The City of Dubuque, Iowa (population 58,000) invites applications for the position of Water Resources Engineer. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the City’s management of a sanitary sewer collection system, which includes overseeing a Consent Decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, inflow and infiltration source identification and development of elimination strategies, semi-annual reporting to the EPA, capital repair project management and other general management responsibilities for the City’s 281 miles of gravity sewer. The successful candidate will possess considerable engineering experience related to overseeing a sanitary or storm water management program; a Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college or university in civil or environmental engineering or closely related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities. The successful candidate will possess registration as a Professional Engineer with the Iowa State Board of Engineering Examiners at the time of appointment or within six (6) months after appointment. The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated ability to follow a management style that is input oriented and values problem solving and the development of partnerships and a desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. The City offers an annual salary range of $70,283 to $91,894 and an attractive benefit package. Please submit an application and resume to Randy Peck, Personnel Manager, City Hall, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4864 by January 18, 2017. The Personnel Office may be contacted at (563) 589-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The employment application, benefit summary and job description are available at www.cityofdubuque.org/employment. Women, minorities, veterans and qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE.
WATER RESOURCES ENGINEER
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The primary role of this position is to lead the City’s management of its sanitary sewer collection system. Work on the collection system also includes overseeing a Consent Decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, inflow and infiltration source identification and development of elimination strategies, semi-annual reporting to the EPA, capital repair project management and other general management responsibilities for the City’s 281 miles of gravity sewer. This position also performs primary over site and engineering technical review duties of proposed sanitary sewer and stormwater systems as part of the City’s Development Review Team, which is responsible for reviewing all development site plans. The Water Resources Engineer collaborates with the Budget Director, Water & Resources Recovery Center Manager, Public Works Director and City Engineer to lead the management of the City’s sanitary sewer utility capital and operations and maintenance budgets along with providing technical assistance to the City’s Water & Resource Recovery Center (wastewater plant) as it relates to force main and lift station performance assessment, future maintenance needs and capital improvements. Performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Actively ensures compliance with the City’s Consent Decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and proactively works to identify and eliminate the potential for sanitary sewer overflows, ensures compliance the City’s NPDES waste water treatment permit as it relates to the sanitary sewer collection system, and collaborates the City’s stormwater utility manager to ensure public and private entity compliance with the City’s NPDES municipal stormwater sewer permit. Works with federal and state regulators along with local businesses and residents to ensure compliance with all the above. Verifies that all work is performed in accordance with established City, State and Federal regulatory standards and policies. Employees in this class must exercise initiative, independent judgment, discretion and be highly motivated. The City Engineer provides general supervision and reviews work in progress through observation, coordination meetings and by monitoring results achieved.
EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY): Coordinates activities associated with the City’s inflow and infiltration identification and elimination program; collects information and data about the City’s sanitary sewer collection system by building upon and leveraging it’s expanding supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and various field investigation techniques; coordinates compliance activities associated with the City’s NPDES wastewater treatment permit as it relates to the sanitary sewer collection system; identifies the necessary steps required to prevent sanitary sewer overflows and basement backups; assists with implementation of the sanitary sewer manhole replacement program, the sanitary sewer cured in place pipe lining program, and the sanitary sewer easement maintenance access program; oversees all capital improvement programs related to these activities; writes and submits necessary reports to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and United States Environmental Protection Agency; evaluates and interprets water quality data in compliance with the Clean Water Act and other federal, state and local requirements; supervises engineering technicians and interns to perform inspections of private property and street right of way; identifies low impact development techniques that reduce pollution associated with stormwater and updates city standards to incorporate such; reviews subdivision and site plans to ensure compliance with the City’s policies and ordinances; prepares plans and specifications on assigned projects; completes basic engineering studies and prepares reports; performs a wide variety of engineering administrative duties including maintenance of records and maps and other general duties associated with the operation of the City Engineering Department; prepares project cost estimates and periodic progress payments to contractors; monitors construction and operating budgets related to the sanitary sewer collection system; leads the budget preparation process for the sanitary system utility five year capital project program; supervises the development of long range capital and infrastructure needs; plans and conducts rate studies and fund projections; responds to citizen requests for information in a courteous, professional and prompt manner; maintains effect working relationships with City employees, contractors, representatives of federal, state and local agencies and the general public; collaborates with supporting departments.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
