Environmental Analyst – Stream 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: The incumbent will focus on assisting in the water quality monitoring and
assessment of source waters in NYS streams and rivers in the Stream Monitoring and Assessment
Section (SMAS) at NYSDEC. The incumbent will assist in the coordination between the DOW’s Source
Water Protection Program (SWPP) and SMAS to help ensure source water priority water bodies are
targeted for monitoring and assessment. This will include assisting in the monitoring and assessment
of SWPP priority waterbodies, implemented through the DOW SMAS Rotating Integrated Basin
Studies (RIBS) program. In addition to helping to integrate SWPP into DOW monitoring and
assessment programs this position will also support, in general, all elements of the work of SMAS
programs which includes but is not limited to: water chemistry sampling and biological monitoring of
streams and rivers, collection of field observation data, laboratory sample processing, database
development, database maintenance, data analysis, and reporting. The work will have a strong
emphasis on attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness.

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

  • Working with DOW’s SWPP program to assist senior staff in identifying and prioritizing data
collection and water quality assessment of source water river and streams in NYS.

  • Participate in the collection of water quality data/samples, field measurements, and
observations from streams and rivers from across New York State. Includes biological and
water column chemical samples.
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  • Candidates must be able to work well in a team, work outdoors under a variety of weather
conditions, work from boats, lift up to 50 lbs., and be able to travel overnight regularly
during the field season (with reimbursement).

  • Assist senior staff in the update and maintenance of various components of the SMAS’s
monitoring data management system. Develop water quality data analytic tools and
reporting scripts in R and Python to improve the efficiency of workflows within DOW.

o Includes developing R-statistical computing and Python programming scripts for
data management and analysis.

o Includes developing data management solutions using Shiny Apps and other R-
Studio platform applications

  • Help develop electronic field based data collection procedures for SMAS.
o Includes developing ArcGIS Online based field collection procedures. Experience

working with ESRI’s Survey 1,2,3 platform preferred.

  • Assist in monitoring data analysis and some reporting. Experience working with statistical
and GIS software packages and their programming languages such as “R” and “Python” is
preferred.

  • SMAS Laboratory sample sorting and identification of benthic macroinvertebrates samples.
  • SMAS Laboratory processing of water chemistry samples.
  • SMAS Laboratory sample processing of acute and chronic toxicity tests and sediment
microtox samples.

  • In general, support the overall SMAS water quality monitoring and assessment programs of
DOW.

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

  • 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 Stream Monitoring and Assessment Section within the NYSDEC. Job performance is
evaluated by Alexander J. Smith, Chief of the Stream 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
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  • 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 science, geography, geographic information systems, computer
science, 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
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
In general, experience collecting and working with water quality data, analysis, and reporting is

preferred. More specifically:
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Experience with the statistical computing software (R)
  • Experience working with databases
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access
  • Clear communication and public speaking abilities are a plus
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 especially during periods of the year when field work is required.

Requirements
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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.