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Employment Opportunities

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a federal-interstate water resource management agency, currently has two employment opportunities:

Instructions for Applicants:

  • Please review each job description and respective qualifications below.
  • For both positions, applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.
  • For both positions, please send resume with cover letter via email to: jobs@drbc.gov
  • Both positions will remain open until filled.
(Senior) Chemist/Toxicologist

Title: (Senior) Chemist/Toxicologist

Employee Status: Full-Time

Grade: E16 - E20

Salary Range: $54,100 - $103,900

Branch: Science and Water Quality Management

Section: Water Quality Assessment

Supervised By: Manager, Water Quality Assessment


Job Description

The (Senior) Chemist/Toxicologist works within the Science and Water Quality Management Branch in overall surveillance and investigation of existing and potential sources of toxic pollutants; in the review and evaluation of data and the development of the water quality criteria for toxic pollutants for the Basin; in the development of strategies for source control and reduction; and in the evaluation of acute and chronic toxicity data for ambient waters and wastewaters within the Delaware River Basin.

Specific Duties include:

  • Design and execute monitoring programs for toxic pollutants in water, sediment and fish tissue including the development and coordination of Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs).
  • Perform water quality sampling and monitoring.
  • Manage resulting data including upload to WQX.
  • Evaluate data and develop technical assessments and reports.
  • Review and update water quality criteria for toxic pollutants based upon the evaluation of new information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental protection agencies.
  • Coordinate with state, federal and other Basin partners in the development of strategies for source control and reduction.
  • Support DRBC colleagues and other Basin partners in the development and calibration of water quality and food chain models for toxic pollutants.
  • Evaluate and maintain database of acute and chronic toxicity reports submitted for point source discharges to basin waters.
  • Provide support to Project Review staff in evaluating permit limitations for toxic pollutants, including whole effluent toxicity based on Commission's Water Quality Regulations.
  • Manage contracts and cooperative agreements for sampling and analytical services related to toxic pollutants.
  • Serve as DRBC liaison and coordinator for the Toxics Advisory Committee (TAC). Work with committee chair and DRBC staff to schedule, develop agendas and report on meetings including any subcommittee and workgroup meetings.
  • Communicate, coordinate and interact with stakeholders (including the general public) on issues related to toxic pollutants.
  • Seek opportunities for funding for investigation of toxic pollutants in Basin.
  • Serve as lead person on managing the NJ Right to Know (RTK) survey compliance and lab waste coordination.
  • Serve as lead technical person for NJDEP QA certification for chemical testing and analysis.


Qualifications (Education, Experience & Skills)

Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited college with bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Ecology or Toxicology with an emphasis in the environmental toxicology and chemistry and/or water quality management of toxic pollutants.
  • A Master’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred.

Experience:

  • Proven experience as a toxicologist in any relevant field. Experience in toxicity testing of ambient waters and wastewaters and experience dealing with chemical analysis preferred.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing environmental data sets.

Preferred Skills:

  • Strong statistical background in analysis and interpretation of environmental toxic pollutants data.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Boat operator experience and certification preferred.
  • Ability to compile review and summarize scientific reports and articles.
  • Proficiency in databases, spreadsheets and programing in R and/or Python.
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) proficiency is a plus.


Instructions for Applicants

  • Applicant must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.
  • Send resume with cover letter via email to: jobs@drbc.gov
  • This position will remain open until filled.

The DRBC is an EOE.

Government Affairs Lead

Title: Government Affairs Lead

Employee Status: Full-Time

Grade: E20

Salary Range: $69,250 - $103,900

Branch: External Affairs and Communications

Supervised By: Director, External Affairs and Communications


Job Description

The Government Affairs (GA) Lead effectively manages all strategic and tactical aspects of government affairs for the Delaware River Basin Commission. The GA Lead maintains strong partnerships with elected and appointed officials and community stakeholders within the four-state Basin (Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware) at the federal, state and local level regarding the DRBC’s public policy priorities. This includes: coordinating and scheduling GA-related events and activities; assisting the Executive Director and Director of External Affairs and Communications with strategic aspects of planning and execution for DRBC programs relating to local, state and federal government issues; researching and analyzing state and federal legislation and public policy issues impacting the Commission; assisting in the development of position statements and responses on behalf of DRBC; and participating in community-facing events to ensure GA involvement and perspective throughout the Basin.

General Responsibilities:

  • Cultivates relationships with key federal, state and local officials within the Basin to help build support and recognition for DRBC through face-to-face meetings and events throughout the Basin.
  • Convenes and partners with diverse stakeholders and communities to increase participation in the Basin’s water resource programs.
  • Plans and executes outreach and education programs to include:
    • Briefings and events with federal, state and local elected officials and other government influencers showcasing the Basin’s water resources.
    • Community-facing events to engage the Basin’s diverse communities and their decision-makers in water resources.
  • Conducts policy research including:
    • Preparation of local and statewide political briefs to evaluate Commission actions in light of current and future political landscape.
    • Reviews proposed legislation that may impact the Commission and its operations, develops recommendations and directs DRBC responses to legislative and regulatory actions.
    • Identifies opportunities to advance Basin priorities through legislation.
  • Works closely with DRBC Communications Specialist to achieve team communication and outreach goals, including:
    • Prepares read-ahead materials, fact sheets and testimony on federal, state and local legislative topics.
    • Prepares talking points, organizational messaging and responses to inquiries relating to DRBC GA.
    • Presents the Commission’s legislative policies and viewpoints to local, state and national elected officials and staff both verbally and in written form.
  • Works with staff to implement a DEIJ strategic plan.
  • Maintains relationships and participates in coalitions and associations that have shared policy interests with the Commission.
  • Coordinates with consultants and contractors.
  • Supports Commission meetings and hearings.
  • Participates in Commission volunteer and training events.
  • Other duties as assigned by senior management team.

Qualifications (Education, Experience)

Education:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college in political science, communications or a related field, or equivalent similar experience.

Experience:

  • Eight plus (8+) years in government policy, legislative staff, legislative relations, government affairs and/or closely related roles.
  • Familiarity with federal and state legislative processes and procedures; knowledge of environmental, community and public affairs issues; willingness to travel throughout the Basin and work some evenings and weekends, as required; detail-oriented with strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Instructions for Applicants

  • Applicant must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.
  • Send resume with cover letter via email to: jobs@drbc.gov
  • This position will remain open until filled.

The DRBC is an EOE.