Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Analyst 1 (35 Hour)

Water Quality- CT Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program

Recruitment #200108-0227EE-001

Introduction

                                                                            

 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state. 

Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), our mission is to work together for the restoration, protection and conservation of Connecticut’s water and land resources for current and future generations. With this in mind we are currently looking for an Environmental Analyst 1, within the Water Planning & Management Division, Water Quality Program.  This program has duties to:

• Adopt and maintain Connecticut Surface Water Quality Standards and Classifications;

• Develop approaches and plans for protecting and restoring water quality including the development of Total Maximum Daily Load or alternative plans under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act;

• Support the Remediation Division through ecological risk assessments, development of risk-based cleanup criteria, and interfacing with the CT Department of Public Health for human health risk assessments;

• Support implementation programs, including but not limited to water permitting programs and waste and land management programs to ensure consistency with water quality standards;

• Facilitate cross-program coordination and program development for application of water quality standards and risk-based decision making; and

• Evaluate emerging contaminants for impact to human health and ecological communities.

While the Environmental Analyst 1 will be involved with all aspects of the program, the focus of this position will be Clean Water Act Section 303(d) program support.  Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act focuses on the development of plans to restore and protect water quality consistent with the Water Quality Standards, identifying approaches necessary to protect public and ecological health.  These plans are typically developed at a watershed scale and can be developed either as Total Maximum Daily Load analyses or other appropriate alternatives.

The position will be located at DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT  06106.  This is a 35 hour per week, Monday – Friday, from 8:00-am to 5:00 pm (flexible).

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

Questions about the required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov, (860)424-3006.

Selection Plan

This position is competitive.

This position is open to the public,

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following:  Current State Employees- Last two (2) performance appraisals; External applicants, three (3) Professional References.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

This posting MAY require completion of additional Referral Questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please also check your Junk or SPAM Folders, as emails may inadvertently end up there.

You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for performing a limited range of tasks in the technical review and analysis of environmental program data and issues within the environmental field and assisting in the development of recommendations for courses of action and implementation of policy and program decisions.
In other state agencies this class is accountable for performing a limited range of tasks in the planning, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of environmental program data and issues and assisting in the development of recommendations for courses of action.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Assists in developing departmental, statewide or local environmental plans and programs; assists in research, collection and analysis of resources, data and educational materials; assists in review and analysis of proposed projects for consistency with policies, statutes and environmental impact; assists in coordinating data base maintenance and disseminating information; assists in drafting new regulations, statutes, guidelines and other written materials; assists in formulating policy options; assists in providing technical consultation to local, regional, state, federal officials and the public; assists in coordinating federal grant-in-aid programs and preparing related documentation; assists in developing enforcement actions and reports; assists in reviewing and developing recommendations on environmental permit requests; prepares environmental permit applications; assists in developing and implementing environmental and leisure services education programs; assists in preparing environmental impact statements and recommendations for corrective actions and/or alternatives; may assist in conducting site investigations; may assist in preparing publications and guidelines on environmental protection, natural resource education and economic development issues; may prepare enforcement actions; may serve as department representative on regulatory and advisory boards and/or committees; may serve as legislative liaison; performs related duties as required.

This position provides a unique opportunity to join a team committed to ensuring public health and safety and protecting the environment.  The Environmental Analyst 1 will be involved with all aspects of the Water Quality Program. They will receive training under direction of a supervisor or senior staff.  Within the context of evaluating, regulating and managing the use of the state’s environmental resources, duties for this specific position include, but not limited to:

• Research, collect, and analyze resource data;

• Evaluate environmental data and conditions using Geographic Information Systems, water quality models and statistical evaluation;

• Conduct site and watershed scale investigations;

• Review and analyze proposed projects for consistency with policies, statues, and regulations;

• Assess potential for environmental impact and associated impacts to exposed populations;

• Recommend actions and alternatives to address environmental impacts;

• Provide technical consultation to the public and local, regional, state and federal officials;

• Review and make recommendations on regulated activities;

• Prepare publications and guidelines; and

• Participate in public meetings.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of principles and practices in fields relative to environmental protection; knowledge of basic principles and practices of environmental and policy analysis; knowledge of local, state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and policies pertaining to environmental protection; knowledge of basic statistics; some knowledge of environmental program planning principles and practices; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; research and organizational skills; ability to understand and interpret legislation and technical data; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years of experience involving technical analysis and interpretation of environmental program data or planning and implementing environmental programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to the environmental field including but not limited to biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

2. A Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the environmental field including but not limited to biological, earth, physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.

Note: Education may only be substituted for a total of five (5) years.

3. For State Employees one (1) year of experience as an Environmental Intern or Environmental Compliance Specialist 2 may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Academic training in environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, civil/environmental engineering, or marine science;

• Demonstrated ability to evaluate and interpret environmental data to determine potential environmental impact, to assess affected human and ecological populations, to assess impacts to water quality, and to develop recommended actions and alternatives to address such potential impacts;

• Demonstrated ability to use geographic information system software such as ArcGIS to geoprocess large data sets, conduct geospatial analyses, and experience with GIS Online StoryMaps or web mapping applications; 

• Demonstrated ability to organize, analyze, and present data using R or Microsoft Excel, including the use of higher-level functions such as pivot tables, lookup functions, and to conduct statistical evaluations using statistical software applications;

• Demonstrated ability to use critical thinking skills to solve problems and to manage multiple projects;

• Demonstrated ability to coordinate effectively and work cooperatively with multiple groups and to contribute well in a team environment; and

• Demonstrated strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including writing technical reports and giving public presentations.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from on site environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.