Water Resource Engineer llI

North Dakota Water Commission

Bismarck, ND, US

Summary of Work

The Regulatory Division fulfills many of the State Engineer’s regulatory responsibilities, including permitting drainage, projects on sovereign lands, and the construction of dams, dikes, and other water resource facilities. The Regulatory Division also coordinates many regulatory functions with the local water resource districts, including providing technical assistance.

The individual in this position will act as a senior engineer in the Regulatory Division’s Engineering and Permitting Section by administering and implementing several of North Dakota’s statutes and rules relative to dikes, other devices, and drainage.  Specifically, the position is responsible for some of the State Engineer’s statutorily required permitting duties, including review of permit applications for the construction or modification dikes and other water control devices as well as review of permit applications for the drainage of a pond, slough, lake, or sheetwater, or any series thereof.  This position also fulfills other State Engineer statutorily required duties, including review of water-related complaints and appeals, stream crossing determinations, and watercourse determinations as well as act as limited technical support for North Dakota’s water resource districts. Specifically, this position requires the employee to:

  • Review drainage permit applications to determine whether they are of statewide or inter-district significance.
  • Frequently prepare written and oral reports, often in abbreviated time frames.
  • Provide assistance to local entities related to the development and use of the state’s water resources.
  • Process emergency drain and construction applications in abbreviated time frames.
  • Assist the public and local entities in understanding the permitting processes.
  • Investigate the presence of a watercourse as defined by ND Century Code.
  • Determine the flow rate at a road crossing as outlined by ND Administrative Code.
  • Address appeals of regulatory decisions made by water resource districts.
  • Respond to complaints from the public regarding drainage, flooding, and the construction of unauthorized water resource facilities, which may require field investigations, meeting with the parties involved, and consulting with other agencies.
  • Represent the State Engineer on various interagency committees and at public meetings. Participate in department-wide initiatives and projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited curriculum, with course work in hydrology and hydraulics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Must be able and willing to travel as necessary.
  • Must have 3 years of practical engineering experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of surface water hydrology and hydraulics.
  • Surface water hydrology experience.
  • Basic computer modeling skills with HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS or similar software.
  • GIS experience including ArcGIS or other platforms.
  • Experience working in a regulatory capacity.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • E.l.T. certification or a passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) exam.

Application Procedures

Applications will ONLY be accepted online through the ND PeopleSoft System.

  • State of ND employees should access the announcement and application by signing into their ND PeopleSoft account at: https://www.cnd.nd.gov/psp/strp/?cmd=login, clicking on “my Career,” and selecting “Careers” in the drop down menu.
  • Applicants who are not employees of the State of North Dakota can access the announcement and application by visiting: www.nd.gov/careers
  • Application materials must reach this office by 11:59 pm on the closing date.
  • In addition to the online application, applicants should upload the following documents:
    • Resume;
    • Cover letter (addressed to Human Resources Division);
    • Copy of college transcripts (if applicable); and
    • The name, address, and phone number of three (3) professional references (no letters of reference please).
  • Application materials will be scored based on a 100 point job related personnel system.
  • Applications should include information which directly addresses how the applicant meets the minimum qualifications and summary of work. It is very important to be thorough and detailed on all application materials. 
  • Applicants who experience difficulties during the application process should contact [email protected] or 701.328.3290.
  • North Dakota State Water Commission does not provide sponsorships. 
  • For questions regarding this position’s duties or requirements, please contact John Brintnell 701.328.2751 or [email protected]

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of North Dakota and this hiring agency do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetics, religion, age or disability in employment or the provisions of services and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.





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