ESSENTIAL: Knowledge of the fundamental principles and practices of civil engineering; knowledge of the methods and techniques used in utility design, construction, and operation; knowledge of computer applications related to civil and environmental engineering including computer assisted drafting and geographical information systems; knowledge of federal, state and local regulations related to waste water collection system and storm water management programs; knowledge of the chemistry, biology and hazardous or toxic substances as they apply to storm water and waste water treatment programs; knowledge of the methods and techniques used in preparing a multiyear capital improvement program; knowledge of the occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions (OSHA) applicable to the activities of the Engineering Department; ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form; skill in the application of engineering theory to solve operational problems; ability to prepare design estimates and develop project plans and specifications related to the City’s waste water collection system programs and projects; ability to make technical inspections of municipal sewer systems and arrive at independent decisions on the basis of such inspections; ability to prepare clear and precise technical reports; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, representatives of federal, state and local agencies, contractors and the general public; ability to provide leadership, be open to alternative ways of doing things and implementing new and innovative ways of accomplishing objectives; ability to enforce ordinances tactfully, firmly and impartially while maintaining effective working relations with the general public; ability to determine long range needs and to plan and organize work for the accomplishment of objectives; demonstrated ability to follow a management style that is input oriented and values problem solving and the development of partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team; desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and team work.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Considerable engineering experience related to overseeing a sanitary or storm water management program; a Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college or university in civil or environmental engineering or other closely related field; or any other equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Iowa at the time of appointment or within six months after appointment is required. Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid Iowa Driver’s License. Employee must have personal vehicle available for use on the job and automobile insurance coverage consistent with City insurance requirements. Ability to obtain and maintain certification for use of a respirator after appointment is preferred.
Why Move to Dubuque?
LIVING: Recognized three times as an All-America City, Dubuque is thriving with a population of nearly 60,000, a county population of just over 97,000, and a regional population of over 339,000. It is the center for retail, health care, education, employment, and entertainment for the Tri-State area of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Yet commuting is hassle-free and we remain... one of the safest communities in the country. The Greater Dubuque area community actively seeks to embrace new partnerships as a way to increase diversity, inclusiveness and takes pride in being a sustainable community that is viable, livable and equitable. In addition to being named a three-time All-America City, Dubuque has also been recognized as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People, one of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers, and one of the Smartest Cities on the Planet. Dubuque is a convenient distance from major urban areas, located only 70 miles from the Quad Cities to the south, 90 miles from Madison, WI and a three hour drive from both Milwaukee and Chicago and has a cost of living 9.8% below the national average according to Forbes.com.
RECREATION: From the numerous parks to the many hike and bike trails, golf to snow and water skiing, swimming to tennis, boating to fishing and hunting and much more, the community boasts a vast array of recreational opportunities in any season – for both children and adults. The City’s Leisure Services Department provides quality services to the entire community with diverse recreational programs for all ages and an integrated, efficient, and safe system of parks, trails, and recreational facilities.
EDUCATION: Dubuque takes pride in the quality of its educational system; it is a top priority for Dubuque citizens and leaders. The Greater Dubuque area is home to five colleges and universities, as well as a number of community/technical colleges and seminaries. Iowa consistently ranks in the top five states in the nation on standardized achievement tests, and test scores here in Dubuque consistently rank above both the national and state averages. Expansion Management Magazine has placed Dubuque's public school system at #7 out of 2,200 school districts nationwide.
HEALTHCARE: The Greater Dubuque area is nationally recognized for its excellent and affordable health care options. Recently, the area was ranked 2nd in the country for overall health system performance. Additionally, the Sustainable Dubuque initiative has identified health and wellness as a key measure of quality of life. Our area has numerous health care options available for emergency and non-emergency care.
HOUSING: Dubuque offers an exciting mix of housing options. Whether you are looking for a starter home, new construction, downtown industrial loft apartment, town home/condo, apartment complex, or a stately historic home with a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River, your options are plentiful. According to the US Census Bureau, the 2014 estimated median value of a owner-occupied housing unit in the Greater Dubuque area was $146,500, compared to the national average of $175,700.