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State of Montana Floodplain Technical Assistance Engineer-35225 in Helena, Montana

/At DNRC we are passionate about ensuring that Montana’s land and water resources remain a benefit today and for future generations. */ Are you searching for an enriching position where you can apply your engineering expertise and work with a diverse set of stakeholders? Then consider applying for our Floodplain Technical Assistance Engineering position. This is a modified position, and the recruitment is open to Training and Temporary Duty Assignments. If you are a recent Engineering Degree graduate, Engineer in Training (EIT), or Engineering Intern (EI) that does not meet all of the minimum qualifications we encourage you to apply. We will consider hiring a candidate with lower experience or education on a Training or Temporary Duty Assignment on a case-by-case basis. /In addition to the advertised starting salary, the Montana Legislature recently passed the FY 2024 – 2025 State Pay Plan that includes a statutory increase that goes into effect on July 1, 2023./ */Work Unit Overview:/The Water Operations Bureau (WOB) administers and implements the state’s Dam Safety, Floodplain Management, and Board of Water Well Contractors (BWWC) programs. The Dam Safety Program regulates the construction, operation and maintenance of Montana’s dams to protect life and property from damages due to failure. The Floodplain Management program consists of three units which are: Mapping; Engineering Technical Assistance; and Community Assistance. The Flood Hazard Mapping Program manages and updates the state flood risk and mapping portfolio in partnership with FEMA and coordinates updates with communities. The Engineering Technical Assistance program coordinates and oversees mapping revisions and amendments with FEMA and directs and administers engineering technical assistance to communities for floodplain permitting. The Community Assistance Program (CAP) provides technical and administrative assistance to 137 locally administered floodplain management programs that include model regulations, training local floodplain administrators, and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) subject matter expertise. Administrative and technical support is provided to the Board of Water Well Contractors involving water well and monitoring well construction standards, licensing of water well contractors, water well drillers, and monitoring well constructors, and enforcement of construction standards. /J//ob Overview:/ *The incumbent is responsible for directing, managing, and implementing the Floodplain Engineering Technical Assistance program. The position oversees, performs, and coordinates floodplain permit engineering technical reviews along with developing program policy, procedures, and guidelines. In coordination with FEMA and FEMA’s contractor’s, the incumbent manages and performs processing and engineering evaluation of mapping revisions and amendments. Additionally, the incumbent supports the Floodplain Mapping program by providing hydrologic and hydraulic subject matter expertise and consultation, along with performing technical evaluations of new mapping studies.The position is supervised by the Water Operations Bureau Chief. * */Location: /The preferred location for this position is Helena. The location may offer some flexibility for a qualified candidate, limited to DNRC Regional Offices in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Kalispell, or Lewistown. */Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities):/ */These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties that may be assigned to the incumbent./ /Floodplain Permitting Engineering Technical Assistance Duties: /This position manages, directs, performs, and coordinates engineering technical reviews requested by communities. * Performs engineering evaluation and review of community floodplain permit applications to assess the engineering sufficiency of the proposed project design/plans for compliance with local/state/federal guidance, standards and regulations. Reviews and evaluates components of floodplain permits including: FEMA Conditional (CLOMR) and Letter of Map Revisions (LOMR); encroachment and No-Rise analyses; and integrity of structure features to withstand forces of the 1% annual chance flood. Conducts site visits and project inspections in coordination with permit applicants, local floodplain program administrators, and other permitting agency representatives. * Provides engineering technical assistance support and consultation to community representatives, including performance and review of engineering computations and analyses. * Develops and maintains programmatic guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the DNRC Engineering Floodplain Technical Assistance program. Distributes and manages program policies and provides training to DNRC staff, communities, and private engineers/surveyors. * Develops, manages, and implements DNRC’s Floodplain Engineering Technical Assistance program Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) policy with participating communities. * Leads development and management of engineering technical assistance tracking and reporting system and coordinates with CAP and the Regional Engineer Services Section. Collaborates with CAP to prepare and distribute quarterly reports. * Interprets, develops, and implements engineering statutes, policies, and regulations relating Montana regulations and the National Flood Insurance Program. Leads review and updates of the State Model Floodplain Ordinance in Coordination with CAP and Mapping. Assists CAP with review and adequacy of community floodplain ordinance updates. /Management of Floodplain Mapping Alterations, Revisions, and Amendments:/ * Manages and monitors status of in-flight mapping revisions. Serves as State’s primary liaison and technical lead with FEMA’s revision’s managers, and updates DNRC program staff. Prepares, maintains, and distributes status updates and related documents. * Conducts evaluation and review of FEMA Letter of Map Change (LOMC) submittals for compliance with FEMA and State criteria. Reviews engineering project plans and performs engineering computations and analyses including but not limited to surveying, hydrologic analyses, hydraulic analyses, and GIS mapping. Interprets state and FEMA NFIP policies and assess adequacy and compliance of revision submittals. Coordinates with revision applicants and FEMA reviewers to resolve application deficiencies. * Maintains and refreshes the State/FEMA joint review policy and standard operating procedure agreement. * Responsible for filing, recordkeeping, and archiving of mapping changes. * Develops and maintains programmatic guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the direction and approval of the WOB Chief. /Completion of new Flood Hazard Mapping Studies: / * Analyzes and interprets results of new