Local recruitment: NWP Field Engineer


Flagstaff, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Position: NWP Field Engineer 

Location: Flagstaff, AZ; Frequent travel required

Employment type: Full time, exempt

Compensation Range: $65,000-$75,000 DOE

Level: Professional

Education/Experience Preferences: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent professional experience preferred

Reports to: Engineering Manager, Navajo Water Project 

Manages: None

Supported by: Project Managers, Program Operations Manager, Project Coordinator

Start Date: ASAP

We Are DigDeep  

The DigDeep Right to Water Project is the only WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) organization serving the 2.2+ million Americans who still don’t have a tap or a toilet at home. 

DigDeep believes access to clean water is a human right. We run several nationally recognized programs that empower communities to build their own water and sanitation systems. We won the 2018 US Water Prize for our Navajo Water Project, which has brought clean, running water to hundreds of Native families across New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. DigDeep launched the Appalachia Water Project in July of 2020, which brings clean, running water into the homes of Appalachia families, starting in southern West Virginia. The project has already brought safe water to hundreds of homes through our innovative hydropanel project and a public-private partnership with the McDowell County Public Service District which is helping families connect to new water lines.

DigDeep is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. DigDeep is built on the principles of equity, transparency, and the power of human experience. Your work will improve the daily lives of real people – people you’re likely to meet. Every American should have the clean, running water they need to thrive. Join us, and we’ll close the US water gap in our lifetimes.

The Opportunity

The Field Engineer is responsible for supporting the day-to-day technical operations of the Navajo Water Project including the timely achievement of program objectives, construction management, quality assurance, inventory management, project schedule management, contracting and other assigned outcomes. The Field Engineer reports to the NWP Engineering Manager.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Routinely visit all project sites. Travel will include extended field assignments across the Navajo Nation (up to 3 weeks per month).
  • Support NWP Engineering Manager in creating viable work plans and schedules for the completion of projects; update work plans and ensure objectives are met on time and within budget. 
  • Collaborate with Water and Solar Technicians, Project Managers, and Engineering Manager in solving technical and design challenges. 
  • Support engineering and construction contracts with field tasks including soil sampling, site visits, and data collection. 
  • Support Engineering Manager in development and implementation of Sanitation Pilot.
  • Monitor, comply, and make suggestions for improvement in worksite safety. 
  • Maintain productivity records including site surveys, construction reports, inventory, water tests, soil samples and other datasets; generate periodic reports regarding program activity. 
  • Prepare documentation related to engineering and construction outcomes including reports, work plans, permit applications, timelines and assessments. 
  • Assist Project Coordinator in ordering parts and maintaining inventory; review and approve expenses by junior program staff, as required. 
  • Monitor progress and contract compliance and proactively intervene with engineering contractors to ensure that projects stay on time and under budget. 
  • Ensure program compliance with relevant laws as well as all DigDeep policies. 
  • Maintain vehicles, equipment, and facilities, as required. 
  • Support rollout of water quality assurance programs, pilot and deploy program in collaboration with Program Managers and Water and Solar Technicians 
  • Participate in and support the Technical Task Force including planning meetings, facilitating problem solving, and contributing creative solutions.
  • Support creation of NWP specific training materials, SOPs, and manuals.
  • Support the implementation and development of operations and maintenance programs for the NWP.

Finance & Development 

  • Collaborate with the Engineering Manager on the annual program budget, tracking and reporting activities.  
  • Research and purchase parts, inventory and equipment. 

Relationship Building

  • Center community leadership in all program work; become a trusted local partner. 
  • Provide technical insight and assistance to the Engineering Manager and Executive Director in their work to help meet strategic goals. 
  • Work closely with Project Managers and Water and Solar Techs to support the needs of community partners and clients.


  • Contribute to regular staff meetings, both virtually and in-person; participate in collaborative initiatives and support field teams where needed. 
  • Provide clear, concise reports on programs, processes and outcomes to the Engineering Manager; represent DigDeep at conferences and events, as required. 
  • Support in growth and development of team members through peer-to-peer learning.

As the organization continues to evolve, duties or tasks may change without impacting the overall Job Description. 


  • Foster Teamwork: You can work both independently and as a collaborative team member. You listen and respond constructively to colleagues’ feedback and ideas. You provide support where needed, seek assistance when necessary. You have a desire to build and maintain relationships with others.
  • Managing Change: You’re a creative thinker with the ability to innovate and are comfortable in a rapidly evolving organization. Effectively navigates uncertainties and incomplete information with a problem-solving mindset to identify appropriate strategies, creatively apply solutions. Excellent creative problem-solving skills with experience in participatory design.
  • Fostering Innovation: You are innovative and adaptive and believe anything is figure-out-able. You propose and implement your own ideas and suggestions in order to develop and streamline processes.
  • Excellent Communicator: You are able to clearly express yourself verbally and in writing. You have the ability to creatively plan and deliver written communications, utilizing graphics, statistics, and language in such a way as to have maximum impact on the intended audience.
  • Builds Collaborative Relationships: You develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships inside and outside the organization with those who can provide information, assistance, and support in furtherance of the organization’s mission. Your team management skills include a strong vision and clear direction, sound judgment, good communication and conflict management skills. You’re culturally sensitive and have experience supporting the development of diverse, inclusive and equitable work environments, including an openness for learning.
  • Technical Expertise: You have demonstrated ability and depth of knowledge with the technology in the desired technical area. including, but not limited to, mechanics, fluids, electricity, logistics, etc. You effectively use and apply technical knowledge, and use your knowledge to identify solutions to existing problems. You have a strong understanding and appreciation of engineering and humanitarian principles. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field preferred; equivalent work experience and engineering internships will be considered, including, but not limited to: design, construction, project management.
  • Able to read, analyze and interpret prints, manuals and office documents. 
  • Able to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. 
  • Able to focus in the face of pressure, deliver against timelines and not be intimidated by tasks/time limitations. 
  • Able to gain the trust of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity. 
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, G Suite required, with relevant engineering software; working knowledge of PC and Mac.
  • Experience with Slack, Airtable, Asana, Expensify, Squarespace, Zoom.
  • Experience working on the Navajo Nation and or sovereign tribal governments.
  • Willingness to travel, including but not limited to: Navajo Nation (AZ/NM/UT), DigDeep HQ, and additional locations as needed.
  • Fluency/strong proficiency in the Navajo language preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

At DigDeep, we believe that great work requires a great job. We pride ourselves on creating industry-leading employment opportunities for our team across the United States. We’re a supportive environment that values creativity, diversity and quick-thinking. Here’s how we’ll support you in your work:

  • Company car and computer 
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • 23 weeks paid Parental Leave
  • Annual Professional Development Stipend
  • Annual Wellbeing Reimbursement
  • Medical, dental, vision insurance, 100% employer paid
  • One Medical membership 
  • Life insurance, 100% employer paid
  • Monthly cell phone reimbursement
  • 401k retirement plan, with employer match


To apply, please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume.

References should be available upon request. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please note that DigDeep cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position. No office visits. No calls please. Thank you.

Pursuant to Navajo Nation’s Dept. of Labor NPEA Title 15 N.N.C. Chapter 7, members of the Navajo Nation are strongly encouraged to apply.

DigDeep is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. DigDeep is built on the principles of equity, transparency and the power of human experience. Your work will improve the daily lives of real people. We believe everybody should have the clean, running water they need to thrive. Join us, and we’ll close the US water gap in our lifetimes.

DigDeep is a certified Great Place to Work®




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