Senior Engineer – Dam Safety Nevada Irrigation District
Grass Valley, California
Annual Salary: $125,674 - $152,734 DOE/DOQ
Are you looking to become part of a tight-knit and supportive team? Do you want to serve as a technical expert on several exciting projects and still be able to spend time in the field? If so, you will be excited to hear that the Nevada Irrigation District is seeking a Senior Engineer – Dam Safety to support the Director of Power Systems in the planning, implementation, and supervision of the District’s Dam Safety engineering functions. In this role, you will have one direct report (Assistant Engineer) and supervise a variety of personnel as you provide technical engineering support. Coordinating staff training, implementing goals and objectives, and correcting deficiencies in processes are some core duties of this position. More technical functions include keeping up with regulatory requirements, overseeing emergency action plans, and preparing engineering reports. The ideal candidate for the role is eager to build relationships and demonstrates strong communication skills. Other ideal traits include an attentiveness to details, self-confidence, and effective time-management. If you have a background in dams, lakes, and reservoirs, are a highly skilled subject matter expert, and want the opportunity to work beyond a typical desk job, then apply today!
The Senior Engineer – Dam Safety directly oversees the Dam Safety Group, which includes an Assistant Engineer, while also offering technical support and supervision over technical personnel, consultants, and contractors. This role is a balance of field work and office work, making it an exciting opportunity for those who want a dynamic and engaging workday. The Senior Engineer reports to the Director of Power Systems, receiving some technical oversight from the Director of Engineering. This role performs engineering work involved in the design, upgrade, and expansion of District facilities and projects pertaining to dams, lakes, and reservoirs. Having a strong understanding of the regulatory requirements is essential for this role, as is the self-assurance to communicate and work collaboratively with the regulators. As the regulations continue to evolve, the District needs someone who is a quick learner and eager to build relationships with regulatory partners and key staff at the District to ensure continued regulatory compliance.
The ideal candidate has a structural or geotechnical engineering background with experience in dam safety. They will be involved in the planning stages of projects, from preparing engineering specifications to determining cost and quantity estimates. They will also oversee more administrative work, such as obtaining permits, completing studies, coordinating staff training, and reviewing staff’s work. Someone who is a technical expert is needed for this role, however, this position also requires someone who is personable and communicative.
Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities is described below:
Four years of responsible journey experience
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering or a related field.
Possession of valid California driver’s license.
Possession of a current certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in California.
For first consideration, apply by September 26thby completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at wbcpinc.com/job-board/
Save the Dates:
Round one interviews will be virtual and take place on October 24th & 25th. Round two interviews will be in person and take place on October 31st. Selected candidates must be available for these dates.
Please contact your hiring authority, Keane Sommers, with any questions:
NID delivers water for life. For 100 years, the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has been reliably delivering high quality water to its customers. What began as an old reservoir and canal system serving gold mines has been transformed into a modern public water system.
NID water originates as snowmelt found in 70,000 acres of high elevation watershed near the headwaters of the Yuba River, Bear River and Deer Creek. Our dedicated employees manage water around the clock, moving supplies to one of our 29 reservoirs, and later releasing water destined for drinking to one of six water treatment plants for filtration and purification. All of the water passes through hundreds of miles of canal and pipe to become drinking or irrigation water for 25,000 homes, farms and businesses. The annual result is three billion gallons of high quality drinking water and enough irrigation water for 30,000 acres of agricultural land.
NID delivers water for power. NID is a leader among Northern California water agencies in the production of clean, renewable hydropower. Our dedicated hydroelectric team operates seven hydroelectric plants and 9 miles of overhead powerlines that deliver 82 megawatt...s of clean, renewable energy to the power-grid, enough electricity to power 60,000 homes. Every year revenue from hydropower sales offsets water rates.
NID delivers water for recreation. NID manages 8 reservoirs in the foothills and Sierra Nevada Mountains that offer recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping, boating, fishing and swimming. At Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs, NID provides public parks, trails, campgrounds and beaches for the community’s enjoyment. Higher up in the mountains, NID maintains and operates campgrounds in the Jackson Meadows and Bowman Lake areas.
NID delivers water for the environment. As stewards of thousands of acres of watershed NID is dedicated to healthy forests and fire safety. We work with partners to implement forest thinning, restore mountain meadows, and improve fish habitat. These efforts result in increased water yield, better water quality, and help to reduce wildfire threats. NID’s goal is to improve the resiliency and sustainability of the watershed in our care.
NID is an engine for the economy. NID employs more than 200 area residents with a payroll of more than $30 million, annual purchases of about $27 million, and an overall budget of over $80 million, all of which stimulate the local economy. The District prides itself on being fiscally sound and open with the community. NID received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation, recognition only granted to 13% of the 2,300 Special Districts in California. Further, NID has received the prestigious award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association.