Position Details


Project Design Engineer (Wildfire Restoration)

ID: ADC-072 Location: ANY CITY/TBD, DC Agency: USDA
Wage/Hr: $60.00 Hours/Week: 40 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.

Duties:

Assist the NRCS-New Mexico staff with planning, design, and inspection for wildfire restoration, especially in critical watershed areas. Provide technical expertise, and manage complex technical project planning, coordination, and training. Work is primarily performed in environments where forest fires have occurred, steep terrain with prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and exposure to harsh weather conditions. Conditions are not in “active” fire status, however, there may be areas that are considered “active” and could ignite. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided and must be worn while working in these areas. Overtime may be required during this operation.

  • Assist in the restoration of wildfire charred land, stabilizing soil, minimizing flooding, and ensuring water quality. 20%
  • Assist in controlling erosion of the land and preventing residue from moving downstream filling reservoirs, and putting endangered species and community water supplies at risk. 20%
  • Assist in the design and restoration of native vegetation and ecosystems and other duties assigned for wildfire restoration. 20%
  • Provide support to NRCS staff in managing construction projects. Coordinate with local project sponsors to aid in managing construction project schedules. 20%
  • Provide guidance on Watershed Programs NEPA, Plans, reviews, and assessments. Conducts analyses of issues associated with ecological and watershed policies, synthesizes data and information, and provides advice and recommendations on critical EWP issues. 20%

Qualifications:

Minimum of 20 year(s) of experience in Natural Resources, Forestry, Land Management, Agriculture or engineering OR BA/BS Degree in Civil Engineering, agricultural engineering, or related fields

  • Valid Driver's License, Experience with NRCS, Forestry, Watershed, Emergency disaster recovery or related field.
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel
  • PowerPoint, ACCESS, HANA, NRCS Software

Other:

  • Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rights training.
  • Travel Requirements: Travel to and from the State of New Mexico, Lodging, and per diem paid through the NRCS agreement.
  • Overnight travel: Assignment dictates the position must be on site for a period of time from 3-6 months.
  • Air travel anticipated: Travel to and from the State of New Mexico approximately once each 30 days
  • Rental cars: Position will travel with NRCS employees in a GOV
  • Health and Safety Considerations: Work is primarily performed in environments where forest fires have occurred, steep terrain with prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and exposure to weather element conditions. Conditions are not currently in “active” fire status, however, there may be areas that are considered “hot spots” and could ignite. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided and must be worn while working in these areas.
  • Required Safety Gear: Coveralls, gloves, hard hat, fire retardant attire and all other PPE required to preform the duties of the position is provided,
  • Safety Gear Use: At all times while in the field where forest fires occurred.

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.