Engineer - Conservation District at Northampton County

Nazareth, PA 18064

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The purpose of this position is to provide professional engineering services related to conservation of soil and water resources and implementation of the environmental regulatory and natural resource management program in Northampton County.  This is soil and water resource, watershed and agriculture conservation work at the full performance level. The position in this class gathers information, reviews and compares plans against requirements, maintains records and assists in coordination of overall District activities with those of other local, and State and Federal government agencies.



This position reports directly to the County Conservation Manager.


This position is not responsible for the supervision of other employees or functions. 


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or allinclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.


Conduct detailed engineering review, analysis, preparation of reports and recommendations on Post Construction Stormwater Management plans submitted to the District. The review involves general to complex engineering problems in hydrology and hydraulic design of facilities to assure adequacy and conformance with Chapter 102 and Act 167 stormwater management regulations, policies and guidelines.


Utilize both conventional and recently developed methods in hydraulic and hydrologic analyses, synthetic and non-synthetic hydraulics, computer modeling, open channel and structural hydraulics.


Utilize DEP review checklists and develop plan review letters to applicants and their consultants. Meet with applicants and their consultants to provide technical guidance and resolve technical issues. Perform site visits as necessary to complete plan reviews.


Conduct engineering reviews of Erosion and Sediment Control Plans using current policy and procedures, including PADEP Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Program Manual. Duties include review of hydrological and hydraulic computations, design and installation of best management practices, stabilization measures, construction techniques, materials specifications, soils and agronomic considerations. Provide technical assistance to District staff in erosion and sediment control and stormwater management for permitted and non-permitted sites.


The engineer in this position has the technical ability to analyze structures and is knowledgeable in the means and methods of construction and theory of hydraulic structures such as bridges, culverts, stream enclosures, energy dissipating devices, detention and infiltration basins and flood control projects.


Ability to read and interpret aerial photographs and mapping.


Provide technical engineering services as required for the design and construction of agricultural best management practices using NRCS standards and specifications.


Operate a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; verify accuracy of entered data and make corrections as appropriate; utilize word processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail, or other software.


Perform inspections of agricultural, construction and restoration sites for compliance with designed and/or approved documents and applicable regulations; document site conditions and prepare inspection reports; take photographs and/or videotapes to document site conditions.


Perform site inspections of complaints and prepare necessary reports, correspondence, log entries required as follow-up to inspections.


Interpret and enforce the provisions of applicable federal, state, and local codes, laws, rules, and regulations; initiate actions necessary to correct deviations or violations. Provide a deposition and/or testify in court on enforcement cases as needed.


Train and inform the general public, governmental officials, engineering groups and other interested parties on stormwater management principles and erosion control procedures through workshops or other media.


Establish and maintain a good working relationship with other local, state and federal agencies having regulatory and management programs that overlap the District.


Promote stormwater management on a regional watershed basis and develop new stormwater management initiatives. Provide technical assistance in developing Act 167 stormwater management plans and reviewing municipal stormwater ordinances. Review applicable proposed regulations or legislation.


Design and implement watershed restoration and agricultural conservation projects in coordination with other District staff.


Communicate via telephone and/or two-way radio; provide information and assistance; take and relay messages; respond to requests for service or technical assistance.


Communicate with supervisor, District employees, other governmental departments, board members, officials, property owners, developers, complainants, students, biologists, geologists, consultants, plan designers, attorneys, cooperating agencies, community organizations, the public, the media, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.


Maintain a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws/regulations; maintain an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; read professional literature; maintain professional affiliations; attend workshops and training sessions as appropriate.


Prepare or complete various forms, reports, correspondence, logs,complaint handling forms, plan reviews, inspection reports, program evaluations, statistical analyses, studies, technical reports, or other documents in a timely manner.


Receive various forms, reports, correspondence, plans, general permit forms, technical requests, letters of intent, laboratory and geophysical reports, field guides, soil charts, soil surveys, maps, tax maps, photographs, bulletins, studies, newspaper articles, manuals, publications, catalogs, lists, codes, regulations, standards, specifications, guidelines, directories, reference materials, or other documentation; review, complete, process, forward or retain as appropriate.


Perform other reasonable duties as assigned by the District Board or Manager.


*An employee assigned to this title shall perform a majority, but may not perform all, of the duties listed in this job description.    Conversely, minor level duties performed on the job may not be listed.  The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.




EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE- Bachelor's degree (B.S.) in Civil Engineering or Agricultural Engineering or equivalent education from an accredited college or university;AND


Three to five years of experience in natural resource conservation and stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, best management practices and grading for the land development process; AND


Must possess a current and valid Pennsylvania motor vehicle operator’s license and maintain an acceptable driving record; AND


Must possess a current PE license in Pennsylvania; AND


Must possess knowledge of PA Clean Streams Law, Pa. Title 25, Chapters 92a, 93, 102 and 105, municipal subdivision regulations, Act 167, MS4 and the PA Stormwater BMP Manual; OR





Ability to analyze data and information using established criteria, in order to define consequences and to consider and select alternatives. Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure and/or sort data and information. Ability to assemble, copy, record and transcribe data. Ability to classify, compute, tabulate, and categorize data.


Ability to persuade, convince, sell and train others, including the ability to act in a lead capacity. Skill in working with the public. Ability to advise and interpret on how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Ability to utilize design data and information such as administrative procedures manuals, technical manuals, engineering manuals, construction standards and specifications. Knowledge of computer word processing, spreadsheet, database and GIS software and ability to operate computers.


Ability to apply algebraic and trigonometric formulas, ability to interpret inferential statistical reports, and ability to interpret formulation and equation data.Must possess mathematical knowledge and ability to accurately prepare cost estimated, bids and other related financial data.


Ability to perform functions within influence systems such as associated with supervising, managing, leading, teaching, directing and/or controlling.


Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory or judgmental criteria.


Ability to function independently, have flexibility and personal integrity and the ability to work effectively with clients, co-workers, and others.


Must possess the technical knowledge of operating personal computers, CAD system, and other field engineering equipment.


Ability to work on large projects and to interact effectively with supervisor, District employees, property owners, outside agencies, County officials, etc.


Must possess a thorough knowledge of the engineering skills, practices, and methods needed to carry out quality conservation programs.Knowledge and understanding of hydrology, topography, and soils is required.


Must possess knowledge of current deferral, state, and local laws affecting conservation and agricultural areas.


Skill in reading, interpreting and preparing site plans, elevations, construction drawings and specifications.



Phone; personal computer including word processing software, as well as specialized software required of position (i.e. GIS, AutoCad, etc.); copy machine; fax machine; calculator.  Operate a variety of machinery, equipment and tools associated with department activities, which may include a motor vehicle, camera, video camera, planimeter, clinometer, stereoscope, soil probe, carpentry tools, office equipment, tape measure, protractor, engineer's scale, and drafting instruments.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.



Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check as well as job related tests may be required.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


FLSA STATUS: FLSA EXEMPT (Not Eligible for Overtime)










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