This is a professional level position requiring the application of watershed and land management to insure water quality control for the City of Syracuse Skaneateles Lake Water Supply. The employee is responsible for the coordination of the watershed pollution control-planning program. The employee exercises considerable independent initiative and judgement in coordination of the program. Assignments are received verbally and in writing from the Commissioner of Water. Work is reviewed through the submission of reports. Supervision is not ordinarily exercised by this class. Does related work as required.




Maintain and coordinate the farm pollution control-planning program for the Skaneateles Lake Watershed.

Maintain an inter-agency effort to continue the farm planning program.

Review all farm plans and making recommendations regarding City participation in the implementation of individual plans.

Review and inspect reports of farms to determine the need for farm pollution control plans.

As required, prepare pollution control plans for farms, construction sites or other areas.

Assist the Commissioner of Water with administrative and technical activities necessary for the adoption and implementation of rules and regulation relating to watershed protection.

Prepare technical materials such as maps or regulatory analyses for presentation.

Prepare reports and other documentation for presentation to public agencies such as the New York State Health Department, Soil and Water Conservation Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Research and prepare rules, regulations, procedures and technical reports relating to the control of storm water runoff and the prevention of pollution from entering Skaneateles Lake and its tributaries.

Assist in the development, review and inspection of storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP).

Provide assistance in the development and annual maintenance of the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB’s) Action Plan.

Provide technical assistance and training to Watershed Inspectors and Sanitarian.




Good knowledge of the principles and practices associated with storm water management, erosion and sediment control.

Good knowledge of the principles and practices associated with farm pollution, control planning and soil/water conservation.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning and control.

Knowledge in the use of personal computers, automated mapping systems and geographic systems.

Ability to develop and present technical information in both written and oral form.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, governmental agencies, citizens groups and legislative bodies.




Five (5) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Sanitarian I.


Open Competitive:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Conservation Management or a closely related field and four (4) years of professional experience in the area of soil and water conservation, natural resource management and or land use planning; or,

  2. Eight (8) years of professional or paraprofessional level work experience in the area of soil and water conservation, natural resource management and or land use planning; or,

  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).



5/2019 Date of Original Composition