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 conducting surface water quality monitoring to support the implementation of key programs under the Clean Water Act. While the majority of samples collected by WPP are analyzed by the MassDEP Wall Experiment Station Laboratory in Lawrence, MA, WPP conducts some analyses in-house (e.g., color, turbidity, chlorophyll a) and makes extensive use of field instruments (multiprobe sondes and data loggers). The WPP seeks applicants for a Field & Laboratory Operations Coordinator (Environmental Analyst III). Under the supervision of the Water Quality Assessment and Data Management Section Chief or his/her designee, the Field & Laboratory Operations Coordinator will oversee all in-house field preparation and lab activities of the WPP.
Typical job duties include, but are not limited to:
1. Oversight, operation, and maintenance of the WPP field/lab operations areas.
2. Preparation, calibration, and maintenance of field water quality sensors and meters (e.g., multiprobe sondes, data loggers, single probe instruments)
3. Preparation, maintenance, and inventory of other equipment and supplies for use in the field and laboratory (e.g., calibration standards, field tablets, fluorometer, turbidimeter, spectrophotometer, microscopes, reagent water system, flow meters)
4. Processing, storage, and shipment of samples for analysis.
5. Supervise other staff in the performance of laboratory analyses for selected water quality parameters using predetermined methods (e.g., chlorophyll a, turbidity, color, E. coli) and serve as back-up for these analyses as needed.
6. Downloading and processing data collected in the field from tablets and data loggers.
7. Keeping health and safety records; providing safety training and incident reporting.
8. Securing required permits for storage of flammable or hazardous materials.
9. Tracking the generation, handling, and proper disposal of hazardous materials (e.g., waste acetone and alcohol).
10. Updating Standard Operating procedures (SOP), as needed.
11. Coordinating with quality assurance and data management staff on data quality issues, quality control results, and data management requirements.
12. Assistance with the preparation and writing of technical reports.
13. Participation in field surveys as needed.
14. Training of WPP field and lab staff in appropriate protocols.
The candidate must have a strong interest in providing support to water quality field and laboratory operations, and a demonstrated ability to perform this function through past experience, including managing laboratory and/or field operations in conformance to strict quality assurance protocols, SOPs, QMPs, and QAPPs. The candidate’s main duties will be supporting the deployment of field crews, lab analyses, and quality assurance/data management activities, but may occasionally participate in field operations.
The preferred candidate will have a professional demeanor, be highly motivated, and possess excellent problem-solving capabilities. The preferred candidate will have effective communication skills, in writing, in person, and on the telephone. Excellent organizational skills are a must, with strong attention to details. The preferred candidate will be able to work on multiple activities concurrently, meet tight deadlines, and work well both independently and as a member of a team. Candidates must have experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software, Web browsers, and data analyses.
Although not required, experience with any of the following is a plus:
- Knowledge of RCRA and local ordinances relative to hazardous material management.
- Knowledge of OSHA lab safety standards.
- Working knowledge of electronics.
- Familiarity with the basic use of hand tools for the design, construction, and installation of water monitoring equipment in the field.
- Experience using R, or another programming language.
- An understanding of water quality monitoring principles to support reporting requirements for the Federal Clean Water Act
This position will be based in Worcester at DEP’s Watershed Planning Program Office at 8 New Bond Street.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) four 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 two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
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 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 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.
Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Environmental Analyst III
United States-Massachusetts-Worcester - 8 New Bond St
Department of Environmental Protection
Dec 10, 2019, 12:00:32 PM
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