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City of New York 2024-BWS-005-Watershed Agricultural Programs Intern, Arkville in New York, New York

Job Description

This position is located in Arkville, NY in Delaware County, NY, without access to mass transit.

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 (BWS) employs nearly 1,000 people who are responsible for the management, operation, and protection of New York City's upstate water supply system, associated facilities and aqueducts, over 100 miles of road, 55 bridges, and approximately 150,000 acres of watershed lands. The mission of the Bureau of Water Supply is to reliably deliver a sufficient quantity of high-quality drinking water and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the delivery of this most valuable resource in order to promote public health, economic development, and quality of life of the City of New York. BWS is also responsible for the overall management and implementation of the provisions of the City's $1.5 billion Watershed Protection Program and for ensuring the City's compliance with the provisions of the Filtration Avoidance Determination. Within BWS, we have diverse roles and responsibilities, and each of us contributes to the same mission of reliably providing New York City with its most valuable natural resource.

The Source Water Operations, Watershed Agricultural Program (SWO-WAP) is responsible for overseeing the City’s contracts with the Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) who is tasked with addressing surface-water quality through land conservation while supporting the economic viability of agriculture and forestry in the watershed region.

The selected candidate will be tasked with a variety of office and field-based projects including performing site visits to farms and forests to track Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation to protect water quality, participating in farm and forest educational events, assisting in the review and analysis of program data and payment requests, performing literature reviews, conducting program evaluation and research, and representing DEP at local outreach events. This experience will provide the candidate with an overview on many facets of DEP’s water supply operation with an emphasis on the City’s mitigation efforts to protect against agricultural runoff. Experience will also include working with the watershed agricultural and forestry communities, local stakeholders, as well as agency engineers, project managers, and scientists.

This position is located in Arkville, NY in Delaware County, NY, without access to mass transit.


As of June of the Program year the prospective interne must be a student matriculated in a college or be a recent college graduate (winter/spring term of the Program year).

NOTE: Appointment to this title is only valid for the duration of the Program, June - August each year.

Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.