The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) works with Virginians to conserve and enhance their lands, and improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia rivers and streams. DCR also has a mission to protect the lives and property of the Commonwealth’s citizens from natural and man made flooding. In order to protect lives and property, the Dam Safety team of DCR is responsible for implementation of the Virginia Dam Safety Act (§ 10.1-604 et seq.) and Impounding Structure Regulations (4VAC50-20) to safeguard public safety needs of the downstream community, and to ensure regulated dams are constructed, operated, and maintained in compliance with the Act and Regulations.
To help fulfill the agency’s mission to provide public safety, the Division of Dam Safety and Floodplain Management is seeking a dynamic individual to join the team as a Regional Dam Engineer stationed in Christiansburg, Virginia and serving Southwest Virginia. The incumbent of this position will be the principal staff contact with dam owners, consulting engineers, and governmental officials for the impounding structures that need to comply with the provisions of the Commonwealth’s Dam Safety Act and the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board’s Impounding Structure Regulations. Specifically, the Regional Dam Engineer will be responsible for but not limited to conducting safety inspections in accordance with the Code of Virginia; ensuring dam owner operation and maintenance certificates and permits for regulated dams are issued; ensuring fees are collected prior to certification or permit issuance; and ensuring permitted work is monitored in accordance with Code of Virginia. This position will also be responsible for ensuring all required technical documents are accurate and acceptable according to regulations; ensuring emergency action preparedness plans are developed according to regulations; and compiling electronic/hard copy files for the maintenance of inventory records of impounding structures as well as maintains information for weekly reports. The incumbent of this position will also provide/present training to the public as needed related to dam safety program topics; and provide customer service in person by phone/email/written correspondence to dam owners, government officials, and agency team members as necessary.
Degree in civil engineering, agricultural engineering, related engineering disciplines or a combination of education/training and experience to provide the needed knowledge and abilities in those fields. Current professional engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Previous experience demonstrating considerable knowledge and implementation of engineering principles of hydrology, hydraulics, soils, foundations, dam design, construction and maintenance, and the development of dam breach parameters. Previous work experience that demonstrates considerable knowledge and understanding of the Virginia Dam Safety Act and Impounding Structure Regulations. Considerable work experience, which demonstrates the ability to make sound engineering decisions, and provide factual and sound engineering advice. Experience, which demonstrates the ability to effectively communicate verbally to provide customer service/technical assistance and deliver training. Experience which demonstrates the ability to review and complete technical documents/reports; and maintain regulatory documents.Previous work experience, which demonstrates proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and power point presentations.
Valid Driver's License, ability to travel by car, and ability to work in outdoor environments exposed to all weather conditions with minimum supervision. Current professional engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Special Instructions for Applicants
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The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer by both policy and practice. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
About Department of Conservation & Recreation - Commonwealth of Virginia
Serving a diverse commonwealth rich in history and nature, DCR touches all Virginians ‘lives. As the state’s lead conservation agency, DCR protects what Virginians care about – access to the outdoors, natural habitats, open space, clean water and safe infrastructure.