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Title:  Drinking Water Systems Operations Specialist - Environmental Analyst VI

Application Deadline Date:  12/15/2019
Req ID:  3229
Department:  Environmental Conservation

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.25

The State of Vermont's Drinking Water & Ground Water Protection Division is seeking a Drinking Water System Operations Specialist as part of the Engineering & Operations Section. This is a regulatory and technical assistance position that requires excellent communications skills (oral and written), strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and attention to technical detail. Core responsibilities include the preparation of operating permits, conducting sanitary survey inspections and providing assistance for public water systems to ensure that those systems are operating in a reliable manner that is in compliance with the Water Supply Rule and protects public health. Additional responsibilities include performing emergency response, complaint call and contaminate investigations, providing technical, operational expertise and support to various sections within the Division.

This individual must be interested in working with Public Community and Public Non-Transient Non-Community drinking water systems, their consulting engineers, and the general public. This individual must be self-motivated, be able to meet deadlines, be capable of working outdoors in difficult environmental conditions, and be a collaborative team player. Preference will be given to an individual with experience working in or with Public Water Systems and familiarity with the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. Experience with using Microsoft Office and maintaining databases is essential. If you are able to multitask well and have excellent communication and analytical skills, this might be the job you have been looking for.  Duties include the preparation of operating permits for public water systems and performing routine field inspections (sanitary surveys) of public water systems to ensure the systems are operated in accordance with state and federal law. 

Duties entail records review, data analysis, field work, and preparation of written work products (operating permits and survey reports) within a regulatory framework at an experienced professional level. Work at this level differs from lower-level environmental analysts in the level of expertise and breadth of knowledge required. Work is performed under the supervision of a Registered Professional Engineer.

Who May Apply

This position, Drinking Water Systems Operations Specialist (Job Requisition #3229), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Dana Nagy at (802) 477-3418 or dana.nagy@vermont.gov
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are largely performed in an office setting; however, some field travel may be necessary for which private means of transportation must be available. Field work may involve exposure to chemicals, gases, hazardous liquid and solid waste, and construction sites during all weather conditions; and may involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND five (5) years or more of experience at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.


Master's degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND three (3) years or more of experience at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.


One (1) year or more of experience as an Environmental Analyst V.


Two (2) years or more of experience as an Environmental Analyst IV.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Vermont Licensed Professional Engineer.
2. Strong knowledge of sanitary engineering principles of water systems, particularly in the area of source, storage, pumping facilities, and distribution system hydraulics and resulting water quality impact.
3. Demonstrated strong project management skills, exercised in a regulatory framework.
4. Knowledge of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
5. Demonstrated management and supervisory experience.
6. Demonstrated willingness and ability to bring about compliance with federal and state safe drinking water requirements.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier