Restoration Project Engineer Job Description

August 26th, 2021
Restoration Project Engineer Job Description

Restoration Project Engineer Job Description

  • Full Time
  • Entry Level
Job Category: Other
Location: Brooklyn
Job Sectors: Education, Environmental, Other

The deadline to apply is September 15, 2021.

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The Billion Oyster Project’s Restoration Project Engineer is a high-performing, team-oriented project manager and engineer who genuinely enjoys working in a fast-paced nonprofit environment and is an enthusiastic problem-solver. 


What You’ll Do

The Billion Oyster Project’s Restoration Project Engineer is responsible for multiple and simultaneous activities related to the fabrication of oyster restoration and public engagement structures for small to large scale in-water projects. These responsibilities require great attention to detail, organization, and clear and transparent communication. The Restoration Project Engineer will collaborate with staff at the Billion Oyster Project, the New York Harbor School, external partners, and regulatory agencies. 

The ideal candidate is a team player who is reliable, engaged, and flexible; someone who embraces collaboration, holds themselves accountable, takes initiative and ownership over tasks, can complete daily/weekly tasks while planning for the next 3-6 months, and is a critical thinker who can make informed decisions. The Restoration Project Engineer must effectively manage project teams and fabrication projects at varying stages of development. This position requires excellent time management, organization, communication, and interpersonal skills. 

Additionally, the Restoration Project Engineer must commit to developing: 

(1) a keen understanding of the relationship between the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project 

(2) how to best engage New York Harbor School students in the fabrication work at Billion Oyster Project

The Restoration Project Engineer reports to the Director of Restoration. 


Core Responsibilities

      • Under the general direction of the Director of Restoration and with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, perform responsible and complex work in planning, coordinating, and overseeing the development and completion of fabricated structures for small to large scale in-water projects

      • Fabrication of oyster structures through planning and management of annual and weekly fabrication schedules, design of new and re-design of existing structures, cross-department collaboration, procurement of materials, development of quality control plans, and tracking and reporting 


      • Design of safe workspaces and engaging processes for volunteers and students, and improve the efficiency of production by managing and constructing built systems like tumblers/hoppers/conveyor belts


      • Advancement of research and development processes to use new or to create new materials, designs, or structures for application in New York Harbor for small to large scale in-water projects


      • Serve as a professional mentor and internship advisor to students in New York Harbor School, and more broadly within the school as agreed upon by Billion Oyster Project and New York Harbor School


      • Use of professional connections and expertise to identify and cultivate partnerships with industry professionals and post-secondary institutions which may support and strengthen New York Harbor School’s Career and Technical Education Professional Advisory Committee



 The Restoration Project Engineer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the:

      • provision of support on permit applications for new projects that require construction permits from the city, state, and federal regulatory agencies


      • development of basic schematic drawings or specification drawings for vendors, marine contractors, project proposals, permit applications, or reference guides 


      • operation of heavy equipment and machinery including a telehandler, forklift, and other pneumatic/power tools or the willingness to learn and/or be certified/licensed


      • provision of feedback on the development of educational resources, professional development content, and external communications from a fabrication and engineering perspective


      • budget review of and forecasting for existing fabrication projects and workspaces, and provision of support with budget development for project proposals



You Must Have

      • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (mechanical, marine, environmental, and/or ecological), Hydrology, Environmental Science, or a similar field


      • 2+ years of project management experience


      • Proficiency in Google Workspace, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud Applications


      • Excellent writing, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills


      • Strong time management and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks


      • Ability to work independently, stay ahead of schedule, and know when to escalate a problem 


      • Ability to take ownership over deliverables and stay organized while managing multiple deliverables at varying stages of development 


      • Ability to work collaboratively with project teams, handle multiple tasks, and make informed decisions in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions


      • New York State Driver’s License or willingness to obtain within 3-6 months of start date


      • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs and enjoy working full days outside year-round; sometimes in inclement weather conditions



Desired Qualifications

      • Master’s Degree in Engineering (marine, environmental, and/or ecological)

      • Strong familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices


      • Familiarity with ArcGIS or similar spatial software programs


      • Proficiency in AutoCAD and Smartsheets


      • Project Management Professional certification (PMP)

      • Experience with mentoring students


      • Construction, carpentry, hands-on technical skills, problem solving, troubleshooting and repairs


You’ll be a good fit if you have:

      • A positive, get-it-done work style

      • A team player, self-motivated, adaptable, and willing to learn new things



Salary, Benefits, and Perks

The starting salary for the Restoration Project Engineer will range from $60,000 to $65,000.


This is a full-time, year-round position at the Billion Oyster Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The benefits include:

        • A generous vacation and PTO policy

        • FSA plan

        • Health, dental, vision, and life insurance

        • Pre-tax commuter program

        • 401K plan

        • Citi Bike discount

        • An inspiring working environment on Governors Island in New York Harbor



Who We Are and the Work We Do



The Billion Oyster Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. The Billion Oyster Project is fueled by the passion and commitment of the team. Enthusiasm for the work of environmental restoration, public education, and environmental justice is an expectation for the position. Candidates should be comfortable working on a team with various stakeholders and delivering on complex, multi-step projects.


Our Vision

A future in which New York Harbor is the center of a rich, diverse, and abundant estuary. The communities that surround this complex ecosystem have helped construct it, and in return, benefit from it, with endless opportunities for work, education, and recreation. The harbor is a world-class public space, well used and well cared for—our Commons.

Our Ethos

Restoration through Education

We believe that restoration without education is fleeting. To ensure the long-term health and productivity of our natural environment, we must teach young people to care for, monitor, and restore their Harbor.

Education through Restoration

We believe that students learn best when applying their studies to large-scale ecosystem restoration projects that challenge them to become active participants and take them out of the classroom, down to the water’s edge to experience the ecosystem first-hand.

Our Flagship School

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School’s mission is to provide a college-preparatory education built upon New York City’s maritime experience that instills in students the ethics of environmental stewardship and the skills associated with careers on the water. New York Harbor School offers career and technical education (CTE) programs in 7 areas of marine science, technology, policy, and engineering.


Additional Information


Employment Authorization

Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an Employment Visa at this time.

Work Location

Employees of Billion Oyster Project must reside within the tri-state area and be able to commute daily to Governors Island unless otherwise noted in the job description.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates are critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.


Any person working in the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) buildings, working with NYC DOE students, or who has access to NYC DOE confidential information is required by New York State law to undergo a security clearance, including fingerprints, prior to commencing services. All prospective employees must have a security clearance before starting work. No one can be fingerprinted by the NYC DOE or undergo the security clearance unless they have been added to the organization or agency’s Personnel Eligibility Tracking System roster.

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