Environmental Associate Inland Wetlands

Town of Branford Job Announcement

Posting Date:               April 22, 2022

Closing Date:               Until Filled


Job Title: Environmental Associate

Department/Location: Inland Wetlands Department, Town Hall

Union Affiliation: UPSEU, Town Hall

Employment Type: Full Time

Hours per Week: 40 hours (Mon-Fri)

               Pay Scale: $52,509 -$58,344.


Under the direction of the Inland Wetlands Environmental Director, assists in the administration of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations and natural resources protection activities. Will work with town staff from other departments such as engineering, planning & zoning and building to help facilitate permit review and interdepartmental congruity.

Essential Job Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position

Provides administrative support for the Inland Wetlands and Natural Resources Department and the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, including the following:

Emphasizes customer service by interacting with the public, contractors, engineers, etc. in person, by phone and by email, responding to questions and requests on matters related to inland wetlands and watercourse law, permitting process, violations, as well as natural resource protection practices, referring when necessary to the Inland Wetlands Environmental Director and other appropriate parties.

Processes inland wetlands applications using Town’s permitting software and reviews for completeness, which includes submission of all associated reports, plans and fees.  Identifies deficiencies or irregularities.  May assist Inland Wetlands Environmental Director in reviewing applications, as directed.

Responsible for creating, mailing and filing agendas and publishing legal notices as required by state law.   Responsible for comprehensively organizing files and commission packets for all meetings (regular, special and site visits). 

*Must be able to attend a minimum of one monthly regularly scheduled evening meeting and any other evening or weekend special meetings as well as Commission site visits as requested.  Acts as clerk for the Inland Wetlands Agency takes minutes and files minutes in Town Clerk’s office and posts on website.  During the weeks the employee will be required to work in the evenings Monday through Friday the employee will have a flexible work schedule during the current week of the meetings or the next week, but no longer than one week after the employees attends assigned meeting, as approved by the Director.

 Schedules appointments, and performs other administrative and clerical duties including purchasing supplies, bookkeeping, preparing deposits for accounts receivable and registering personnel and Commissioners for conferences/seminars.

Receives and tracks bonds and other financial records.

Composes and writes a variety of correspondence, reports, memoranda, agendas, legal notices, drafts permit letters compliance letters and other material ensuring compliance with statutorily frames, timeliness in completion and judgment as to content, accuracy, and completeness. Composes and inputs text and spreadsheet documents. 

Maintains and organizes paper and digital wetland application files

Inputs data to standard office and department forms.

Conducts historic research related to properties.

As assigned by the director, reviews building permit applications for possible wetlands and watercourses and physically inspects sites for possible impacts to those areas.  Enter sign offs and other information into land use permit tracking system.  Refer regulated activities to the agent.

Assists, as directed by the Director, with routine monitoring of permittee’s compliance with permits and violator’s compliance with enforcement orders by conducting site inspections and communicating with permittees and violators as to outstanding requirements.  Maintains a database tracking system, reports to environmental director on status of projects, referring to the environmental director when additional enforcement actions is required.

Exercises judgment in decision making in absence of the agent.  Must be able to fill in for the Director on a temporary basis when authorized by the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. 


This is an amazing career opportunity for an individual who is growing his/her career as a college graduate in the environmental sciences profession.


Have and maintain a valid driver’s license.  DEEP Municipal Inland Wetlands Agency Certification within one year of hire, subject to the availability of the certification courses.

Knowledge:        Working knowledge of personal computers.  Extensive knowledge of Microsoft word, Excel and Outlook.  Must be able to use a digital camera.  Working knowledge of laws and regulations required in the issuing of permits.  Knowledge of erosion control practices.  Experience and/or education in the use of GIS software including ESRI ArcMap and online GIS platforms preferred.


Ability:  Ability to   effectively interact with the public; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to handle stressful situations; ability to multi-task effectively, be flexible and work under considerable pressure.  Must be able to drive to sites for inspections and be willing and able to traverse rough terrain on foot in various types of weather.  Ability to work independently.  Must be able to perform or learn to perform within a reasonable period the following:

Ability to read and interpret site plans, drawings and specifications; ability to utilize GIS system to provide information to the public and as a tool to assess for inland wetland/watercourse jurisdiction. 

Ability to learn, retain, interpret and communicate technical information, terminology, statutes, regulations and procedures as pertains to inland wetland regulation and apply this knowledge to answer basic wetland regulation and technical questions, perform site visits, review plans and applications for completeness, etc.


Skill:      Must have excellent communication, reading and writing skills. Experience in use of or ability to learn permit tracking, digital recording and other software as may be required.


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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.  The Town of Branford reserves the right to limit the number of qualified candidates who will be considered for the position.  The files of all qualified candidates will be maintained for a minimum of six months from the announcement date. All candidates must successfully pass a post-offer substance abuse test given at the Town's expense.  The Town of Branford conducts background investigations for all positions prior to hiring.  Refusal to sign the release form will terminate the candidate from further consideration.



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