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GIS Technician

New York City Department of Environment Protection

Queens,  New York
GIS Technician

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 an Engineering Technician 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:

- Using existing engineering drawings and maps to prepare base maps and existing sewer system drawings to compliment future drainage plan designs;

- Search/locate existing drainage plans on file requested by other agencies and private developers;

- Assists in collection and incorporation of various utility information which impact the design and preparation of future drainage plans;

- 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.

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.

Qualification Requirements

For Assignment Levels I – II
1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a state’s department of education or a recognized accrediting organization and two years of full-time satisfactory experience as an engineering technician; or

2. An Associate degree from an accredited college or technical institution with a specialization in engineering technology; or

3. A combination of education and experience which is equivalent to two years of satisfactory experience. To determine educational equivalency for experience, see “Special Note” below.

Special Note
One year of experience credit will be given for each 30 semester credits for college education leading to a degree from an accredited college in engineering technology. However, all candidates must have at least a high school diploma or its educational equivalent.

License Requirement For Certain Positions
For assignment to certain positions, the candidate must possess at the time of appointment or assignment a Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.

For Assignment Levels III – IV
To be eligible for placement in Assignment Levels III and IV, individuals must have, after meeting the requirements for Assignment Levels I and II, either
1. At least one year of satisfactory service as an Engineering Technician with the City of New York; or

2. A Baccalaureate degree in engineering technology from an accredited college; or

3. After meeting the minimum requirements described for Assignment Level I, at least two additional years of full-time satisfactory experience performing engineering technician work; or

4. A satisfactory combination of education and experience equivalent to



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