Department of Natural Resources & Conservation State of Montana An Equal Opportunity Employer Job Title: REGIONAL OFFICE CIVIL ENGINEERING SPECIALIST Position: # 50240 Division: Water Resources Location: Helena, MT Status: Permanent, full time Bargaining Unit: None Salary: $52,911 -- $62,249 DOQ Supplement Required: Yes Resume Required: Yes Transcripts Required: Yes (copies are accepted) Are you interested in performing a variety of advanced engineering analysis and technical support to water projects, water management, and water rights issues? Would you like to help contribute to the growing body of knowledge in these areas to assist with statewide policy-making and legislative decision-making? If so, consider working for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Water Resources Division in Helena, MT. APPLICATION MATERIALS AND DEADLINE: Online applications are encouraged; however, for applicants choosing not to apply online, please note the State of Montana Employment Application Form is required. Completed application materials must be received by midnight December 31, 2010 to DNRC/Human Resource Bureau/PO Box 201601, Helena MT 59620 or to a Montana Job Service. If applying online, go to: http://mt.gov/statejobs/default.mcpx DNRC MISSION: The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) mission is to ensure that Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. The Water Resources Division is responsible for promoting and coordinating the beneficial use, conservation, protection and development of one of Montana’s most precious resources- water. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Under the supervision of the Regional Manager, this position is responsible for providing a broad variety of engineering analysis and technical duties for multiple programs within the Water Resources Department. The employee provides engineering and hydrologic information to administrators, attorneys, water planners, and the public to assist in establishing water policies, and to resolve water management issues. This includes assisting the Dam Safety, Floodplain and Water Projects Program issues within the Regional Office area of responsibility, as coordinated by the Regional Manager. The incumbent will perform the engineering analysis and evaluation of the permits needed for Dam Safety regulation, Floodplain Administration, and Water Rights. The individual will work with the Department in the preparation of defense and provides expert testimony in contested case hearings or litigation in the support of staff engineer or if incumbent meets qualifications the engineering designs for public safety, water resource management and other engineering related functions. This person researches, gathers, and analyzes water resources information and makes recommendations regarding water use, availability, and improved management practices. Duties also include preparing technical reports and providing information for processing water right applications, local water projects, floodplain program, dam safety concerns, and water planning projects. Because the employee will need to collect surface water, ground water, and water quality data, conduct dam safety inspections and floodplain reviews, an applicant must be willing to work in the field and be familiar with a variety of data collection techniques and the instruments used to collect this data. The applicant should be proficient in the use of common software to solve hydrologic and hydraulic problems and should be able to use standard hydrology-specific software. The applicant should be capable of using or learn to use GIS mapping software and a GPS device and other computer programs associated with water management. The applicant must be a good technical writer, as this position will be required to write technical reports. Appearing as a witness at an administrative and/or water court hearing, serving as a mediator in water right disputes and complaints, and attending meetings and providing information regarding water division programs are also job duties of this position. Work is typically performed in the office, however some overnight travel and fieldwork is required, approximately 30%. COMPETENCIES: This position requires knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of civil and agricultural engineering, hydrology and hydraulics; knowledge of state, federal and tribal water laws, and policies; and the knowledge of the methods, principles, and protocol for designing research projects and investigations. The applicant should have extensive knowledge as it relates to; dam and canal design, construction rehabilitation, operation, and safety; surface hydrology and hydraulics and computer modeling programs; design, analysis, and application of irrigation diversion structures and delivery systems; hydrology, mathematics, statistics, and open-channel flow. A demonstrated knowledge of irrigation methods, methods for mapping and classification of irrigated land, and installation and operation of irrigation measurement devices (e.g. flumes, weirs) is necessary. Required Knowledge: This position requires extensive knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles, and practices of civil and agricultural engineering as it relates to; irrigation practices; dam and canal design; construction management; dam safety requirements; surface water hydrology and hydraulics, including computer modeling programs; design, analysis, and application of irrigation diversion structures and delivery systems, including knowledge of accurate water measurement techniques; Montana water law and pertinent department policies and procedures; negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution techniques; Federal, State, and local laws and regulations as it relates to the FEMA Floodplain Regulation; and engineering related analytical techniques and software applications. In order to communicate effectively the incumbent is required to have a good working knowledge of all of the interdisciplinary fields within the DNRC Water Resource Division. Required Skills: This position requires the skills needed in order to; make sound legally defensible decisions in a timely fashion; meet statutory deadlines; provide general project management; read and interpret project construction plans and project manuals, blueprints, maps, plats, and aerial photographs; compose, draft, and edit engineering reports, project bids, memorandums, and letters; use a variety of surveying and water measurement equipment; and to apply engineering skills to assignments that span multiple professional and interdisciplinary fields. The incumbent must be able to; operate personal computers and associated hardware; use and understand the application of computer software associated with engineering principals, hydrologic modeling, word processing, spreadsheets and data bases. Required Abilities: This position requires the ability to; incorporate professional discretion in dealing with technical engineering issues and the uncertainties presented by frequent lack of data; use reason, logic, and creativity to identify and solve problems; understand cause and effect relationships, recognizes similarity and differences in situations and apply engineering knowledge to make effective decisions, conclusions, and recommendations; communicate orally or in written form complex material or ideas in a logical sequence to individuals and groups that may not have technical backgrounds so they can follow and understand; prepare clear, logical reports summarizing analytical methods, results and recommendations; comprehend and apply statutes, rules and written policies; maintain effective, productive working relationships with colleagues, other professionals and the public; and work effectively as a team member. The incumbent must have the ability to; focus efforts and energy on successfully attaining organizational goals and objectives; take initiative to responsibly attain timely and measurable outcomes while achieving multiple goals and work objectives; and assume accountability for decisions, actions, and results. Preferred knowledge of GIS software with the ability of producing maps for the use in resource analysis and of using ArcGIS to construct digital map coverage and spatial coordinates and related attribute data. