Senior Water Resources Engineer

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
New Braunfels, TX, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Apply By: 
ASAP

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SUMMARY

This position is responsible for providing technical assistance to GBRA’s utility operations, making hydrologic and hydraulic determinations, coordinating with local, state and federal agencies such as emergency management coordinators, the USGS, Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service, and managing water resource projects as assigned by the Manager of Project Engineering or Executive Manager of Project Engineering and Development/Chief Engineer. This position requires a fundamental knowledge of project management, construction administration, and water resource engineering including surface and groundwater hydrology, hydraulics, water and wastewater treatment, and piping and pumping systems.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Direct, lead, and support other engineering staff and outside consultants in managing and executing design and construction of GBRA projects. Regularly track adherence to budget and schedule, produce reporting on project status, conduct project meetings, and keep all project documentation current. 
  • Collaborate and interact with contractors, consulting engineers, and project developers.
  • Provide technical support for GBRA’s operations including the preparation of design drawings, specifications and construction documents.
  • Perform condition assessments of existing infrastructure and provide general technical support for the various operating divisions of the Authority.
  • Assist with master planning of GBRA’s water and wastewater operations and develop capital improvement plans for GBRA’s operating divisions.
  • Work with FEMA and other entities to improve flood modeling information within the Guadalupe River Basin.
  • Oversee and/or conduct engineering and environmental studies and assessments.
  • Stay technically competent in all related areas of water resources and environmental engineering.
  • Prepare project budgets and contracts.
  • Provide technical support for special projects assigned by the Chief Engineer involving various activities such as water rights, water supply, erosion protection, and flooding.
  • Understand the project management process and apply appropriate tools and techniques to projects assigned.
  • Perform other work as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Understand the project management process and apply appropriate tools and techniques to projects assigned.
  • Read, analyze, and interpret complex scientific and financial studies and written reports. 
  • Read, legibly write and accurately interpret complex technical material (such as Material Safety Data Sheets, legal contracts and the Federal Register); read such written material in small print.
  • Employ sound judgment; think coherently and logically; and employ deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Proficient in advanced mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, geometry and elementary calculus as it relates to water resource engineering.
  • Employ and demonstrate advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Understand basic hydrology and hydraulics with some working knowledge of hydrologic computer programs such as HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, and EPA NET or similar hydraulic modeling software.
  • Make oral presentations to groups of three or more.
  • Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Must show initiative and the willingness to learn and apply the technical engineering expertise necessary for a very diverse organization.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to meet work schedules is essential.

Requirements

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS 

Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with a civil, water resources or environmental emphasis. Consideration will be given for other related degree plans with sufficient job-related experience.

REGISTRATIONS AND LICENSES

Valid Texas Driver’s License with acceptable MVR.

A license to practice Professional Engineering in Texas is required.

EXPERIENCE AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be able to demonstrate at least seven years of progressively responsibly engineering experience. 

TRAVEL 

Travel varies depending upon projects, but will occasionally involve overnight stay and long work hours.

MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

No

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Enter and work in confined spaces, as defined by OSHA. Climb up and down vertical ladders up to twenty feet in length. Walk up to two miles across rough terrain. Lift forty pounds to waist height. Store and retrieve files at least five feet from floor. Respond to worksite emergencies at any time without delay. Respond to visual and audible alarms.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be willing to work nights and weekends during high rainfall, inclement weather and flood events. Approximately 80 percent of work is indoors; 20 percent is outdoors and may be in inclement weather.