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Civil Engineer - Water Dam & Levee Safety

Date Posted:  Jun 3, 2021
Requisition ID:  202261

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About the Department of Natural Resources:

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.


Salary Information:

This position traditionally hires at a rate of $47,476; however, pay may be commensurate with experience.

About the Job:

In this role as a Civil Engineer, you will primarily work in the multi-disciplinary civil engineering fields of geotechnical and structural, with the focus on water impoundment and flood control structures such as dams and levees.  Engineering work includes: performing technical analyses, overseeing projects, explaining to dam/levee owners and their engineers technical recommendations made by staff, conducting field inspections, making presentations, reviewing and evaluating designs, developing technical reports, attending public meetings, coordinating with other Division of Water staff involving permits and violations, giving testimony as an expert witness, serving as an advisor during emergencies and providing technical support as needed in the Dam and Levee Safety Section of the Division of Water.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Works to advance the public safety mission of the Dam Safety program.
  • Work requires the application of advanced multi-disciplinary engineering theories, principles, practices, and techniques.  This position's professional duties will primarily involve the 1000+ high, significant, and low-hazard dams and hundreds of miles of levees regulated under Indiana Code. 
  • Evaluating proposed work for foundation improvements, embankment modifications, concrete structures and spillways from a multi-disciplinary (geotechnical and structural) perspective to identify potential performance and safety issues for all anticipated loading conditions.
  • Reviewing plans, specifications, and supporting technical documentation on existing and proposed structures regulated by DNR using acceptable engineering principles and practices.
  • Reviewing engineering models to determine if appropriate parametric values and assumptions were utilized and verifying that the results were properly incorporated into recommendations, specifications and plans.
  • Participate in pre-design coordination meetings with consulting firms and serve as one of the section’s technical experts in addressing issues with the engineer’s design and/or analyses before and during the design and permit application process for the proposed work.
  • Assisting in design of projects owned, operated or under the maintenance/repair responsibility of DNR as directed.  May be required to perform engineering analyses along with developing plans and specifications for the projects.
  • Staying current with advances in the engineering practice, and with statutes, rules and policies related to dam and levee safety, and providing input for legislative proposals.
  • Preparing and providing expert testimony in hearings involving unsafe dams.
  • Preparing memos and reports for meetings, reviews, site visits and documenting deficiencies on unsafe dams/levees
  • Evaluating, as needed, engineering inspections on non-state owned high hazard dams for compliance with state statute, policies and Indiana’s Dam Safety Inspection Manual.
  • Participating in, and at times leading, a multi-disciplinary dam safety team for the inspection of high hazard state owned dams documenting deficiencies, and developing a report that includes recommendations and schedules.
  • Serving as a technical expert for field meetings, incident and emergency conditions at dams and levees.
  • Making dam safety presentations to a variety of interest groups.
  • Assisting with topographic data collection and survey interpretation as needed.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelors or advanced degree(s) in: civil, geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, engineering geology or geology from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of 2 years of responsible appropriate technical work experience.  A Master's Degree may substitute for 1 year of work experience. A Doctorate may substitute for 2 years of work experience
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and to maintain an Indiana driver's license.
  • Broad knowledge of design theories, calculations and techniques in Civil and Geotechnical Engineering applied to water impoundment structures.
  • Appropriate technical work experience should include field inspection practice, skill in recognizing failure mechanisms of earthen embankments & concrete structures, practical understanding of material testing and performance, analytical modeling, and direct involvement with structures where public safety was paramount.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Engineer Intern in the State of Indiana, having passed the fundamentals of engineering examination is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Indiana laws pertaining to dam and levee safety.
  • Proficiency or the ability to quickly become skilled in various engineering software applications involving hydrology / hydraulics, geotechnical and structural.
  • Ability to work with non-technical dam and levee owners.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional working relationships with associates, consultants, governmental representatives and the general public.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills that can be applied to the needs of the specific audience.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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