Environmental Analyst I

New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission - Albany, NY (30+ days ago)


SALARY: Grade and Step dependent upon level of experience and qualifications.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Benefits provided but not included in salary range: vacation, personal
and sick leave, health, dental, disability and life insurance, retirement plan. This position requires the
incumbent to work five days a week, 7½ hours per day, except for approved compensatory time.
Candidate must be able to work additional hours.

Funding is approved for one year with anticipated renewals for each of the following three years for
a total of four years of funding.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
serves as a forum for interstate communication and coordination on water related pollution control
efforts among all the New England states and New York State.

The primary goal of the next generation of Source Water Protection in New York State is to develop
and implement source water protection measures for public water systems throughout the State.
Source water protection strategies are most effective when implemented at the local community
level. As such, NEIWPCC professionals will team with staff from NYSDEC.

JOB SUMMARY: The candidate will work on the development of the statewide Source Water
Protection Program (SWPP). Incumbent will assist with the Source Water Protection Work Group
work, source water pilot programs and assisting communities with developing and implementing
their source water protection plans. Staff will also assist with internal organization to insure the
Department’s permitting process includes source water protection. Infrequent overnight travel may
be necessary.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The position would assist with the following:

  • Collect, review, summarize, analyze, and/or develop recommendations involving
environmental data associated with the sources of public drinking water and potential
contaminant sources. Prepare findings report for supervisor.

  • Create and maintain spreadsheets and databases.
  • Prepare technical and programmatic documents and summaries for Departmental audiences
or stakeholders.
  • Prepare internal and external outreach and communication material. Assist with researching
and writing fact sheets, manuals, and templates to deliver the Source Water Protection
program message.

  • Prepare summary reports of decisions and recommendations developed by working groups
and strategy teams. Conduct meeting follow-up.

  • Analyze and summarizing management plans, policies, technical reports, regulations and
other information for the workgroups. Investigate and assemble information needed.
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  • Use GIS to answer questions related to source of public drinking water and location of
possible containment sources.

  • Answer questions from entities interested in the source water protection program. Give
presentations on the source water protection programs to interested parties.

  • Provide supervisor with general program overview and status of the Source Water Protection
program.

  • Other duties as assigned.
The satisfactory performance of the above duties and responsibilities requires the incumbent to
have a thorough understanding of the Commission's programs, organization, and policies, to
exercise initiative and resourcefulness in complicated situations, and to be able to work effectively
with state and federal contacts at both staff and top management levels, and with varied
professional backgrounds. The ability to organize workload, and perform tasks in an accurate,
conclusive and timely manner is required.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: Incumbent operates with some independence of action within his or her
area of activity. This position is contained within the Division of Water (DOW), Bureau of Water
Resources within the NYSDEC. Job performance is evaluated by Susan Van Patten, Environmental
Program Specialist 3 in NYSDEC to oversee the work of this position, and in consultation with the
NEIWPCC Project Manager.

Personal Characteristics

  • Think and act in a broad collaborative style. Care deeply about the health and impact of the
entire organization

  • Comfortable in group settings and welcomes collaboration
  • Naturally prone to action with a focus toward continuous improvement
  • Diplomatic and welcoming in his/her approach to others
  • Able to manage change and articulate the “value case” for it
  • Comfortable working in a very collaborative environment and oriented toward getting things
done; able to bring perspectives and ideas to the table while remaining open to perspectives and
ideas from others. Open to lively debates

  • Inclusive and interested in helping others
  • Capable of fostering and deserving of trust
  • Accept responsibility and is accountable for results
  • Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence as
well as communicate well verbally

RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS:
A bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, geography, geology, geographic information systems,
or related field preferred.

Experience
Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part time, technical or
professional experience in the field listed above, of which (B) at least one year must have been in a
professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following

substitutions:
Substitutions
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I. An associate’s degree with a major in any of the field listed above may be substituted for a
maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

II. A bachelor’s degree with a major in any of the fields above may be substituted for a
maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

III. A graduate degree with a major in any of the fields above may be substituted for a maximum
of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

  • Education towards such a degree will be prorated on the basis of proportion of the requirements
actually completed.

Special Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge and experience with aspects of water quality and watershed management.
Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders in implementing environmental programs.
Knowledge and experience with aspects of water quality and watershed management.
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to work effectively with scientists, engineers, and managers, the public and regulated
community and to establish professional credibility.
Ability to work independently, and as part of a team.
Excellent computer skills.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to maintain accurate records.
Competence in statistical analysis of large data sets.
Competence in GIS.
Skills in database development and maintenance.

Environmental Factors
Duties will be performed largely in an office setting, but with need for travel for which a valid
driver’s license and private means of transportation must be available. Position will require
travel.

Requirements
Attendance in the Lowell office for a one-day orientation during the first two weeks of employment
and attendance at the annual All Staff Meeting is mandatory.