Title: Watershed Technician 4
Salary: $42,750 to $52,250
Submit Resume To: Personnel Specialist
West Virginia Conservation Agency
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305-0193
Announcement Closes: November 27, 2020
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
This position is exempt from WV Division of Personnel Rules (At will employee).
Nature of Work:
The Watershed Technician 4 (WT4) implement assignments in the statewide coordination of Watershed Stream Restoration Program, Emergency Watershed Protection Program, O&M of flood control structures, and Conservation Services programs. Work involves the application of scientific principles, planning, design and construction oversight in related program projects. The WT4 will work in a team environment as a lead technician. Working under the direction and supervision of the Watershed Manager, the WT4 will serve as the lead technician with responsibility of technical oversight. The WT4 plans, develops, prepares, and participates in public meetings and activities related to assigned programs. The WT4 conducts triaging for staff in surveying and stream restoration application methods. The WT4 performs related work as required and other duties as assigned.
This position is a mixture of fieldwork and working in an office environment and may require traversing rough terrain in inclement weather, participation in aerial flights, operation of small watercraft and the use of bio-security measures. Will work collaboratively with management, engineering staff, and other state and federal agencies to implement agency program projects assigned statewide. Frequent travel with overnight stays is required.
- Working directly with and reporting to Watershed Manager, acts as lead technician overseeing work of technicians assigned to projects.
- Oversees construction activities, has latitude for necessary changes to active construction for design and site specifics.
- Prepares and presents information to the public at public meetings on behalf of the agency.
- Conducts training for agency staff for surveying and stream restoration application methods.
- Completes regulatory permitting submittals and documentation reports with technical writing.
- Geospatial data analysis, management, and figure generation; drafting, land surveying and site design
- Participates in the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for conservation districts.
- Evaluates engineering proposals and submittals pertaining to assigned projects.
- Plans and prepares designs, specifications, and cost estimates for agency projects including:
- Land and project surveying with site design.
- Habitat and vegetative data collection.
- Regulatory permitting, documentation with detailed technical writing.
- Assists with preparation of contracts with specifications, attends pre-bid job showings for guidance.
- Participates in the review and evaluation of bid documents.
- Performs field investigations and assists with land rights and contract inspections in accordance with the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP), Stream Restoration, Conservation Services and other construction or contract related programs.
- Provides necessary technical evaluation and follow-up assistance to landowners and watershed groups.
- Provides construction planning, activities and oversight.
- Prepares report of findings and recommendations for projects, to include all phases of final post construction close out.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Ability to work effectively with limited supervision, as a team leader with responsibility of providing technical leadership, guidance and assistance to other team members.
- Ability to maintain records, compile complex and technically detailed written technical reports related to stream geomorphology.
- Skill in making defined independent conclusions for necessary changes to plan designs in field and applying to projects.
- Knowledge of engineering techniques and ability to implement these techniques.
- Ability to assimilate highly technical data and develop reports with related data collection, management, and analysis of work performed.
- Knowledge of habitat, invasive species, macroinvertebrate collection and sorting and vegetative assessments and management.
- Knowledge of fluvial geomorphology, aquatic ecology, environmental studies, conservation, and/or land and nutrient management.
- Hydrologic, hydraulic and sediment transport modeling.
- Geospatial data analysis, management, and figure generation.
- Ability to use Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment, navigation, modern survey and design equipment and related software for land surveying.
- Drafting and site design.
- Knowledge of state, federal and local environmental / natural resource laws and regulations and regulatory permitting and documentation.
- Knowledge of the function, organization and regulations of the area of assignment.
- Knowledge of heavy equipment and their capabilities.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing and work effectively with conservation districts, state, federal and local governments and the public.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a related field such as agricultural, biology, or environmental science.
Experience: Eight (8) years of full-time paid employment in related field such as construction, project management, natural earth sciences, engineering, forestry, mineral extraction, or environmental sciences.
Education Substitution: Associate degree from an accredited college or university in related field such as agricultural, biology, or environmental science and three (3) years of full-time paid employment in a related field such as construction, project management, natural earth sciences, engineering, forestry, mineral extraction, or environmental sciences. The Education Substitution years of experience must be in addition to the required Experience.
High school diploma and five (5) years of experience in a related field such as construction, project management, natural earth sciences, engineering, forestry, mineral extraction, or environmental sciences and must have eight (8) years of full-time experience within the WVCA. The Education Substitution years of experience must be in addition to the required Experience.
Experience Substitution: None
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
- Rosgen or equivalent stream restoration training courses.
- Proficiency in HEC-RAS, CADD, and ArcGIS programs.
- Field experience in hydrology, hydraulics, geomorphology, sediment transport, land surveying, vegetative and aquatic habitat assessments, biological sampling, soil characterization, wetland delineation, construction oversight, and/or management of field teams and projects.
- Dependable transportation and valid driver’s license.
- Physical ability to lift and maneuver 40 lbs.
- Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.
- Pre-employment law enforcement background investigation.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $42,750.00 - $52,250.00 per year
- Dental insurance
- Flexible schedule
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Vision insurance
- Monday to Friday
- Maintenance: 1 year (Required)
- Mechanical Knowledge: 1 year (Required)
- Stationary Engineer's License (Required)
- EPA Universal Certification (Preferred)
- EPA Refrigerant Certification (Preferred)
- Bi weekly or Twice monthly
- Only full-time employees eligible
- Remote interview process