Research Technologist 1 (Watershed Technician)

Penn State Harrisburg
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – E – Non-exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center (AEC) was founded in 2008 by the College of Agricultural Sciences and its Environment and Natural Resources Institute to enhance the communication and integration of science to inform policy and improve and build partnerships that benefit working landscapes across the Commonwealth. In the last nine years, the AEC has helped establish Penn State as a leader on complex environmental problem solving, particularly related to agriculture and water quality, through initiatives such as the Manure de Jour webinar series, Ag 101 training modules, the Conewago Creek Initiative, Greening the Lower Susquehanna, Pennsylvania in Balance, and Chiques Creek Reenvisioned. The AEC seeks to establish its vision of healthy land, water and environment through integrated research, extension, education and collaborative community engagement as it fulfills its mission: to catalyze integrated research and engagement related to the impacts of land use and land management on water and the environment. The AEC builds and sustains partnerships with stakeholders engaged in land and water issues and integrates Penn State’s education, research, community outreach and extension assets to help communities and stakeholders solve land and water-related environmental problems at multiple scales. The focus of the AEC’s work is one of the great environmental problems we face today: nonpoint source water pollution caused by land use and land management. This focus on the land and water interface helps position the College as a leader in land and water research, engaged scholarship, and extension and outreach. The AEC has two offices located at the University Park Campus and the Harrisburg Campus (Lower Susquehanna Office). The AEC is in need of a full time watershed technician at its Harrisburg Campus (Lower Susquehanna) office. The Watershed Technician will assist the AEC Director, AEC Lower Susquehanna Project Coordinator, and other staff in the delivery of conservation outreach and assistance to landowners in the Chiques Creek watershed (Lancaster County) and other priority watersheds in the Lower Susquehanna region. In particular, the Technician will support a priority project of the AEC, “Chiques Creek Reenvisioned,” a diverse watershed based partnership facilitated by the AEC and working together to improve water quality in the Chiques. Duties of the Technician will include: receiving training on manure management and conservation planning and working with experienced agriculture technicians to outreach to farmers to develop plans and provide guidance to farmers on program or technical assistance opportunities to implement conservation practices; working with Chiques ag partners to track progress toward meeting baseline compliance goals in the watershed; conducting GIS analysis to facilitate Chiques Creek Reenvisioned goals and objectives; maintaining the AEC’s Lower Susquehanna native tree nursery; visiting landowners and municipalities to discuss opportunities for implementing riparian buffers and reforestation projects and developing planting plans; assisting AEC staff in planning, coordinating and supervising volunteer plantings and other events through the AEC’s Lower Susquehanna Volunteer Conservation Corps; conducting field work on restoration and maintenance best management practice (BMP) implementation, including conducting maintenance on riparian buffers, native meadows, rain gardens, and other green infrastructure practices; assisting in watershed planning and water quality monitoring; working collaboratively with the Southeast Agricultural Research and Education Center (SEAREC) to facilitate research opportunities in agriculture and water quality; assisting AEC staff in facilitating and managing watershed based partnerships in the region; and other duties as assigned. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants should have relevant major and interest in agricultural sciences, water resources, natural resources, and/or environmental sciences; a passion for rural conservation and farming; interest or experience in agriculture and/or conservation; interest and skills in community and landowner engagement and outreach, especially farmers; have experience in the conservation field; have excellent writing and communication skills; and be willing to travel to and within the Lancaster County area (reliable transportation required). Interested applicants should upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references. Questions can be referred to Matt Royer at This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088