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Title:  Environmental Analyst V - Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation

Application Deadline Date:  05/30/2022
Req ID:  30945
Department:  Environmental Conservation

Various, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $25.65


Do you enjoy working with people to solve complex problems?  Do you have a knack for effective and respectful dialogue with people who have different opinions than you? Do you want to help improve water quality in Vermont?


The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking an applicant for a full-time advanced level position in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Program. 


Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Inspections of farms for water quality concerns
  • Responding to and investigating water quality complaints
  • Managing enforcement actions
  • Nutrient Management Plan review
  • Permit application review
  • Program development tasks
  • Coordination with other regulatory entities, partner organizations, and the farming community
  • Other duties as assigned


Attention to detail, independent management of workload, and clear written and verbal communication skills are necessary.  Regulatory experience is highly preferred. Farming experience or experience working with the farming community is highly preferred. 


This is a dynamic position in a busy program. Candidates must be able to multitask and shift gears quickly to address time critical incidents that may pose environmental or public health threats.  


This position may be eligible for telework and flexible work schedule with supervisor approval. Workstation location may be chosen by the final candidate from Springfield, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, Essex, or Montpelier office. Occasional in-person meetings in Montpelier will be required.


Please note that recruitment for this position is occurring at multiple levels: Environmental Analyst III, Environmental Analyst IV, Environmental Analyst V, and Environmental Analyst VI.  Please review the minimum qualifications for each level carefully before applying.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Qualifications:

  • Ability to review and critique nutrient management plans.
  • Ability to assess on-farm environmental resource concerns and potential regulatory violations through inspections and regulatory report review.
  • Knowledge of best management practices designed to prevent agricultural waste discharges.
  • Knowledge of animal feeding operations and land management practices.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws related to agriculture and the ability to interpret technical requirements of laws in order to carry out regulatory programs.
  • Ability to use databases to track and report data.
  • Ability to use ArcView and ArcGIS to create maps.
  • Ability to use and knowledge of conservation planning and nutrient management planning tools including RUSLE2 and the P-Index.
  • Ability to present technical regulatory information to a wide range of people of varying backgrounds including farmers, State employees, environmental groups, and the general public in potentially confrontational situations. 

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Analyst V - Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (Job Requisition #30945), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. 


  • Level III: Job Requisition #34241
  • Level IV: Job Requisition #34261
  • Level V: Job Requisition #30945
  • Level VI: Job Requisition #34501

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Clarice Cutler at Clarice.Cutler@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 four (4) years or more at a professional level in a natural resources field.


Master's degree or higher in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND two (2) years or more at a professional level in a natural resources field.


One (1) year or more of experience as an Environmental Analyst IV or two (2) years or more as an Environmental Analyst 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
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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.