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Title:  Environmental Scientist V - Hydrogeologist

Application Deadline Date:  04/29/2021
Req ID:  12875
Department:  Environmental Conservation
Location: 

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $25.09

Overview

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is recruiting for a staff hydrogeologist position.

The position will provide hydrogeological expertise regarding source construction, source permitting, and drinking water resource issues in Vermont. This requires a knowledge of groundwater management issues and a strong geological/hydrogeological background.

Responsibilities include:
•    Review, process, and issue or deny source permit applications for new and modified public drinking water system sources in conformance with the Vermont Water Supply Rule.
•    Review Engineering Services Agreements and Preliminary Engineering Reports as they pertain to source issues and provide comments where necessary.
•    Coordinate projects with Division Staff and the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund where applicable.
•    Participate in public meetings, phone conversations, letters, and e-mail with consultants, town officials, the public, and permit applicants and document such interactions.
•    Conduct on-site inspections at public drinking water systems.
•    Manage groundwater withdrawal permitting.
•    Provide technical review of proposed septic system locations within source protection areas.
•    Assist with potential contaminant investigation of proposed, or actual, public water system sources.
•    Assist with groundwater reclassification petitions.
•    Provides technical assistance to Act 248 and Act 250 projects.
•    Provide direct source-related technical assistance to Vermont's public drinking water systems and consulting community.


The ideal candidate has knowledge in geology and hydrogeology; experience with the Safe Drinking Water Act and/or Vermont Water Supply Rule; demonstrates excellent communication and technical writing skills; is comfortable communicating with consultants, water system representatives, other DEC staff, and our counterparts from other states; performs well in a team-based environment; and has an interest in protecting the health of Vermont's citizens and visitors.

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Scientist V (Job Requisition #12875), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Ben.Montross@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

Master's degree in biology, microbiology, chemistry, soils science, geology or hydrogeology AND two (2) years or more of experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.

OR

Master's degree in any biological-life or physical science AND three (3) years or more of experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, or hydrogeology.

OR

Bachelor's degree in any biological-life or physical science AND five (5) years or more of professional experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, or hydrogeology.

OR

Bachelor's degree in biology, microbiology, chemistry, soils science, geology or hydrogeology AND five (5) years or more of professional experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, or ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.

OR

One year experience as an Environmental Scientist IV or two years as an Environmental Scientist III.

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
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

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