WASH Engineer


Nome, AK, USA 🇺🇸


The purpose of this role is to carry out the ministry of EMI by supporting WASH community development and implementation projects, and providing discipline specific engineering support. Provide direction to managing multiple complex rural sanitation and healthcare projects involving all phases including planning, scope development, funding acquisition, design review, construction, final project closeout, and sustainable operation and maintenance.

This is an EMI employed staff position who will be seconded to the Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) for technical, administrative, and management support to the Community Utility Assistance Program (CUAP) in the Bering Straits region. This is intended to be a temporary position, based in Nome Alaska, to fill gaps in the CUAP while NSHC seeks to fill permanent staff positions.
($6,600 – $10,000 per month, DOE)


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Professional Engineering License in Alaska (civil, environmental, geotechnical, other) , preferred.
  • 3-5 years’ practical work experience in technical design in arctic environments preferred.
  • Experience in project or staff management preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Technical writing experience required.
  • AutoCAD experience preferred.
  • Project management tool experience preferred (scheduling, workflow, etc.)
  • Knowledge of project management principles related to the engineering, design, and construction of health and sanitation facilities with respect to managing scope, schedule, budget, quality, and risk.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of funding capital infrastructure projects preferred.
  • Ability to engage local church and ministry leaders.
  • Understanding and participation in EMI vision, mission, and core values.
  • Working knowledge of English required.

Working Conditions and Travel Expectations

  • Ability to travel (up to 25% of time) to project locations via large and small aircraft, including overnight stay.
  • Requires physical, mental, and emotional ability to travel to remote areas, where resources may be limited (no running water, no electricity, etc.).
  • Must be responsible for physical assessments and obtaining appropriate vaccinations or medication.
  • Ability to work independently to coordinate project objectives as directed.
  • Meet regularly with pastoral care or mental health professionals, as needed.
  • Regularly communicate with EMI about when rest and/or spiritual support is needed.


Program Support and Technical Functions:

  • In collaboration with communities, document sanitation deficiency information and provide recommendations to the Project Managers for inclusion into the Indian Health Services (SDS) and/or State of Alaska Village Safe Water (VSW CIP) data systems; develop recommendations for scopes of work and cost estimates for planning, design, construction phases, and operation and maintenance (O&M) costs.
  • Work collaboratively to provide O&M technical guidance and support for sanitation systems in the region’s rural communities, focusing on sustainable solutions to identified issues.
  • Support the management of the Remote Maintenance Worker program.
  • Work collaboratively with communities to secure project funding with multi funding agencies.
  • Reviews and recommends cooperative project agreements edits and project work plans and makes recommendations to the team.
  • Participate and support technical training activities.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and guidance to teams in project development, design, and construction activities.
  • Participate in personal development and training in technical competencies.
  • Assists with the management of multiple budgets and related reporting.
  • Consult with and provide guidance to project stakeholders (State, Federal, City, Tribe, Village Corporations, Consultants) and managerial staff regarding engineering requirements for construction of various designs, modifications, and structural repairs of a variety of WASH projects.
  • Monitor and report on activities, evidence-based outcomes, and outputs of WASH community development projects.
  • Engage local church and ministry leaders to accomplish and support project objectives.
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care and encouragement for EMI staff and constituents in adherence to EMI policy and procedures.





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