This position will be filled at one of the following levels depending upon minimum qualifications: Please click on the appropriate job description below:
Graduate Engineer B:
Notes to Applicants
A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.
This position is a member of the Creek Flood Risk Reduction (CFRR) Section of the Watershed Engineering Division.
We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team to advance our mission of protecting life, property, and the environment from the impacts of creek flooding.
This section participates in code and criteria development, and provides technical assistance to other Watershed Protection Department (WPD) divisions, City departments, and the development community. The team performs feasibility studies to assess potential solutions to flooding issues, identifying and implementing small scale flood risk reduction solutions, sponsoring final design and construction of Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), providing technical assistance, and conducting reviews of development applications. This position is also essential to the project identification and prioritization activities of the section.
Essential functions and duties specific to this position include:
1. Planning, design, and construction of small scale in-house projects and capital improvement projects for flood risk reduction. Application of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling systems for creeks and enclosed storm drain systems, detention ponds, channel modifications, and levees/floodwalls.
2. Preparation of preliminary and long range plans, schedules, cost estimates, budgets, special conditions and agreements. Monitor projects to assure they are completed as designed, on time and within budget.
3. Identification and prioritization of flood hazard risk reduction projects. In-house engineering assessments for potential projects. Evaluation and updates of information related to the City’s Watershed Masterplan.
4. Meet with City engineering, development review and legal staff, consulting engineers, contractors, developers, and private citizens on matters related to drainage, creek flooding, and flood risk reduction. Review of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling systems prepared by others. Review of proposed changes to code and criteria.
5. Periodic field work to perform site visits and creek walks to evaluate problem areas and potential project sites.
6. Occasionally attend and participate in public meetings to present projects to neighborhoods groups and other stakeholders. Meetings usually occur on weekday evenings or weekends.
The Graduate Engineer B level requires a State of Texas Engineer-In-Training Certification. The Engineer A and Engineer B levels require a State of Texas Professional Engineer License.
If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program,
you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties.
Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.
A pre-employment skills assessment(s) may be conducted as part of the interview process.
Verification of education will be conducted on the top candidate.
This position will occasionally conduct field work, site visits, and creek walks carrying survey equipment and flood reconnaissance kits weighing up to 20 lbs.
May be required to navigate various types of terrains in varying weather conditions while performing field work, site visits, and creek walks.
ABOUT YOUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION (Please read carefully):When completing the City of Austin Employment Application:
- Include details on the application of prior or current work history with the City of Austin.
- A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the employment application but does not substitute for a complete employment application.
- A detailed and complete employment application will help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.
- Include any previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications and relevant experience.
- Your work history must include employer name and address, job title, supervisor’s name and contact number, the month and year of employment and detailed description of the work you performed. We do not accept “See Resume” and your application will be considered incomplete.
- Any relevant work history on the resume must be reflected in the employment application in order to be considered.
40 hours per week, Monday – Friday.
May require working outside of normal business hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as dictated by business needs.
Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Watershed Protection
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Location 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX
- Ability to demonstrate working knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of open channel flow and closed system flow, including experience and proficiency with hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software such as HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, StormCAD, PondPack, ICM, etc.
- Experience and proficiency in GIS and engineering design software such as AutoCAD.
- Knowledge of and experience using and interpreting the City’s Drainage Criteria Manual, Environmental Criteria Manual and Land Development Code.
- Certified Floodplain Manager
- Hands on experience with the design and implementation of small and large scale drainage projects, including preparing plan sets, permitting, and construction oversight.
- Well-developed technical, project management, and communication skills, including experience conducting public meetings.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Approves, processes, and seals plans/specifications/construction documents by applying engineering standardization of practices and principles of complex calculations for applied discipline within Local and State regulatory requirements.
Manages engineering that are routine, non-priority projects or programs. These projects require a level of technical proficiency as well as coordinative and administrative responsibility.
Identifies, evaluates, and provides improvement recommendations with preliminary and final designs and design criteria for assigned program or projects. Provides assistance in the preparation of preliminary and long-range plans, schedules, estimates, budgets, detailed final plans, specifications, special conditions, and agreements. Provides technical assistance with project progress from design through completion.
Develops cost estimates, tracks expenditures, and prepares cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports and studies for projects. Prepares and or provides assistance with preliminary contract documents, specifications, and plans. Prepares final plans for review of specifications, special conditions, and agreements and coordinates and oversees technical work of contractors, affected public agencies, and utilities. Writes technical specifications for construction contracts.
Reviews plans and approves permits by applying complex engineering standardization of practices and principles for applied discipline within Local and State regulatory requirements.
Inspects and monitors projects for legal compliance by reviewing work completed by contractors and ensuring compliance to specifications by completing complex calculations that are used to further provide analysis of preliminary results of a project.
Develops, negotiates, and monitors contracts by reviewing and writing contract change orders in the area of technical expertise, may negotiate and recommend financial arrangements for changes to contact.
Conducts field inspections of work done by contractors to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Drafts and recommends approval of contract change orders.
Researches and performs statistical analysis for validation of reports and publication of results in various communication formats.
Develops standard policies and ordinances for various contracts and/or projects and operating procedures. May provide analysis and recommendation of performance of various personnel assigned by contract or projects.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:
An employee may lead, provide training or technical guidance or support, and assist in the evaluation of other personnel.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Knowledge of diversified, fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships, and utilize such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems.
Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry.
Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline.
Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines:
Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical, and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques.
Knowledge of City of Austin purchasing and contract policies and procedures.
Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.
Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports.
Knowledge of regulatory requirements within Local and State ordinances and laws.
Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports.
Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution.
Ability to perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, rapidly and accurately.
Ability to interpret and explain maps and other related documents.
Ability to interpret and make decisions not within established policies and practices.
Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel.
Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions.
Ability to observe, compare, or monitor objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
Ability to use graphic instructions, such as blue prints, schematic drawings, layouts, or other visual aids.
Ability to use a personal computer, engineering applications, and data management software.
Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.
Information For City Employees:
If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.