Are you passionate about helping the environment? If so, read below and apply today!
The State of Connecticut, Council on Environmental Quality(CEQ) has an exciting opportunity for an Environmental Analyst 2 located in Hartford.
The CEQ is independent of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), except for its administrative functions. It is composed of nine experts who are appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. Its two staff are an executive director and an environmental analyst.
The Council is charged, by statute, to produce the State’s annual report on the environment, which is submitted to the Governor. That report, Environmental Quality In Connecticut, includes:
- The status of the state’s environment;
- Current and foreseeable trends;
- The adequacy of available natural resources to fulfill its human and economic requirements;
- The effect on the environment, conservation and natural resources of the programs of government and of private organizations;
- Recommendations for remedying the deficiencies of existing programs and activities, together with recommendations for legislation; and
- The progress made towards achievement of the State’s environmental goals and objectives.
Additionally, The Council sends notice of proposed state actions that might require an Environmental Impact Evaluation to all towns and interested individuals. Those notices appear in the Council's Environmental Monitor, which also includes notice of proposed State land transfers.
The Council reviews all Environmental Impact Evaluations that state agencies develop for major projects, and it reviews all applications or petitions that require the approval of the Connecticut Siting Council. The Council is authorized to receive and investigate citizens' complaints regarding possible environmental violations. These investigations have often become the topic of special reports issued by the Council.
Responsibilities of the position include:
- Researching, drafting and designing an annual report and special reports to the governor, legislature and public on the status of Connecticut’s environment.
- Explaining environmental trends and developing new environmental indicators as appropriate to meet the Council’s legislatively mandated charge to annually assess the condition of Connecticut's environment, report its findings to the Governor, and recommend actions to improve state environment.
- Undertaking analysis of data utilizing geographic information system (GIS) software.
- Gathering, analyzing, and interpreting environmental data of the state’s environmental health, which appear in the Council’s Annual Report.
- Assisting the Executive Director in tracking legislation and analyzing proposed legislations for consistency with recommendations made by the Council.
- Attending committee hearings and meetings.
- Preparing fact sheets and answering questions posed by legislators.
- Coordinating media relations including drafting news releases and media advisories.
- Assisting in arrangement of press events.
- Investigating complaints made by citizens by inquiring of appropriate agencies regarding the facts of the complaint and its constituent issues, and suggesting a resolution including possible changes to laws or regulations.
- Reviewing environmental impact evaluations for consistency with the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act.
- Representing the Council at meetings, hearings, and other events.
- Preparing miscellaneous letters and reports on environmental issues and topics.
- Assisting in the development and publication of the Environmental Monitor.
- Assisting in the design and management of the agency's website and social media.
- Assisting in management of the agency' office.
- All other related tasks as deemed necessary.
This is a full-time position (35 hours) Monday-Friday. Our office is located on Elm Street in Hartford across from historic Bushnell Park. Teleworking opportunities are available.
What we can offer you
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
- Generous paid time off (vacation, sick and personal)
- Excellent health and dental coverage
- A pension plan and more!
The State puts an emphasis on:
- Providing limitless opportunities;
- Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
- Performing meaningful work; and
- Encouraging a healthy work life balance.
• In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
• The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
• Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
• 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.
Important Information After You Apply
• 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 questionnaire'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.
• 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.
• The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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 Geographic Information Systems; 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.
- A degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to environmental planning, environmental law or environmental science.
- Experience in analyzing technical data on a broad range of environmental topics and government programs.
- Experience working in MS Word, Excel, Power Point. Experience with ArcGIS software. Experience with web development software, HTML and Power BI.
- Experience with quantitative analysis, including finding and plotting statistical significance using Excel.
- Experience in writing and preparing reports for publication, on-line and in print and use of social media for professional communications.
- Experience working independently as well as in a team environment.
- Experience working with boards, committees, or councils.
- Experience interpreting and applying Connecticut's environmental and conservation laws that protect wetlands, farmland, open space, and water quality.
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.