Agricultural Engineer

Bangor, ME
Bangor, ME
Agricultural Engineer
Wage/Hr:$25.00Hours/Week:20Minimum Age:55

Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Agricultural support for individuals age 55 and over to support the Department of Agriculture?s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a grant administered program awarded to National Experienced Workforce Solutions (NEW Solutions). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise and experience will truly be valued. The ACES program provides an opportunity to work side-by-side with NRCS staff that are doing important work every day. Benefits: Paid Health Insurance Premium for positions budgeted at 60+ hours per pay period, Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Federal Holidays, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available for positions budgeted at 35+ hours per pay period. NOTE: Positions listed here do not guarantee employment for any definite period of time. Enrollment in the Experienced Worker Programs administered by NEW Solutions is temporary. The enrollment relationship between NEW Solutions and the Enrollee is an "at-will" relationship. This means that an Enrollee is free to terminate his or her enrollment at any time during the enrollment period, and NEW Solutions and the Agency have the right to terminate the relationship with the Enrollee. NOTE: An ACES Enrollee is not a federal employee, nor an employee of NEW Solutions. An ACES Enrollee is a participant in a grant program, which is established through a Cooperative Agreement funded by the USDA-NRCS and administered by NEW Solutions.


Minimum of 15 year(s) of experience in Agricultural engineering focus OR BA/BS Degree in Agricultural Engineering

  • Valid State Driver?s license
  • Experience required with Windows, MS Word, MS Excel
  • Auto-CAD

As an Engineering Technician (Civil), the primary responsibility is to assist in the implementation of engineering practices associated with watershed operations and general conservation engineering. These practices include but are not limited to waste storage, drainage, irrigation, and other practices associated with conservation engineering. The specific duties include site surveys for design, preparing field survey data to be used for engineering design, preparing non-complex engineering drawings, compute quantities, prepare cost estimates, construction installation oversight, and final checkout and as-built design data gathering and preparation.

  • Site visits and planning assistance: Works closely with the State Fisheries Biologist to de Site surveys and Investigations: Performs or assists with field investigations and surveys as needed for the type, scope and complexity of the practice as determined by the project engineer and/or project manager. Assists with or directs collection of field data and assures adequacy of collected data. Typical survey data will include profiles, cross sections and other site features needed in order to design and construct the needed engineering practices. Processes gathered field data in a format that can be used for design and construction of engineering practices. Provides engineering assistance to determine the type and size of structural practices associated with projects. Develops engineering trip reports to aid in the development of conservation plans.   40%
  • Construction Oversite and Quality Control: Assists with or independently lays out and stakes out engineering practices. Performs construction inspections on simple and more complex engineering practices and structures. Checks elevations, grades, practice alignment and location of structures and other engineering practices. Insures proper construction materials, techniques and procedures are followed as indicated in the construction specifications. Prepares a job diary or notes of construction activities. Keeps the project engineer and project manager up to date on construction progress. Consults with the project engineer on any field conditions not anticipated where as-built changes are required.   40%
  • Project Design: Assists the project engineer with the designs of the various engineering practices. This assistance could include but not limited to preparing job sheets and design drawings, assembly of complete design packages of drawings and specifications for jobs and preparing quantities and cost estimates. Prepares construction drawings based on rough sketches and other information provided by engineers or project manager. Drawings are typically developed on the CAD system. Prepares sketches and photographs needed for performing the design.   20%

  • Annual information system security, anti-harassment, and civil rights training.
  • Travel Requirements: GOV use for field visits
  • Overnight travel: Program training may be required which may entail overnight travel. If overnight travel is required, expenses will be covered by the government according to Joint Federal Travel Regulations.
  • Rental cars: GOV use is available.
  • Health and Safety Considerations: The enrollee will receive the same occupational training provided to all NRCS field employees.
  • Required Safety Gear: Hard hat and florescent safety vest during construction oversite.
  • Remote work arrangements are available for this position.

NEW Solutions is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NEW Solutions' policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in enrolling participants in the federal programs.