Dam Safety Engineer

Location
Lacey, Washington State
Salary
$72,756.00 - $95,484.00 Annually
Posted
May 19, 2022
Closes
Jun 18, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Contract Type
Permanent
Organization Type
Government

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What makes this role unique? 

The Dam Safety Office (DSO) has a unique multidisciplinary mission that combines engineering evaluation, risk analysis, and public safety.  As a Dam Safety Engineer, you will be applying engineering expertise and analysis within a regulatory framework, dealing with dams in a vast array of scenarios and conditions, as would be expected in an agency that regulates nearly 1,100 dams in the State of Washington.  This is an excellent opportunity to build a highly sought-after engineering background, as the development and management of surface water resources becomes more important in the future.

What you will do: 

The successful candidate for this Dam Safety Engineer position will serve as a licensed Professional Engineer in the Dam Safety Office (DSO), or as an under-fill be in a position to obtain their PE license within 2 years of being employed in the DSO.  This position protects public health and safety by ensuring that dams and other impounding structures are properly designed, constructed, operated, and maintained.  Specifically, your skills in surface water hydrology and hydraulic design relating to dams will be a key component in the success of the DSO in meeting its goals and responsibilities of increasing dam safety in the State of Washington.

 

 

 

 

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Job Duties: 

 

    Apply specialized expertise in surface water hydrologic and hydraulic engineering using risk-based methodology. Periodic Inspections of Existing Dams: Conducts and assists with inspections of existing dams to find, and determine the seriousness of, any deficiencies. Prepares reports documenting inspection findings. Inspections typically include hydrologic and hydraulic evaluations at varying levels of detail. Plan Review and Construction Inspection of New and Existing Dams: Reviews engineering design reports, construction plans and specifications. Conducts construction inspections of dams to ensure they are built in accordance with approved plans and specifications.  Compliance support: Provides assistance with compliance activities relating to past dam inspections.  This may be by direct contact with the dam owner, as well as providing assistance to the DSO’s compliance coordinator. Occasionally communicates with the public to answer questions or take complaints. 

Qualifications

 

Required Qualifications:

The goal class for this position is an Environmental Engineer 3 (EE3). We will consider applicants who meet the requirements for both the EE3 and the EE2 levels. If the finalist meets the requirements at the EE2 level, then they will be hired as an EE2 and will be placed in a training program to become an EE3 within a specified period of time.

  

At the Environmental Engineer 2 level: Pay Range 61 ($5,229 - $6,862 – monthly) (In-Training)

 

Option 1:

An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field

AND

Two years of experience in environmental engineering.

 

Option 2:

A Master's degree or above with major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field

AND

One year of experience in environmental engineering.

 

 

At the Environmental Engineer 3 level: Pay Range 67 ($6,063 - $7,957 monthly) (Goal Class)

 

Option 1:

An Engineer-In-Training Certificate or a Bachelor's degree with a major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field

AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND three years of experience in environmental engineering.

 

Option 2:

A Master's degree with major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field

AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND two years of experience in environmental engineering.

 

Option 3:

A Ph.D. degree with major study in one of the following engineering fields: sanitary, civil, geotechnical, water resource, environmental, chemical, mechanical or related field

AND

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the state of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington AND one year of experience in environmental engineering.

 

 

Desired Qualifications: 


We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below. 

    A Professional Engineer license. Experience in the use of ESRI software like ArcGIS. Professional experience in applied hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, including the use of computer modeling software like HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS.  Experience in the operation of GPS equipment and/or surveying equipment. Background in construction inspection. Excellent people and communication skills, both written and verbal applied in technical assistance and regulatory role.  Highly productive with ability to rapidly produce high quality reports useful for decisions and actions by non-technical readers even when data and information is ambiguous or limited.  Ability to bring broader balanced context and thinking into work setting and deliverables.  Commitment to public safety and service.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool