Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Analyst 3 (35 Hour)

Commissioners Office - Climate Planning

Recruitment #210827-7120EE-001

Introduction


Looking to advance in your career in the environmental field? 
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

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

DEEP’s Office of Climate Planning strives to equitably and affordably plan for Connecticut’s transition to a decarbonized economy and to enhance the climate resiliency of our natural and built environment. The office works in partnership with all branches of DEEP to plan for, report progress on, and meet the state’s emissions reduction goals of 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050 as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act. The office administers the Governor’s Council on Climate Change created under Executive Order 3 and works to implement the Council’s recommendations included in the January 2021 report, Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Resilient Connecticut for All. Implementation actions include recent legislation passed in the 2020 and 2021 sessions: PA 20-5 expanding the microgrid program to include resilience projects and PA 21-115 on Climate Change Adaptation advancing financing and funding opportunities for climate resilience. The office conducts these activities with a focus on equity and environmental justice to ensure the costs and benefits of climate action are shared and that vulnerable communities are prioritized in climate adaptation and resilience strategies. The Office also coordinates Connecticut’s commitments to national and international climate action, including the Under 2 coalition and the US Climate Alliance.

This office has a current opportunity for an Environmental Analyst 3 (EA3) based in Hartford, CT.

POSITION DETAILS
This EA3 position will report to the Director and ensure Connecticut adequately prepares for the effects of a changing climate while mitigating carbon emissions in response to program objectives and priorities set by the Director. This position will support all plan and program areas within the Office of Climate Planning (OCP).

Duties specific to this position include:
  • Develop actions and implement policy and program decisions both in concert with the Office Director and independently.
  • Conduct planning and make policy recommendations addressing the impacts of climate change and how Connecticut may become more resilient to them through adaptation interventions, preparedness, and recovery programs. Programs will include, but not be limited to, policy and planning for utility (water or energy) and electric grid resilience; identifying nature-based or green infrastructure solutions to climate adaptation; and prioritizing the protection of vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change with a focus on equity and environmental justice.
  • Contribute policy and planning recommendations, in coordination with the agency’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, to meet the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 45% below 2001 levels by January 1, 2030 and 80% below 2001 levels by January 2050.
  • Liaise and support DEEP staff who are engaged with integrating climate change research to ensure actionable scientific insights are incorporated into policy, planning, and communication; permitting and Siting Council decisions; CEPA/NEPA regulations; Greener Gov CT, etc.
  • Participate and provide input on DEEP policy planning documents such as the Integrated Resources Plan, Comprehensive Energy Strategy, the Blue Plan, the Green Plan, Forest Action Plan, and Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy, etc. to ensure integration of climate objectives.
  • Represent the Office of Climate Planning on climate-related on intra- and interagency committees, working groups, task forces, etc.
This position is full-time, 35 hours-per-week, Monday–Friday.

We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!

For an inside look at what it is like to Make an ImpaCT as a State of Connecticut employee, check out the video below:
         
ABOUT THE GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Selection Plan

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board  (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in the technical review and analysis of environmental program data and issues within the environmental field, developing recommended actions and programs and implementing policy and program decisions.

In other state agencies this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in the technical review and analysis of environmental program data and issues, developing recommended actions and programs and implementing policy and program decisions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

WORKING LEAD: As assigned by the supervisor distributes, prioritizes, assigns and reviews unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staff and other outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; recommends policies and standards; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.

ADVANCED WORKING LEVEL: Conducts specialized planning, research, inventory, environmental quality and natural resource studies; provides technical assistance in identifying state resources, planning and implementing natural resource education programs and formulating environmental policies and management practices; designs elements to be included in plan; develops programs and regulations to implement environmental policy; serves as program coordinator; reviews and analyzes proposed legislation or projects for consistency with policies, plans and statutes; designs and conducts site investigations; prepares environmental impact statements and recommends corrective actions and alternatives; coordinates permit, monitoring and enforcement activities; reviews and coordinates grants programs; reviews and makes recommendations regarding permit and registration requests; serves as department representative on various regulatory and advisory boards and committees; prepares informational and educational materials, grant applications, legal documents, budget information and review and enforcement reports; oversees development and preparation of publications and guidelines on environmental protection, natural resource education and other issues; serves as agency program coordinator; monitors and testifies at public hearings; serves as a legislative liaison; makes recommendations on policies or standards; prepares reports and correspondence; leads lower level staff on assigned projects; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) 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 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 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 Analyst 2 or two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Analyst 1 may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with climate mitigation, adaptation or resilience planning
  • Experience developing strategies to reduce GHG emissions across electric, building and transportation sectors
  • Experience developing water or energy utility resilience strategies
  • Experience developing nature-based or green infrastructure solutions for climate adaptation
  • Experience working with equity and environmental justice policy
  • Experience reading, interpreting and understanding written material including relevant state and federal laws and regulations
  • Experience managing projects in groups that involve heavy communication
  • Experience in data analysis and database management
  • Experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and to working independently
  • Experience communicating in person, on the phone, and in writing with a variety of constituents, including co-workers and the public

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.