Water Resources Engineer (TO-28E87)

Harris County Flood Control District

Full Time
Houston, TX
Posted 3 months ago

General Description:

The Harris County Flood Control District is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Water Resource Engineer/Flood Forecaster.

This position will be responsible for applying flood forecasting practices towards the development, operation, and maintenance of the Harris County Flood Control District’s Flood Forecast System.  As an essential position and in support of the District’s flood operations, this position may be required to work outside of normal business hours and during adverse weather conditions.

Essential Functions and Duties:

  • Develop hydrologic and hydraulic models using HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, or other applications for flood forecasting purposes.
  • Analyze historic, real-time, and forecast hydrologic/meteorological data from various point and radar sources.
  • Perform regular calibration and testing of forecast models and make appropriate modifications to improve forecast accuracy.
  • Conduct field visits to support model development and validation of forecast results.
  • Develop an understanding of available weather forecast models to support forecaster judgment and situational awareness.
  • Research, document, and implement forecasting techniques, models, and processes to improve forecast system capabilities.
  • Produce timely and accurate flood forecasts during heavy rainfall and flooding events.
  • Effectively communicate information on current and forecasted watershed conditions internally and with external partners.
  • Evaluate locations vulnerable to flooding and document the impacts of flooding.
  • Identify locations for additional field data collection sites to enhance forecasting capabilities.
  • Participate in flood damage assessment and high-water mark data collection following flooding events.
  • Produce reports, summaries, and exhibits of forecast processes, model calibration, and post-event
  • Work with a team of forecasters and flood operations staff during flooding events.
  • Perform other duties that may be added or changed as the course and scope of the job directs.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in hydrology/hydraulics, water resources, or a related
  • Experience using HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, HEC-RTS, and/or other hydrologic and hydraulic modeling application used for drainage design, flood analysis, and forecasting
  • Professional Engineer Registration (State of Texas) a plus, but not required.

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong skills using Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Access).
  • Technical proficiency with hydrologic and hydraulic processes, including open channels, detention, flood mitigation, flood control, and flood forecasting.
  • Demonstrate professional judgment in applying guidelines, policies, and procedures, and in adapting standard methods to fit facts and conditions.
  • Good organization and communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentation
  • Working knowledge of data processing/analysis of time series data, GIS, and scripting a plus.
  • Work independently with limited supervision.
  • Build and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Work well under pressure and public scrutiny.
  • Effectively prioritize, identify, solve problems, and manage multiple tasks/initiatives.
  • Be successful in a time and deadline-driven environment.
  • Write/record legible notes of activity and correctly complete the required forms.

Physical Demands and Environmental Exposure:

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

  • Prolonged sitting for extended periods of time; occasional ascending/descending stairs.
  • Occasional walking up and down steep slopes of ditches or on rough and uneven surfaces or ground; such as sloping terrain, plowed or furrowed areas, or construction sites.
  • Occasional stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and carrying of items up to 11 pounds and occasional lifting of up to 20 pounds.
  • Occasional climbing ladders, sorting, filing, shelving, and handling of documents, books, files, file drawers, and related materials and equipment required for clerical operations.
  • Frequent driving of a vehicle with automatic controls.
  • Work is performed indoors in a normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature, air conditions, and noise levels.
  • When at field locations, may be exposed to significant levels of rain, heat, cold, moisture, air pollution, wind, dust, wildlife, flying/walking insects, and vibration and/or noise in excess of 85 decibels.

General Information:

  • Position Type: Regular Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Exempt
  • Hours: 40 Hours per week – may be outside of normal business hours
  • Salary: To be discussed at interview
  • Requires a valid Class “C” Texas Driver’s License.

NOTE:  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request for applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.  Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, all applicants are screened for the presence of illegal drugs, alcohol, and the ability to perform the physical functions of this position. EOE 12/29/2020.

This position is/may be funded with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, which are subject to compliance with Section 3.  Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. The purpose of Section 3 is to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD financial assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, and consistent with existing Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, be directed to low- and very low-income persons, particularly those who are recipients of government assistance for housing, and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.

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Job CategoryAdmin & Clerical, Business Administration, Communication, Engineering, Environmental, Office Assistance, Research Development, Water Resources, Water Utilities

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