Watershed Lands Coordinator

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Kingston, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Job Description


The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.  DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees.  DEP's water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.

The Bureau of Water Supply seeks to hire a City Planner III for a position with the City Land Stewardship Section Watershed Lands and Community Planning Division within in the Watershed Protection Programs Directorate, located in Kingston, New York. Under direction, of the Watershed Lands Program Supervisor, the City Planner III will serve as Watershed Lands Coordinator and will help manage City-owned lands and reservoirs as part of a team dedicated to ensuring the long-term protection of water quality through sound stewardship and control of water supply through land management. Specific duties include:

Liaising with DEP’s Source Water Operations (SWO) directorate, watershed land easements and dispositions, watershed land inspections, issuing permission to use New York City-owned watershed land, community projects, encroachments, and maintaining database and tracking tools within the Watershed Lands and Information System (WaLIS) as it relates to land management. Specific duties include:

• Developing and implementing policies consistent with the Bureau and Agency mission related to watershed land management and protection.

• Working closely with DEP’s Source Water Operations (SWO) Directorate to ensure consistent policy development and implementation, monitoring and inspections, documentation of watershed land activities, and encroachment resolution.

• Reviewing requests for real property dispositions and easements/right-of-ways over watershed land.

• Commenting on various requests for projects on watershed land.

• Issuing revocable land use permits for the use of City land.

• Researching property and land records

• Working on projects associated with City-funded Flood buy-out or Streamside Acquisition Programs

• Ensuring the Watershed Land and Information System is being utilized for recording long-term watershed land data and activities, while developing tracking and reporting methods.

• Working on interdisciplinary teams dealing with issues such as recreation, natural resources, forestry, deer management, capital projects, and outreach.

• Engaging with Agency staff and partners to develop programs and plans for natural resource and land management programs.

• Assisting in identifying various funding needs, developing bid specifications, and overseeing the procurement and management of those projects including research, planning, development of policies and procedures.

• Representing DEP and the Bureau on various committees and or work teams as assigned, while communicating with other agency personnel, municipalities, various stakeholders and the general public.

• Reporting on various aspects of the Program, and document, compile and distribute program information.

(This is a brief description of what you might do in this position and does not include all the duties of this position.)



Minimum Qual Requirements


1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university  and two years of satisfactory full-time experience in city planning; or

2. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience that is equivalent to “1"" above. Graduate
education in city planning, urban planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, transportation engineering, public administration, economic development or related fields may be substituted for experience on the basis of 30 graduate semester credits from an accredited college for one year of experience. However, all candidates must have a baccalaureate degree.

Special Qualification Requirements

Assignment Level III
To be eligible for placement in Assignment Level III, individuals must have, after meeting the minimum requirements, one additional year of professional experience as described in "2" above.

Assignment Level IV
To be eligible for placement in Assignment Level IV, individuals must have, after meeting the minimum requirements, two additional years of professional experience as described in "2" above.



Preferred Skills


• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

• Ability to learn and use the Watershed Lands Information System (WaLIS).

• Experience working on land use planning, land management, source water protection, and land protection -related projects.

• Knowledge of land management issues, State and local laws, New York State real property law and land use policies.

• Experience in reading and understanding construction plans, deeds or other land management documents.

• Knowledge of City takings and condemnation procedures, instruments, and history.

• Experience working with partners and working on/leading interdisciplinary teams.

• Ability to plan projects and see them through to implementation.

• Ability to understand, interpret, follow and communicate DEP policies and rules, drawings, and maps.

• General familiarity with the Watershed Regulations.

• Ability to work well with others.

• Ability to communicate across diverse user groups and stakeholders.

• Ability to function independently and to work in a team environment.



Additional Information


DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success or our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.

Kingston is a City in Ulster County, New York approximately 90 miles north of New York City.



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35 Hours per week/ Day shift; overtime as necessary



Work Location


71 Smith Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401



Residency Requirement


New York City residency is not required for this position.