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.
New York City has approximately 140,000 catch basins, 114,000 hydrants, 90,000 valves, 14 gatehouses, 3 reservoirs, 68 groundwater wells, a 100 million gallon underground storage tank and 7,000 miles each of both sanitary sewers and water mains. The responsibility of maintaining these vast networks falls under the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations (BWSO).
The primary responsibilities of the Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations are: the operation, maintenance and protection of the City’s drinking water and wastewater collection (sewer) systems; the protection of adjacent waterways; and the development and protection of the Department’s Capital Water and Sewer Design Program. The Bureau also approves and inspects water and sewer connections performed by licensed plumbers and/or authorized contractors. In addition, the Bureau has overall responsibility for the approval and inspection of all public and private construction projects which could impact on the City’s water or sewer systems.
The Bureau is also responsible for the operation of the Staten Island Bluebelt. This is an ecologically sound, cost effective natural alternative to storm sewers, which occupies approximately 15 square miles of land in the South Richmond area of Staten Island. This project preserves streams, ponds and other wetland ("bluebelt") areas, allowing them to perform their natural function of conveying, storing and filtering storm water. These areas also provide important community open spaces and a diverse wildlife habitat.
The Bureau is seeking to hire two City Research Scientists to serve in the Division of Water & Sewer Planning, Drainage & Modeling Group. The group is primarily responsible for the development and amendment of the City’s drainage plans, which undergo revision in response to zoning changes, new construction, sewer backups and street flooding complaints and adding new infrastructure. The group is also responsible for building and maintenance of citywide collection system and distribution models.
The Drainage & Modeling group also develops and runs models for collection, distribution, and groundwater systems, as well as for open channel systems in conjunction with the Blue Belt Unit. The current position will be under the direct supervision of a professional engineer and provides a complete insight into the NYC sewer and water infrastructure.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Under supervision, performing environmental research by way of advanced GIS data analysis for water, storm/wastewater management and planning;
- Using GIS resources to create Drainage Plan Maps
- Creation of high quality custom maps, reports and presentations
- Research, investigate, collect, analyze and summarize quantitative and qualitative information
- Performs map digitization updates to the Bureaus Geographic Information System (GIS) including updates to water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure
- Assists with the development of new or improved technical workflow procedures, automated systems and tools, quality assurance and GIS infrastructure data validation.
Join our team and be a part of the New York City world-renowned drinking water! We offer excellent long-term growth opportunities, comprehensive benefits package, including 401K, 457, Paid Holidays, Sick time, and Vacation.
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.
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