Penn Soil RC&D Engineer Vacancy Announcement - Warren, PA

Penn Soil RC&D Council, a regional non-profit agency serving eight counties in northwestern, PA, seeks to hire an Agricultural or Civil Engineer.

The primary function of this position will be site evaluations, survey, and design of various soil and water conservation structures, as well as quality assurance during construction and final certification at completion of construction.  This position will also be responsible for the review and approval of evaluations, surveys, and designs from third party Technical Service Providers (TSP).  Engineering may include, but not be limited to, agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to address erosion, water quality, and Nutrient management, as well as potential stream and/or wetland wildlife habitat projects.   The engineer will be employed by Penn Soil RC&D, but will be assigned to work from a duty station provided and supervised by the USDA NRCS in Clarion, PA.

The Applicant should have the following experience/qualifications:

  • Completion of, or working towards, a 4 year degree/equivalent experience in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, or related field
  • Proficient with AutoCAD Civil 3D engineering software
  • Survey experience with Total Station and survey grade GPS equipment
  • Relevant experience preferred
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license or working towards obtaining license is preferred


Penn Soil RC&D will offer engineering services through this position to assist the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with the planning/implementation of local soil and water conservation practices in western Pennsylvania by completing the following:  Provide assistance as previously described to the NRCS Clarion Technical Office engineers, as well as various NRCS Field Office Staff.  Primary counties include: Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren; however, work may entail projects in other counties in Western Pennsylvania.  The majority of the workload will focus on planning and designing conservation practices for use on agricultural lands in collaboration with each agricultural producer’s management strategies.  Specific conservation practices may include, but are not limited to: grassed waterways, diversions, water control structures, subsurface drainage, stream crossings, spring developments, livestock watering systems, heavy use area protection, wastewater treatment systems, manure storage facilities, timber roof structures, composting facilities, and wetland restoration.

The qualified candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Working towards or completion of 4 year degree in Agricultural or Civil Engineering or related field, or equivalent on the job experience
  • Proficient with AutoCAD software, specific knowledge of Civil 3D preferred
  • Survey experience, survey grade GPS and Total Station preferred
  • Documented experience relevant to agricultural operations is preferred
  • A Professional Engineering (PE) license is not required


  1. Work with the NRCS engineers/planners/technicians to identify resource concerns and propose solutions
  2. Survey for conservation practices
  3. Design conservation practices according to NRCS standards and specifications
  4. Draft professional construction drawings using AutoCAD Civil 3D
  5. Develop material and cost estimates
  6. Oversee, inspect, and document construction of conservation practices (quality assurance)
  7. Work will be split between office work & field work, potentially involving adverse weather conditions or difficult terrain
  8. Must have a valid state driver’s license and reliable transportation. Mileage reimbursement is available with proper documentation.  
  9. Provide activity summary progress reports bi-weekly as directed.
  10. Must demonstrate knowledge and support of, and perform duties in a manner consistent with, the agency's Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights policies. Assures bias-free oral and written communications.   Respects the values and differences of other employees and clients.

Time Commitment:  Up to 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday work week.  Funding for the position is guaranteed for one-year with the possibility of renewal.   Salary is contingent on experience with a starting wage rate range of $20-25 per hour. Benefits include:

  • Flexible hours work schedule
  • Unemployment Compensation Fund Eligibility
  • Social Security program participation
  • Workers Compensation Act Insurance
  • Earned Annual Leave or Vacation Time
  • Limited Sick Leave Benefit
  • Paid Legal Holidays
  • In-Lieu of Benefit Program Stipend

Interested candidates may apply through Pennsylvania Career Link and may apply on line at no later than April 25, 2018 or send a resume electronically to: or via regular mail at:
Penn Soil RC&D
Attn: Executive Director
4000 Conewango Avenue
Warren, PA 16365