Accessible Assistance Specialist III
Do you want to help promote Vermont’s natural environment and your community? Is helping people learn about and understand Vermont’s environmental rules and regulations something that’s important to you? Do you enjoy helping Vermonters in need and working with committed conservation professionals through complex challenges?
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking a versatile and driven candidate to join our team as an Accessible Assistance Specialist (Environmental Analyst III) to work in our Environmental Assistance Office, a program that focuses on proactively working with the public to prevent environmental violations through effective outreach and engagement with individuals and communities.
This position will be heavily focused on working with individuals or communities who have been overburdened to help maintain compliance with Vermont’s environmental rules and regulations. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Collaborate and coordinate with enforcement and media program staff to identify individuals or specific groups who require assistance with environmental violations and don’t have the capacity to address the task at hand.
- Coordinate with staff within and outside of VTDEC to explore, apply for, secure, and distribute funding targeted towards providing financial assistance to financially overburdened communities and individuals to correct and remedy environmental violations.
- Working with potential new applicants to environmental assistance resources to provide proactive environmental compliance support through a variety of means (active work through Permit Navigator, one on one meetings / phone calls, application assistance, guidance for technical assistance / contracting, etc.)
- As a proactive compliance assistance strategy, facilitate conversations and trainings with agencies, communities, other programs, etc. to develop and implement strategies that benefit communities and individuals who typically have not had access to assistance services (e.g. supplemental environmental projects, grant opportunities, etc.)
- Working with external agencies and partners to connect communities and individuals with the services and resources they may need to come into compliance with environmental rules and regulations (i.e. ACCD, AHS, Center for Whole Communities, VLCT, etc.)
The ideal candidate is self-motivated and patient, has excellent written and oral communication skills, manages time effectively and multitasks routinely, has strong organization skills, meets deadlines, and is able to work independently and as a team member with other Division and Agency staff.
This position is also being recruited at an Accessible Assistance Specialist IV & V level. To be considered for recruitment as an Accessible Assistance Specialist IV or V, the applicant must meet the minimum qualifications referenced in the section below.
Work is accomplished primarily in a standard office setting but can require travel to various meetings or site visits, for which access to reliable transportation for in-state travel may occasionally be necessary. This work is performed under the general supervision of the Environmental Assistance Office Program Manager. Considerations for teleworking are a possibility in consultation with the supervisor.
Bachelor's degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND three (3) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.
Master's degree in a biological-life or physical science, engineering, or an environmental or natural resources field AND one (1) years or more at a professional level in an environmental or natural resources field.
Two (2) years or more or experience as an Environmental Analyst II.