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Environmental Analyst - River Monitoring

Providence, RI 

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.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management administers the state’s water quality monitoring, assessment and standards program. These programs are critical to the implementation of the Clean Water Act in the state. Under the Clean Water Act, States, Tribes, and Territories have the primary responsibility for monitoring and assessing their waters and reporting on water quality. RIDEM carries out an ambient river monitoring program as part of their responsibility to comprehensively monitor and assess riverine waters of Rhode Island. Under the Clean Water Act, state governments have primary responsibility over establishing, reviewing, and revising water quality standards. Additionally, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has encouraged all states to develop numeric nutrient criteria as an enhancement to their water standards program in order to strengthen protection for surface waters. In order to advance implementation of this plan, DEM is collaborating with NEIWPCC to advance development of numeric nutrient criteria for freshwaters in Rhode Island.

In collaboration with the RI DEM-OWR, the incumbent will be responsible for implementation of the field sampling program for the ambient river monitoring (ARM) program and associated data management, technical assistance to RIDEM by performing assessments for federal Clean Water Act reporting, technical assistance to RIDEM water quality standards program by reviewing and identifying potential needed updates to the state water quality standards, completing draft nutrient criteria/thresholds for Rhode Island’s freshwater lakes and ponds and advancing the development of nutrient criteria/thresholds for Rhode Island’s rivers and streams.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Execution of sampling program for ambient river monitoring, including documentation of field work and quality assured ARM dataset.
  • Serve as primary supervisor of technical (seasonal) staff including: training, planning, directing and review of seasonal staff field work as related to water quality sampling for ambient river monitoring program.
  • Coordinate with RI Department of Health Laboratory on delivery of samples and associated logistics.
  • Prepare Ambient River Monitoring (ARM) Addendum annually.
  • Maintain a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and SOPs for ambient river monitoring.
  • Manage water quality data from ambient river monitoring and assist with review and assessment of internal and external data sources
  • Upload datasets to RIDEM’s internal water quality database, SWIMS
  • Participation in various meetings pertaining to monitoring of rivers as needed
  • Develop updated content for RIDEM website as needed
  • Perform statistical analyses and use in development of technical memorandum on evaluation of diatom data.
  • Compile relevant data on rivers and streams.
  • Initiate a document summarizing field method evaluation and make recommendations for further NNC data collection and development.
  • Perform statistical analyses to characterize rivers and streams to support refined classification of these waterbodies for nutrient criteria/thresholds development purposes.
  • Participate in project meetings with DEM staff and other resource persons.
  • Represent the DEM & NEIWPCC at scientific conferences.
  • Interact with academic researchers, EPA researchers and program officials, and other state officials.
  • Plan and order supplies to support all field work under supervision.
  • Document and present recommendations to the DEM-OWR managers concerning changes to water quality standards, which will include drafting documents that provide the rationale for anticipated changes.
  • 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.
  • Prepare quarterly progress reports.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

 

RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • A bachelor’s degree in natural science, physical geography, resource management, or geographic information systems is preferred.
  • 3+ years of full-time professional work experience in the above-mentioned field, including geographic information systems.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and experience with water quality and nutrient pollution issues.
  • Knowledge and experience with field methods to conduct field sampling in riverine systems
  • Knowledge of the Clean Water Act.
  • Knowledge of Water Quality Standards, including nutrient criteria.
  • Extensive experience with use of statistics
  • Strong team player with ability to work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively with scientists, managers and general public.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to own transportation is required for limited local and regional travel to participate in related meetings.

 

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 June 24, 2021. Additionally, please reference #21-RIDEM-001 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.

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Posted June 4, 2021



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