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DOWL Water Resources Project Engineer 2 (Engineer 5) in Billings, Montana


DOWL celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2022 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 Water Resources engineering team, you will be one of the People Who Make It Happen! To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit us on the web at

Are you passionate about water resources engineering? Are you looking for exciting new challenges?

DOWL is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate Water Resources Engineer to join our Dams Group in Billings, Montana. DOWL’s Dams Group is nationally recognized for its expertise in dam safety, rehabilitation of dams and other hydraulic structures, and construction administration. The position will involve a wide range of responsibilities and work assignments, including both office and field work. This position will be based out of the Billings or Helena office location; however, we would consider a qualified candidate for our Bozeman office as well.

Typical tasks include:

  • Project and Task Manager for complex, interdisciplinary projects

  • Inspection of dams, canals, and other hydraulic structures

  • Topographic and bathymetric surveys

  • Hydrologic analysis to determine Inflow Design Floods

  • Hydraulic analysis and design of spillways, outlets, and other structures

  • Dam breach analysis, breach flood routing, and inundation mapping

  • Develop and evaluate alternatives for rehabilitation of dams and other hydraulic structures

  • Supervise production of construction drawings and specifications

  • Write reports

The successful candidate will:

  • Participate in interdisciplinary teams and contribute in meaningful ways

  • Mentor and train junior staff

  • Communicate with project partners and clients

  • Apply state-of-the-art tools, including CAD, GIS, HEC-HMS, and HEC-RAS, to perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses

  • Experience a diverse range of work environments

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

The minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, or a related engineering discipline

  • Be a licensed professional engineer

  • Have a minimum of 8 years of experience working on water resources type projects

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

Desired qualifications also include:

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, or a related engineering discipline

  • Preferably 10-12 years of experience working on water resources type projects

  • Experience in the use of HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, ArcGIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead and participate in proposal pursuits to win work, including developing scopes of work and budgets.

  • Develop and implement project management plans for the successful execution of projects and/or tasks for complex, interdisciplinary projects.

  • Design and manage field investigation programs, identification and analysis of alternative solutions, construction cost estimating, technical report writing, detailed design of selected alternatives, and construction administration programs.

  • Supervise 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

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

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts, such as statistics, probabilities, and trigonometry.

  • 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.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk. The employee is required to talk and to hear. The employee is occasionally required to 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 job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment is generally an office setting, but intermittent field work is expected. The noise level in the office environment is usually moderate, while noise on construction sites may be high and require the use of hearing protection. Field work will also include site reviews and dam inspections that will require walking up and down dam and canal embankments with slopes as steep as 2H:1V.

Salary Range: $ 95,360.13 to $ 143,040.19

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)