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AGRICULTURAL ENGINEER
10280
(Competitive)



DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

The work involves responsibility for the collection of field data, survey, design and cost estimations of Agricultural Best Management Practices as part of the Whole Farm Plan implementation. An employee in this class will be responsible for conducting engineering surveys, field investigations and soil investigations. The work also involves responsibility for developing plans, drawings and specifications for Agricultural Best Management Practices. An employee in this class exercises independent judgement in selecting courses of action and resolving complex problems. Work is performed under the general supervision of an administrative superior. An employee in this class exercises no supervision. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

Conducts engineering surveys, field investigations and soil investigations required for the development of engineering designs for structural Agricultural Best Management Practices.
Develops plans, drawings, specifications and engineering designs for Agricultural Best Management Practices such as barnyard water management systems, manure management systems, milk house waste systems, water and sediment control structures, water management systems, stream bank stabilization structures, and erosion control measures such as terraces.
Explains engineering practices, costs and benefits to farmers, contractors, agency personnel and other individuals and groups.
Reviews engineering plans/designs prepared by others for correctness, feasibility, etc.
Assists with the implementation of Best Management Practices including organization of design packages, explanation of designs, supervision of layout and construction quality.
Develops cost estimates for the installation of Agricultural Best Management Practices.
Provides information on work activities as required and consults with administrative superior on progress.
Attends training sessions as required and as per training plan.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Good knowledge of engineering techniques in order to design, install and inspect Agricultural Best Management Practices.
Good knowledge of the use of survey equipment to conduct quality differential leveling surveys on agricultural land.
Good knowledge of the principles and methodologies of agricultural systems, soil conservation and water quality management sufficient to integrate the principles of engineering into effective resource management systems for various soil and water conditions.
Working knowledge of the principles and practices of agricultural resource conservation with emphasis on soil and water conservation related specifically to water quality and Whole Farm Planning.
Working knowledge of agricultural soils and their interrelationship with both surface and ground water quality.
Working knowledge of the districtís overall programs, goals, policies and procedures.
Working knowledge of USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) standards and specifications.
Ability to conduct engineering surveys.
Ability to estimate specific Best Management Practice costs in watershed agricultural projects.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelorís Degree in Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Engineering or a closely related engineering field and one (1) year of professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in engineering surveys, engineering design, computer aided design and drafting, agricultural water quality management or a closely related field; or,
B. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associateís Degree in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Science or a closely related engineering field and three (3) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in engineering surveys, engineering design, computer aided design and drafting, agricultural water quality management or a closely related field, one (1) year of which must have been professional experience.
C. Five (5) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience, or its part time equivalent, in engineering surveys, engineering design, computer aided design and drafting, agricultural water quality management or a closely related field, one (1) year of which must have been professional experience.
D. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B) and (C) above.


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