Engineering Associate A/B/C or Graduate Engineer A

City of Austin | Austin, TX

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Posted Date 6/01/2022
Description


SALARY:

Engineering Associate A – $22.95 – $29.26
Engineering Associate B – $25.05 – $32.56
Engineering Associate C – $28.15 – $36.59
Graduate Engineer A- $29.83 – $38.78

POSITION OVERVIEW:
This position is part of the Floodplain Office within the Floodplain Office and Modeling Division. The goal of the Floodplain Office is to reduce the impact of flooding on the community. This is accomplished by providing information about flooding, flood resiliency, and flood safety to the community; developing and enforcing the City’s floodplain regulations; ensuring compliance with all federal and local requirements pertaining to the National Flood Insurance Program; determining the risk of flooding within the City of Austin jurisdiction; and providing technical assistance to other Watershed Protection Department (WPD) missions, City departments, the development community, and the public.

DUTIESFUNCTIONSAND RESPONSIBILITIES SPECIFIC TO THIS POSITION:
    1. Coordinate the review of FEMA Letters of Map Change (LOMCs) and identifying process improvements for the management of LOMCs. This will include coordination with the representatives of developers, staff at Travis County and other counties in the area, FEMA Region 6 staff, City of Austin Development Services, and the City’s Floodplain Administrator.
    2. Assist in various activities related to the City’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This will include assisting WPD to stay current with changes in FEMA floodplain regulation and policies, communication of changes to the public, and support for the tracking and management of various activities related to the City’s participation in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) program.
    3. Provide information related to floodplains, drainage, creek flooding, and flood risk reduction to City staff in various departments, Development Review and Legal staff, consulting engineers, contractors, developers, and private citizens.
    4. Review plans and permit applications for adherence to the City’s floodplain regulations and coordinate with Development Services regarding functionality improvements to the City’s permit tracking system related to floodplain regulation.
    5. Identify opportunities and plan, participate in, and prepare presentations for public outreach, public meetings and for other internal or external stakeholders related to flood risk, flood risk reduction, flood resiliency, and general flood-related information.
    6. Support the Modeling and Floodplain Office Section’s engineering staff in the planning for floodplain studies and the review of deliverables associated with these studies.
    7. Participate in the testing and requirements development for improvement of the Department’s web applications for the provision of floodplain information (www.ATXFloods.com, www.ATXFloodplains.com, etc.).
    8. Periodic fieldwork to perform site visits and creek walks to evaluate study areas and potential project sites as well as perform post-flood reconnaissance including communicating with citizens and the development community on these field visits.

 

EDUCATION:
Verification of education will be conducted on the top candidate.

ASSESSMENT:

A skills assessment(s) may be conducted as part of the interview process.
Preferred Experience:
  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software such as HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS or with related drainage analysis.
  • Familiarity with the City of Austin’s Land Development Code (particularly the drainage-related elements) and Drainage Criteria Manual.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) or have a desire to become a CFM.
  • Experience with using ArcGIS for both mapping and analysis.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, i.e., ability to explain floodplains and flood related knowledge to both those with a technical background (e.g., engineers) as well as those without a technical background (e.g., general public).
  • Desire to create and conduct outreach in new and innovative ways to better inform the public of all ages about flood risk in Austin and a desire to help make Austin safe, more knowledgeable, and more resilient in regard to flooding.
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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