and existing floodplain studies performed by state agencies, federal agencies, and professional services contractors for technical adequacy and compliance with FEMA, State, and local guidance, standards, and regulations. * Performs floodplain study engineering tasks including: data acquisition, hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, and floodplain mapping, following FEMA RiskMAP guidelines and standards. Includes development of GIS databases, engineering computations and analyses, creation of floodplain maps and figures, and FEMA Flood Insurance Study documentation and products. * Provides technical review and adequacy of mapping and flood risk mitigation studies/reports/products and coordinates distribution of products internally, with FEMA partners, communities, and participating stakeholders. * Participates in Contractor procurement activities for Engineering and Surveying/Mapping services as assigned, including preparation of RFQ solicitations, along with ranking and evaluation of SOQ submittals, and contract management. * Performs program filing and recordkeeping in accordance with program guidelines. * Review and/or prepare project scopes and costs for new floodplain mapping studies. /Other Duties: / * The position performs a variety of other duties in support of ongoing Division and Department operations. This includes managing special projects, representing the Division or Department at various meetings and conferences, and participating in ongoing training and educational programs. * Assists with development and maintenance of filing systems and the State Mapping Repository. * Assist and participate in outreach activities and training/technical workshops. Prepare and give presentations at seminars, conferences, and workshops. * Develop and update state guidelines and standards. * Lead and assist special projects as assigned. / / /Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:/The incumbent must be willing to travel and work in the field, often in adverse weather conditions. Travel averages at 10% including out-of-town travel of up to one-week duration will be required periodically.The incumbent may also be required to travel to attend training, community & and professional conferences both in and out of state. Work is conducted in both an office and field environment. Office work involves working individually and with others, attending meetings and working at a desk or computer for extended periods of time. Field work and construction site visits are performed as needed. Construction inspections are often in hazardous areas requiring a hard hat and knowledge of construction site safety protocols. * * /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 past and current performance.   /REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR THIS POSITION ARE: / * /Resume/ * /Cover Letter/ * /References/ /HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. Failure to attach the required material will result in your application being incomplete./ / / /Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): / The position requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering or equivalent, plus four (4) cumulative years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience. Experience and education should emphasize the principles, and practices of engineering as it relates to hydrology, hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, and construction. A Montana Professional Engineer’s (PE) license is required. /Desired credentials include:/Strong academic curriculum focus in Water Resources engineering, especially hydrology and open channel hydraulics, and practical knowledge and experience with floodplain studies and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field; and Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered and weighed on their individual merits. The recruitment is open to Training and Temporary Duty Assignments. If you are interested in the position but don’t meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to apply and we will consider hiring a candidate with lower experience or education on a Training or Temporary Duty Assignment. Additionally, DRNC will consider candidates without a PE if they have their Engineering Intern certification (EI) and are able to obtain PE licensure within one year of hire. *_Knowledge, Skills, Abilities_ * This position requires knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of civil engineering, hydrology, hydraulics and geotechnical engineering. * Knowledge of the methods, and principles, for engineering investigations; fundamentals of dam and canal design, surface water hydrology and hydraulics and computer modeling programs; design, analysis, and application of irrigation diversion structures and delivery systems; hydrology and open-channel flow; Federal, State, and local laws and regulations as they relate to the Dam Safety and Floodplain Management programs. * This position requires the skills needed to make sound and legally defensible decisions in a timely fashion; meet statutory deadlines; provide general project management; read and interpret construction plans, project manuals, maps, plats, and aerial photographs; compose, and review engineering reports, project bids, memorandums, and letters; and use a variety of surveying and water measurement equipment. * This position requires the ability to use engineering judgement; use reason, logic, and creativity to identify and solve problems; apply engineering knowledge to make effective decisions and recommendations; communicate orally and in written form complex material or ideas in a logical sequence to individuals and groups that may not have technical backgrounds; prepare clear, logical reports summarizing analytical methods, results and recommendations; comprehend and apply statutes, rules and written policies; maintain effective, productive working relationships with colleagues, other professionals and the public; and work effectively as a team member. * The incumbent should have familiarity with software to solve hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) problems. Knowledge of common irrigation practices, Montana water law, GIS software and GPS technology is desired. * The incumbent must be a good technical writer, as this position will be required to write technical reports, memoranda, and letters. * Appearing as a witness at an administrative or court hearing, serving as a mediator in water right disputes and complaints, and attending meetings and providing information regarding Water Resources Division programs are also job duties of this position. Special Information: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months. Eligibility to Work: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card". Title: Floodplain Technical Assistance Engineer-35225 Location: Helena Requisition ID: 23141889 Other Locations: Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, Lewistown, Bozeman