The 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). This position is assigned to the Southeast Regional Office (SERO) Bureau of Water Resources, Wetlands and Waterways Program, located in Lakeville, MA.
Under the direction of the SERO Wetlands Program Chief or his designee the Environmental Analyst III will assist in the permitting, planning, compliance and policy tasks associated with complex projects in/near coastal and inland areas protected under the Wetlands Protection Act, and 401 Water Quality Certificate Regulations. The EA III will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating regulatory compliance of projects involving complex environmental analysis in or near coastal and inland wetlands and waterways. The EA III will be responsible for drafting permits and making recommendations to the Program Chief regarding issues under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Protection Act and/or 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations. The EA III will investigate possible wetlands violations and draft enforcement documents and conduct all associated follow-up. The EA III will participate and provide technical expertise to the Office of General Counsel in Adjudicatory appeals. The EA III will provide technical and regulatory assistance to conservation commissions, consultants, other state, local and federal officials and the public. The EA III will advise the Department on matters involving the integrity and validity of technical calculations and data.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
Reviews Notices of Intent and Requests for Determinations of Applicability for complex projects in/near wetland resource areas by analyzing site plans, reviewing hydrological data, technical & engineering data and calculations to ensure consistency with the performance standards of the Wetlands/Waterways Regulations.
Reviews Determinations of Applicability, Orders of Conditions and Orders of Resource Area Delineation of complex inland and coastal projects by analyzing conditions/restrictions placed on the projects to ensure protection of the Interests specified in the Wetlands Protection Act and its Regulations.
Arranges and conducts site visits with Conservation Commissions, Appellants and Applicants for complex inland and coastal projects to determine the basis of appeals and conditions necessary to draft an appropriate Superseding Determinations of Applicability, Superseding Order of Conditions or Orders of Resource Area Delineations.
Recommends and drafts, for Program Chief review and approval, Superseding Determinations of Applicability, Superseding Orders of Conditions and Orders of Resource Area Delineations for complex projects that protect the Interests specified in the Wetlands Protection Act regulations.
Recommends and drafts, for Program Chief review and approval, Water Quality Certifications that maintain the water quality of receiving waters in accordance with the Massachusetts Water Quality Standards for complex projects.
Advises on complex and very complex enforcement cases by investigating complaints, reviewing Wetlands Change orthophotos and maps, conducting site inspections, assessing damage/impacts to wetland resource areas; preparation of enforcement documents and reviewing wetland restoration plans and supporting data.
Advises the Wetlands Program Chief, Regional Management and Program Director in matters pertaining to policy development by reviewing draft policies, participating in regulation and policy development working groups and ensuring technical validity.
Provides the Wetlands Program Chief guidance on project impacts to wildlife habitat including rare species’ habitat and vernal pools, and/or shorebird ecology.
Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Experience and Qualifications
- Knowledge of the Wetlands Protection Act and its Regulations.
- Knowledge of state and federal Clean Waters Acts and regulations.
- Knowledge of the methods of general and technical report writing
- Good written and oral communication skills
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.
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.