Senior Dam Safety Engineer

Maryland Department of the Environment

1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230

Full Time

Duties & Responsibilities:

The main purpose of these positions 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. These positions protect the public from the inherent dangers associated with dam failures. The incumbents in these positions use 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. Incumbents will also represents 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.

Job Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience: Three years of engineering or architectural experience in pollution control, waste remediation, resource conservation, environmental protection, or public health and safety to ensure regulatory or quality compliance with engineering/architectural standards, practices, principles and methods.


1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 20 credits in engineering and two years performing engineering architectural work in pollution control, waste remediation, resource conservation, environmental protection, public health and safety or related areas may be substituted for the engineering degree.

2. A Master’s degree in engineering or architecture from an accredited college or university may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

3. Professional Engineer or Professional Architect registration in the State of Maryland or in a state with comparable requirements may be substituted for the educational requirement and one year of experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Engineering and Architecture classifications or Engineering and Architecture specialty codes in the Environmental field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

Job Preferences:

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: Please contact Tammy Lewis,

Posted On: 1/17/2020 10:42:45