Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Intern (35 Hour)

Target Class: Environmental Analyst 1

Recruitment #220520-0196ES-001

Introduction



Are you a recent graduate with a passion for the environment and data? 
If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you to get started in the field! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is currently seeking to fill multiple vacancies as an Environmental Intern within the Bureau of Materials Management & Compliance Assurance (MMCA) in Hartford, CT. 

The Environmental Intern, after successful completion of the training program, will be promoted to Environmental Analyst 1

About Us: 

At CT DEEP, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. 

Within the MMCA, our mission is to work to ensure the proper management - handling, use, and disposal - of materials including water, wastewater, petroleum products, pesticides, mercury, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and wastes. 

Through a number of different mechanisms - outreach and education, product handling efforts and phase outs, training, and regulatory activity - the Department is working to develop better stewardship of these materials to protect environmental quality and public safety for Connecticut's current and future generations. 

Position Highlights: 

The immediate vacancies are within the following MMCA Divisions: 

  • The Water Permitting and Enforcement Division - The Environmental Intern will be responsible for assisting with inspection, enforcement and permitting programs within the Division, which pertain to industrial, agricultural, domestic and stormwater discharges to surface water, groundwater and the sanitary sewer. 
  • The Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division - The Environmental Intern will primarily focus on compliance assistance to the regulated community and enforcement related activities, including but not limited to, working with senior staff to issue, track, manage and resolve informal and formal enforcement actions, identifying violations of applicable Connecticut law, witnessing permanent closure of tank systems, and conducting electronic Underground Storage Tank (UST) compliance inspections to determine compliance with regulatory requirements and related activities. 
  • The Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division Enforcement Program - The Environmental Intern will primarily focus on compliance assistance to the regulated community and enforcement related activities, including but not limited to, working with senior staff to issue, track, manage and resolve informal and formal enforcement actions, identifying violations of applicable Connecticut laws, and performing site/facility inspections. 
  • The Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division Corrective Action Unit - The Environmental Intern will primarily focus on assisting in the review and approval of actions taken pursuant to formal and informal enforcement actions and spill responses, assisting in the review of investigation and cleanup plans, assisting in the review of fields investigations and tracking compliance to fulfill state cleanup compliance and federal PCB and UST grant reporting requirements. 
These positions will receive training under the direction of a supervisor or senior staff for a period of one year. Promotion to Environmental Analyst 1 will occur after successful completion of the training program. 

These positions will work out of our Downtown Hartford office, located at 79 Elm Street, across from historic Bushnell Park. These positions are first shift (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM), full-time, 35 hours per week working Monday to Friday. 

*This salary range may increase effective July 1, 2022.

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance!
Learn more about how you can make an impact with DEEP!
               

Selection Plan

Application Process:

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

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

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.

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

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 (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Contact Information:

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at Tyler.Cashman@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency receives training in introductory professional environmental work for the development of technical and professional skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the professional environmental work of the agency; performs a wide variety of increasing difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during the course of the training period.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting staff of a higher grade in the performance of the following tasks: 

- Evaluating or analyzing potential sources of pollution and wastewater discharges in order to protect the soil and waters of the state from pollution;

- Performing field investigations and compliance inspections at sites, including but not limited to, wastewater collection, soil and groundwater collection, treatment and disposal systems, UST systems or hazardous and solid waste management;

- Reviewing inspection reports to evaluate the compliance status, including various types of programmatic discharges (e.g.industrial wastewater, agricultural wastewater, domestic wastewater, stormwater), UST and PCB inspection reports, investigation and Remedial Action Plans, leaking UST closure reports or hazardous and solid waste inspection reports;

- Preparing electronic reports and plans regarding factors affecting pollution, including but not limited to, the conveyance and treatment of wastewater or hazardous and solid waste management; 

- Initiating and tracking enforcement actions to return non-compliant violators, including wastewater dischargers, owners/operators of UST systems,  leaking USTs, PCBs or hazardous and solid waste management, back into compliance with applicable laws and regulations and recommending appropriate enforcement action(s) against violators in accordance with the Department’s Enforcement Response Policy (ERP);

- Preparing enforcement actions in a timely manner as required under the ERP timeframes and negotiating enforcement case settlements;
 
- Reviewing and evaluating compliance reports and other documents submitted in response to enforcement actions, including documentation related to supplemental environmental projects and in response to remedial cleanup requirements;

- Coordinating enforcement cases with other programs within the Department as well as with other state and federal agencies;

- Assisting with review and processing of permit applications and review of engineering reports, plans and specifications related to the collection, conveyance, treatment and disposal of wastewater or hazardous and solid waste management;

- Working with municipal, federal, and other state agency officials; providing technical assistance to the public and the regulated community;

- Representing the Department at public hearings, meetings, and in court proceedings; and

- Other tasks as necessary to meet the statutory responsibilities of the Department involving inspection, permitting and enforcement.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Some knowledge of basic theories, principles and practices of environmental and policy analysis; some knowledge of basic statistics; general knowledge of environmental program planning principles and practices; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; analytical skills; research and organizational skills; ability to understand and interpret legislation and technical data; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor's or 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; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; environmental or natural sciences; or natural resources.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience or college coursework in environmental protection, water pollution control, wastewater treatment, waste treatment, environmental chemistry, biology, geology, hydrogeology, sanitation and/or other related to water pollution control, hazardous and solid waste management, polychlorinated biphenyls, underground storage tank systems and leaking underground storage tanks.
  • Experience with municipal, state or federal regulatory programs.
  • Experience or training performing environmental field investigations and/or development of enforcement actions.
  • Experience writing and presenting technical information (e.g. regulatory, scientific, environmental, research based) to various audiences.
  • Experience reading and interpreting technical data (e.g. charts, graphs, data tables, sampling data sets, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), drawings and plans (e.g. site maps, wastewater treatment system drawings, hazardous and solid waste facilities).
  • Experience collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to complete tasks and meet project objectives.
  • Experience managing projects and competing priorities.
  • Experience or training using computer skills and environmental data management systems to accomplish tasks (e.g. DEEP's Site Information Management System (SIMS), DEEP's Emergency Spill Response Underground Storage Tank Registration Administration System (ESRUST), Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS), EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online System (ECHO), EPA's Online Discharge Monitoring Reporting System (NetDMR), Geographic Information Systems (GIS)).

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from on site environments and 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.