Aquatic Mitigation Specialist
Dept Fish Wildlife Env Law Enf
Boston, MA

$58,000 - $86,000 a year

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The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

The In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program Aquatic Mitigation Specialist (Environmental Analyst II) works in the Office of the Commissioner as part of the ILF Program team to support development and implementation of compensatory mitigation projects. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) to be the sponsor of a statewide program that provides In-Lieu Fee compensatory mitigation associated with Corps permits under §404 of the Clean Water Act and/or §§9 or 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and related federal rule at 33 C.F.R. Part 332 (the federal Mitigation Rule).

The ILF Program Aquatic Mitigation Specialist, under the supervision of the ILF Program Administrator, will assist in developing and overseeing ILF-funded projects to meet DFG’s obligations for aquatic resource compensatory mitigation. ILF-funded projects may focus on aquatic resource enhancement, restoration and/or preservation.

A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.

The primary responsibilities of the ILF Aquatic Mitigation Specialist are to assist with:

Development of ILF project solicitation and application materials, and an outreach strategy

Identification of a broad suite of potential projects eligible for ILF Program funding

Management of an ILF Program mitigation project process, including application, selection, and funding phases

Oversight of ILF-funded projects in consultation with funding recipients and their assigned project managers to ensure proper implementation of Corps-approved mitigation plans, compliance with monitoring and reporting requirements, and evaluation of performance in achieving mitigation objectives.

Information management and reporting, including tracking of program funds and GIS map updates

Duties and responsibilities include:
ILF project solicitation and application materials, and outreach strategy

Under the supervision of the ILF Program Administrator and in coordination with DFG’s ILF Program team:
Prepare pre-proposal solicitation materials and Request for Proposal (RFP) documents for review and approval by the ILF Program Administrator

Contribute to development and implementation of an outreach strategy to engage potential mitigation project proponents (governmental and non-governmental organizations).

Draft project eligibility and evaluation criteria for review by the ILF Program team

Identification of a broad suite of potential projects eligible for ILF Program funding

Under the supervision of the ILF Program Administrator and in coordination with DFG’s ILF Program team and other agency staff:

Conduct outreach to government and non-governmental entities to provide information on available ILF Program funding and to help identify eligible restoration, enhancement and/or preservation projects

Conduct an initial evaluation of potential mitigation projects to assess feasibility and readiness for funding consideration

Management of ILF Program mitigation project application, review, and funding process

Under the supervision of the ILF Program Administrator and in coordination with DFG’s ILF Program team:

Guide project proponents in proposal preparation to ensure adequate information for review and decision-making

Consult with DFG’s division staff and other state agencies where their expertise is needed to assess the feasibility and likelihood of success of the proposed project

Assist the ILF Program Administrator with submission of all necessary draft and final documents to the Corps and Corps Inter-agency Review Team (IRT) for their review process

Review and comment on draft and final restoration design plans, monitoring protocols, and long-term management plans

Contribute to development of project performance standards and metrics

Participate as a member of DFG’s ILF Program team, as well as in meetings and site visits with the Corps and the IRT to support project evaluation, final selection, and Corps approval of funding

Assist the ILF Program Administrator with preparation of funding award and contracting documents, and funding mechanism for project cost reimbursement

Oversight of ILF-funded projects in coordination with Project Managers

Under the supervision of the ILF Program Administrator and in coordination with DFG’s ILF Program team and funding recipient Project Managers:

Assist with oversight of ILF-funded mitigation projects to facilitate effective implementation including monitoring and compliance, and submission of timely and adequate deliverables

Participate in meetings and site visits pre-construction/restoration, during construction/restoration, and in the post-restoration monitoring phase

Review and comment on monitoring reports

Consult with DFG divisions and other state agencies for technical assistance in their area of expertise when required during project implementation, e.g. with regard to design plan changes, review of contractor deliverables, budget issues and possible adaptive management decisions

Assist with evaluation of ILF project performance and assessment of mitigation credits

Information management and reporting
Under the supervision of the ILF Program Administrator and in coordination with DFG’s ILF Program team:

Under the supervision of the ILF Program Administrator and in coordination with DFG’s ILFP team:

Assist with tracking of ILF program funds and management of project-related information

Update GIS-based maps, and assist with report preparation and ILF Program website updates.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE

Knowledge and understanding of the hydrology and ecology of wetlands and river systems, estuarine and marine ecosystems
Organizational, analytical, communication and collaboration, facilitation and problem-solving abilities
Computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Mapping tools)
Technical knowledge and field experience in ecological restoration
Knowledge of environmental regulations

Additional preferred experience, skills and education

Environmental science degree with focus on ecology and aquatic systems
Advanced degree preferred (though not required), continuing education and other certifications in wetlands science, ecological restoration and related topics is desirable
Technical knowledge and field experience in ecological restoration including project design and implementation, construction oversight, monitoring and performance evaluation
Experience with baseline data gathering and restoration feasibility assessment
Experience with grant funding management and contracting
Demonstrated success in applying organizational, analytical, communication, collaboration, facilitation and problem-solving skills
Knowledge and understanding of environmental regulations, permitting and compliance
Experience working with regulators at state, federal and local level
ARCGIS experience

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. The position will remain open until filled.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) three 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 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 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 two years 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 the required experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Environmental Analyst II
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston - 251 Causeway Street
Job: Science
Agency: Department of Fish And Game
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Sep 3, 2019, 9:27:59 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 58,445.66 - 85,624.76 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Johanna Zabriskie - 617-626-1599
Bargaining Unit: 09-MOSES - Engineers/Scientists
Confidential: No