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Hydro Engineer IV, Chief Dam Safety Engineer

Murphys, California
$129,501-$161,886 DOE
Closing date
Jan 11, 2023

NCPA’s Hydro Plant Engineer serves as the Chief Dam Safety Engineer (CDSE) performing a variety of engineering tasks relating to dam safety, FERC license compliance, and plant reliability and performance efficiency, including troubleshooting plant and equipment problems. The CDSE is responsible for engineering, designing, inspecting, planning, scheduling, licensing, permitting, and compliance for the Hydroelectric facilities and acts as a project and construction manager for a variety of projects including public works projects.


This position is based out of Murphys, CA. Murphys and services the hydroelectric projects located in the Sierra Nevada foothills between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park in Calaveras, Alpine, and Tuolumne Counties. The job offers the opportunity to implement satisfying projects in remote environments while maintaining the natural Alpine beauty of the region.  Whether you enjoy watersports, golf, cycling, or exploring state parks- Calaveras County has it all! Murphys is a vibrant, thriving community rich with Goldmining history, fine restaurants, art galleries, live theater, and outdoor recreational opportunities a short drive away. Learn more about the Queen of the Sierra at  NCPA Hydro offers the opportunity to learn from, and contribute to, a team that promotes operations and dam safety excellence.


The CDSE exercises a high level of independent judgment in all the varied areas of responsibilities and has the opportunity to work closely with plant O&M personnel and supervisory staff.  The CDSE monitors operation and maintenance activities for compliance with regulatory agency requirements and continually maintains working knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations relating to safety evaluations, permitting and licensing. 

Provides civil engineering assistance and technical guidance to NCPA personnel.  Project engineering/management including scheduling techniques and cost estimating.  Provides construction project management as needed. 

Prepare reports on items such as regulatory compliance, project instrumentation, and stream flow gauging.  Prepare feasibility studies and cost analyses.  Inspection and analysis of project features such as dams, tunnels, powerhouses, intake structures, spillways, abutments, and roads.  Compilation and analysis of dam, tunnel, and landslide instrumentation. 

Acts as liaison to regulatory officials of FERC, DSOD, USFS, USGS and others. Working knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations relating to safety evaluations, permitting and licensing. 



A BSCE and ten (10) years of responsible hydroelectric civil engineering supervisory work experience in planning, design, permitting, O&M, compliance, project and construction management for significantly sized projects, and budgeting for capital improvement projects. A  Professional Civil Engineer license is required to fulfill the complete array of job responsibilities. If license is not California or from a reciprocating state, must be able to obtain CA licensure within 1 year of hire. 

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NCPA offers a generous benefits package including:

  • CalPERS Pension Plans: 2.5% @ 55 for Classic Members; 2% @ 62 for New Members
  • Medical Insurance with Generous Agency Contributions
  • Agency Paid Dental and Vision Premiums
  • Flexible Spending Accounts with $500 Annual Agency Contribution
  • 457 and 401A Deferred Compensation Plans 
  • Vacation Sell-Back Program
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Paid Vacation: Accrual Rate up to 160 Hours per Year Paid Holidays: 11 Days Observed per Year
  • 4/10 Work Schedule

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