Environmental Analyst – Lake Monitoring and Assessment

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: This position will involve sampling and office activities associated with the three
major Division of Water lake monitoring programs run by the Lake Monitoring and Assessment
Section (LMAS) - the Lake Classification and Inventory (LCI) survey, the New York Citizens Statewide
Lake Assessment Program (CSLAP), and the New York Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB program). The work
will have a strong emphasis on attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will assist with the following:

  • Prepare for the start of the lake sampling field season for the LCI, CSLAP and HABs programs,
including:
o Sample site selection and access approval
o Preparation of sampling kits
o Calibration, maintenance and repair (as needed) of sampling equipment
o Sampling trip planning and coordination with DEC staff
o Coordinating quality control activities

  • Conduct sampling of lakes selected for the LCI program, including collection of water quality
samples, field measurements, and AIS and bloom information

  • Enter field sampling data into the DEC Lakes database and assist LMAS staff in the continuing
development and maintenance of the database, collaboration with staff from the Stream
Monitoring and Assessment Program (SMAS) in joint LMAS and SMAS database activities
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  • Assist SMAS staff as needed and available in water quality and macro invertebrate sampling in
support of Division of Water stream monitoring programs

  • Assist LMAS staff through data analysis, GIS mapping, and database outputs, in conducting
outreach and reporting for the LCI, CSLAP and HABs programs, including

o Daily bloom reports provided through county-based email groups
o Weekly HAB web page updates
o Annual individual lake LCI, CSLAP and HABs reports
o Updated fact sheets for the state Waterbody Inventory and Priority Waterbody List

  • Assist LMAS staff in developing peer-reviewed literature summarizing findings from the LMAS
monitoring and assessment programs

  • Assist LMAS staff in other LMAS initiatives as needed
  • Participate in all training necessary to conduct sampling, operate vessels, and use DOW
databases
  • 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
Assessment Management within the NYSDEC. Job performance is evaluated by Scott Kishbaugh,
Chief of the Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section, 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 engineering, environmental sciences, geography, computer science, or related
field preferred.
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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
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
Previous water quality sampling and database experience is preferred.

Proven track record of attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.
In general, experience collecting and working with lake water quality data, analysis, and reporting is

preferred. More specifically:
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Experience working with relational databases
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access
  • Willingness to work long days and participate in overnight trips
  • Ability to swim
  • Ability to carry for short distances 50 pounds of gear across uneven terrain
  • Clear communication and public speaking abilities are a plus.
The following knowledge and skills are helpful, although not a necessary requirement to qualify:

  • Previous experience operating and trailing small boats
  • Experience with the statistical computing software (R) or other comparable statistical tools
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. Occasional day and
overnight travel is necessary, particularly between June and October.

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.