Staff Engineer / Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer - Illinois State Water Survey/Prairie Research I

Location
Champaign, IL
Posted
Sep 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution



~~Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer / Staff Engineer

Division of Illinois State Water Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Illinois State Water Survey of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been a leader in the study of water resources for more than a century. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.

The Coordinated Hazardous Assessment Mapping Program (CHAMP) is looking to fill one or more of these positions: Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer and/or Staff Engineer based upon duties, qualifications, and experience. The primary function of both will be to conduct and/or review hydrologic and hydraulic studies, communicate results, and prepare technical reports. The Staff Engineer will be also coordinate with project team, engineers, and GIS Specialists, manage projects and solicit external funding through proposal preparation.

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer - Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct hydrologic and hydraulic studies using computer models, data research/capture following applicable standards and data capture protocols. Will involve using a variety of software including, but not limited to: HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and ArcGIS. Projects may use both steady and unsteady computational modes.
  • Prepare publication-ready profiles, tables, maps, reports and other modes to communicate technical results, data research, model development, and methodology meeting applicable standards.
  • Perform Quality assurance checks of models, graphics and reports.
  • Support activities associated with proposal preparation, including providing technical data and information.
  • Coordinate activities with project team, engineers and GIS Specialists.
  • Participate in meetings with team, agency staff, local officials, general public, and private consulting engineers.
  • Other related duties as assigned and special projects as needed.


Staff Engineer-Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conduct and manage hydrologic and hydraulic studies using computer models, data research/capture following applicable standards and data capture protocols. Projects may use both steady and unsteady computational modes.
  • Prepare publication-ready profiles, tables, maps and other mediums to communicate technical results, data research, model development, and methodology meeting applicable standards.
  • Prepare technical reports to document and disseminate scientific results.
  • Supervise the work of H&H Engineers and/or student employees including task assignment,
  • Provide technical support with proposal preparation, including estimating staff time and material needs.
  • Use a variety of software including but not limited to: HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and ArcGIS.
  • Organize and conduct meetings with local officials, private consulting engineers and other agency staff involved with the project.
  • Coordinate with GIS team members and serve as a project lead, developing workflow, and protocols, as needed.
  • Participate in team meetings and meetings with agency staff, local officials, and private consulting engineers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned and special projects as needed.


Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education

Required:
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Civil, Water Resources, Environmental or similar curriculum) with coursework in hydrology and hydraulics. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to the position. Course work (or equivalent work experience) using HEC-HMS and/or HEC-RAS or similar software and familiarity with ArcGIS.

Preferred
  • Master of Science and additional coursework in GIS, urban storm water management; engineering economics, statistics.


Experience
  • H&H Engineer: Some applicable work experience, including as a research assistant at a university, internship, or other position. Professional work experience using hydrologic and hydraulic models is preferred, as is ArcGIS experience using data sets such hydrography, topography, DEMs.
  • Staff Engineer: Minimum of one year professional work experience required, as is experience using HEC-HMS and/or HEC-RAS or similar software. ArcGIS experience using data sets such as hydrography, topography, and DEMs is preferred.


Training:
  • Must have passed the Fundamental of Engineering Exam and be an Engineer in training (EIT) in Illinois (registration as a Professional Engineer expected as soon as practicable). Registration as a Certified Floodplain Manager is very desirable. If not certified, must attain Certification as Floodplain Manager within one year of employment.
  • Staff Engineer: In addition to the above training, must also be registered as a Professional Engineer, preferably in Illinois.


Knowledge

Required:
  • Must have solid understanding of the fundamentals of surface water hydrology and hydraulics. Effective communication, organizational, personal relations, technical writing skills. Demonstrated ability to perform in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. An attention to detail. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases, such as Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred:
  • Knowledge of HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and/or SWMM helpful. Familiarity with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies, and technical guidelines helpful. Working knowledge of ArcGIS 10 or higher.


Proposed start date: as soon as possible after close, or until a suitable candidate is identified.

Salary: is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment status: full-time, grant/contract funded, benefits eligible, academic professional position

Application procedures: Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references must be received by October 5, 2017. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Hannah Dorsey at (217)333-4978 or hdorsey@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu



College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Staff Engineer / Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer - Illinois State Water Survey/Prairie Research Institute (A1700546)
Open Date: 09/06/2017
Close Date: 10/05/2017
Organization Name: IL State Water Survey

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