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants must have a 4-year civil or agricultural engineering degree or equivalent from an accredited program and have successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training or Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Experience with civil and agricultural designs, heavy civil construction work, inspection of structures or equipment, and Montana Water Law is very desirable. A general knowledge of Montana geology, hydrology and mechanical engineering is desirable. Must be able to obtain a Montana Professional Engineer’s license within one year of hire. Must have a current and valid Montana driver’s license. The qualified applicant must also have strong computer software skills, excellent writing, and oral communication skills. The qualified applicant must be physically fit to perform the duties of this position. Some of the activities conducted by the applicant include climbing embankments, spillways, and control tower ladders of 100 feet or more, crawling though confined spaces (outlet conduits), and hiking through farm fields, streams, etc. Fieldwork will be conducted in all weather conditions. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The above knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree in civil or agricultural engineering plus three years of progressively responsible work experience. PE certification is highly desirable as is certification as a concrete field-testing technician, and as a Certified Floodplain Manager. The incumbent must have the ability to; focus efforts and energy on successfully attaining organizational goals and objectives; take initiative to responsibly attain timely and measurable outcomes while achieving multiple goals and work objectives; and assume accountability for decisions, actions, and results. Education and experience equivalent and comparable to that specified above may to meet job requirements. Education and experience will be considered on an individual basis. COMPENSATION: The pay range is $52,911 -- $62,249 depending on qualifications and experience, with raises provided by the legislature. State employees working at least halftime are also provided paid health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include a deferred compensations program, public employee retirement program, 15 days annual leave per year, 12 days sick leave per year, paid holidays, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay. APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will use the following factors in determining whether the applicant meets the qualifications for this position. The selection process for the position includes a state of Montana application form (PD25), college transcripts, structured interview, job-related work experience, job-related reference checks, and job-related current and past work performance, and answers to application supplemental questions. Application materials required for this position are: 1. Completed and signed State of Montana Employment Application (Form PD25). 2. Answers to the application supplemental questions marked with your name and the number of the position being sought. 3. Resume 4. College Transcripts (copies are okay) 5. Applicants claiming Veteran’s or Handicapped Person’s Employment Preference (see state application form) must submit verification of eligibility with the application materials. Required documents include DD-214 (military) and/ or the PHHS Certification of Disability form and the Employment Preference Form. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION REQUEST: Job Title: Regional Office Civil Engineering Specialist Position No. 50240 Application Deadline: December 31, 2010 Please answer the following supplemental questions. This provides you an opportunity to present more complete and specific details regarding your qualifications. The responses should be clear and concise since the hiring team may view them as a sample of your written communication skills. This supplement is reviewed separately from the state application form and is part of the evaluation process. 1. Explain how your academic training and/or job experience qualify you for this position. Include a discussion of your knowledge of Montana Water Law. 2. Describe your experience working with hydrologists and other water resource professionals from state and federal agencies and the private sector. Describe relevant water resource projects you have worked on including high-hazard dams and floodplain analysis and respective permitting processes. 3. Describe a surface water and/or groundwater hydrologic investigation and engineering evaluations you completed. Describe the objectives, how data was collected and analytical methods used and describe the outcome. 4. Describe your level of knowledge and experience working with a variety of water delivery systems such as irrigations systems, pond construction, and water wells. Please describe the proper installation of water measuring devices, such as weirs and flumes, and operating a flow meter. 5. Describe your experience with civil construction management; dam / canal / concrete structure inspections; or other experience that is relevant to site investigations or inspections. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., a U.S. passport or a “green card.” In accordance with the Montana Compliance with Military Selective Service Act, men selected for state government employment must produce documentation showing compliance with the federal Military Selective Service Act. Examples of this documentation include a registration card issued by Selective Service, a letter from Selective Service showing a person was not required to register, or information showing by a preponderance of evidence that a person'’ failure to register with Selective Service was not done knowingly or willfully. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation must verify that the covered applicant has complied with the federal Military Selective Service Act before the applicant starts employment. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job, or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges or employment available to other employees. If you need such accommodation, contact this agency.