Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Analyst 2 (35 Hour)

Recruitment #220512-3407EE-001

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring!  We are seeking qualified individuals for two Environmental Analyst 2 positions. These Environmental Analyst 2 positions will work in DPH’s Environmental Health and Drinking Water (EHDW) Branch.

These positions will directly support the Emerging Contaminants Unit in efforts to address emerging contaminants in drinking water with a focus on PFAS. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law contains a funding stream specific to addressing unregulated contaminants with a focus on PFAS. These new positions are critical for working with the DWSRF Unit, sister state agencies and local health departments to identify water systems and areas of private wells impacted by emerging contaminants including PFAS and provide technical assistance to public water systems and municipalities to evaluate options for the provision of safe drinking water. The DPH has primacy to uphold the Safe Drinking Water Act and oversee various state laws that assure purity and adequacy of the state’s public drinking water systems and sources and the EHDW Branch regulates over 2,400 public water systems that provide safe drinking water to over 2.8 million people in the State of Connecticut. Additionally, the EHDW Branch oversees activities related to food protection, private wells, subsurface sewage disposal, lead, radon, asbestos and over 15 environmental licensing and certification categories.  

Under the direct supervision of a Supervising Environmental Analyst, these positions will be responsible for duties that will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review and analyze results received from DPH-initiated phased testing of public drinking water sources for PFAS
  • Review and assess public water system data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule
  • Track, review and analyze results of special non-regulatory sampling programs conducted by public water systems that have been established through historic agreements with DWS
  • Review water quality data submitted for proposed public drinking water supplies to identify areas that may be impacted by emerging contaminants
  • Identify data gaps and methods to collect needed data to assess vulnerability of public water systems to emerging contaminants with a focus on PFAS
  • Develop tracking database and GIS system for emerging contaminant analytical results including results for proposed public drinking water supplies received by the DWS during the approval process
  • Communicate directly with water companies to implement procedures that mitigate human exposure to emerging contaminants
  • Collaborate with local officials on education and outreach to affected communities
  • Draft multi-media materials to educate residents and local officials on the potential risks with the ingestion of drinking water impacted by emerging contaminants
  • Prepare presentations on emerging contaminants in drinking water
  • Deliver in person training and presentations on emerging contaminants to stakeholder groups upon request
  • Analyze public water system data to identify referrals to DWSRF program
  • Work with municipalities affected by emerging contaminants in both public water supplies and private wells
  • Provide technical assistance, education, and outreach to local health departments and other officials through preparation of publications and in-person and web-based training
  • Contribute to emerging contaminant initiatives of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators and the US Environmental Protection agency as assigned
  • Attend web-based and live events to maintain knowledge of current developments
  • Create communications templates
  • Participate in public meetings as needed

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

These Environmental Analyst 2 positions are permanent, full-time, 35 hours per week positions. These positions have the potential to increase to 40 hours and the salary will be commensurate with the increase in hours. These positions are based out of Hartford, CT. A flex schedule may be permitted following the successful completion of a working test period.

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more!  We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

Selection Plan

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.  

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. 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, transcripts, diplomas, 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.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

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. 

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. 

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

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at Chelsea.Moore@ct.gov

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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with data collection, technical analysis, and interpretation
  • Experience in drinking water treatment, drinking water distribution systems, water quality, field investigations, land use planning, water resource planning or source water protection
  • Experience working with environmental and/or drinking water public health regulatory compliance
  • Experience in water quality analysis or drinking water protection measures
  • Experience utilizing ArcGIS to analyze spatial data and produce maps

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.







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