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State of Massachusetts Engineering Aide I in Worcester, Massachusetts

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth's natural resources – air, water, and land – to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of all people, and to ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations. In carrying out this mission MassDEP commits to address and advance environmental justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth, provide meaningful, inclusive opportunities for people to participate in agency decisions that affect their lives; and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. MassDEP seeks applicants for six seasonal Engineering Aide I positions in the Watershed Planning Program (WPP), Division of Watershed Management, Bureau of Water Resources. The Watershed Planning Program is a statewide program with five Sections that each have a different technical focus under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), such as Water Quality Monitoring, and is charged with achieving the goals of the CWA, including monitoring and assessing the quality of rivers, lakes, estuaries, and other surface waters throughout the Commonwealth. Each of the six selected candidates will be assigned to either the Water Quality Monitoring Section or Nonpoint Source Management Section. The Water Quality Monitoring Section Chief or designee will supervise five positions; the Nonpoint Source Management Section Chief or designee will supervise the additional position. All positions will include office projects which will represent up to half of assigned duties. The six seasonal Engineering Aide I positions will be based in Worcester at the Watershed Planning Program’s office: 8 New Bond Street. The successful applicants will: * Participate in water quality and ecological field surveys by calibrating sampling equipment, obtaining field samples, delivering samples to the analytical laboratory, and processing biological samples; * Participate in the sampling and analysis of fish, macroinvertebrate, and algae populations and their habitat for the purpose of assessing the condition of lakes, rivers, and other waterbodies in Massachusetts; * Participate in laboratory analysis of water quality samples for characteristics like/E. coli/, chlorophyll/a/,watercolor,and turbidity; * Participate in WPP office projects to support CWA objectives; duties may include assistingwith data gathering and analysis, report preparation, GIS mapping, stakeholder outreach, grant management, and other activities; and * Perform other related duties as required. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one (1) year of study at an accredited degree granting college or university in a program leading to a degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or civil, chemical, environmental, or sanitary engineering to be considered. Each applicant must: * Be able to work any normal shift within the typical hours of 7:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from the time of hiring (approximately the first week in May 2024 through September 30, 2024); * Be comfortable working in and around water (i.e., rivers, lakes, wetlands) and on boats; * Be capable of lifting items of moderate weight (up to 40 lbs.); * Have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license; and * Have proficiency with MS Office applications: Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Preferred Qualifications and Work Experience: * While not required, small boat and boat trailering experience is beneficial; * Ability to identify freshwater aquatic macrophytes is also beneficial; * Experience or willing to learn about calibrating and maintaining water quality instruments; and * Proficiency in MS Access, GIS, and/or R is also beneficial. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: None Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Engineering* *Organization: Department of Environmental Protection *Title: *Engineering Aide I Location: Massachusetts-Worcester - 8 New Bond St Requisition ID: 23000D3O