Are you passionate about the environment and interested in keeping it clean and safe?
Here is a job for you!
The State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP
) Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division (ERSP)
is seeking to hire an Environmental Analyst 2
with demonstrated experience and ability in environmental analytical chemistry.
The State of Connecticut offers a competitive benefits
plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!
Who we are:
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP
), is dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting natural resources and the environment and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy.
DEEP's Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance (MMCA
) mission is to protect human health and safety and the environment from releases of hazardous materials, preventing releases through inspection, permitting and enforcement and ensuring corrective actions are taken to cleanup and minimize direct exposure to hazardous materials.
What we do:
The MMCA's Emergency Response and Spill Prevention (ERSP
) Division has diverse responsibilities including distinct units responsible for:
1) conducting emergency response activities by responding to hazardous materials incidents 24/7, including petroleum releases, chemical releases, and chemical/biological weapons threats and incidents;
2) providing field support for emergency response and other agency priorities, such as contaminated site investigations, chemical analyses of samples, open water spill response and mapping;
3) performing post-closure activities at state-managed landfills;
4) conducting enforcement and licensing of marine terminals, registration and inspections of gas stations, and enforcement of PCB regulations;
5) overseeing corrective action measures taken to mitigate spills/releases of PCBs and from underground storage tanks (USTs);
6) coordinating interagency emergency planning and preparedness for responding to oil and chemical spills, including administration of the State Emergency Response Commission, and management of data and reporting related to toxic chemicals.
This position provides site assessment and technical services in support of emergency responses to environmental and public safety incidents by sampling and conducting analyses of petroleum and other chemicals on both an emergency response and a scheduled basis. The analyses are performed to assist with investigations and cleanups of petroleum and chemical releases to the environment.
Additionally, this environmental analyst position provides wider agency support in the form of data quality assurance reviews, formulation of sample collection/handling protocols, reviews of environmental analytical data generated by other entities and related activities. The position coordinates database maintenance and disseminates information, and may assist in drafting new regulations, statutes, guidelines, and other written materials and provides technical consultation to local, regional, state, federal officials, and the public. The position will use computer software for analyses, and research, collection and interpretation of technical info and data to prepare reports for emergency incident environmental impact assessment.
The selected candidate will be responsible for the safe and effective operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of the agency’s analytical testing equipment and the Mobile Analytical Laboratory, a 30-ft long diesel vehicle in which the equipment is contained. Examples of the equipment and supplies on board include Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS) Detectors, autosamplers computers, Helium gas tanks, an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) analyzer, an Ultra Violet Fluorescence (UVF) analyzer, a portable GC-MS, a HazCat chemical test kit, glassware, refrigerators, a fume hood, chemical standards, two generators, climate control systems, safety equipment, etc.
The successful candidate will calibrate the laboratory instruments, run analytical tests, and ensure that the equipment operates properly, is always ready for use, and produces accurate results. Other duties include revising, developing, and adhering to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and accurate record-keeping. Records include equipment service and maintenance logs, chemical standard supplies, samples received, results submitted, purchases requested and received, etc.
The selected candidate will be based in Hartford and the DEEP laboratory in Windsor, Connecticut with some duties performed at other field locations, and will report to a unit Supervisor. The Windsor facility contains garage space for the lab vehicle, office space, and storage space for supplies. He/she will be required to drive the vehicle to/from petroleum/chemical incident sites, ensure that it is in a safe working condition (tires, fluids, lights, etc.), maintain accurate records, and will initiate and follow-through with service/repairs, when needed.
Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included a resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.
Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit your responses. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as correspondence will be through email.
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the technical review and analysis of environmental program data and issues within the environmental field, developing recommendations on courses of action and assisting with the implementation of policy and program decisions.
In other state agencies this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the technical review and analysis of environmental program data and issues, developing recommendations for courses of action and assisting with the implementation of policy and program decisions.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists in development of a departmental, statewide or local environment and/or emergency response plans and programs; researches, collects and analyzes resources, data and educational materials; reviews and analyzes proposed projects for consistency with policies and statutes and assesses environmental impact; conducts site investigations; prepares environmental impact statements and recommends corrective actions and alternatives; analyzes existing state policies, statutes, plans and regulatory programs and reviews pending legislation for environmental impact; coordinates database maintenance and disseminates information; assists in drafting new regulations, statutes, guidelines and other written materials; assists in formulating policy options; provides technical consultation to local, regional, state, federal officials and the public; coordinates federal grant-in-aid programs and prepares related paperwork; recommends enforcement actions and prepares reports; reviews and makes recommendations on environmental permit requests; may prepare publications and guidelines on environmental protection, natural resources education and economic development issues; may develop and implement environmental and leisure service education programs; may testify at public hearings; may prepare enforcement actions; may serve as a legislative liaison; may serve as department representative on various regulatory and advisory boards and committees; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of principles and practices in fields relative to environmental protection; knowledge of 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 environmental program planning principles and practices; knowledge of statistics; 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
Six (6) 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 the 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; or 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 the 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; or 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 a Environmental Analyst 1 may be substituted for the General Experience.
Experience in environmental analytical chemistry and the investigation and cleanup of environmental contamination;
Experience working independently in a chemistry laboratory and the safety of the lab;
Calibrating, operating, maintaining and troubleshooting XRF and UVF testing equipment and GC/MS chemical testing equipment for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs);
Experience Identifying and quantifying unknown chemical contaminants in environmental samples,
Experience interpreting and reporting the results GC/MS chemical testing equipment for VOCs and SVOCs;
Experience using Microsoft Office 365 and the ability to use spreadsheets and geographic information systems to communicate environmental data;
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.
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.
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.