Title:  Environmental Program Manager - Lakes and Ponds Program

Application Deadline Date:  03/03/2024
Req ID:  49315
Department:  Environmental Conservation

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $34.27


Vermont is home to more than 800 lakes and ponds, from its largest well-known lakes - Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog - to ponds just a few acres in size. The Lakes and Ponds Program works to protect, maintain, enhance, and restore the health of Vermont lakes and the public uses that healthy lake ecosystems provide through outreach and education, monitoring and assessment, and regulatory programs. The program is one of eight in the Watershed Management Division, which utilizes a holistic, integrated watershed-based approach to managing Vermont's surface water resources.


We're looking for an experienced environmental manager to join our team of dedicated and knowledgeable water resource professionals. As the Lakes Program Manager you will work collaboratively with internal and external partners and division leadership to oversee the management, administrative, planning, and policy work of the Lakes and Ponds Program. 


In this role, you will:

  • Supervise three program sections responsible for lake monitoring and assessment, aquatic invasive species management and regulation, and shoreland outreach and regulation.
  • Facilitate stakeholder and public outreach and engagement in Lakes and Ponds Program initiatives.
  • Manage the program budget, including state and federal grants and contracts.
  • Collaborate with division leadership to develop a programmatic strategic plan and then implement it.
  • Work collaboratively to communicate, align, and integrate lake monitoring and assessment, outreach, regulatory, and management efforts with the other media-based programs and discharge programs in the Watershed Management Division.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in implementing elements of water resource management, including water quality monitoring and assessment, water quality policy, environmental regulation, and lake and watershed management.
  • Knowledge and experience supervising remote staff or contractors.
  • Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders on water quality issues and initiatives.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills.


For more information about this position, contact Bethany Sargent, Watershed Management Division Deputy Director, at 802-490-6131 or bethany.sargent@vermont.gov.

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Program Manager - Lakes and Ponds Program (Job Requisition #49315), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact bethany.sargent@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily in a standard office setting, but with frequent travel to project sites, day or evening meetings, for which private means of transportation may occasionally be necessary, and field inspection and investigations in such locations as along river corridors and development sites. Public speaking and attendance at meetings and hearings is necessary. An incumbent must be able to represent the agency at stressful public meetings where strongly divergent opinions may be expressed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in engineering, a physical or biological science or other field closely related to environmental conservation AND four (4) years or more at a professional level in an environmental management or regulatory program INCLUDING two (2) years or more in a supervisory or administrative capacity.


Master's degree or higher in hydrogeology, chemistry, soil science, engineering, environmental studies, law, or public administration AND two (2) years or more at a professional level in an environmental management or regulatory program in a supervisory or administrative capacity.

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 and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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