Dam Safety Engineer – Geotechnical Emphasis / Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program

Job Description: Managed Business Solutions is seeking a full-time dam safety engineer to join our team with the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Safety of Dams Program on-site in Lakewood, Colorado. While having a primary focus on geotechnical engineering to support various dam safety related activities, this position has responsibilities in all aspects of dam safety, including: 1) Risk analysis, risk management and risk reduction, 2) Emergency management, including Emergency Action Plans and Early Warning Systems, 3) Dam security, 4) Dam design and construction, 5)  Environmental compliance and, 6) Dam inspections and evaluations, and 7) Dam maintenance and repairs. Staff are primarily located in Lakewood, Colorado. This individual will assist with supporting the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ design, construction, maintenance, and overall dam-safety needs. The individual who takes this role will be excellent at public speaking, as well as developing complex, multi-disciplinary documents that require nuanced and specialized analytical and modeling-based information. The individual who takes this role will be excellent at interfacing with the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ field staff as well as stakeholders including tribal clientele. This position will be altered based on qualified candidates experience level.

Responsibilities

Prepares and reviews technical work products (75%)

Uses scientific methods and principles of engineering to collect and interpret the physical properties of the ground within multiple disciplines (hydrogeology, geology, geophysics, and others) for use in writing and reviewing dam design and construction or contract documents.

Assists in developing technical engineering products related to dams, including but not limited to, geotechnical studies related to risk analyses, remediation design, value engineering, planning studies, technical document review, and other related activities, such as embankment dam and foundation engineering, soil and rock mechanics, engineering geology services, seismotectonic services, engineering geophysical services, hazardous waste services, and structural behavioral instrumentation services.

Contributes to the development of, prepares and reviews technical work products with multiple facets of dam safety including: 1) Risk analysis, risk management and risk reduction, 2) Emergency management, including Emergency Action Plans and Early Warning Systems , 3) Dam security, 4) Dam design and construction, 5) Dam inspections and evaluations, 6) Environmental compliance and 7) Dam maintenance and repairs.

Develops extensive knowledge of the various activities and organization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and its workflow process to integrate with technical work efforts and provide support to Bureau of Indian Affairs programs and functions.

Provides technical direction in dam safety engineering and emergency management based on extensive technical knowledge and experience, while incorporating existing Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Interior guidelines, regulations, and policy as necessary.

Meets, cooperates, and consults with personnel in the other bureaus and services in the Department of Interior, Federal and non-federal agencies regarding Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program issues of common interest and makes specific recommendations to achieve proper goals.

Provides technical guidance and assistance to Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional, Tribal, and Field personnel.

Visits field locations on an as-needed basis, which may entail multiple day durations and travel to remote locations.

Creates and delivers oral presentations to governmental conferences, tribal groups, and other organizations as required and directed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Branch Chief related to the Safety of Dams Program.

Provides Technical Guidance, Policy Development, and Oversight to SOD Programs (25%)

Assists and advises the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Branch Chief and staff in the development, implementation, and oversight of guidelines for risk analysis, emergency management, and evaluation of existing dams.

Provides oversight and guidance on Bureau of Indian Affairs dam safety programs.

Evaluates policy relating to Bureau of Indian Affairs dam safety issues, including risk analysis, emergency management, and evaluation of existing dams.

Reviews budgets and develops budget estimates for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program design, construction, operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation.

Continuously appraises policy and effectiveness of operations for the purpose of recommending adjustments to programs based on available funds and conformance to Bureau of Indian Affairs policies, procedures, and professional technical standards, and for reviewing, drafting, and keeping current the regulations, delegations of authority, and other directives controlling the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ dam safety operations.

Writes justifications, and answers questions from the Congress, Office of Management and Budget, and the Department to support requests of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for funding.

Reviews and prepares narrative budget justifications for annual division budget The Division of Water and Power. Provides statistical and other reports in support of the program and oversees revision of contract and other forms necessary to accomplish Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program activities.

Reports to and takes lead from Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program employees and Managed Business Solutions staff.

Writes documents to support dam safety contracts.

Assists with other Bureau of Indian Affairs Safety of Dams Program needs as they arise.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Civil, Agricultural, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering or similar from an ABET Accredited Institution or higher-level degree in a science or management field.

Evidence of obtaining professional engineering licensure (P.E.) in any state is required.

At least 4 years of experience participating in design or analysis of water resource, dam construction, or dam safety related efforts required. The position offer will be adjusted based on the individual’s experience level.

Experience with Federal Design standards of dams, levees and/or associated infrastructure is required.

If a more senior level position, at least 3 years of experience leading technical efforts related to dam safety, emergency action or related efforts is required.

Must be able to demonstrate skills and interest in water resources, or power generation or distribution.

Must be able to demonstrate skills in conceiving, planning and problem solving in areas of considerable scope and complexity, requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated techniques.

Must demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills.

Must demonstrate ability to work independently but also within a team environment.

Employment for this position will be subject to all relevant laws, regulations, orders, and the like and may require full vaccination against COVID-19, weekly testing, or other precautionary measures. Based on the Executive Orders issued by President Biden in September 2021, roles working on or in connection with a federal contract, or working at a federal-contractor’s workplace, will require full vaccination against COVID-19; roles which are unrelated to federal contracts will be subject to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard relating to vaccination in the workplace, which applies to organizations with 100+ employees.

Environment (Working conditions):

This position will be mostly stationary requiring some movement around the office and frequent communication with others. The average working hours will be 8 hours per day for this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees.  As a subsidiary of a Native-owned company, Managed Business Solutions, LLC is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.

Managed Business Solutions, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe*

*“Indian Tribe” means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C. 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.