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Senior Wetlands Analyst

Boston MA

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 Wetlands and Waterways Division is seeking applicants for the position of Senior Wetlands Analyst (EEIV) within the Bureau of Water Resources. With supervision from the Wetlands Program Chief, the person will have responsibilities in three main areas.

Policy/regulatory/guidance - develops and manages select Wetlands Program initiatives including policy and regulatory updates and technical guidance, in coordination with MassDEP Boston and regional staff, other agencies, interested parties, and the public.

Technical expert - serves as a hydraulic and hydrologic technical expert on issues pertaining to wetlands resource areas.

Project review and permitting - serves as senior project manager for major projects under the Wetlands Protection Act (310 CMR 10.00) and Water Quality Certification (314 CMR 9.00) regulations, many of which require regulatory Variances. The major project portfolio includes transportation system improvements including railways, airports, and multi-use trails; utilities maintenance and improvements (e.g. electric, natural gas); and other statewide infrastructure projects, with the exception of MassDOT highways.

To ensure successful management of a large portfolio, the person will promote coordination and communication with project proponents; stakeholders; local, state, and federal agencies; and other MassDEP Programs and Regional Offices.

 

The Senior Wetlands Analyst will be part of the 12-15 Boston wetlands team and supervise 2-3 staff. This position is based in MassDEP’s Boston Office at One Winter Street.

 

STATEMENT OF DUTIES:

In coordination with MassDEP Boston and regional staff, oversee select 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. Program initiatives include stormwater management updates, land subject to coastal storm flowage performance standards, and wetlands delineation guidance. Participate in review and preparing comments on federal rule changes, state legislation, etc. Assist with implementation for grant-funded program activities internally and with project partners.

Serve as technical expert on issues pertaining to stormwater, bordering land subject to flooding and other hydrologic and hydraulic matters related to wetlands resource areas. Review submittals and implement tasks that involve modeling such as TR55, TR20, HEC-Ras and other relevant modeling. Develop policy pertaining to hydraulic and hydrologic assessment of wetlands.

Serve as senior project manager for review and permitting of (non-highway) major infrastructure projects during planning, design, construction, and operation to ensure timely review and permitting and compliance with environmental requirements.

Conduct technical review of application materials, technical reports and plans, construction packages, and other project submittals. Resolve complex matters such as floodplain impacts and compensation, wetland replication, erosion control, and stormwater management.

Coordinate with 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.

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, review of contractor reports, and other information. Develop enforcement actions and/or corrective measures.

Participate in appeals, including developing responses to interrogatories, preparing testimony, and serving as a witness in Administrative hearings.

Supervise assigned program staff

Oversee staff /project teams to ensure quality work products that meet deadlines

Provide effective supervision to direct reports in accordance with MassDEP protocols.

Other duties, as assigned, e.g. develop and deliver presentations at various venues.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

Knowledge of policy, regulations, and case implementation related to wetlands, river, and coastal processes. Direct experience with Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL C. 131, sec 40) and associated WPA Regulations (310 CMR 10.00), 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.

Demonstrated experience in technical review and analysis related to stormwater management, floodplain delineation, wetlands mitigation, stream crossing design, and other relevant areas. Proficiency applying models (hydraulic, hydrologic, water quality) and other analysis, such as: ACOE HEC-RAS (Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System), FHWA HY-8 (Hydraulic Method 8), Manning’s Equation (Hydraulic Method), TR-20, and TR55. Experience in EPA SWWM (Stormwater Management Model), USGS SELDM (Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model), and USGS MODFLOW, preferred.

Proven experience with planning, design, and construction of infrastructure projects, including developing and/or reviewing technical submittals and environmental permits.

Experience developing or reviewing regulatory, policy, or guidance documents, preferred.

Ability to analyze complex information, draw conclusions, and summarize effectively for different audiences. Knowledge of probability and statistical methods used for data assessment and presentation, preferred.

Ability to exercise tactful negotiation and excellent problem-solving skills to resolve conflict among a broad range of constituents with competing interests.

Direct supervision experience and knowledge of the principles and practices of managing teams and individuals.

Knowledge of the principles, practices, and tools of project management. Experience successfully managing multiple projects (schedules, deliverables, and resources) preferred.

Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and on-line communication and collaboration platforms (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc.)

Ability to communicate effectively in written/oral forms, including report drafting and editing, presentation preparation and delivery, etc. with internal and external audiences.

 

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

 

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental engineering. civil engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering and (B) of which at least five years must have been in a professional capacity and (C) of which at least three years must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

 

Substitutions:

I. An Associate's degree with a major In civil engineering or civil engineering technology may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in environmental engineering, civil engineering. civil engineering technology, sanitary engineering. mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

III. A Graduate degree with a major in environmental engineering, civil engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering 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.

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.

 

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Posted January 4, 2021



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