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Watershed Program Manager - East

Romney WV

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WV Conservation Agency

Attn: Vacancies

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, WV 25305-0193

Fax: 304.558.1635



Announcement Closes: June 29, 2020


WV Conservation Agency is seeking a Watershed Program Manager - East.


Nature of Work:

The Watershed Program Manager (WPM) is responsible for the regional implementation of the Operation, Maintenance & Repair Program, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, and the Stream Protection and Restoration Program. These functions require close coordination and cooperation with various state and federal agencies, conservation districts, local municipalities, county commissions, watershed groups, and the public. The WPM develops and implements construction designs and estimates, the procurement of necessary operating permits, and quality control assurance. The WPM assists in legislative and citizen correspondence for the assigned area. The WPM supervises professional, technical, paraprofessional and/or office support staff. The WPM performs related work as required and other duties as assigned.


Work Environment:

This position is a mixture of fieldwork and working in an office environment and will require traversing rough terrain in inclement weather, participation in aerial flights, operation of small watercraft and the use of bio-security measures. The Watershed Program Manager will operate in disaster areas such as flood with extensive travel and extended overnight stays required.


Examples of Work:

• Assists watershed associations, state and federal agencies, conservation district supervisors and landowners to identify potential project sites.

• Conducts field inspections to monitor contract activities, assess project progress and complete appropriate reporting.

• Assists in conducting routine inspections of flood control structures.

• Assists in Legislative site visits and prepare reports as requested.

• Conducts negotiations and site visits with landowners.

• Conducts pre-bid job showings.

• Coordinates appropriate permits for proposed projects.

• Coordinates with contractors and Conservation District crews performing work under the Operation, Maintenance, & Repair Program, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, and the Stream Protection and Restoration Program.

• Assists staff and engineers to develop designs for assigned work.

• Plans, assigns, and coordinates the work of subordinates.

• Presents findings of projects and proposed plans to state and local officials, and the public.

• Provides project construction oversight.

• Reviews plans and designs developed by engineering firms and staff.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency officials, employees, Conservation Districts and the general public.

• Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work in situations where numerous, diverse demands are involved.

• Ability to provide leadership; coach, train, supervise staff; and manage resources in order to carry out West Virginia Conservation Agency and Conservation District programs and accomplish targeted goals.

• Ability to attend training and conferences in and out of state.

• Ability to traverse rough terrain in the execution of fieldwork.

• Ability to work as a team player with other federal, state, local partners, watershed associations, and landowners.

• Ability to interpret design blueprints and as-built drawings.

• Ability to perform the work of subordinates during staff shortages.

• Knowledge of basic surveying and GPS.

• Knowledge of data collection, design, and implementation of natural stream restoration projects.

• Knowledge of office procedures, practices, and office equipment.

• Knowledge of state, federal environmental, natural resources laws, and regulations.

• Knowledge of stream corridor structure, scale, and functions; hydrologic and hydraulic processes; geomorphic, chemical and biological processes.

• Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of various phases of natural resources planning.

• Skill in drawing final conclusions and in justifying and documenting conclusions.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a preference in engineering, resource management, environmental sciences, or related field. Experience: Five (5) years full-time paid experience in the area of assignment. Education Substitution: Associate degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four (4) years of full-time paid experience in the area of assignment. The Education Substitution years of experience must be in addition to the required Experience.


Experience Substitution: None.


Additional Requirements:

• Dependable transportation and valid driver’s license.

• Physical ability to lift and maneuver 40 lbs.

• Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.

• Pre-employment law enforcement background investigation.

Posted June 16, 2020

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