Water Resources Modeler

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

New York, NY, US

Job Description

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. We deliver 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water per day to 8.3 million New York City residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and we collect and treat an average of 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day.

The Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis within the NYC Department of Environmental Protection is seeking a City Research Scientist to support stormwater and watershed planning projects. Under the direction of the Director of Water Resources Modeling, the City Research Scientist will be responsible for delivering modeling products for the bureau’s water resources projects that involve simulating part or all of New York City’s sewers, green infrastructure and receiving water body systems for the City’s MS4 permit. The role will be challenging, demanding, varied and offer fantastic opportunities for skill set and career development. The focus of the role will be on technical delivery of modeling products. The preferred candidate will perform Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) modeling and data analysis particularly for Green Infrastructure distributed modeling. S/he will provide recommendations and status information to the Director of Water Resources Modeling; support the MS4 permit efforts by generating technical information and analyses; and provides technical expertise to the upper management. 

Position responsibilities include but are not limited to performing modeling work for wastewater collection system, green infrastructure and stormwater. The selected candidate must be proficient and experienced in the use of ESRI’s GIS products and EPA SWMM or InfoWorks for the development of sewer system modeling. The selected candidate will perform model development work including analysis using existing tools and research on other technologies that the bureau should explore for use in planning and engineering studies. The analysis produced by the selected candidate will be decision support tools used to inform policy decisions. The candidate should possess excellent analytic, problem solving, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Organizational skills and the ability to establish modeling protocols for staff and outside users is essential. The candidate should possess the ability to work as a member of a team. Additionally the selected candidate will prepare cost estimates/ engineer’s estimates for projects and work with other bureaus and groups within DEP as well as various city agency staff, engineering teams, other agencies’ program representatives.


Minimum Qual Requirements

1.  For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health. 
To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have: 
1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or 
2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or 
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in “2” above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in “1” and “2” above. 

Probationary Period 
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.


Preferred Skills

The preferred candidate would have a demonstrated record of technical expertise in H&H modeling; be familiar with the concepts of computational hydraulics, computational fluid mechanics and numerical methods; a demonstrated record of managing successful application of models to complex problems, preferably in New York City; five to ten years of experience in one- and two-dimensional hydraulic modeling using software such as EPA SWMM and/or InfoWorks; experience in ArcGIS and statistical software such as SAS, JMP, Matlab and Python; ability to communicate technical subjects to both technical and non-technical audiences; and proficient in communication and documentation of H&H modeling products. The Most Suitable Candidate will manage multiple tasks at one time. He or she will need excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills to complete the required tasks. The position requires close attention to detail and organization skills to ensure all projects are managed professionally and completed in a timely manner. The ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with agency partners and other impacted or contributing stakeholders is essential. Excellent analytical skills and communication skills, both orally and in writing, are required.


Additional Information

DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success of our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job. 
As indicated in the above statement, our goal is to encourage all applicants to complete the referral section. The information obtained will greatly assist the Diversity Task Force in achieving its goals

Appointments are subject to OMB approval. For additional about DEP, visit www.nyc.gov/dep.

“NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program and also meet the education and experience requirements as listed in the job posting notice. Please indicate on your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program. This position is also open to non 55-a Program candidates who meet the education and experience requirements as listed in the job posting notice.”


Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.