Albany County Soil and Water Technician – Jobs

The Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking to fill the position of Technician at it’s Voorheesville office.

help_wanted1This is an entry level position with the responsibility for performing surveys and studies dealing with water and soil conservation practices within the District. The work includes the design of systems pertaining to land use, soil analysis, water management and sediment or erosion control to be used by municipalities, builders, developers, and private individuals. Duties increase in difficulty and responsibility as the incumbent’s professional development increases. Field work is a requirement of the position. Work is performed under the limited supervision of a higher level official.


  • Provides technical assistance to landowners and government agencies including the
    evaluation, survey, design, cost estimates, layout implementation and construction
    inspection of soil and water conservation practices;
  • Collects data and prepare surveys, maps and specifications concerning potential
    conservation projects;
  • Administers the county’s Agricultural Environmental Management program;
  • Assists in the inventory and evaluation of natural resources and management
    activities, preparing natural resource conservation and development plans for public
    and private properties;
  • Assists with established district programs such as tree and shrub sale, fish stocking
    and pond management;
  • Prepares a monthly work report, develop and post weekly schedule, and keep daily
  • Assists with the District’s public relations and submits monthly news items
    concerning programs or other natural resources management issues;
  • Assists with the District’s conservation education program including field days, tours,
  • Participates in meetings and trainings as assigned by a higher level official and/or
    District Board;
  • Cooperates with USDA NRCS District Conservationist to assist in promoting NRCS


  • Working knowledge of materials and procedures used in the construction of drainage
    systems, ponds, forests and other conservation projects;
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of natural resource conservation
    with emphasis on soil and water conservation;
  • Ability to interpret maps, charts and graphs;
  • Ability to operate a computer to use MS Office products and GIS;
  • Ability to deal with the public and to represent the conservation program to
    interested parties;
  • Ability to compile and prepare reports;
  • Dependability;
  • Manual dexterity;
  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental planning, environmental science, civil engineering, environmental technology, geology, physical or natural science, agriculture or related field;
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate’s Degree in environmental planning, environmental science, civil engineering, environmental technology, geology, physical or natural science, agriculture or related field, and two (2) years of experience in natural resources, agriculture, land surveying, engineering, construction, or environmental planning, OR
C. Graduation from high school or high school equivalency diploma and four (4) years of experience in natural resources, agriculture, land surveying, engineering, construction, or environmental planning.

NOTE: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning with at least twelve (12) credit hours in environmental planning shall be considered a qualifying degree. Transcripts must be submitted.

Eligibility for and possession of a New York State driver’s license

SALARY RANGE: $27,000 – $32,000 – Commensurate with experience and education
This position is classified competitive under Civil Service

To apply: Send resume and three references by June 15, 2016 to:
Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District
Personnel Committee
PO Box 497
Voorheesville, NY 12186

NOTE: It is vital that you submit with your application, all information necessary to show
your qualifications for Civil Service Examination, which will be held after hiring on a provisional basis. If your qualifications include a degree, please include a copy of your transcript(s) with your

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