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Environmental Analyst - Water Quality Liaison

Lowell, MA 

NEIWPCC is a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality. We engage and convene water quality professionals and other interested parties from New England and New York to collaborate on water, wastewater, and environmental science challenges across the regions, ecosystems, and areas of expertise. 

You will assist our Director of Water Quality Programs with various program issues and grants and develop information on which NEIWPCC policy decisions are based. You will also work with other project officers to prepare individual project/program element work plans and budgets, approve payments under those projects, and pursue potential new sources of funding for projects. Finally, you will assist in the preparation of grant applications for new projects, contracts, and final project reports.

Activities will generally be water quality oriented, but may cover a wide range of environmental issues, according to program needs and your areas of expertise. You will act as a technical advisor for NEIWPCC, state agency staff, and the public on those program issues; serve as staff support, a clearinghouse for information, and a meeting chair for state agency staff work groups for those issues. Additionally, you will represent NEIWPCC concerning those issues through public presentations, testimony, and participation in meetings and on various committees.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Project management. Serve as project manager for work in support of NEIWPCC’s mission, with guidance from the Division Director. Work closely with the EPA Long Island Sound Office, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to plan and manage the work of the Long Island Sound Study. Supervise NEIWPCC staff located in Connecticut and New York in order to implement the Long Island Sound Study program.

Workgroups. Organize workgroup meetings of appropriate state and federal staff.  Arrange for meetings, distribute information, chair or co-chair meetings. Prepare workgroup updates for Executive Committee and Commission meetings (Workgroups include: wetlands, and the New England Biological Assessment of Wetlands Work Group [NEBAWWG])

Work plans/budgets/contracts/grants. Develop work plans, budgets, and contract/grant proposals and amendments. Track specific budget elements and contracts. Provide reporting on grant and contract deliverables under NEIWPCC’s agreements.

Programmatic topics. Work with the Division Director and NEIWPCC’s Commissioners to identify and address regional priorities for better coordination of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule/Waters of the United States and Clean Water Act activities. Coordinate with Wastewater and Onsite Program and Water Resource Program staff on crosscutting program issues. Answer miscellaneous inquiries from state and federal agencies, consultants, and the general public about wetlands, wetland assessment, water quality, technical publications, and NEIWPCC programs. Draft and review policy position papers.

Quality management. Assist the Quality Assurance Program Manager (QAPM) to review Quality Assurance Project Plans and fulfill the role of Project Manager on QAPPs, as needed.

Outreach. Maintain appropriate webpages on NEIWPCC website to ensure they are up-to-date and accurate. Provide background materials or draft or write articles for various NEIWPCC, or other, publications. Present work products and programs to stakeholders and the general public.

RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, natural science, public health, earth science, biology, chemistry or a related field preferred.
  • 3+ years of work experience in the field of environmental studies, natural science, public health, earth science, biology, chemistry or a related field preferred.
  • Candidates who have taken a less traditional path may be considered if an aptitude for success and a strong willingness to learn is clearly apparent.  As well, candidates with additional education and experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; comfortable with public speaking and the ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely in writing.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as a collaborative member of a team.
  • Ability to travel regionally and nationally when travel is permitted again.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and access to own transportation.

In recruiting for our dynamic team, we welcome and value the uniquely diverse contributions that our employees bring to our organization.  In exchange, NEIWPCC offers a competitive compensation package, including excellent comprehensive benefits for eligible employees.  If interested, we welcome you to send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to us at jobs@neiwpcc.org by April 23, 2021.  Please reference #21-Lowell-004 in the email subject line.

NEIWPCC is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, physical and mental disability, ancestry, genetic information, age, political or union affiliation, pregnancy or related medical conditions, military service or application for military service, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by applicable law.  Physical or mental disabilities will be considered only as they may relate to the candidate’s ability to fulfill bona fide job requirements.  This policy refers to all personnel practices including employee recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, training, disciplining, terminating and all other conditions.

Posted April 1, 2021



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