Environmental analyst - animal operation program - #9804772

State of Vermont

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Montpelier, VT
Contract type: Full time


The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking applicants for a full-time advanced level position in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Program. The CAFO Program regulates agricultural point source pollution through permitting, compliance, and enforcement. The program is one of eight in the Watershed Management Division, which utilizes a holistic, integrated watershed-based approach to managing Vermont's surface water resources.

We're looking for an experienced environmental professional with knowledge and experience in agricultural water quality to join our team of dedicated and knowledgeable water resource experts.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead regulatory program development and implementation to address agricultural point source discharges to surface water resources.
  • Coordinate with other regulatory entities, partner organizations, and the farming community on agricultural water quality issues.
  • Inspect farms for water quality concerns, respond to and investigate water quality complaints, and manage enforcement actions.
  • Review Nutrient Management Plans.
  • Review permit applications and draft permits.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of federal and state laws related to agriculture and the ability to interpret technical requirements of laws in the development and implementation of regulatory programs.
  • Knowledge of best management practices designed to prevent agricultural waste discharges.
  • 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 animal feeding operations and land management practices.
  • 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 diverse audiences, including farmers, State employees, environmental groups, and the general public.

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Analyst VII - Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Program (Job Requisition #49382), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact ***************@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

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, a social science, data science, or an environmental or natural resources field AND four (4) or more years of experience in a natural resources field.


Master's degree or higher in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, a social science, data science, or an environmental or natural resources field AND three (3) or more years of experience in a natural resources field.


Seven (7) years or more of experience in an engineering, environmental, social science, data science, or natural resources field.

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 and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • 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 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.

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