Environmental Scientist
Mystic River Watershed Association - Arlington, MA

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The Mystic River Watershed Association in Arlington MA is looking for a dynamic, full-time employee to manage a volunteer water quality monitoring program and contribute to programming that includes habitat assessments, fish counts, invasive plant removal, GIS analysis, green infrastructure and restoration. Work spans scientific analysis of water bodies to efforts at the land surface to reduce the contribution of pollutants from the built landscape. Significant time is spent collaborating with academic institutions, volunteers, interns, consulting engineers and municipal, state and federal employees.

  • Train, coordinate and evaluate volunteers for water quality monitoring
  • Develop sampling plans to assess water quality conditions in the watershed
  • Plan, coordinate, and perform water quality sampling events
  • Occasional early morning sampling, evening meetings and weekend events
  • Input, process, and analyze water quality monitoring data
  • Write technical monitoring reports, develop maps, tables and charts to visually display results; ensure that data are distributed to appropriate stakeholders
  • Meet with municipal, state, and federal officials to review sampling plans and results; facilitate working partnerships with these stakeholders to address problems
  • Assist with leading workshops and formal presentations for audiences of diverse backgrounds
  • Represent MyRWA at conferences, trainings, and member organization events
  • Managing interns and volunteers
  • Bachelor's degree in science-related field or in engineering
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in writing, particularly technical data reports
  • Familiarity with watershed science, water quality sampling procedures, water chemistry and microbiology
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to manage multiple projects with overlapping deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers, municipal officials, and other stakeholders
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Proficiency in PC-based computing, including Microsoft Office, database and GIS a plus
  • Applicants must be able to occasionally work evenings, early mornings, and weekends
  • Reliable automobile transportation required
  • Ability to work independently; self-starter
  • At least one year of related work experience
  • Background in technical writing