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DOWL Water Resources Engineer (Mid Level) in Billings, Montana


For the past 60 years, DOWL has been recognized as an established, highly reputable, civil engineering firm, recognizing that the foundation of our past, present, and our future is our people. DOWL’s foundation is built upon four core values: Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation, and Inspiration. These values are rooted in everything we do. As a valued partner on our engineering team, you will be one of the People Who Make It Happen!

Are you passionate about water resources engineering? Do you want to be a lead engineer on complex and multidisciplinary projects? We have diverse projects and exciting new challenges and opportunities for you!

DOWL is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and highly organized Water Resources Engineer to join our Water Practice in Montana. DOWL’s Water Practice provides a wide range of services including hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and design for bridge replacements, one-dimensional and two-dimensional hydraulic modeling of floodplains, stormwater master planning and design, watershed modeling, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and design for rehabilitation of dams, condition assessment and rehabilitation design of hydraulic structures, and stream restoration and fish passage design Our projects and clients span the western United States from Alaska to Arizona and from Montana to Washington. The position will involve a wide range of responsibilities and work assignments, including both office and field work.

Typical tasks include:

  • Project and Task Manager for complex, interdisciplinary projects

  • Project management assistance including development of proposals, scope, schedule, and budget. Project execution in accordance with DOWL Operational Excellence procedures.

  • Mentor and supervise other engineers.

  • Planning and design for a variety of water resource projects including bridge replacements, storm drainage systems, stormwater treatment, dams, irrigation canals, floodplain modeling studies, fish passage designs, and other water resource projects.

  • Develop creative and cost-effective design solutions to challenging water infrastructure projects.

  • Conduct field reviews of project sites.

  • Coordination of support staff including word processors, surveyors, CADD drafters, GIS technicians, and resident inspectors.

  • Assist in marketing the services of the Water Practice and other company service lines.

  • Provide client management assistance including active marketing, frequent client communication, client visits, and pursuit of new clients and projects.

  • Travel locally and out-of-state to project sites for meetings or field work.

  • Conduct periodic site visits to construction sites to monitor quality and progress of the work.

  • Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

  • Oversee the production of construction drawings and specifications.

  • Apply state-of-the-art tools, including GIS, HEC-HMS, and 1D and 2D HEC-RAS, SRH2D, and various other runoff simulation programs to perform and review hydrologic and hydraulic analyses

  • Write and review technical reports

  • Other duties as assigned

DOWL is a growing, multidisciplinary consulting firm with offices throughout the western states and Alaska. DOWL’s business philosophy is: Inspiration, Innovation, and Integrity, and for over 60 years we’ve been doing just that – solving infrastructure challenges in extraordinary ways. At DOWL, we believe we’re in the business of developing exceptional engineers through execution of exceptional projects.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit us on the web at


To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree (M.S. degree preferred) in Civil Engineering, or a related engineering discipline

  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer

  • Have a minimum of 4 years of experience working on water resource-related projects

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Desired qualifications also include:

  • Experience working on DOT H&H, FEMA Floodplains, or municipal stormwater projects

  • Experience in the use of HY-8, Autodesk Storm & Sanitary Analysis, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, SMS/SRH2D, Flowmaster, ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and MicroStation

  • Excellent technical writing skills.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist with field investigations, analysis of alternative solutions, cost estimating, technical report writing, final design, and construction inspection.

  • Perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses using computer applications such as HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, and HY-8.

  • Other engineering related duties as assigned.

Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.

  • Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including report writing, project correspondence, and presenting to large and diverse groups.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical materials. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

  • Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.

  • Able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project Software.

    Physical Demands

    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.

    While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

    Work Environment

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Geographic locations are taken into consideration with respect to compensation.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)