Watershed Management Assistant, Temporary One-year position (Cambridge, MA)

City of Cambridge
Cambridge, MA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$20/yr, 40 hours/week
Last Date to Apply
To see full posting, go to: https://www2.cambridgema.gov/viewjoblisting.cfm?Job_ID=2421 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Watershed Management Division of the Cambridge Water Department is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to support the Watershed Protection Supervisor in reservoir, tributary, and construction site monitoring, as well as various field activities and office tasks. This position provides on-the-job training, opportunities for independent research, and experiences in natural resources management, field data collection and analysis, and watershed protection. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following: • Assist Watershed Protection Supervisor with water quality monitoring and in-stream flow measurements; • Manage water quality monitoring databases and assist with Annual Source Water Quality Report; • Maintain and calibrate field equipment; • Assist Watershed Protection Supervisor with construction site and dam inspections, as well as haz-mat spill response equipment inventories; • Assist with review of site plans and drafting comment letters; • Create GIS maps and develop/edit spatial data; • Update Watershed Division website; • Create posters, presentations, brochures, and other outreach materials for Watershed projects; • Perform other duties as they arise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in one or more of the following areas: biology, hydrology, ecology, environmental sciences, or related natural sciences field. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office programs (especially Excel, Access a plus) and ArcGIS. Must have a valid driver's license. Candidate must have the ability to work in field conditions daily, regardless of weather. Strong writing and verbal communication skills and attention to detail a must. Experience with water quality monitoring equipment, microscopes, GIS/GPS, environmental monitoring, algae and/or macroinvertebrate identification is desirable. Experience with R programing language, or interest in learning, is also desirable. The City of Cambridge’s workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse, and candidates must demonstrate the knowledge and the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies. WORK ENVIRONMENT: Will vary between outdoor environment in all weather conditions and a standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting. Heating and air conditioning systems. Moderate noise level. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The Watershed Management Assistant will lead and assist in field sampling, so must be able to carry up to 25 lbs over rugged terrain, walk distances in wooded areas, and bend. The position will require sampling from a small boat, so the applicant must be comfortable sitting and maneuvering in an aquatic vessel.
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