19-68- Coastal Modeler (Hydrologist III/Engineer III)


Texas Water Development Board


Austin, Texas

Job Description

Perform complex (journey-level) managerial work administering the daily operations and activities of the Texas Water Development Board’s Groundwater Monitoring Department. Work involves establishing goals and objectives; developing guidelines, procedures, policies, rules, and regulations; developing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established goals; coordinating and evaluating department activities; developing and evaluating budget requests; and monitoring budget expenditures. Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of others. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Director of the Groundwater Division.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides effective leadership and management of the Groundwater Monitoring Department.

  • Oversees the establishment of goals and objectives; develops and approves schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving goals; and manage evaluation activities.

  • Develops and evaluates of the team’s budget requests, monitors budget expenditures, and makes adjustments.

  • Oversees the planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and procedures; monitors compliance with policies and procedures.

  • Manages all project activities within the department, providing technical direction and guidance.

  • Monitors and reports department work activities.

  • Authorizes department hiring, separations, disciplinary actions and employee performance rewards.

  • Assigns job duties, conducts performance evaluations, clarifies roles and responsibilities, and monitors and measures performance against goals.

  • Evaluates department performance and recommends and leads improvements.

  • Supports department administrative requirements related to organization, budget and personnel.

  • Ensures the provision of quality customer service from the department to both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Manages the performance of direct reports, to include, timely completion of performance appraisals, and follow-through on disciplinary actions as needed.

  • Maintains confidential and sensitive information.

  • Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.

  • Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.

  • May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Geology, Oceanography, Water Resource or Environmental Engineering or a closely related field.

  • Five years of experience applying or running hydrodynamic, hydrologic, or other numerical models

  • Engineer III – Licensed as Professional Engineer by the State of Texas.

  • Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree, or working towards completion of a graduate degree, from an accredited college or university in a closely related field.

  • Experience with 2D or 3D Hydrodynamic Circulation Models such as ADCIRC, DELFT3D, EFDC, FVCOM, ROMS, SCHISM, SUNTANS, or other models.

  • Experience modeling river/estuary/shelf processes such as baroclinic tracer transport, storm surge, wind wave, coastal inundation, and water quality.

  • Experience using parallel computing (MPI or OpenMP) on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems.

  • Experience processing, analyzing, interpreting, and displaying large scientific data sets in different formats (ASCII, NetCDF, binary, etc.).

  • Experience using Unix/Linux operating systems and scripting/programming languages, such as Python, Fortran, Matlab, Perl, Bash, etc.

  • Experience using numerical/visualization tools, such as Matlab, Scipy/Numpy, Tecplot, Gnuplot, VisIT etc.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Bays and Estuaries Department and Surface Water Division, including water management and environmental flows in Texas, and of the principles and practices of public administration.

  • Knowledge of scientific, engineering, statistical, modeling, and hydrological principles, techniques, and procedures.

  • Skills in written and oral communications.

  • Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access

  • Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.

  • Skills in scientific data collection, management, and interpretation, particularly of hydrologic data.

  • Skills in using and applying numerical models, particularly hydrodynamic and salinity transport models, and statistical procedures.

  • Skills in programming/scripting languages, such as Python, Fortran, Matlab, or equivalent, including documentation and version control, for developing and modifying software and scripts for conducting analyses and to maintain automated processes.

  • Skills in temporal and spatial data analysis techniques (e.g., Matlab, ArcGIS, etc.).

  • Skills with using mechanical and electrical equipment, including water quality, water velocity, and surveying tools, such as GPS systems, as well as boats and trailers.

  • Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.

  • Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.

  • Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.

  • Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.

  • Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.

  • Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.

  • Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.

  • Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and to communicate clearly and concisely to internal and external stakeholders, both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and schedule work to maintain regular progress on assignments and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.

  • Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.

  • Ability to work days that may exceed eight hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.

  • Ability to train others.

  • Ability to interact with public/government officials to initiate studies and to request data pertinent to studies.

  • Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs. over varying terrain, carry equipment in varying weather, and work in small boats.

  • Ability to operate and transport motorized boats up to 25-ft in length safely, effectively, and independently or a willingness to learn.


$4,023.17 - $5,551.88/ monthly

Contact Information

All interested candidates should apply via WorkInTexas.com
Texas Water Development Board, Stephen F. Austin Building
1700 North Congress Ave., Room 670, Austin, Texas 78701
Please contact Human Resources for accommodation requests.
Phone: (512) 475-2142
Email: HR@twdb.texas.gov
Apply at: Work in Texas www.workintexas.com