1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA 98802

509-884-7191 / 1-800-503-7990


Project Civil Engineer - Dam Safety

Job Number: W2012
Status: Open Until Filled
Closing Date: 11/30/2020 12:00 AM
Location: East Wenatchee Headquarters
Wage/Salary: Annualized salary of $95,000 - $125,000 D.O.E.
Duration: Regular, Full-Time
Allow Email Submissions: Yes
Allow Postal Submissions: No

​​Position Summary:

The Project Civil Engineer will manage and direct the District's Dam Safety program.  The primary function of this position is to ensure the structural integrity and operational safety of the Wells Hydroelectric Project.  This position will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, consultants, and federal regulators toward ensuring that the Wells Hydroelectric Project continues to operate in a safe and reliable manner for the foreseeable future.  This position will work with and coordinate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) appointed Board of Consulting Engineers who have been tasked with evaluating, and designing dam safety related enhancements to the east and west embankments at Wells Dam. 

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, coordinate and conduct geotechnical analyses of embankment dams and slopes (e.g. stability, seepage, stress and deformation analyses). 
  • Conduct seismic design analyses, stability assessments and develop slope stabilization designs.
  • Report directly to the Assistant Manager on matters related to dam safety and environmental compliance.
  • Draft and review technical reports describing the results of various geotechnical and dam safety related investigations including DSSMRs, ODSPs, and STI documents.
  • Coordinate site investigations including supervising exploratory drilling activities, aquifer testing, logging core samples, collecting soil and rock samples, conducting geological mapping and leading bank and shoreline stability investigations.
  • Prepare technical reports, project documentation and maintain project timelines while working with an interdisciplinary team of engineering consultants and contractors.
  • Perform project management in accordance with District standards including:
    • Prepare and manage project timelines,
    • Prepare engineering estimates and project budgets,
    • Advertise, evaluation and award bids, and
    • ​​​Conduct internal/external risk assessments.
  • Conduct Dam Safety Training for Hydro Operations Staff.
  • Provide geotechnical field oversight for ongoing civil construction projects.
  • Coordinate and design geotechnical instrumentation, including piezometers and GPR installation.
  • Work respectfully and cooperatively with a diverse group of people and maintain professional interactions at all times in the workplace.
  • Ensure compliance with all District policies, including Safety Policy and Procedures.
  • Operate District vehicles that may be equipped with a GPS device that monitors vehicle location while conducting business on behalf of the District.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions, the importance of personal interactions between this position, employees, and members of outside agencies, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent, on-site attendance while working independently and handling professional relationships with outside consultants, contractors and federal regulators.  This position will be stationed at the District's East Wenatchee offices and will report directly to the District Assistant Manager.  This position will frequently be required to perform field sampling, data collection and construction management oversight activities onsite at the Wells Hydroelectric Project.

This position is subject to a one-year probationary period.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Strong project management skills

Working knowledge of FERC license requirements and filing protocol

Utilization of Microsoft Suite of programs (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project)

Excellent technical writing, report writing skills, and verbal communications skills.

Ability to interact with co-workers, vendors, and the public in a respectful and positive manner.

Excellent problem solving, organizational, and time management skills.

Adaptability to work with professionals in an office environment and with skilled labor in construction sites or within the power plant.

Education, Certifications and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and at least five (5) years of related experience.

Licensed professional engineers with advanced degrees and certifications coupled with onsite geotechnical/civil experience are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

A valid driver's license and proof of good driving record is required for this position (will be verified upon job offer).  Out-of-state candidates must acquire a Washington State driver's license within 30 days of employment.

Competency Requirements:

Safety: Demonstrates that safety is the top priority when performing any job duty or task; prioritizes personal safety and the safety of co-workers and the public.

Accountability/Dependability: Accepts responsibility for quality of own work; acknowledges and corrects mistakes. Shows up on time, meets standards, deadlines and work schedules.

Productivity: Is able to demonstrate completion of assigned tasks through work product and documentation. This will include evidence that clearly shows work was completed on time and with above average quality.

Teamwork: Promotes cooperation and mutual respect with all co-workers.

Adaptability/Flexibility: Responds positively to changing business needs and responsibilities. Adapts when redirected and develops methods to achieve results and remain accountable

Professionalism: Interact daily with others in a professional manner. Treat others and be treated with respect; perform with integrity, honesty and professionalism; participate constructively in open communication; help to resolve issues and difficult situations in ways that reduce conflict and maintain good working relationships; improve work performance and take an active part in generating a mutually supportive environment. Recognize that diversity is an asset and value cultural, physical and professional differences

​Physical Requirements:

This position requires the ability to perform the following physical activities with or without reasonable accommodation:

Applicants must be capable of working in an industrial plant environment.  Must be able to walk on uneven terrain, climb ladders and stairwells, and adapt to noisy conditions. Applicant must be able to distinguish basic colors, and have full auditory and visual capability in order to allow the applicant to work safely in an environment with large moving machinery.

​Background screening

Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Douglas County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District's critical physical and/or cyber assets.

Compensation & Benefits​​

Douglas PUD offers excellent working conditions and a competitive salary and benefit package. Employee benefits include: medical, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability, personal leave plan, paid holidays, participation in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), deferred compensation programs with employer matching, Health Reimbursement Accounts with employer contributions, Wellness Program, training opportunities, and more


How to apply for this job:

Resumes must be submitted with our Resume Cover Sheet ( click here to download ). Your cover letter and resume listing qualifications, our Resume Cover Sheet, and any supplemental materials (if required) must be received by 11/30/2020 12:00 AM .

Resumes must be submitted with our Resume Cover Sheet ( click here to download ). This position is open until filled, please send in your cover letter, resume listing qualifications, our Resume Cover Sheet, and any supplemental materials (if required) as soon as possible.

Postal Mailing Instructions:

Please note on the outside of the envelope:

Project Civil Engineer - Dam Safety - East Wenatchee Headquarters

Mail to:
Human Resources
Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County
1151 Valley Mall Parkway
East Wenatchee, WA 98802

No e-mail or fax submissions, please.

Email Instructions:

Please include the job number ( W2012 ) in the subject line of your email and send to careers@dcpud.org . Please submit all emailed materials as attachments in PDF format.