Engineer I

North Carolina Division of Water Resources
Wake County, NC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the work site for this position may be remote/virtual on a temporary basis until it is determined that this position will report to a permanent office location when conditions allow. This position, if remote, may require attendance at designated workplace meetings or in the performance of business at various on-site locations.
Recruitment Range: $51,000 - $59,740
GN Salary Grade: GN13
Location: 512 N. Salisbury St, Raleigh NC

Division Information
The Division of Water Resources' mission is to protect the state's water supplies and foster stewardship of this natural resource for use by current and future generations of citizens. The Division comprises six Sections: Water Quality Regional Operations; Water Sciences; Public Water Supply; Water Quality Permitting; Groundwater Protection, Animal and Coal Ash Operations; and Water Planning. This goal is achieved through providing technical assistance and consultative services; establishing water quality standards and classifications; permitting regulated entities; certifying water treatment plant operators and wastewater operators; performing inspections and compliance activities; performing laboratory analysis and testing; and providing educational outreach and training.
Section Information
The Public Water Supply (PWS) Section is the lead agency for providing oversight of the state's approximately 5,500 public water systems, and promotes public health by ensuring that safe, potable drinking water is available in adequate quantities to the residents and visitors of North Carolina served by public water systems by ensuring that these systems are properly located, constructed, operated, and maintained. To carry out this purpose, the Section has branches and programs for 1) oversight of public water system adherence to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act; 2) review and approval of plans and specifications for new and expanding or improving water systems; 3) inspections, investigations, and technical assistance for water systems; 4) emergency response and complaint investigation; 5) source water assessment, planning, and protection; 6) capacity development; 7) training and certifying water facility operators; and 8) administration of an operating fee permit program.
Position Information
Employee will serve as a rule manager for the implementation and enforcement of federal & state drinking water rules relative to assigned contaminant groups and/or rules applicable to all public water systems throughout the state. Employee will be cross trained to be familiar with other requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the NC Drinking Water Act, and other related laws.

Primary duties of the position include:

  • Reading, reviewing and understanding the federal and state drinking water regulations and Public Water Supply Section policies pertaining to assigned contaminant groups and rules; providing regulatory guidance, citations, and policies to system owners/operators regarding the rules and regulations such as monitoring requirements, gaining and maintaining compliance status, reporting and record keeping requirements, and required water quality and health risk information; 
  • Evaluating and tracking each system's compliance history; determining non-compliance with federal and state rules and regulations and assisting in the preparation of enforcement documents; issuing written notification to water system officials concerning notices of violations (NOVs), administrative orders, penalties, deficiencies, treatment technique failures and exceedance of action levels; 
  • Providing advice, recommendations and assistance to public water system owners, managers, operators, consulting engineers, and the Public Water Supply Section's Regional Office staff in matters related to engineering design and the construction and operation of water treatment facilities and treatment processes, as well as other technical compliance issues; 
  • Responding to phone calls and written inquiries from public water systems, laboratory personnel and Regional Office staff regarding system monitoring requirements, notices of violation, enforcement actions, and other inquiries; and 
  • Providing training relative to assigned contaminant groups and rules for the Regional Office staff, water system officials, laboratory personnel, and central office staff on new and existing rules.

Management Preference:

  • Professional Knowledge:  Basic, current, and relevant knowledge and understanding of concepts, practices, and theories used in the environmental and civil engineering fields and the ability to use it in practice. 
  • Program/Project Management:  Ability to manage multiple projects and work time independently to meet deadlines; be self-motivated and have strong skills in organizing and prioritizing work; work cohesively as a team member. 
  • Engineering/Regulatory Review, Analysis & Decision Making:  Ability to comprehend and interpret engineering and regulatory documents, make recommendations to approve routine engineering/technical designs and/or program/project specifications to meet desired compliance with applicable regulations and engineering principles, standards, codes, designs and statutes; ability to accurately enter data into spreadsheets, use database software and perform custom queries, as needed, to extract database information; perform detailed review and analysis of database information, evaluate data and identify relationships and trends conducive to system evaluation and improvement. 
  • Communication:  Ability to write clear, concise, accurate, and organized documents and reports addressing engineering concepts, facts, and regulatory information; effectively communicate regulatory and technical information to individuals with little to no subject matter knowledge and to subject matter experts; must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Leadership:  Demonstrated skills and abilities needed to coordinate, facilitate, and participate in a collaborative approach to the completion of tasks or assignments; identify and provide new ideas to improve processes/procedures; take action to influence events to achieve goals. 
  • This position also requires occasional overnight travel, a valid driver's license, and the ability to navigate through rough and uneven terrain and work in unfavorable conditions, including exposure to inclement weather, noise, dust, fumes, machinery, and insects.
  • Engineer Intern (EI)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form will not be considered for qualifying credit. Information listed under the text resume section or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. **
Applicants must submit an application that clearly reflects work experience that demonstrates the following:
  1. Current and relevant knowledge of environmental and civil engineering concepts, practices, and principles. 
  2. General knowledge of technical analysis and making routine engineering determinations for compliance with engineering principles, standards, codes, designs, rules, and statutes and offering recommendations for non-routine matters. 
  3. Ability to communicate effectively and concisely in oral and written form to accurately convey and clarify technical requirements. 
  4. Ability to manage multiple projects and work time independently to meet deadlines. 
  5. A valid driver's license.

Interviewed candidates may be required to complete a skills assessment.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree in an applicable field of engineering from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
 For Minimum Education and Experience Requirements, DEQ defines "an equivalent combination of training and experience" as North Carolina certification as an Engineering In Training (EIT), Engineer Intern (EI), Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or North Carolina licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
Supplemental and Contact Information
To apply for this position, please click the APPLY button. All relevant experience must be included on the application to receive proper credit. Resumes may be uploaded with your application but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.
If multiple applications are submitted by an applicant to an individual position, only the most recent application received prior to the posting closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Applicants requesting and / or receiving an accommodation via the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax but must be received by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Persons eligible for veteran's preference must upload a copy of Form DD-214 and attach to the application. 
Persons eligible for RIF priority must upload their letter of notification and attach to the application. This applies to those employees that are subject to Articles 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 of G.S. 126. This does not include employees of the legislative and judicial branches, the public school and community college systems, or other employees that are exempt from these Articles of the Human Resources Act.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a hiring range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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