The Engineering Specialist is a member of a technical team responsible for the implementation of Whole Farm Plans on horse, livestock and crop farms in New York City’s Croton Watershed for the protection of drinking water quality.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct topographic surveys using a total station and data collector, import data into AutoCAD Civil 3D and design structural BMPs.
Prepare, analyze, and convert GIS data for use in engineering design. Prepare cost estimates, technical specifications, and perform construction oversight of agricultural structural and non-structural BMPs.
With guidance from the Professional Engineer; prepare engineering designs and construction plans according to USDA-NRCS standards and specifications.
Explain design packages and procurement procedures to participants (private landowners), and coordinate project implementation with contractors and participants.
Assist in checking conformity with plans and specifications during construction inspection.
Assist planning team with Whole Farm Planning efforts and the selection and estimating the cost of new BMPs and repairs.
Works closely with the Professional Engineer of the Agricultural Program.
Works under the supervision of the East of Hudson Agricultural Program Coordinator or his/her designee.
Education and Experience Requirements:
Associates Degree required, Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field preferred.
Two years experience surveying, planning, engineering and implementing agricultural or stormwater quality Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office 2010 applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Two years experience using AutoCAD or Civil 3D software.
Two years experience using surveying equipment; e.g. total station, data collector.
Ability to maintain a professional working relationship within a team setting.
Knowledge of basic engineering and construction practices used in the design of agricultural and water quality BMPs.
Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
Ability to work outdoors, at times in adverse weather conditions.
Must have a valid and current driver’s license.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in the agricultural industry or knowledge of farming practices on livestock, horse or crop operations.
One or more years of experience using GIS software.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits package including but not limited to 8% employer contribution to 403(b) pension; health, dental and vision insurance (employer pays 95% of cost of plan); and portable term life insurance policy.
About Watershed Agricultural Council
Celebrating its 20th year in 2013, the Council continues to protect both the rural, land-based economy of the watershed region and the drinking water quality of a reservoir system that serves over nine million New Yorkers. Partnering with farmers, agri-businesses, woodland owners, forest industry professionals and others, the Council furthers both regional business profitability and environmental stewardship. It also assists private landowners in using a variety of best management practices, education, tools and approaches, such as conservation easements, to keep property within a working landscape. The Council protects over 24,000 acres of farmland through conservation easements, and works with over 500 farmers and 1,000 forest landowners in the Croton, Catskill and Delaware Watersheds. Working extensively through partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, government agencies and community stakeholders, the Council's collaborations support a watershed management industry that employs hundreds of people throughout the region. Funded in part by New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S.D.A and other sources, the Watershed Agricultural C...ouncil and its programs can be found at nycwatershed.org.The Council oversees the regional buy local economic initiative Pure Catskills that connects regional farm, food and wood product businesses who depend on working landscapes and their products to consumers and outside markets through direct marketing and online campaigns. Over 200 member businesses band together for brand recognition and consumer recognition under this regional branding campaign. For more on Pure Catskills, visit purecatskills.com.