic Conditions Report for Water Resources Commission and data for DCR Rainfall web page.  Provides data in response to public information requests.  Assists with data collection, assessment and management in the DCR  Lakes and Ponds program.

DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Lakes and Ponds Program

-Maintain data base, GIS mapping and filing system for over 175 DCR lakes and ponds in over 80 forest and parks; maintain data and filing system used in coordination with field work; writing technical reports and providing lake data and technical assistance to the public and other agencies. 

-Work with Lakes and Ponds team to develop scopes and budgets for annual work plan for lake and pond projects.  Prepare procurement and financial forms for DCR funded lake projects and legislative earmarked lake projects.

-Assist with other staff to conduct baseline surveys including aquatic vegetative surveys and general watershed characterization at designated lakes.

-Maintain and update the Lakes and Ponds website and other education and outreach materials.

Water Resources Commission

-Maintain precipitation data base and oversee rainfall observer network .

-Prepare monthly Hydrologic Conditions Report for the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission; evaluate water resources data for drought management planning and response.

-Maintain and update related websites and other education and outreach materials.

-Review the geologic and hydrogeologic components of proposed projects for water resources development and proposed inter-basin transfers of water in accordance with the Inter-basin Transfer Act.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Knowledge of the principals and practices of environmental science and public health

-Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in environmental science and public health

-Knowledge of the types and uses of instruments and equipment, both portable and stationary, used in measuring environmental conditions

-Knowledge of the environmental properties of soils including the transmissivity, bacteriological activity, absorption and adsorption properties of soil

-Knowledge of the methods of soil testing including soil classification, chemical content, trace metals analysis and aquifer characteristics

-Knowledge of the chemical properties of water including pH, conductivity, presence of trace metals, volatile organic compounds, turbidity, nutrients levels and seasonal temperature characteristics.

-Knowledge of the principals of hydraulics applied to surface run-off, erosion and sedimentation

-Knowledge of the principals of hydrology including the hydrologic cycle, groundwater flow, gradient, contaminant migration, recharge, discharge and the hydraulic properties of aquifers.

-Ability to operate instruments and equipment used in measuring environmental conditions

-Ability to prepare technical and general reports

-Knowledge of the theory and practices of groundwater modeling including types of equipment used in groundwater monitoring

-Skill in the use of computers in data base compilation and environmental modeling, GIS experience preferred

-Ability to understand and apply laws, rules and regulations concerning the environment in connection with the alteration and protection of public health and the environment

Qualifications

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.