Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

EP Supervising Air Pollution Control Engineer

Recruitment #220803-6326EE-001

Introduction


Experienced in air pollution control?
Want a career with the State of Connecticut?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is looking to hire a Supervising Air Pollution Control Engineer to work in Hartford.

POSITION DETAILS
DEEP is charged with conserving, protecting, and improving the natural resources and the environment as well as making clean, reliable, and affordable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in supporting economic development and job creation in Connecticut a well as fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.

Within the Bureau of Air Management (BAM), our mission is to protect human health, safety, and the environment and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Connecticut by implementing regulatory programs and supporting policies to advance clean air and climate change objectives, advance radiation safety, and promote public health. The Bureau consists of four divisions: Planning & Standards, Engineering, Radiation, and Enforcement.

The candidate selected to fill this position will supervise the newly established Investigations Unit within the Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Air Management.

The incumbent will provide leadership to the Unit’s staff;
provide programmatic oversight of the Unit’s areas of responsibility; and develop new and strategic initiatives, processes, and work flows to advance the Unit’s objectives, as described below. The incumbent will coordinate closely with the Enforcement Division’s four other supervisors to ensure that shared programmatic responsibilities are attended to.

The Investigations Unit will be responsible for further developing and implementing the Department’s Geospatial Measurement of Air Pollution (GMAP) program. The GMAP program will involve the use of a motor vehicle outfitted with air pollution analyzers, metrological instrumentation, and GPS to conduct mobile monitoring of criteria air pollutants, air toxics, and greenhouse gases. DEEP will prioritize air quality monitoring in disadvantaged and environmentally overburdened communities as well as emission surveillance nearby those air pollution sources that pose the greatest risk to public and environmental health. The GMAP program will play an important role in enhancing the Department’s responsiveness to residents’ air quality concerns and in advancing the Department’s commitment to community engagement and environmental justice/equity.

Consistent with the Division’s State Inspection Targeting Strategy, the Investigations Unit will be responsible for conducting on-site compliance evaluations of certain synthetic minor and true minor sources of air pollution for which the Clean Air Act Compliance Monitoring Strategy does not establish a federally mandated minimum inspection frequency. Through these on-site inspections, staff will assess sources’ compliance with state and federal air quality statutes and regulations and will initiate enforcement action in the event of noncompliance.

The Investigations Unit will share public complaint response duties with the Division’s Field Enforcement Unit.

The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring the timeliness, quality, and technical integrity of the Unit's work. The incumbent will be responsible for managing the Unit’s staff, which will entail assigning job duties, reviewing work products, providing training and other professional development opportunities, writing and presenting performance appraisals, and other supervisory tasks. The incumbent will liaise closely with Division and Bureau management on technical, policy, and administrative matters.

This position will require occasional in-state travel in support of the Unit's work, e.g., participating in GMAP community outreach events, accompanying staff on inspections for training and development purposes, and conducting technically complex inspections. This position may require infrequent out-of-state travel for training and to attend regional and national work groups and conferences. Infrequent in-state and out-of-state travel may also be required to visit the GMAP program vendor(s).

This position will be located at DEEP Headquarters, at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106, and will involve overseeing staff that work a hybrid schedule. This is a full-time, 35 hour per week, Monday-Friday position. The position may include opportunities for a hybrid schedule that includes telework.

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!

