Environmental Analyst - (WW & Onsite Systems)
Lowell, MA
Job Description

SALARY: Grade and step dependent upon experience and qualifications.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Benefits provided, but not included in salary range: vacation,
personal and sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance; retirement plan. This position
requires the incumbent to work five days a week, 7 ½ hours per day, except for approved
compensatory time.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
serves as a forum for interstate communication and coordination on water-related pollution
control efforts among all the New England states and New York State.

JOB SUMMARY: Assists Director of Wastewater and Onsite Programs with various program issues
and grants and develops information on which Commission policy decisions are based.
Incumbent works with project officers to prepare individual project/program element work plans
and budgets, approving payments, reports, and Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) under
those projects, and pursuing potential new sources of funding for projects. Incumbent assists in
the preparation of grant applications for new projects, contracts and final project reports.

Activities are generally related to State Revolving Fund (SRF), underground storage tanks/leaking
underground storage tanks (USTs/LUSTs), other water/wastewater programmatic issues, NY City
watershed projects, but can cover a wide range of environmental issues according to program
needs and the incumbent's area of expertise. The incumbent serves as technical advisor for the
Commission, state agency staff and the public on those program issues, serves as staff support,
clearinghouse for information, and meeting chair for state agency staff workgroups for those
issues. Incumbent represents the Commission concerning those issues through public
presentations, testimony and participation in meetings and on various committees.

Assists the Executive Director and staff in the general operations of the office in program planning
and reporting. Participates in meetings of the Executive Committee, Commission, Association of
Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste
Management Officials (ASTSWMO), Water Environment Federation (WEF), New England Water
Environment Association (NEWEA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where
appropriate. Coordinates on inter-media issues with Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use
Management (NESCAUM) and Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA).


Project management. Serve as project manager for work in support of the Commission's
mission, with guidance from the Division Director. (State Revolving Fund (SRF), NYC watershed
projects, National Tanks Conference and Exposition; L.U.S.T Line, UST-LUST training.)

Workgroups. Organize workgroup meetings of appropriate state and federal staff. Arrange for
meetings, distributes information, chairs or co-chairs meetings. Prepare workgroup updates for


Executive Committee and Commission meetings. (State Revolving Fund (SRF), underground
storage tanks/leaking underground storage tanks)

Work plans/budgets/contracts/grants. Develop work plans, budgets, and contract/grant
amendments and provide contract management. Track specific budget elements, contracts, and
invoices. Provide reporting on contract deliverables under NEIWPCC's contracts.

Programmatic topics. Coordinate with Wastewater and Onsite Program and Water Quality
Program staff on crosscutting program issues. Answer miscellaneous inquiries from state and
federal agencies, consultants, and the general public about wastewater, water quality, technical
publications, and NEIWPCC programs. Respond to policy issues relating to the Clean Water Act
(State Revolving Fund and Needs Survey.) Coordinate with Water Quality and Water Resource
Protection staff on crosscutting program issues. Draft or review policy position papers.

Quality management. Work with Quality Assurance Program Manager with review of Quality
Assurance Project Plans as needed.

Outreach. Maintain appropriate webpages on NEIWPCC website to ensure they are up-to-date
and accurate. Provide background materials or write articles for various NEIWPCC, or other,
publications, such as LUSTLine, Interstate Waters, etc.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: Incumbent operates with substantial independence of action and
delegation of professional decisions within his or her area of activity. Consult with Director of
Wastewater and Onsite Programs and other staff on certain matters of policy. Andrew Youngs,
NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst, evaluates job performance.

The incumbent will rely on his/her ability, expertise, and commitment to excellence. S/he will also
build NEIWPCC's culture which focuses on honesty, ethical behavior, personal integrity, respect
for others, transparency, hard work, and collaborative teamwork.

Incumbents of positions at this level may exercise direct supervision (i.e., not through an
intermediate level supervisor) over, assign work to, and review the performance of 1-5 technical
or professional personnel; may exercise indirect supervision (i.e., through an intermediate level
supervisor) over 6-15 technical or other personnel.

The satisfactory performance of the above duties and responsibilities requires the incumbent to
have a thorough understanding of the Commission's programs, organization, and policies; to
exercise initiative and resourcefulness in complicated situations; and to be able to work
effectively with state and federal contacts at both staff and top management levels, and with
varied professional backgrounds. The ability to organize the workload, collaborate with internal
and external staff, and perform tasks in an accurate, conclusive and timely manner is required.

A master's degree in environmental studies, public policy, natural science, public health, earth
science, biology, engineering, or chemistry preferred.


Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time or equivalent part time, technical or
professional experience, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional
capacity, of which (C) at least one year must have been in a supervisory, managerial or
administrative capacity or, (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the
following substitutions.

I. An associate's degree with a major in any of the field listed above may be substituted for

a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
II. A bachelor's degree with a major in any of the fields above may be substituted for a

maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
III. A graduate degree with a major in any of the fields above may be substituted for a

maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B)

  • Education towards such a degree will be prorated on the basis of proportion of the requirements
actually completed.
Personal Characteristics

Think and act in a broad collaborative style. Care deeply about the health and impact of the
entire organization, not just the water resource protection division

Comfortable in group settings and welcomes collaboration

Naturally prone to action with a focus toward continuous improvement
  • Diplomatic and welcoming in his/her approach to others
  • Able to manage change and articulate the "value case" for it

Comfortable working in a very collaborative environment and oriented toward getting things
done; able to bring perspectives and ideas to the table while remaining open to perspectives
and ideas from others. Open to lively debates

  • Inclusive and interested in helping others
  • Capable of fostering and deserving of trust

Accept responsibility and is accountable for results

Ability to write and present concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in
logical sequence

Special Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge and experience with aspects of environmental policies and regulations

Knowledge of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and CERCLA

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Excellent organizational skills

Conference and event planning and management experience

Ability to work effectively with scientists, engineers, and regulators

Ability to establish professional credibility

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Excellent computer skills

The following knowledge and skills are helpful, although not a necessary requirement to


Knowledge of budget preparation, grant writing, and contract management

Knowledge and understanding of federal environmental laws and regulations

Knowledge of business management and operations

Environmental Factors
Duties will be performed largely in an office setting, but with need for limited regional travel.
Incumbent will travel approximately 15% of the time.

A valid driver's license and access to own transportation required. Attendance at the annual All
Staff Meeting is mandatory.

Job Type Part Time