The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the restoration and preservation of wetlands, surface waters and coastal resources.
MassDEP’s Watershed Planning Program (WPP) is responsible for assessing waterbodies for attainment of surface water quality standards and/or impairment of designed uses using data collected by both DEP programs and non-DEP (external) groups. The WPP seeks applicants for an External Monitoring & Data Coordinator (Environmental Analyst IV). This position will help to improve the quality and quantity of data available to WPP for use in assessments and other Clean Water Act programs, assist with streamlining assessment-related decision-making, and strengthen WPP’s partnerships with external groups engaged in water quality monitoring. Under the supervision of the Water Quality Data & Assessment Section Chief or his/her designee, the External Monitoring & Data Coordinator will coordinate with groups engaged in water quality monitoring in the Commonwealth, and provide guidance and technical assistance on the following: development of water quality sampling and analysis plans (SAPs) and quality assurance project plans (QAPPs); water quality monitoring activities; laboratory analysis of water quality samples; review, finalization, and submittal of water quality monitoring data to WPP to support Clean Water Act program activities, including waterbody assessments, Clean Water Act Section 305(b) and 303(d) decisions, total maximum daily load (TMDL) development, watershed-based plan development, etc. Typical job duties include, but are not limited to: 1. Establishing and maintaining effective communication (phone, email, and in-person) with external groups engaged in water quality monitoring and generation of environmental data, including serving as WPP’s primary point of contact to facilitate the exchange of water quality data and related information between WPP and external monitoring groups. 2. Facilitating early coordination between external monitoring groups and WPP staff on minimum data requirements (type and quantity) to support: a. Assessment of waterbodies for attainment of surface water quality standards and/or impairment of designed uses; b. Development of TMDLs; c. Development of watershed-based plans; and d. Other Clean Water Act program activities. 3. Providing technical assistance (in close coordination with WPP’s QA Analyst) to external monitoring groups related to the development, review, and approval of water quality sampling and analysis plans (SAPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs), and quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) for water quality monitoring and generation of environmental data that maximizes utility to WPP for waterbody assessments. 4. Providing and arranging for training to external monitoring groups on water quality sample collection methods and techniques, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) practices, certain laboratory methods, and other water quality monitoring activities. 5. Maintaining existing and generating new guidance and technical support documents for external monitoring groups, including QA documents and templates. 6. Exploring the potential for the formation of new volunteer monitoring programs in under-represented watersheds. 7. Working in close coordination with WPP’s QA Analyst, plan for and conduct field and/or laboratory audits related to monitoring and data collection by external monitoring groups. 8. Coordinating the solicitation, receipt, and review of external data submittals to WPP, in formats suitable for use by WPP. 9. Managing WPP’s External Database (EDB), including data entry, scoring for data usability, extracts for data analysis, database enhancements and maintenance, query development, standardization, etc. 10. Developing and implementing data analysis tools that allow for more efficient, streamlined use of external data (solely and in combination with WPP monitoring data) in conducting water quality assessments and in Clean Water Act Section 305(b) and 303(d) decision-making. 11. Data mining for existing, quality-controlled data collected by other government agencies and groups. 12. Administering and overseeing a grant program that awards capacity support grants to external monitoring groups. This position will require occasional travel (primarily within the state, but sometimes to neighboring states) to meet with external monitoring groups and attend statewide and/or regional volunteer monitoring summits and related meetings. This position may also supervise one or more staff persons. Qualifications The candidate must demonstrate through past experience, a strong understanding of water quality monitoring field methods and techniques and experience working with water quality data. Candidates must have experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access). The candidate must have a professional demeanor, be highly motivated, and possess excellent problem-solving capabilities. The candidate must have effective communication skills, in writing, in person, and on the telephone, and have strong interest in working closely with people, including in a supervisory capacity. Excellent organizational skills are a must, with strong attention to details. The candidate must be able to demonstrate an ability to work on multiple activities concurrently, meet tight deadlines, and work well both independently and as a member of a team. Although not required, experience with the following is a plus: • An understanding of water quality monitoring and assessment principles to support reporting requirements for the Federal Clean Water Act. • Knowledge of the Federal Clean Water Act (e.g., Sections 303(d) and 305(b)) and Massachusetts Surface Water Quality Standards • Experience with interpreting physical, chemical, and/or biological data in relation to Surface Water Quality Standards. • Ability to prepare technical reports and memos to summarize the results of scientific investigations. • Working knowledge of quality assurance/quality control measures associated with environmental sampling and analyses. • Experience with data analysis software (e.g., R, Python, ArcGIS, etc.), including for use in generating charts, graphs, and tables. This position will be based in Worcester at DEP’s Watershed Planning Program Office at 8 New Bond Street.
This is a reposting of 200003UE
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity, and of which (C) at least one year must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following substitutions.
I. An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
III. A Graduate degree with a major in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Environmental Analyst IV