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Hydraulic Engineer

Date Posted:  Jul 10, 2024
Requisition ID:  446221

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About the DNR Division of Water:

The Division of Water collects, maintains, and provides water resource information.  This includes administering surface and groundwater resource assessments, alleviating flood disaster damages, regulating floodplain areas, reviewing dam and levee projects, and educating the community about water efforts and conservation.


Role Overview

Incumbent functions as a senior Hydraulic Engineer in the technical section of the Engineering Services Center in the Division of Water, Department of Natural Resources. The incumbent provides technical expertise on functions with the National Flood Insurance Program, the floodplain mapping Cooperating Technical Partner program, the Indiana Floodplain Information Portal. In this position, you will manage and direct technical employees working in major regulatory, environmental, and safety programs, such as floodway regulation, waterway computer modeling, river restoration, application review for new or improvements to existing dams and levees, or similar established programs.


Salary Statement

This is a senior-level position with a starting salary of $67,314; however, an underfill at the Hydraulic Engineer 2, 3, or 4 level will be considered for those candidates that have not attained registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana or do not have at least three (3) years of professional experience in hydrologic and hydraulic engineering.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Provide senior level technical expertise and oversee technical staff’s review of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling submittals in support of permit applications. 
  • Review construction plans, specifications, design reports, and technical data for engineering elements. 
  • Coordinate and track of all activities related to the Division’s FEMA Cooperating Technical Partner Program including preparation of Mapping Activity Statements and consultant selections.  
  • Coordinate the Letter of Map Revision review partners program through FEMA and ensure engineering reviews are completed per FEMA requirements. 
  • Advise senior leadership, local officials and other stakeholders on issues related to Fluvial Erosion in streams, including review of ongoing erosion problems, reviewing possible solutions and remediation, and reviewing or preparing mapping related to identifying Fluvial Erosion hazard zones. Develop and review hydrologic and hydraulic work product associated with, floodplain mapping studies, FARA’s, floodway permit applications, and dam and levee safety permit applications. 
  • Facilitate team field inspections and office meetings related to county drainage projects. 
  • Participate in team inspections and report development for State owned high hazard dams, and as needed on other dams. 
  • Work with State agency owners and non-State dam and levee owners to advise on meeting design standards, and to improve routine repair, maintenance, and operation to enhance overall safety. 
  • Advise and direct during emergency conditions on streams, lakes, dams, and levees. 
  • Prepare well-written reports, letters, and memos on findings. 
  • Presenting program area information in public forums and seminars.  
  • Develop and document technical evidence for enforcement activities. 
  • Providing expert testimony for legal and legislative initiatives. 
  • Manage human and financial resources. 
  • Communicate with permit applicants to assure regulatory program compliance. 
  • Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development. 
  • Set expectations, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees.  Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures. 

The job profile 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 with or without notice.  

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor of Science degree in civil, environmental, or agricultural engineering with an emphasis around surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and drainage. 
  • Must be registered as a Professional Engineer in Indiana. 
  • A minimum of five (5) years of responsible hydraulic engineering work experience.  A Master's Degree may substitute for one (1) year of work experience provided the remaining four (4) years are under the supervision of a registered Professional Engineer.  A Doctorate may substitute for two (2) years of work experience provided the remaining three (3) years are under the supervision of a registered Professional Engineer. 
  • Broad knowledge in hydrologic and hydraulic engineering, or experience in regulatory review of engineering plans. 
  • Broad knowledge of the principles, practices, theories and methodologies of water resources engineering and field inspection practices.   
  • Ability to adapt to changing engineering practices and technologies in the field of hydrology, hydraulics, dam safety and floodplain mapping. 
  • Ability to recognize failure mechanisms of earthen embankments. 
  • Ability to formulate new methodologies and developing long-term strategies.  
  • Expert knowledge of the Flood Control Act permitting process. 
  • Expert knowledge of Floodplain Mapping Layer and FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps. 
  • Ability to solve complex problems and make recommendations on solutions. 
  • Ability to write accurate and detailed technical reports. 
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop, evaluate options, and implement solutions.  
  • Ability to make sound, well-informed, and objective decisions that positively impact the program. 
  • Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow. 
  • Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

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

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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