Position Details

Engineering Technician

ID: ATN-016 Location: Cookeville, TN Posted Date: Agency: USDA
Wage/Hr: $25.20 Hours/Week: 24     Minimum Age: 55

Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Agricultural support for individuals age 55 and over to support the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a grant administered program awarded to National Experienced Workforce Solutions (NEW Solutions). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise and experience will truly be valued. The ACES program provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with NRCS staff that are doing important work every day. Benefits: Paid Health Insurance Premium for positions budgeted at 60+ hours per pay period, Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Federal Holidays, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available for positions budgeted at 35+ hours per pay period. NOTE: Positions listed here do not guarantee employment for any definite period. Enrollment in the Experienced Worker Programs administered by NEW Solutions is temporary. The enrollment relationship between NEW Solutions and the Enrollee is an "at-will" relationship. This means that an Enrollee is free to terminate enrollment at any time during the enrollment period, and NEW Solutions and the Agency have the right to terminate the relationship with the Enrollee. NOTE: An “ACES Enrollee” is not a federal employee, nor an employee of NEW Solutions. An “ACES Enrollee” is a participant in a grant program, which is established through a Cooperative Agreement funded by the USDA-NRCS and administered by NEW Solutions.


Assist with survey, design, installation, check out and contract to invoice and follow-up; conducts construction inspection on EWP job sites. Enrollee provides general technical assistance in support of the engineering workload.

  • Assist with construction inspections 70%
  • Assist with surveying by determining survey needs, conducting field surveys, and processing data (cross-sections, profiles, maps, etc.) as necessary for use by engineers in the design of engineering practices. 20%
  • Provide invoice documentation and collection associated with agreement partial and final payment requests and closeouts. 5%
  • Assist with investigations to obtain planning and design for engineering practices necessary to address resource concerns in such areas as erosion control, emergency watershed protection, water management, and water quality enhancement. 5%


Minimum of 10 year(s) of experience in conservation work to include engineering practices and construction inspection. OR BA/BS Degree in Engineering, agriculture, natural resources, or related field of study.

  • Valid State Driver’s License
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel
  • Adobe, NRCS Software


  • Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rights training.
  • Travel Requirements: The enrollee will have access to GOV to travel to and from job sites from the duty location.
  • Overnight travel: Infrequent and/or occasional.
  • Health and Safety Considerations: will conduct outdoor activities and walk around field sites and construction projects.
  • Required Safety Gear: Hard hat, and safety glasses as needed.
  • Physical requirements: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position

For more information on this opportunity talk to one of our recruiters

NEW Solutions is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NEW Solutions’s policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in enrolling participants in the federal programs.