Civil Engineering - Floodplains REPOSTED 50500

State of Montana - Helena, MT3.6

Full-time$30 - $40 an hour
OUR MISSION: To help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future

WATER RESOURCES DIVISION: The Division carries out its duties for the purpose of promoting the general welfare and prosperity of the people of Montana. Sound coordination of the development and utilization of the state’s waters allows the Division to protect existing uses and to promote adequate future supplies for domestic, industrial, agricultural, recreation, the conservation of water for wildlife, aquatic life and other beneficial uses.

BENEFITS: Benefits for eligible state employees include a deferred compensation program, public employee's retirement program, 15 working 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 DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related current and past performance.

APPLICATION MATERIALS REQUIRED: A cover letter, current resume. In your cover letter please describe your knowledge and experience associated with local, state, and federal floodplain regulatory regulations and programs.
Cover Letter - describe your knowledge and experience associated with local, state, and federal floodplain regulatory regulations and programs.
Resume (2 page limit)

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DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The incumbent manages the State’s Floodplain Mapping Section and administers State designation/adoption of floodplains and floodways in coordination with FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The incumbent reports to the Water Operations Bureau Chief and performs a broad variety of managerial, fiscal, technical and professional duties relating to the State Floodplain Mapping Program. More specifically, the employee is responsible for:

Program Management: Management and oversight of the Floodplain Mapping Section in accordance with State laws and policies, and the Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Leads and carries out the necessary planning, scoping, funding, and technical reviews necessary for the completion of new floodplain studies and related floodplain mapping revisions utilizing in-house resources and professional services contractors. Deploys and manages multiple mapping projects and studies. Develops and implements short and long term mapping priority plans. Maintains and updates operational budgets for program and mapping study activities. Leads preparation and submittal of the bi-annual program business plan and annual FEMA grant applications for projects and program management. Assists with fiscal oversight of grants and contracts. Leads procurement of engineering/surveying contractors, prepares and administers contracts. Maintains the floodplain mapping repository and data distribution. Serves as the program liaison with FEMA and other state and federal agencies.

Floodplain Study Designation/Adoption: The incumbent leads technical review and state designation of floodplain mapping studies and revisions. Completes and oversees detailed technical reviews of hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, including modeling and floodplain mapping, and FEMA Flood Insurance Study products. Coordinates concurrent reviews of new floodplain studies and floodplain mapping revisions with FEMA and FEMA contractors. Ensures new studies satisfy state standards and comply with FEMA guidance and standards.

Community Technical Assistance, Outreach, and Training: The incumbent leads engineering technical review assistance in support of the services provided by DNRC Regional Engineering Specialists to local communities. Community technical reviews involve evaluating the engineering aspects of local floodplain permit applications and FEMA Letter of Map Change (LOMC) submittals, for sufficiency with local floodplain ordinances. Develops and provides training and outreach activities to: elected officials, community floodplain administrators and staff, engineers, surveyors, and others.

COMPETENCIES: Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities include:
  • The incumbent must have proven skills and abilities in leadership; program management; negotiation; meeting facilitation; problem solving; and coordinating with multi-disciplinary teams
  • A strong background in Water Resources engineering including expertise in the theories, principles, and applications of hydrologic and hydraulic analyses; and associated modeling software (especially HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS)
  • Considerable knowledge of state and federal floodplain management standards, policies, and programs
  • Proficiency and experience managing complex programs and projects, including scheduling, budgeting, prioritizing, and delegating work tasks
  • Practical experience performing floodplain engineering analyses, modeling, delineation, and mapping
  • The ability to comprehend and interpret policies, state and federal laws and guidance pertaining to water resources and floodplain management
  • The ability to plan and execute floodplain studies, hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, with a minimum of guidance
  • The ability to undertake and manage multiple diverse projects concurrently, satisfying deadlines and milestone goals
  • Enjoys and excels working on multidisciplinary teams with diverse skill sets,
  • Practical knowledge of field surveying methods and topographic data collection; including LiDAR
  • Strong computer software and troubleshooting skills
  • Critical thinking, attention to detail, and organizational strengths
  • Effective writing and oral communication skills
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are typically acquired through possession of a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent, and four (4) or more years of progressively responsible work experience. Professional Engineer (PE) licensure is highly desirable, as are Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) credentials. DNRC will consider candidates without PE licensure if they currently have their EI (engineering intern) certification and are committed to obtaining their full PE license within one (1) year of hire.

Additionally, a working knowledge and experience of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Risk MAP programs is desired. A valid driver’s license is required. Education and experience equivalent and comparable to that specified above may meet job requirements and will be considered on an individual basis. Training assignments may be considered and/or required if an applicant does not meet all the competencies, skills or abilities.

This recruitment is open to Training Assignments. If you are interested in this position but don’t meet the minimum qualification, we encourage you to apply and we will consider hiring a candidate with lower experience or education on a Training Assignment.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Job: Engineering

Salary: $ 30.00 - 40.09 Hourly

Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 1

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-Time

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Primary Location: Helena

Agency: Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

Union: 000 - None

Bargaining Unit: 000 - None

Posting Date: Sep 16, 2019, 1:00:00 AM

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Oct 26, 2019, 12:59:00 AM

Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)

Contact Name: Shannin Danko | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-444-0505