Dam and Levee Safety Engineer III

Salary:  $63,315.20 – $94,910.40 annualized


Location:  Fort Worth, TX




Position Summary:


The level III Engineer develops a broad knowledge of the District Engineering Department standards, practices, and infrastructure facility operations, as well as skills in a specific practice area. The level III Engineer uses collaboration to evaluate small projects or portions of larger project.



Essential Functions and Responsibilities:


The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this position.


  • Provides dam and levee safety engineering functions including:
    • Coordinate and/or participate in periodic dam and levee safety inspections by internal or external inspection teams
    • Monitor performance data from dam instrumentation though the collection, interpretation, and evaluation
    • Perform geotechnical engineering calculations & analyses to support general geotechnical related consulting
    • Perform technical reviews and oversights of field drilling/testing
    • Review studies and analyses performed by engineering consultants
    • Develop and/or maintenance emergency action plans for surface impoundments
    • Periodic travel (variable length and frequency) and field work at various project sites
    • Interface with federal and/or state dam safety regulatory authorities
  • Plans, schedules, conducts and/or coordinates detailed phases of engineering work in a part of a major field and all phases of engineering work in a moderate field
  • Prepares meeting agendas, reviews meeting minutes and action items from previous meeting, conducts meeting, and assigns or confirms action items at the conclusion of the meeting
  • Produces one or more of the following: equipment design and development, testing of materials, preparation of specifications, process study, research investigations, report preparations, and other activities of limited scope requiring knowledge of principles and techniques commonly employed in the specific narrow area of assignments
  • Applies a broad knowledge of precedents in the specific practice area and good knowledge of practices and procedures in related areas
  • Performs research, investigations, and analysis and shares information, results, or recommendations with supervisor or project manager
  • Collaboratively uses judgment to determine adaptations in methods for non-routine aspects of assignments
  • Estimates project costs for budgeting
  • Assists with writing business cases for future projects by researching, gathering, and presenting information in an orderly fashion for the expressed intent of informing executive management
  • Assists with customer, or official contacts and communication pertaining to specific assignments or meetings. Reviews action items from the previous meeting with meeting participants
  • Applies professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Assists with, lead and/or direct the work of lower level engineers
  • Effectively instructs Engineer I, II, and interns on tasks related to project work
  • Assists in coordinating work of interns and/or administrative staff
  • Aids other departments in technical problems
  • Participates in professional societies and makes presentations as necessary
  • Maintain familiarity with strategic District levels of service
  • Continuous improvement monitoring and innovation efforts
  • Perform other duties as required



Required Experience:


  • Two (2) years of engineering experience as an Engineer II or
  • Three (3) years of engineering experience working under a Professional Engineer



Desired Experience:


  • One to three (1-3) years of related experience in Geotechnical/Civil Field
  • Knowledge of dam safety principles
  • Knowledge of dam safety monitoring instrumentation
  • Experience with data management/analytics
  • Advanced coursework and/or experience in embankments and dams, including dam safety related inspections
  • Advanced coursework in foundations, soils, soil compaction and stabilization and/or geology
  • Slope stability and seepage analysis
  • Site work and fill placement compaction
  • Soil classification
  • Laboratory soil interpretation
  • Geotechnical software (Slope/W, Seep/W, HoleBASE, gINT)



Required Education/Certification/License:


  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in an applicable engineering discipline (preferred in Geotechnical Engineering or Civil with heavy geotechnical emphasis)
  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT), or ability to obtain the EIT within12 months
  • Valid Texas driver’s license



Desired Education/Certification/License:       


  • Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.E) by the state of Texas, or ability to acquire said license within 12 months if already licensed in another state



Success Factors/Job Competencies:


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills at a professional level
  • Solid technical and professional competencies
  • Good problem solving and reasoning skills
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects and tasks
  • Ability to collaborate with other Departments
  • Computer proficiency



Physical Demands and Work Environment:


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands:While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, and use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk or hear.  Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • Work environment:While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically resides within an office or cubicle and will have field work that may expose the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee must be able to work long hours under stress in flood situations. This can include working on holidays, weekends, and overnight.



(HR Use Only:  Pos # 114)

Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 545.06 550.00 -4.94
Benbrook 680.39 694.00 -13.61
Bridgeport 821.49 836.00 -14.51
Cedar Creek 318.19 322.00 -3.81
Eagle Mountain 640.44 649.10 -8.66
Lake Worth 590.71 594.00 -3.29
Richland-Chambers 312.30 315.00 -2.70
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
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