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Environmental Engineering Intern

Engineering, Architecture, & Planning with NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Employment Type and Schedule Full-time, Intern

Salary $51,413 - $59,125 per year

Work Location Queens

Last Updated Last updated on Mar 14, 2023

Description 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.

New York City has approximately 140,000 catch basins, 114,000 hydrants, 90,000 valves, 14 gatehouses, 3 reservoirs, 68 groundwater wells, a 100 million gallon underground storage tank and 7,000 miles each of both sanitary sewers and water mains. The responsibility of maintaining these vast networks falls under the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations (BWSO).

The primary responsibilities of the Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations are: the operation, maintenance and protection of the City’s drinking water and wastewater collection (sewer) systems; the protection of adjacent waterways; and the development and protection of the Department’s Capital Water and Sewer Design Program. The Bureau also approves and inspects water and sewer connections performed by licensed plumbers and/or authorized contractors. In addition, the Bureau has overall responsibility for the approval and inspection of all public and private construction projects which could impact on the City’s water or sewer systems.

The Bureau is also responsible for the operation of the Staten Island Bluebelt. This is an ecologically sound, cost-effective natural alternative to storm sewers, which occupies approximately 15 square miles of land in the South Richmond area of Staten Island. This project preserves streams, ponds and other wetland (“bluebelt”) areas, allowing them to perform their natural function of conveying, storing and filtering storm water. These areas also provide important community open spaces and a diverse wildlife habitat.

Working within BWSO, under administrative direction of the Engineer-In-Charge, Capital Program Management-Infrastructure, the Environmental Engineering Intern will perform engineering work of moderate difficulty and responsibility. The candidate will research, plan, develop and advance Capital Water and Sewer Projects ranging in difficulty from routine to complex. These CPls consist of water and sewer sketches, project descriptions and scopes, cost estimates, and budget worksheets. Other duties may include, but are not limited to:
a. The preparation of Capital Project Initiation (CPI) packages to initiate large capital projects to install sanitary and storm sewer, and water infrastructure throughout the City
b. Preparation of documents required for CPI including: sketches, cost estimates, and legal status.
c. Preparing engineering drawings using GIS and calculations in support of evaluating design alternatives using good engineering practice.
d. Tracking open items related to capital projects to ensure projects are delivered on time
e. Reviewing engineering plans, specifications, estimates, and reports for compliance with current DEP standards for sewers and water mains. Responsible for the review of design related issues as well as preliminary and final contract documents prepared by other departments, agencies, private engineering consulting companies and contractors.
f. Maintaining a detailed record of job progress including but not limited to folder organization, CPI development, design and construction progress and project closeout.
g. Engaging in or supervising the conduct of complex and important research, investigations, studies or examinations related to the engineering functions or activities of the department or agency.
h. Reporting project status and tasks assigned, unanticipated conditions and possible problems to supervisors.
i. Attending meetings and preparing meeting minutes as required by projects and other tasks.
j. Other responsibilities include tracking program metrics, creating graphics related to capital projects, attending meetings and preparing meeting minutes, preparing presentations, and preparing maps.
k. Coordinating with other Divisions/Bureaus within DEP as well as with outside agencies such as DOC, DOT, DPR, etc.

Requirements Requirements

1. A Baccalaureate degree in environmental, chemical, mechanical, petroleum, aeronautical, or materials engineering from an accredited college.

A Baccalaureate degree in engineering technology is not acceptable.