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
The Watershed Agricultural Council (also known as “WAC” or “the Council”) works with farm and forest landowners in the New York City Watershed region to protect water quality on behalf of nine million New York residents. The Council uses
?Whole Farms Plans
?Forest Management Plans
to help farmers, forest professionals and private landholders address water pollution concerns on properties located in the Croton and Catskill/Delaware Watersheds.
Internationally recognized as a successful example of public-private partnership, the Council applies strategic watershed management approaches that benefit the general public through incentivized, on-site practices performed on private lands. This partnership model, referred to as “Payment for EcoServices” or PES, empowers private landowners to be surface-water stewards of New York City’s drinking water. Landowner willingness to participate in WAC’s upstream water quality programs continues to provide New York City residents with over 1.1 billion gallons of clean drinking water each day.
The Council’s success is directly related to:
?Voluntary landowner participation within the watershed.
?The organizatio...n is locally controlled through the nonprofit structure, WAC.
?Water-quality recommendations in the Whole Farm and Forest Management
?Plans are funded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S.D.A, U.S. Forest Service and other funding sources.
The Watershed Agricultural Council partners with local, regional, state and federal agencies and nonprofits to achieve its programmatic successes. The Council calls on the technical expertise of
?local Cornell Cooperative Extensions
?county Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and
?the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
taking a team approach with landowners in addressing water quality.
WAC holds a dual mission: to address surface-water quality through land conservation while supporting the economic viability of agriculture and forestry in the watershed region. A Whole Farm Plan or Forest Management Plan incorporates a number of water-quality improvements, mitigation approaches and common sense measures, called best management practices or BMPs. These BMPs, along with land conservation techniques and team planning, are tailored to that farming or forested property.
Similarly, conservation easements placed on watershed farms and woodlands ensure working landscapes are protected for future generations. Strong agriculture-focused and forestry-based industries bolster the local watershed economy. The natural environment, complimented by WAC’s water-quality protection programs, not only serves as New York City’s watershed, but as its viewshed and foodshed, too.