City and County of Butte-Silver Bow
Butte, MT, USA
General Statement of Duties The Data Specialist for the Butte-Silver Bow Superfund Program assists with environmental data collection and data evaluation to determine if data are of the right type, quality, and quantity to support their use in reporting and decision making. Duties include drafting project work plans, performing data collection and data entry using varieties of hardware and software, performing quality assurance activities to ensure Superfund programs – Operations and Maintenance, Residential Metals Abatement Program, and Water Quality District – meet specified requirements, and participating in activities to prepare documents and products of work to meet regulatory reporting requirements. This work will change as initiatives and projects under the Superfund Program evolve. Distinguishing Features of the Class This is highly responsible and skilled, technical work involving responsibilities for the development, management, and maintenance of Superfund-related tabular and spatial data related to the operations and activities of the Superfund program. The work is performed under the general direction and supervision of the Superfund Program Data Administrator, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgement and initiative. The nature of the work performed requires an employee in this class establish and maintain close working relationships with supervisors and employees of the Butte-Silver Bow Superfund Program, Planning Department, Public Works Department, Health Department, and Geographic Information Services and Land Records division as well as the general public.
Duties/Responsibilities Examples of Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Illustrative Only) Under the direct supervision of the Superfund Program Data Administrator, the Data Specialist performs the following functions within the framework of the Superfund Program:
Performs routine data analysis utilizing a variety of data formats as they pertain to Superfund Programs, including Source Area and Stormwater Operations and Maintenance, Water Quality District, Residential Metals Abatement Program, Land Management Operations, and Health Studies;
Reviews the data quality objectives of program-specific quality assurance project plans and standard operating procedures, verifies and validates data to eliminate instances of nonconformance, and manages document status to ensure operations within each program are following the guidance of the most current plans;
Prepares program-related plans, as necessary;
Utilizes technical writing skills to draft weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports of program-specific quantitative and qualitative data pertaining to Superfund Program operations and activities;
Assists in the preparation of other program reports by querying, analyzing, and synthesizing data, translating quantitative data into explanatory narratives, and creating visual aids including charts, tables, maps, and other supporting graphics;
Assists in the development of communications materials to educate and inform the public of technical concepts related to Superfund-related decision-making.
Provides general assistance and staff support as directed to special projects, field work, and specific data requests (e.g., the Butte Hill Tree Program);
Seeks out opportunities for professional growth and training including but not limited to data management and Geographic Information Systems to stay current on professional tools and practices related to job duties;
Attends meetings, conferences, and workshops as requested and authorized;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A strong background in environmental science, health, and education principles.
An understanding of Federal, State, and Local environmental programs, laws, regulations, policies, and processes.
Thorough knowledge of reliable sample procedures and protocol.
Thorough knowledge of theoretical and practical processes and techniques to perform data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
A comfort level with learning spatial data interfaces and the concepts associated with operating data collection hardware and software programs.
Ability to communicate well with others both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City-County employees, supervisory personnel, and others.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team setting.
Demonstrated ability to complete work independently.
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access; Office 365;
Aptitude with mobile tablet and software systems to collect spatial data appropriate to assigned duties.
Demonstrated knowledge and use of computerized data management systems.
Applied technical writing skills to prepare administrative reports, communications, memorandums, and work products with accuracy.
Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
Ability to perform a wide variety of technical and complex tasks with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology advancement.
Ability to perform all duties and work assignments in a safe, healthy, and environmentally sound manner. Specifically, complying with the Health and Safety Program; maintaining work areas in a safe and orderly manner; identifying and reporting unsafe conditions; reporting all accidents; wearing required personal protective equipment; and attending safety-related meetings, training sessions, fit testing, etc.
Ability to perform all duties and work assignments in compliance with project quality requirements.
Ability to act responsibly and ethically, and in conformance with generally accepted business, occupational, and professional standards.
Essential Physical Abilities
Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to communicate with others in person and by telephone;
Sufficient vision, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to review a wide variety of written and drawn materials to identify, manipulate, interpret, and tabulate data;
Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate a computer system, equipment, and transport files as requested;
Sufficient personal mobility, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to attend meetings throughout the City-County, operate a motor vehicle, and traverse through rough terrain occasionally.
If unable to demonstrate these abilities based upon a standardized, objective assessment, all reasonable accommodations will be made, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and any other applicable federal and Montana law. Acceptable Education, Experience and Training
Graduation from a college or university of recognized standing with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional and Technical Communications, Computer Science, or Environmental Science, supplemented by additional training or coursework in environmental sampling and data collection and management; and
Demonstrated interest, competence and knowledge of Superfund-related issues as they pertain to Butte, Montana, and the Upper Clark Fork River, and an interest in making these skills, knowledges, and abilities available for the benefit of the public; or
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides knowledge, skill, and abilities necessary to perform the work.
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