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Coastal Wetlands Restoration Engineer – New York, NY

Organization: City Parks Foundation and Natural Areas Conservancy

Position Title:  Coastal Wetlands Restoration Engineer

Location: New York, NY

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. $60,000-$70,000 per year.

Position Dates: Start May 1, 2013.

Application Deadline:  April 19, 2013.

Posted On: March 29, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) is a not-for-profit organization created to work in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation to restore, protect and manage a network of green and blue space that promotes a healthy, livable and diverse New York City. The NAC is tasked with expanding and diversifying the protection, management and restoration of 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands and grasslands overseen by the Parks Department’s Natural Resources Group. This public/private partnership will unify the identity of NYC’s natural areas, increase public awareness and volunteerism and integrate advanced technology.

One of the first programs the NAC will support is the City response to climate vulnerability. NAC and NYC Parks will participate in developing a comprehensive climate change resiliency strategy, including engineered and green solutions, that will be a model for other cities at sea-level worldwide.

Description:

This position for a Coastal Engineer with hydrogeology, restoration planning and design expertise is intended to increase the capacity of NRG and partners to identify shoreline and wetland enhancement and restoration opportunities, prioritize them, and advance them towards construction. This Coastal Engineer will conduct feasibility and functional analyses of restoration and protection needs and opportunities. This analysis will include reviewing potential restoration techniques, as well as reviewing proposed objectives of currently identified restoration opportunities across the City. The Coastal Engineer will develop and apply a clear assessment methodology to evaluate and prioritize potential restoration techniques and locations and to quantify more precisely the multiple benefits of the City’s coastal wetlands and natural shorelines. They will work closely with appropriate local, state and federal agencies to incorporate on-going planning efforts, waterfront policies and regulatory considerations in the development of a short and long-term strategy for implementing restoration priorities.

Responsibilities:

In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing proposed restoration and enhancement sites across the city.
  • Compiling, analyzing, and interpreting data and other information and presenting results.
  • Preparing conceptual and schematic plans.
  • Developing opinions of cost for design studies and restoration projects.
  • Preparing technical reports on project status for NRG and grant funders.

Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in earth science, engineering, water resources, ecology, or related field
  • 5 years full-time experience in coastal or wetland resource management, planning, and restoration
  • Experience in using GIS for mapping and analysis
  • Excellent analytic, leadership, and writing skills
  • Experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders in an interdisciplinary and governmental context
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and work independently.

How to Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter with the position title, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands Restoration, NYC Parks, Arsenal North, 1234 Fifth Avenue, RM 237, New York, NY 10029. marit.larson@parks.nyc.gov. Fax: 212-360-1426.

Contact Information:

City Parks Foundation, http://www.cityparksfoundation.org

Job URL: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/WhWGwWgNwZ5P/

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