Resource Conservationist

Allegheny County Conservation District

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Employment

Other

Full time

Jan 3

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) is part of a national regulatory network tasked with the mission to protect, restore and preserve natural resources. ACCD is an innovative district with a diverse program portfolio including urban and rural agriculture, watershed and wetland stewardship and improvement, and state-delegated regulatory enforcement of PA Chapter 102 and 105 Acts, which protect soil and water. 

POSITION OVERVIEW

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) is hiring a full-time Resource Conservationist. ACCD’s goal is to protect watersheds from becoming impaired by non-point source pollution, such as sedimentation. Under a delegation agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), ACCD conducts technical assistance, inspections and enforcement actions when appropriate to mitigate the effects of non-point source pollution in accordance with the Clean Streams Law, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, and Chapter 102 Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control and Chapter 105 Water Obstructions and Encroachments.

There are two primary functions of this position: permit reviews and inspections related to the Chapter 102 and 105 programs. First, this position is responsible for inspections of erosion and sediment controls on NPDES permitted construction sites and investigation of complaints related to construction activities and waterway obstructions, issuing appropriate reports and other communications regarding findings. 

The Resource Conservationist will also review erosion and sediment control plans, provide technical assistance and education to the public, government agencies, technical professionals and others.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Experience: Bachelor's Degree plus 1-2 years of relevant experience; Associate's Degree plus 3-5 years of relevant experience or some combination of industry experience. The most desirable candidates will hold a degree or have a background in environmental science, geology, hydrology, earth sciences, natural resource management, conservation, code enforcement, engineering, environmental inspection, site development, stormwater or earthmoving work.

Content Knowledge: Data management and analysis, GIS knowledge, Adobe Pro, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and other common office and web based platforms. The ability to learn proprietary record keeping systems is required. Experience in or ability to learn and understand how to read construction plans, construction sequencing, and translate plan information to the field. Working knowledge of Allegheny County’s municipal structure, Sunshine Law and Right to Know Request processes is an asset.

Communication: Exceptional communications skills, verbal and written. Cooperative personality, courteous, respectful and high integrity. Home access to high speed internet connection as well as familiarity with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Suite and other communication platforms. ACCD will provide necessary equipment such as hardware, software and PPE.

Self-Directed and Confident: Experience working remotely from home with limited supervision in team and individual functions. High drive for performance, learning, self motivated work ethic and critical thinking.

Time Management: Ability to pivot between field work, meetings and administrative tasks in an accurate and timely way. Analytic skills to create insightful reports based on field work findings.

WORK CONDITIONS

ACCD is a flexible, hybrid workplace that prioritizes employee and community health. The position will require field and office work and allows for some work from home. Fieldwork will require reliable transportation and the ability to work in outdoor environments with uneven terrain, variable outdoor conditions; working in active construction sites with heavy earthmoving equipment, with or without accommodations. The office duties require traditional interpersonal and technological skills.

COMPENSATION OVERVIEW

ACCD offers a highly competitive compensation package and a motivated but employee-centered workplace. Beyond salary, compensation includes a 3% Simple IRA match, health insurance with family coverage, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, paid sick, and a generous paid holiday and vacation package in accordance with the ACCD Employee Manual. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

ACCD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

ACCD is an EOE employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. ACCD follows Pennsylvania’s at-will employment policy. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must provide references upon request and pass background checks as a condition of employment . These are two factors in determining candidacy. To apply, please email cover letter, resume and three references with ‘Resource Conservationist’ in the subject line to resumes@accdpa.org. The position will remain open until filled.

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