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Selection Plan

Before you apply, make note of the following:
  • 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 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 for 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.
Questions about this position 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 supervising a staff engaged in engineering studies related to air pollution control.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Specific programmatic responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Overseeing and providing leadership to the staff of the Investigations Unit
  • Overseeing the day-to-day functions of the Investigations Unit
  • Implementing and driving the GMAP program, including but not limited to the following functions: performing basic vehicle maintenance; performing sampling system maintenance and enhancements; performing analyzer/instrumentation quality assurance, maintenance, and enhancements; conducting air quality monitoring in targeted communities; performing data acquisition and handling; synthesizing and analyzing data; presenting monitoring data verbally, in writing, and in map/GIS format; developing standard operating procedures; and training staff on the aforementioned functions such that staff can interpedently perform these functions
  • Leading the annual development and implementation of the State Inspection Targeting Plan, consistent with the Division’s State Inspection Targeting Strategy
  • Assigning inspections of synthetic minor 50% and true minor sources of air pollution
  • In coordination with the Field Enforcement Unit supervisor, assigning inspections of major and synthetic minor 80% sources per the Department's Clean Air Act Compliance Monitoring Strategy
  • In coordination with the Field Enforcement Unit supervisor, assigning complaint investigations
  • Reviewing inspection and investigation reports and other work products; providing revisions and feedback to staff
  • Seeking out and providing staff with professional development and training opportunities
  • Writing and presenting performance appraisals
  • Communicating with members of the public and the regulated community in relation to air pollution control matters
  • Coordinating enforcement activities with other units, divisions, and bureaus within DEEP
  • Coordinating enforcement activities with municipal, regional, and state environmental, public safety, and planning agencies
  • Presenting to community groups, industry groups, and associations of government environmental agencies on the regional and national levels
General Duties: Schedules, assigns, oversees, and reviews the work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on the development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies, and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; supervises and performs complex engineering review and analysis of plans and specifications for establishment of new or modified stationary or mobile sources which affect air quality; supervises engineering studies of effectiveness of air pollution control equipment and instruments; develops recommendations (including regulations) for improvement; supervises preparation of reports on types, concentrations, and dangers of source emissions; supervises compilation of data and preparation of exhibits/presentations; supervises, recommends, and performs the preparation of administrative and judicial remedies for resolving noncompliance; supervises preparation of noncompliance penalties; plans and supervises installation, operation, calibration, maintenance, and repair of air sampling, meteorological, and related telemetry and data processing equipment; supervises siting of air sampling and meteorological instruments; supervises staff involved in development, maintenance, use, and modification of air pollution program-related computer models; supervises source testing and review/analysis of source testing plans and data; supervises the review of modeling results; plans and supervises quality assurance programs for air pollution and related instruments and data; plans and supervises continuous emission monitoring activities; supervises on-site inspections of air pollution sources to determine nature/magnitude of emissions and status of compliance; supervises investigations of complaints from the public; represents Air Compliance Unit at meetings and conferences; may testify in hearings and court cases; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant State and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; considerable knowledge of sources and types of air pollution methods of control; knowledge of data collection and analysis and quality assurance techniques; knowledge of instrumentation and techniques for monitoring air pollution; knowledge of equipment design and operation of electronic telemetry, meteorological monitoring, and data handling equipment; knowledge of industrial, chemical, and mechanical processes; knowledge of engineering-related computer applications; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communications skills; ability to evaluate cost-effectiveness of air pollution control equipment; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Eight (8) years of experience as an engineer or scientist in an air pollution control program or as an engineer or technician in the installation, operation, calibration, modification, maintenance and repair of chemical, mechanical, meteorological and electronics equipment and instruments including three (3) years directly related to air pollution control.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been working at the lead level in an air pollution control program.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at or above the level of Environmental Protection Air Pollution Control Engineer 3.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in applied mathematics, biological or physical sciences, engineering, meteorology, public health or statistics 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 applied mathematics, biological or physical sciences, engineering, meteorology, public health or statistics may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Protection Air Pollution Control Engineer 3 may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience applying state and federal air quality statutes and regulations.
  • Experience developing environmental programs and leading staff.
  • Experience investigating stationary sources of air pollution to assess compliance with statutes and regulations, including using pollution monitoring methods.
  • Experience synthesizing, analyzing, and presenting air quality data.
  • Experience developing and reviewing technical reports and memoranda pertaining to air quality compliance evaluations and air quality data.
  • Experience articulating and presenting on regulatory or policy matters to a variety of audiences in writing and verbally.
  • Experience developing and implementing strategies to address change and future operational needs.
  • Experience negotiating with personnel of regulated facilities, consultants, and attorneys.

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 conditions and to some discomfort from 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.