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Title:  Environmental Scientist VI, Aquatic Biologist - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  01/24/2021
Req ID:  11181
Department:  Environmental Conservation
Location: 

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $26.60

Overview

Study water quality trends in Vermont's lakes and ponds, lead the state's cyanobacteria monitoring program, serve as the Principal Investigator for Vermont's Lake Champlain Long-term Water Quality Monitoring Program, and use this information to improve water quality and reduce phosphorus loading into Vermont's water bodies in collaboration with a wide range of partners.

The Department of Environmental Conservation seeks an experienced Environmental Scientist to lead our Lake Champlain Water Quality monitoring and assessment work, lead statewide cyanobacteria monitoring efforts, and both lead and support a wide range of efforts to improve water quality in Vermont's Lakes and Ponds. This is a key position within the Department and serves as the state's expert on cyanobacteria ecology and taxonomy. This position leads the state's efforts to measure overall ecosystem health of Lake Champlain based on key ecosystem indicators and to assess long-term effects of management actions and other environmental changes.

Responsibilities include:
 

  • Serving as an expert in multiple working groups and inter-departmental efforts focused on cyanobacteria and Lake Champlain water quality issues
  • Field monitoring activities
  • Laboratory cyanobacteria taxonomy work
  • Using data to assess lake health for statutory reporting as well as lake protection and restoration efforts,
  • Training and supporting a statewide network of cyanobacteria monitoring volunteers
  • Contributing to DEC Lakes and Ponds Program's outreach and communication efforts.


The ideal candidate is a scientist with strong knowledge of limnology, lake ecology, and/or phytoplankton taxonomy skills, excellent communication and writing skills, a keen interest in improving water quality in Vermont's water bodies including Lake Champlain, a passion for both field and laboratory work, and a commitment to approaching all aspects of work with a high level of professionalism.

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Scientist VI, Aquatic Biologist (Job Requisition #11181), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This is a Limited Service position (established in 2004) and federally funded through 6/30/2021, however, this position is budgeted for the next fiscal year and is expected to be extended annually each year based on projected federal funding.  Positions issued as limited service can be budgeted each year and extended accordingly based on the program needs and funding.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Oliver.Pierson@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 three (3) years of experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.

OR

Master's degree in biological-life or physical science AND four (4) years or more of 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, ecology, soils science, geology or hydrogeology.

OR

Bachelor's degree in any biological-life or physical science AND six (6) years or more of professional experience in environmental biology, microbiology or chemistry, ecology, soils science, or hydrogeology.

OR

One year experience as an Environmental Scientist V or two years as an Environmental Scientist IV

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