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Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering Lead | Transportation Engineer 5

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Regional Hydraulics & Environmental Engineering Lead to join our Environmental Services Program. As a senior level professional engineer in the field of hydraulics, hydrology, and river engineering, responsibilities include preparation of hydraulics reports, floodplain analysis, and bridge scour evaluation for the Northwest Region and as well as approving hydraulic reports from staff in Project Engineering offices. This position has the opportunity to develop and recommend policy statewide for roadway drainage, culverts, fish passage, river engineering and bridge scour.  
The Hydraulic & Environmental Engineering Lead supervises a small specialty team of four (4) Hydraulics Engineers and provides consultation on projects for Fish Passage and Hydraulics. This position is independently responsible for writing contracts and various engineering reports for complex and unique hydrologic, hydraulic, and river engineering for the Northwest Region and Fish Passage Program. This position ensures compliance with WSDOT policies, manuals, and various federal, state, and local environmental regulations. 
What to Expect
Acting as the Region Hydraulic Engineer and regulatory specialist for hydraulics and hydrology, this position:
  • Manages a small team of four (4) Hydraulic Engineers by assigning, prioritizing, and overseeing hydraulic work.
  • Provides direction and oversight of engineered hydraulic, hydrological, and storm water analysis documents. 
  • Reviews and writes final concurrence on NWR Hydraulic Reports, analysis, calculations, and studies. 
  • Develops and reviews hydraulic and hydrological deliverables and provides related services to internal and external customers meeting project timelines and program needs.
  • Serves as the NWR Lead Author for contract development in the areas of stormwater design and construction for Design-Build and Design Bid Build Contracts.
  • Oversees design of complex and unique stormwater treatment and conveyance systems, culverts, box culverts, large span arches, fish passage structures, open channel flow, and energy dissipaters that meet regulatory and permit compliance. 
  • Manages the NWR's Culvert Inspection Program to ensure structural integrity and function of over 14,000 culverts.
  • Gives direction and professional engineering knowledge for the Hydraulic Program Statewide. 
  • Identifies hydraulic and hydrology needs for internal and external projects relative to state highways.
  • Develops contract language for hydraulic elements of transportation projects. 
  • Develops, negotiates, and manages consultant contracts. 
  • Ensures delivery of hydraulic plans and reports. 
  • Represents WSDOT in a variety of meetings and forums as a senior level professional Hydraulics Engineer.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Must be registered as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or another state in the US. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Hydraulic, Civil, or Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, or other closely related field, with an Engineer-In-Training Certificate.
  • Ability to provide final review and concurrence for NWR Hydraulic Reports.
  • Ability to serve as a statewide technical specialist in the fields of hydraulics and hydrology.
  • Ability to understand and interpret hydraulic, stormwater and environmental processes, rules and regulations.
  • Ability to write and support statewide policy including the Hydraulics Manual and Highway Runoff Manual.
  • Ability to write enforceable and legally defensible contract language related to hydraulic engineering and hydrology.
  • Ability to coach and mentor region employees and consultants on highly specialized hydraulic engineering topics.
  • Ability to organize and deliver training on stormwater, hydraulic and hydrologic topics to design, construction engineers and contractors.
  • Ability to develop strategy and solve complex engineering problems.
  • Ability to prepare and review technical and professional documents with sound technical expertise and clear writing.
  • Ability to work independently and with others.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Ability to use specialty software including, but not limited to, HEC-RAS, FESWMS, MGSFlood, SRH2D, and Stormshed, GIS, and the ability to calibrate and interpret these models for complex hydrologic and hydraulic issues throughout the state and to store, retrieve, and produce information.
  • Ability to use various pieces of field equipment to obtain necessary parameters for analysis.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 
  • Extensive knowledge with stormwater conveyance and stormwater treatment.
  • Knowledge and experience with fish passage design criteria.
  • Experience working with environmental regulatory agencies and tribes.
  • Extensive knowledge in hydraulic modeling.
Important Notes 
  • The salary listed for this position includes a legislative approved 5% premium for workers in King County.
  • This announcement will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis, with the first application review on December 7th, 2020. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit application materials as soon as possible. 
  • WSDOT offers a lump sum relocation assistance package which may be used to successfully recruit a qualified candidate who will have to relocate their official residence in order to accept the position
  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness. 
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information. 
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT? 
How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. 
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 
  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 
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Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-NWR-12781 in the subject line.