Gravel Road

Employment Opportunities

Please feel free to share the job postings below with anyone who might be interested.  One is for a full time Center technician, similar to existing technicians who provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to Conservation Districts.  The other is for a part time seasonal position to assist with aggregate sampling.


Extension Associate 2 position (Full time)

This is a full time position at the PSU Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies in support of the State Conservation Commission’s Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program.  The position is similar to existing Center technicians who provide training, education, and outreach to Conservation Districts.  Remote office and telecommuting arrangements are a possibility, and applicants from eastern Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS

The Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies is seeking Extension Associate candidates who will be responsible for providing education, outreach, and technical assistance to the Commonwealth’s Dirt, Gravel and Low-Volume Roads Program.

The position is responsible for direct on-site and remote technical assistance, educational trainings, and oversight of projects for a variety of public stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth of PA relating to the maintenance of dirt, gravel and paved low-volume roads. The position responsibilities include delivering the Center’s two-day "Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance" roads course and yearly updating of educational training programs and training materials. Additionally, the position organizes and leads workshops, field demonstrations and tours for the benefit of public road owning entities, governmental agencies and stakeholders. The successful candidate will also be responsible for assisting conservation districts and local municipalities with planning, implementation, and oversight on a wide variety of projects including stream crossing installations.

The position requires a Master’s degree or higher in an environmental or engineering related field plus two years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate must be self-motivated and have exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. Additional experience with stream crossing replacements, stream bank stabilization, and stream hydrology preferred.

This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties. The position also requires a significant amount of travel within Pennsylvania, including overnight stays. 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.


Wage-Payroll position (part time)

This is an hourly position to assist with aggregate sampling and testing through the construction season.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS

The Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is looking for a wage payroll position to perform aggregate sampling and road aggregate placement oversight.

The successful candidate would be coordinating and consulting with aggregate suppliers, Center staff, conservation districts and government agencies to ensure road materials are within specification and meet project objectives. Knowledge of road construction and project oversight preferred. Experience with aggregate sampling and testing, and quarry processes a plus. The position requires the ability to routinely lift 50+ lbs. The position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, and requires a significant amount of travel within Pennsylvania, including overnight stays. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to a standard background checks. Compensation is $17-$20 per hour depending on qualifications.

This position will be up to 40 hours per-week during the summer and is expected to last from April until October.