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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Data Analyst - Research Analysis Special Senior - Job ID 70019

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Job Summary

This position is temporary with an anticipated end date of 6/30/2025.

The Greenhouse Gas Data Analyst is a new position at the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) which provides leadership and technical expertise for the evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Minnesota’s environmental review program. Using climate and data science expertise, this position develops, executes, and communicates technical data analyses to provide decision support to EQB staff and leadership. This position will implement and oversee EQB’s projects to enhance the program’s ability to make and communicate informed, data-driven GHG decisions. This includes the development of a Minnesota-specific GHG emissions calculator for project review along with collaboration with practitioners and stakeholders to develop GHG sector- and source-specific guidance for incorporation of GHG and climate data in environmental review documents. 

As the EQB’s GHG Data Analyst, this position will provide support to environmental review practitioners in using and implementing GHG emissions calculations and data and will work to integrate advanced data analyses and visualization methods into the environmental review program. The incumbent will also coordinate and lead research efforts around GHG data, apply life cycle assessment principles and techniques, and gather, compile and validate related data and information. The incumbent will work with EQB staff and other environmental review practitioners to assess the measurement and reporting of emissions associated with projects that undergo environmental review. They will also assist in identifying policy and program improvement opportunities through the development and deployment of robust data analysis tools.

This position works to foster and extend the EQB’s application of advanced climate analytics, visualization methods and geospatial analysis tools. This position also plays an important role in designing guidance and trainings for environmental review practitioners on the implementation of new climate and GHG emission data tools and procedures for environmental review statewide.    

The Environmental Quality Board will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in an Environmental Science, Engineering, Computer Science, GIS, or other Natural Science; Statistics, Environmental Health, Toxicology or other related degree with a broad knowledge of climate science.

Three (3) years of demonstrated experience conducting data research and analysis, analyzing and interpreting models and underlying data, and providing data and/or model reporting to both technical and general audiences.

Strong planning and organizational skills to meet priorities, goals and objectives, monitor work, and follow-up on implementation for both independent and team-oriented work.

Ability to communicate complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a wide range of audiences.

Ability to evaluate and interpret scientific data, reports and literature, particularly to conduct thorough research and review of the validity of data used in model and tool development.

The Environmental Quality Board will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in GHG emission estimation - quantifying direct and indirect emissions, calculating carbon footprints, or conducting lifecycle assessments.

A degree or continuing education related to greenhouse gas estimation and life cycle assessments, or a similar field.

Experience teaching, training, or mentoring others in the use and interpretation of models or data analysis.

Experience performing analyses and data visualization using a wide variety of data science (data collection, analysis, processing, evaluation, visualization, etc.) software such as Tableau, SQL, Snap Surveys, Excel, Python, R or other statistical analysis software.

Ability to produce clear, concise analysis and reports in support of program management and decision making.

Ability to compare multiple life cycle analyses or climate-related data sets, providing insights into any differences between the underlying data and methodologies, and make recommendations for the best use of the data.

Ability to explain data anomalies and provide answers and insights into examinations of a variety of data sets.

Human relation and communication skills sufficient to collaborate, work effectively, and create understanding within a wide-range of clientele, partners, and interested parties.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally moving such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or moving light objects frequently. A job in this category may require maintaining a stationary position to a significant degree or may involve a certain amount of moving necessary in carrying out job duties.

Additional Requirements

Position duties may require travel but driving is not a minimum qualification or essential function of this position. Employees who may drive for state business will need their driver’s license checked prior to operating a state vehicle.

About the Environmental Quality Board

The Environmental Quality Board is made up of 9 agency heads and 8 citizen members. In addition to other duties, we provide leadership and coordination across agencies on priority environmental issues that are multi-jurisdictional and multi-dimensional as well as providing opportunities for public access and engagement.