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Engineer, Intern/Associate/Staff/Technical 1

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/06/11
Posting End Date: 2024/06/25
Category: Natural Resources
Sub Category: Water Agency
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Idaho Falls, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 28.86
Maximum Salary: 42.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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State of Idaho Opportunity

 

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

The Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) is offering an exciting opportunity for an individual to engage in Idaho’s water sector and to develop skills and expertise as a water resource professional. This position is located at the IDWR Eastern Regional Office in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It is open to engineers who have obtained their Professional Engineer credential as well as interns who are working towards professional licensure.

 

This position supports the technical needs of Water District #1 (WD1) for surface water administration in Eastern Idaho. WD1’s administrative area encompasses the Snake River upstream from Milner Dam and includes major reservoirs such as American Falls, Palisades, Jackson, Island Park, Walcott, Henrys, and Ririe. The responsibilities of this position include collecting and documenting hydrologic data, measuring open channel and closed conduit flow rates, working with sensors and telemetry equipment, programming data loggers, evaluating and designing water measurement devices and structures, working with software related to hydraulics and water right accounting, and initiating enforcement actions when necessary. More information about the products and services provided by WD1 can be found at www.waterdistrict1.com.

The position provides a unique opportunity to develop your engineering career in natural resources. At IDWR, employees experience autonomy, work-life balance, field work, and a professional office environment. This position will also offer opportunities for professional growth as a water resource specialist, through participation in courses focusing on hydraulics, hydrology, sensors, data loggers, programming, as well as leadership and management training.

This position may be eligible for a relocation reimbursement in accordance with the State Moving Policy and Procedures.

 

There are four job classification levels for this opening:  Engineer, Intern; Engineer, Associate; Engineer, Staff; and Engineer, Technical 1. Through on-the-job training, classroom training, and achievement of team goals and agency goals, there will be opportunities to progress to the next full working-level job class in the Engineering career track.

As an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) you will enter at the Engineer Intern or Associate level, depending on your level of experience.

As a licensed professional engineer, you will enter at the Staff or Technical 1 Engineer level, depending on your level of experience.

EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

  • Apply hydraulic engineering principles to evaluate, measure, and track a variety of open-channel and closed-conduit water systems, such as rivers, streams, canals, and pipelines.
  • Apply hydrologic engineering principles to evaluate snowpack, runoff, precipitation, reach gains, and streamflow forecasts and understand their impact on district administration.
  • Apply water resource engineering principles to river routing, reservoir operations, flood risk management, hydroelectric power generation, and irrigation demand and understand their impact on district administration.
  • Review engineering designs and technical reports for accuracy and feasibility.
  • Design measurement structures such as weirs and flumes.
  • Collect, process, and compile flow rate and volumetric records for diversions and flow stations.
  • Work with computer programs related to hydraulics and water right administration.
  • Work with water level sensors, velocity sensors, and program data loggers to track diversion flow rates and volumes.
  • Work with radio, cellular, and satellite telemetry systems for real time data transmission.
  • Write technical reports and give presentations to the public.
  • Interact with water users, consultants, attorneys, and other governmental agencies regarding issues related to water right administration.
  • Enforce water rights and curtail diversions as directed by the watermaster.
  • May supervise professional and/or technical staff.

 

ENGINEER INTERN AND ENGINEER ASSOCIATE LEVELS

Minimum Qualifications

 Candidates must meet one of the following criteria within 6 months of employment offer:

(One of the top three bulleted criteria below must be completed before the start of employment)

  • Certification by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers as an Engineer-In-Training
  • OR Certification as an EIT from another jurisdiction that included graduation from a four-year engineering curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET)
  • OR graduation from a four-year engineering curriculum accredited by the EAC/ABET PLUS verification that the candidate has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination
  • Valid driver's license

* The Engineer Intern level is met based on the minimum qualifications listed above.

 * The Engineer Associate level is met based on the minimum qualifications listed above AND at least two years of work experience post-certification. 

Desired qualifications and experience

· Proficiency with Microsoft Excel in writing comprehensive formulas, working with large data sets, and working with macros.

· Experience with flow rate measurement of open channel or closed conduit systems.

· Good knowledge of hydraulic engineering principles such as fluid statics, fluid dynamics, hydraulic machines, and pipeline hydraulics.

· Good knowledge of open channel flow concepts such as critical flow, flow controls, and flow measurement with weirs.

  • Some knowledge of Idaho water law.

· Conflict resolution skills and experience interacting with angry, upset, or hostile people.

 

STAFF AND TECHNICAL 1 ENGINEER LEVELS

Minimum Qualifications

  • Licensure: Licensed in Idaho as a Professional Engineer (PE); or eligible for comity licensure by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers in accordance with Idaho Code, Title 54, Chapter 12
  • Experience: analyzing, interpreting, and applying federal, state, and local laws when applying professional engineering principles and practices; writing technical engineering reports; evaluating, selecting, and adapting standard engineering plans, specifications, and standards in completing projects; coordinating field work and inspecting projects or facilities for compliance with standards
  • Valid driver's license

* The Staff Engineer level is met based on the minimum qualifications listed above.

 * The Technical 1 level is met based on the minimum qualifications listed above AND at least four years of work experience post-licensure as a staff engineer with experience referenced below. A master's degree in a related field such as hydrology, geology or geosciences, geotechnical engineering, or civil or environmental engineering can qualify for one year of additional experience. A Ph.D. in one of the related fields can qualify for three years of experience. A Technical 1-level engineer is expected to handle more difficult projects with little supervision.

Desired qualifications and experience

· Experience related to water resource management.

· Proficiency with Microsoft Excel in writing comprehensive formulas, working with large data sets, and working with macros.

· Experience with flow rate measurement of open channel or closed conduit systems.

· Good knowledge of hydraulic engineering principles such as fluid statics, fluid dynamics, hydraulic machines, and pipeline hydraulics.

· Good knowledge of open channel flow concepts such as critical flow, flow controls, and flow measurement with weirs.

· Good knowledge of Idaho water law.

· Conflict resolution skills and experience interacting with angry, upset, or hostile people.

Benefits

The State of Idaho offers a robust total compensation package, including medical, vision, and dental insurance; PERSI retirement benefits; paid sick, vacation, and parental leave; and 11 paid holidays per year. For additional information related to benefits and/or State programs, please visit https://dhr.idaho.gov/StateEmployees/Benefits.html.*

WORKING CONDITIONS

The work occurs in an office and field environment. Field inspections are required and involve walking over rough terrain, exposure to variable weather conditions, and lifting and carrying up to 30 pounds. Out-of-town day trips and occasional overnight trips are required.

 

To learn more about the Idaho Department of Water Resources, please visit our website: https://idwr.idaho.gov

OUR MISSION

 To serve the citizens of Idaho by ensuring that water is conserved and available to sustain Idaho’s economy, ecosystems, and resulting quality of life.

 

EEO/ADA/Veteran

The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

    Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.

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