Technical Advisor for Reservoir Releases and Policy Development in New York, United States

Location New York, United States
Date Posted June 3, 2019
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


The NYC 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. DEP delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons per day of the highest quality drinking water to 8.5 million NYC residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and has a wastewater conveyance and treatment system capable of processing over 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day to protect the environment and the city’s surrounding waterways.

The Bureau of Water Supply seeks to hire a City Planner III for a position within the Executive Division, located in Grahamsville, New York. The Executive Division of the Bureau of Water Supply is responsible for overseeing all facets of the Bureau’s mission to reliably deliver a sufficient quantity of high quality drinking water to protect public health and quality of life for the City of New York.
Under direction, of the Chief of Staff, the selected candidate will serve as Technical Advisor for Reservoir Releases and Policy Development and will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Staff as a consultant on all technical matters related to policies and regulations governing reservoir releases from the NYC Water Supply System. The Technical Advisor will be responsible for assisting with matters related to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Decree on water management in the Delaware River Basin, the New York State Regulations regarding flow management in the Hudson River Basin, the NYC DEP Flow Management rules and Standard Operating Procedures. They will work collaboratively to build strong relationships with engineering and operational teams within the Bureau of Water Supply, other bureaus within DEP, other government agencies and stakeholders. Specific duties include:

Attending workgroups and committee meetings that focus on policies and regulations regarding releases such as the Ashokan Releases Working group and the Delaware River Basin Working group.
Performing research projects and developing original proposals in conjunction with the Research Application Directorate that relate to issues concerning policies and regulations regarding releases such as salinity intrusion, turbidity in the Espous, water quality concerns in the Croton Systems and low flow augmentation from F.E. Walter Reservoir
Conducting pro-active stakeholder outreach to learn and advise on concerns within both the Delaware and Hudson Basins
Serving as the Bureau Liaison for internal standard operating procedures related to reservoirs releases such as the drought management plan
Performing special assignments
Special Requirement:

The Technical Advisor will need to travel as required throughout the Delaware River Basin as well as to Kingston, NY and Valhalla, NY to deal with Catskill and Croton Release issues.

(This is a brief description of what you might do in this position and does not include all the duties of this position.)

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and two years of satisfactory full-time experience in city planning; or

2. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience that is equivalent to “1"" above. Graduate

education in city planning, urban planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, transportation engineering, public administration, economic development or related fields may be substituted for experience on the basis of 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited college for one year of experience. However, all candidates must have a baccalaureate degree.

Special Qualification Requirements

Assignment Level III

To be eligible for placement in Assignment Level III, individuals must have, after meeting the minimum requirements, one additional year of professional experience as described in "2" above.

Assignment Level IV

To be eligible for placement in Assignment Level IV, individuals must have, after meeting the minimum requirements, two additional years of professional experience as described in "2" above.

Preferred Skills

Work experience in hydrology or engineering
Experience serving as a liaison or in coordination management
Experience with working on policies and procedures
Ability to learn the processes, procedures, and formats required for DEP and the Executive Office
Ability to learn and understand the overall water supply system and how it fits into the bigger picture of NYC
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, Power-Point and Publisher
Knowledge in standard office programs such as Adobe Acrobat
A Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment
Ability to travel, as necessary, throughout the Delaware River Basin as well as to Kingston, NY and Valhalla, NY to deal with Catskill and Croton Release issues
Ability to use the printers, faxes, copiers and phone systems provided by DEP
Basic problem solving skills
Communication skills; both written and verbal
Interpersonal skills, organizational and time management skills

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 or our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.

Grahamsville is a hamlet in the Town of Neversink, Sullivan County New York approximately 107 miles northwest of New York City.

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35 Hours per week/ Day shift; overtime as necessary

Work Location

7870 State Road 42
Grahamsville, NY 12740

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is not required for this position.

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