Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 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 seeking an Entry Level Resilience Planner to join our Resilience Solution Group in Fairfax, VA. This position will support the Resilience Solutions Group (RSG) and the Integrated Resilience Solutions (IRS) Branch with building capabilities, and winning and executing projects, related to Community Resilience and other related service lines. The incumbent will support a variety of tasks related to resilience planning: hazard mitigation planning, community outreach and engagement, research, report development, presentations and/or decision support applications. Related areas of technical focus for this position include but are not limited to: climate change adaptation, sea level rise, extreme heat, forecasting, demographic and economic analysis, research and planning primarily related to Federal agencies (FEMA/FIMA, USGS, NOAA, EPA and US F&WS), Cooperating Technical Partners, and local communities.
- Performs analysis of large datasets using ArcGIS and other related software. Visualizes results for presentation.
- Prepares studies, reports and other technical documentation and guidance documents.
- Develops and conducts outreach for community resilience projects.
- Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of technical principles related to resilience to projects.
- Represents Dewberry in meetings with clients to resolve complex issues and to plan and coordinate work.
- Represents Dewberry at professional conferences, and meetings, presenting results of work within Dewberry, when appropriate.
- Assists Project Managers with the development of technical and business proposals for new projects;
- Works on other related projects within RSG/IRS in order to acquire supplementary technical and programmatic knowledge/skills.
Required Skills & Required Experience
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written formats technical information related to flood hazards and resilience in projects, presentations and papers, as well as facilitate community meetings with diverse stakeholders.
- Proficiency in performing the following analyses in ArcGIS:
- Data feature extraction/compilation;
- Creation of a variety of digital mapping products using various software platforms;
- Capture and analysis of data;
- Creation and manipulation of databases;
- Ability to work independently; well-developed time management skills, especially the ability to complete high-quality, detail-oriented deliverables on tight timelines amid competing deadlines within a diverse work group.
- Ability to perform an expanded array of tasks assigned by higher level staff, designed to broaden experience and familiarization with methods, practices, and programs applicable to the department.
- Some experience with client interactions, task management, and business development. No project management or staff management experience required.
- Ability to exercise initiative, resourcefulness, and tact in obtaining and analyzing information related to resilience planning.
- Ability to get along with coworkers and superiors.
- Ability to be self-motivated and function in a team environment.
- Knowledge and ability to use the following computer applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and databases.
- Responsibilities may occasionally require an adjusted work schedule, overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines.
- Occasionally, will be required to lift/carry up to 25 lbs.
- Telephones, faxes, copiers, printers and computers are all used frequently to perform tasks.
- Work is typically performed within the office although field/site visits are occasionally required.
Decision-making Role: Limited; Technical decisions of a routine nature with precedent or clearly defined procedures as guidance will not be reviewed; other decisions will generally be reviewed for accuracy by senior level staff or supervisor.
Supervision Received: Works under direct supervision of higher level staff. Work is often reviewed for accuracy by senior level staff.
Typical Amount of Experience: 0-3 years’ experience.
Education level/ Training: Bachelor’s in Planning, Environmental Science or other related field.
Professional Certification: Certified Floodplain Manager, APA, LEED Green Associate.
Publications: Preferred; supporting others and working towards publishing within the next 1-3 years.