Senior Dam Safety Engineer

Maryland Department of the Environment

Baltimore, MD

Full Time


Duties & Responsibilities

The main purpose of this position is to assist the Division Chief with the implementation of a comprehensive dam safety program in Maryland by serving as a lead dam safety engineer in the State within a specialized civil engineering skillset (including geotechnical, water resources, and structural). This is accomplished by permitting and inspecting new dam construction and the renovation of existing structures, inspecting existing impoundment structures, and providing technical engineering expertise and direction to State, federal, and local agencies as it relates to dams. This position protects the public from the inherent dangers associated with dam failures. The incumbent in this position uses highly specialized engineering skills to evaluate dam safety and downstream hazard conditions, determine required remedial repairs, review and approve construction plans, and establish action plans to ensure that loss of life and major property damage are minimized in the event of sudden releases of water caused by dam emergencies. The incumbent will also represent the Department in meetings and hearings with State, federal, and local agencies; emergency management personnel; dam design consultants; dam owners; and the general public to provide dam safety advice and guidance on numerous complex dam safety issues


The employee in this position may be assigned duties that require the operation of a State vehicle, thus will be required to possess a motor vehicle license valid in the State of Maryland with less than 5 points on their driving record.


Work requires the use of protective equipment such as gloves, hard hat, fall protection harnesses, etc.. The employee in this position will be responsible for Dam inspections that often requires special physical demands of accessing elevated and/or confined spaces such as inspection galleries, small storm drain and spillway pipes, lifting equipment weighing 50 to 75 pounds, and a great deal of climbing ladders, as well as, climbing up and down the slopes of earth embankments. Dams contain areas of confined space hazards requiring air monitoring and specialized training. The incumbent of this position may also be exposed to other dangerous situation such as drowning hazards, falls from high outlet works structures, and may be exposed to heavy construction equipment hazards while conducting inspections of existing structures and dams under construction.


Job Requirements

It is preferred that the selected candidates have the following:


Experience inspecting existing dams, ponds, levees, and similar structures;

Experience inspecting the construction of dams, ponds, and levees;

Experience performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling using HEC-RAS, HEC-RAS2D, HEC-2, HEC-1, HEC-HMS, HydroCad, TR-20, USGS Streamstats, and GisHydro software or Knowledgeable in seepage and slope stability analyses for dams and levees. Use of PCSTABL, Rockscience Slide, GeoSlope Slope/W and Seep/W, or similar software is desirable;

Experience designing or reviewing earthen dams for water supply, flood control, stormwater management, and tailings retention;

Experience preparing or reviewing geotechnical reports, flood studies, stormwater management design reports, structural analyses, and dam breach analyses for dams and levees;

Familiarity with dam construction standards such as ASTM, AASHTO, ACI, NRCS, USACE;

Experience instructing junior or entry level engineers and planners;

GIS experience (ArcMap);

Public speaking;

Technical writing skills for preparing inspection reports and developing policies and design criteria, especially as related to dam safety;

Familiarity with Maryland's laws and regulations regarding dam design and construction.


It is also preferred that the selected candidates have:


A Bachelor's degree in Civil, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering;

Be a licensed professional engineer in the State of Maryland or in a State with comparable requirements;

Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint)


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Contact Information: Tammy Lewis/MDE Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-537-3130.


Posted On: 2/19/2021 15:17:49