Project Water Resource Engineer

Nov 13, 2018
Apr 05, 2019
Full Time
Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 40 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


Dewberry is currently seeking a Water Resource Engineer for our Fairfax, VA office.  This position is for a project level water resources engineer to support water resource projects including flood hazard, risk analyses and production efforts in support of FEMA Flood Insurance Studies/Risk MAP projects, and engineering support required on projects involving flood risk assessment, storm water management and development of resiliency solutions. Candidates will be working with Federal, state, local municipalities and other governmental agencies providing a wide variety of engineering support tasks and development of resilience solutions. Tasks include riverine and coastal hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling with GeoHMS, GeoRAS, HECHMS, and HECRAS, as well as other H&H software, for FEMA Flood Insurance Studies to establish flood hazard engineering and mapping.  Candidates should have experience with Geographic Information Systems and the ESRI platform. This is an excellent career opportunity for an individual to join a team of professionals while working in a multidisciplinary consulting and engineering firm. The position offers great potential for professional growth and the opportunity to apply the latest technology to flood studies and water resource projects.

Technical responsibilities include:

    Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for modeling and mapping floodplains and floodways in riverine and interior urban areasAnalysis, and modeling of urban drainage and stormwater infrastructure including LID BMPs and green infrastructure practicesDeveloping as a Technical Leader and Subject Matter Expert for Water Resources Engineering through performing engineering analysis and progressively building proficiency with complex projectsMentoring more junior staff to continuously improve the quality of Dewberry’s deliverables and development of innovative solutionsProduction of Flood Insurance Studies and Risk MAP products and updating related geospatial databasesDeveloping flood risk products and performing flood risk assessmentsAssisting assigned Project Manager with developing innovative and technical solutions for successful delivery of engineering projects; and coordinating with the project team, project managers, clients, local communities, and other contractors to compile all data necessary to produce the most up-to-date productAbility to assist on water resources and resiliency aspects of multi-disciplinary projects for integrated water resources planning and watershed master planning

Required Skills:

    A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Water Resources Engineering is highly preferredMinimum 1-3 years of experience in hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) modeling/ Water Resources engineering (preferably with FEMA National Flood Insurance Program, USACE IWR, and EPA)Has an EIT (Engineer-in-Training) certification, a Professional Engineer license (PE) or eligible to obtain PE in 1-2 yearsExperience with the FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, including Flood Study Reviews preferredExperience Mentoring Junior Engineering staffA track record of active participation in the flood management or water resources community including published papers, presentations, and active organizational membershipKnowledge of, hydrology and hydraulics modeling is necessary to perform expected dutiesKnowledge of floodplain delineation, storm water management, culvert and bridge hydraulics, and drainage design, preferredFamiliarity with HEC-1, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, GeoHMS, GeoRAS, WinTR20, WinTR55, 2D urban floodplain modeling experience using PCSWMM, XPSWMM, MIKE11, MIKE URBAN, is preferredProficiency in MS Office softwareStrong verbal and written communication skills are requiredAbility to work in a team environment

Desired Skills:

    Experience / knowledge in geospatial programming using PythonExperience developing for the ESRI platform (ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, ArcObjects, ArcSDE, Arc Engine)Knowledge of Resilience and Sustainability as related to Water ResourcesKnowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program is preferredCFM (Certified Floodplain Manager) is a strong plusKnowledge of Watershed Planning a plusKnowledge of stream channel and floodplain restoration is a plusInnovation, enthusiasm, and creativity - ability to develop new ideas and to chart a path
Ability to effectively juggle multiple tasks concurrently.



*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.


*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.


*Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report.  These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.



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