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Private Lands Assistant Engineer

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Natural Resources
Department: Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Location: Other - Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific, Natural Resources

Job Description

The Private Lands Assistant Engineer (PLAE) will work cooperatively with the Private Lands Engineer-Biologist (PLEB) to design, implement, and monitor conservation projects related to stream and waterway engineering and habitat construction on private properties in southwest Virginia.
The PLAE will be involved with all aspects of project design and management in consultation with the land owner, NRCS officials, and other project team members. They will be part of a larger effort to improve stream habitat conditions for eastern hellbender and other wildlife and fish species of conservation interest.
PLAEs will be expected to work independently to design and prepare projects for approval with guidance from the PLEB. They will be expected to work effectively with many different stakeholders, from land owners to NRCS biologists and engineering staff, during the course of a project.
Location of work is Abingdon, VA. Asking for Resume/Curriculum Vita including the contact information for at least 3 references and a cover letter.

Required Qualifications

Ability to perform field work in difficult terrain and inclement weather. Demonstrated technical proficiency in Autodesk Civil 3d and AutoCAD, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Excel. Demonstrated experience in topographic surveying techniques, including the use of level and grade rod, total station, and GPS/GNSS equipment. Advanced degree in in environmental science or engineering related curriculum, or a BS degree with an exceptional amount of experience in related soil and water conservation practices.

Preferred Qualifications

Stream Restoration certification, equivalent to Wildland Hydrology Level III course. Virginia Professional Engineering license or the ability to obtain this license within a three-year term.


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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date


Additional Information

This position is eligible for telework but would need to be within driving distance to field sites located in the southwest part of Virginia west of Blacksburg.  In addition, there may be occasional travel to field stations located near Abingdon, VA.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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