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 seeks applicants for the position of Senior Wetlands Analyst V/Wetlands and Waterways Division within the Bureau of Water Resources. The Senior Wetlands Analyst will conduct and oversee project review, permitting, and compliance for a large portfolio of Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Highway Division roadway and bridge projects pursuant to the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), Water Quality Certification (401WQC), and Chapter 91 Waterways regulations. To meet the challenges of ensuring a safe, reliable, and resilient public roadway system, MassDOT expedites critical infrastructure improvement projects, using strategies such as design-build (DB). The position will develop Wetlands Variance decisions for Commissioner approval and will assist with developing and implementing permitting strategies suitable for complex roadway projects. Under supervision of the Wetlands Program Chief, the Senior Wetlands Analyst will ensure review and permitting timelines are met by supervising a team of permitting staff, promoting coordination and communication with project proponents, and liaising as needed with other MassDEP programs (e.g. Chapter 91 Waterways) and Regional Offices and other local, state, or federal resource agencies.
The Senior Wetland Analyst will also leverage her/his knowledge of environmental permitting processes (e.g. MEPA, WPA, 401WQC), technical expertise, and field experience to contribute to other MassDOT-related priorities. This may include developing and reviewing technical guidance documents and participating in regulatory / policy initiatives. This position is based in MassDEP’s Boston Office at One Winter Street.
STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
1. Serves as senior project manager for Wetlands and 401WQC Variances and other major and/or statewide Wetlands and 401WQC reviews and permitting during all stages of development including planning, design, construction, and operation to ensure timely review, permitting and compliance with environmental requirements. Primary duties include:
• Conduct technical review of application materials, technical reports and plans, construction packages, and other project submittals. Resolve complex transportation and environmental planning, design, and construction issues and develop findings on matters including traffic studies, transportation alternatives, avoidance and minimization of wetland impacts, floodplain impacts and compensation, wetland replication, wildlife habitat, erosion control, and stormwater management.
• Develop Wetlands Variance Decisions including documentation related to overriding public interest, alternatives analysis, mitigation, and conditions.
• Assess compliance with Variance and other permit conditions and applicable laws and regulations through site inspections and review of Environmental Monitor reports and other information. Develop enforcement actions and/or corrective measures to be implemented.
• Participate in Variance and other appeals hearings involving Department policy on regulatory interpretation, including developing responses to interrogatories, resolving design / permitting issues, preparing testimony and serving as a witness in Administrative hearings. Prepare documentation of Department decisions as requested.
• Coordinate with and provide guidance to project proponents, consultants and contractors, Conservation Commissions, federal and state agencies, and the public during the pre-application, application, construction and operations phases of major projects requiring variances. Attend meetings as necessary.
2. In coordination with MassDEP Boston and regional staff, participate in MassDOT-relevant wetlands program efforts to develop and update regulations, technical guidance, and policy documents in consultation with federal and state agencies, the regulated community, other interested parties, and the public.
3. Lead and supervise a permitting team focused on MassDOT Highway portfolio
• In consultation with Wetlands Program Chief, periodically assesses workload to allocate work assignments to staff / project teams to ensure completion of priority workload.
• Oversee staff / project teams to ensure quality work products that meet deadlines.
• Provide effective supervision to direct reports in accordance with MassDEP protocols.
4. Other duties, as assigned, including:
• Develop and deliver relevant presentations at various venues.
• Provide as-needed technical review/comment to MassDEP Regions, Programs, and other state, municipal or federal agencies upon request.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE
1. Proven experience with and excellent understanding of planning, design, construction, operation, and environmental requirements of large transportation and other infrastructure projects, including roadway widenings and interchange improvements. Experience with design-build projects preferred.
2. Detailed knowledge of and direct experience with Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL C. 131, sec 40) and associated WPA Regulations (310 CMR 10.00), the Federal and Massachusetts Clean Waters Act (MGL C. 21, sec 27), and 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations (314 CMR 9.00) including dredge and fill. Familiarity with relevant MassDEP guidance and handbooks preferred, such as DEP’s Stormwater Handbook. Experience developing environmental permits preferred.
3. Demonstrated field experience with a broad range of related issues such as erosion and sedimentation control, wetlands mitigation, riverfront area impact assessment and mitigation, soils and plant identification, and wetland and wildlife habitat assessment.
4. Demonstrated proficiency and experience with technical review related to stormwater management and stream crossing design. Detailed knowledge of stormwater management practices, including design, construction, monitoring and maintenance of construction period controls and post-construction period controls preferred.
5. Demonstrated proficiency and experience in the analysis of floodplain delineation in accordance with FEMA and MassDEP protocols and requirements. Ability to articulate related regulatory requirements including WPA bordering land subject to flooding and FEMA floodplain and floodway requirements preferred.
6. Demonstrated proficiency and experience with wetlands replacement design (including development of groundwater monitoring and planting plans), construction period and post-construction monitoring.
7. Knowledge of MEPA/NEPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Highway Methodology processes as they pertain to alternatives analyses and project development. Familiarity with principles of traffic assessment preferred.
8. Knowledge of the principles and practices of managing teams and individuals. Direct supervision experience strongly preferred.
9. Demonstrated proficiency with the principles, practices, and tools of project management. Experience successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously (schedules, deliverables, and resources) strongly preferred.
10. Ability to exercise tactful negotiation and excellent problem-solving skills to resolve conflict among a broad range of constituents with competing interests.
11. Familiarity with related policy and regulations preferred, such as Chapter 91 Waterways, MEPA, and hazardous waste.
12. Ability to analyze complex information, draw conclusions, and summarize effectively for different audiences.
13. Computer proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, web-based platforms, and data and information management systems. GIS experience preferred.
14. Strong written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated experience with regulatory documents, technical reports, and presentations.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least six 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 four years must have been in a professional capacity, and of which (C) at least two years must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following 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 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 competed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience. No substitutions will be permitted for the required (C) experience.