The Water Quality Bureau, Wastewater Engineering Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, has an opening for an Environmental Engineer. The Environmental Engineer will perform municipal wastewater project management through engineering/technical review of construction permit applications and manage wastewater treatment and collection system projects including approving engineering planning reports, plans and specifications, and construction permits; specifically:
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Wastewater Project Management; including facility plan and construction permit review and approvals.
Technical review and comments of design standards, CWSRF requirements, state and federal rules, regulations, and standards and siting requirements.
Coordinating with cities and their consultants, other agencies, DNR staff and field offices, and NPDES staff to document reviews and comments made, transmit clear and concise comments to the project owner and consultant. Meet as necessary to resolve technical issues.
Follow the prescribed process in the permitting process manual in issuing construction permits.
Schedule site visits to treatment facilities to conduct inspections and compile reports.
Perform general project management by managing assigned projects according to the permitting process manual, use of a web-based tracking system for administrative management of project information and to maintain project schedules with timely reviews and responses.
Coordinate with applicants, their representatives, citizens and other agencies to expedite project approvals.
Other Related Non-SRF Project Duties and Other Duties as Assigned
Process non-SRF projects including the technical review of engineering reports and construction permit applications using the permitting process manual as applicable.
Coordinate with municipalities and various funding agencies for funding eligibility.
Issue construction permits, conduct construction inspections, compile reports and other technical projects as assigned.
Respond to public inquiries and requests for technical and regulatory information on wastewater construction and permitting issues.
Attend departmental meetings, continuing education training workshops and short courses for continued development of knowledge and skills associated with technical and regulatory aspects of wastewater treatment.
Participate in Design standards review and update and rule updates.
Applies state design standards, engineering principles and engineering practices dealing with municipal wastewater treatment and conveyance design and operation.
Review technical, administrative, and regulatory documents to assure projects comply with SRF and permitting requirements.
Reads and understands technical documents and information for projects.
Performs detailed project technical review and prepare comments for projects.
Performs complex civil and environmental engineering calculations.
Utilizes education, knowledge, experience and understanding of civil and environmental engineering principles to perform duties.
Uses personal computer for document development and develops reports using databases.
Works independently with minimal supervision.
Communicates fluently and tactfully both written and oral in English to communicate with permittee, consulting engineers, stakeholders and the public.
Prepares and makes technical presentations to stakeholders.
Travels to remote sites for meetings and inspections driving a state vehicle or personal vehicle and mobility to inspect construction sites in rugged terrain.
Demonstrates initiative, customer service and team orientation and display high standards of ethical conduct.
Adjusts to change, work pressures or difficult situations without undue stress.
Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Preference will be given to degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering. Additional preference will be given to those with related work experience in design and/or design review of wastewater/water collection and treatment systems or advanced coursework and advanced degree in wastewater engineering. Valid Class C driver’s license in order to drive a state vehicle or personal vehicle and travel for job duties.
Core Competency Requirements
Accountability, Interpersonal Skills, High Productivity, Attention to Detail, Communication Skills, Computer Skills, Customer Focus, Integrity, Problem Solving, Project Management, Self- Management, Team Player, Technical Engineering Skills.
Additional Salary Information: Starting salary for a Department of Natural Resources Environmental Engineer is $52,478.40. The State of Iowa offers a competitive salary schedule and benefit package.
Internal Number: 19-02542
About Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources
The DNR manages fish and wildlife programs, ensures the health of Iowa’s forests and prairies, and provides recreational opportunities in Iowa’s state parks. Just as importantly, the DNR carries out state and federal laws that protect air, land and water through technical assistance, permitting and compliance programs. The DNR also encourages the enjoyment and stewardship of natural resources among Iowans through outreach and education.
The DNR's mission:
To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.