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Title:  Environmental Program Manager

Application Deadline Date:  05/16/2021
Req ID:  14602
Department:  Environmental Conservation

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $31.90


The Water Investment Division is seeking a creative individual with an environmental protection and public health background, strong people skills, and a basic understanding of finance, to lead the Division's Water Infrastructure Finance Program.

This position will afford the right individual the opportunity to make a major contribution to solving Vermont's water pollution issues, while helping to ensure that Vermonters have access to clean and safe drinking water.  The Program directly administers a group of special environmental revolving loan funds and a municipal pollution control grant program that finance improvements to municipal and certain privately owned wastewater, stormwater and drinking water systems. The loan funds are capitalized through state and federal appropriations and loan repayments, which total approximately $40M annually. The program also works hand-in-hand with the Division's Clean Water Initiative and Watershed Planning Programs to identify opportunities for co-leveraging the $20M/year Vermont Clean Water Fund to optimize financial assistance to Vermont communities and individuals. This helps Vermonters do their part in support of clean surface and groundwater, and safe drinking water.

This is a great opportunity to work in a dynamic program that supports the environmental protection and public health objectives of the State. The Environmental Program Manager (EPM) position, which is based in Montpelier, supervises two or more employees, who are responsible for both financial and project development administrative activities, and municipal outreach. The EPM is responsible for maintaining orderly progress for projects funded by the program, which is accomplished by monitoring projects assigned to staff and providing technical and administrative backup for staff on non-routine matters, and developing and implementing process improvements. Work includes considerable interaction with department engineers, consulting engineers, and external organizations that include the United States Department of Agriculture, USEPA, Vermont Municipal Bond Bank, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Rural Water Association, and Green Mountain Water Environment Association.

This position is also responsible for overseeing the development, adoption, and implementation of the state-wide Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Project Priority Lists and Intended Use Plans. Relatedly, the EPM will work in close coordination with the Department's Administration and Innovation Division to administer annual grant applications to the USEPA and fulfill related reporting. Preference will be given to candidates with strong written and verbal communication skills, experience with grants and contracts management, and experience working with federal funds.

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Program Manager (Job Requisition #14602), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Eric.Blatt@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 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
  • 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 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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