Project Engineer - Illinois State Water Survey/Prairie Research Institute (A1800224)

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Project Engineer 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 Illinois State Water Survey is seeking a Project Engineer to serve as Principal Investigator and/or manage projects and perform engineering analyses related to surface water resources, and develop models of hydrologic and hydraulic processes.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Management Responsibilities:

Serve as Project Manager for projects related to surface water resources, including oversight of planning, scheduling, and communicating status/progress with project participants, staff, and leadership.

Provide engineering support to meet strict standards and deadlines for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FIS).

Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) on projects, including proposal development and submission, budget and accounting oversight, reporting compliance, and project coordination.

Provide technical assistance to GIS staff for preparing tables and graphs and to ensure accurate representation of model information and floodplain mapping

Monitor quality assurance and quality control review of maps

Conduct searches for hydrologic and hydraulic models and geographic data and metadata; review and compare hydrologic/hydraulic models for applicability

Prepare technical reports with scientific results and disseminate information through publications and presentations at professional conferences/symposiums

Provide technical support to meet mapping product and report deadlines.

Supervise assigned full-time and hourly staff; this includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation, career/position mentoring, and leave/travel approval.

Oversee preparation of flood profiles to FEMA specifications.

Serve as the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) representative for the Floodplain Mapping Program in reference to inquiries and concerns from the general public, consulting engineers, USACE engineers, community representatives and others, as needed.

Attend meetings and assist with coordination of activities with the Office of Water Resources and FEMA.

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Studies Responsibilities:

Prepare hydrologic and hydraulic models and engineering data.

Attend meetings and complete additional project management responsibilities as outlined above.

Professional Development:

Attend training and professional conferences to remain current on information, technologies, and processes.

Deliver presentations at professional conferences and meetings.

Registration as a Certified Floodplain Manager is required to maintain position

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education Required: B.S. in Engineering or related field. Education Preferred: Master's degree in Engineering.

Experience Required: Ten years of progressive work in water resources engineering. Experience using hydrologic/hydraulic models, FEMA guidelines, and GIS. Experience with using engineering methods to interpret and analyze a variety of information including, but not limited to, topography, hydrography, land cover, soils, climate, stream flow, and hydraulic structures to characterize hydrologic and hydraulic systems, and develop models of hydrologic and hydraulic processes.
Demonstrated record with research proposal and submission and the ability to obtain grant and contract funding. Project management and supervisory experience. Experience Preferred: Stormwater system modeling.

Training Required: Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. Current active driver's license. Certified Floodplain Manager or ability to obtain within one year of employment.

Knowledge Required: Proficiency with HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, ArcGIS, FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, studies, and technical guidelines. Effective personal relations, communication, organizational, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail. Proficiency with commonly-employed software. Knowledge Preferred: SWMM, FEQ, HSPF

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

Salary: is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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

Application procedures: Please complete your candidate profile by May 10, 2018 at and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references. 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 [email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a 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 To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Project Engineer - Illinois State Water Survey/Prairie Research Institute (A1800224)
Open Date: 04/12/2018
Close Date: 05/10/2018
Organization Name: IL State Water Survey





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Posted: 5/12/2018
Application Due: 5/31/2018
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