Engineer C (Local Flood Risk Reduction Section)


City of Austin, Watershed Protection Department


505 Barton Springs Road

Job Description

This position is a member of the Watershed Engineering Division (WED), Local Flood Risk Reduction (LFRR) section. Our mission is to protect life, property, and the environment from the effects of flooding. The work of the LFRR section includes the management of consultants and staff to complete projects that will reduce local flood hazards to houses, commercial buildings and roadways due to inadequate storm drain systems. This position is responsible for performing feasibility studies to assess potential solutions to flooding issues, identifying and implementing small scale mitigation solutions, developing stormdrain models, providing technical assistance and conducting reviews of development applications, and assisting other engineering staff with the final design and construction phases of CIP and small projects. This position is also responsible for assisting with efforts to identify and prioritize potential projects and activities for the section.

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.

Essential functions and duties specific to this position:
1. Assistance with the planning, design and construction of small projects and capital improvement projects for flood hazard mitigation. Application of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling systems for primarily storm drain systems, creeks, detention ponds, channel modifications, and levees/floodwalls.
2. Assistance with the preparation of preliminary and long range plans, schedules, cost estimates, budgets, special conditions and agreements. Monitor projects to assure they are completed as designed, on time and within budget.
3. Assistance with identification and prioritization of flood hazard mitigation projects. Assist with and conduct in-house engineering assessments for potential projects. Assist with and conduct evaluations and updates of information related to the City’s Watershed Masterplan.
4. Perform field work (including topographic survey) and site visits for active and prospective project areas.
5. Meet with City engineering, development review and legal staff, consulting engineers, contractors, developers, and private citizens on matters related to drainage, flooding, and flood hazard mitigation. Review of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling systems prepared by others.

This position will be filled at one of the following levels:

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to engineering, plus six (6) years experience in engineering, acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer. Must be a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas.

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Engineering or in a field related to the job, plus eight (8) years engineering experience acquired either before and/or after licensing as a professional engineer. Must be a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas

This position requires a State of Texas Professional Engineer License or if licensed in another state, must obtain Texas P.E. within 6 months of hire date.

A valid Texas Driver’s License is required if driving on City business. If selected as the top candidate, your driving record will be evaluated. Job offer is contingent on meeting the City’s Driver Eligibility Standards which includes not exceeding the applicable Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) points or City Driver Points (CDP).

A skills assessment(s) may be conducted as part of the interview process.

Verification of education will be conducted on the top candidate.

Must be able to carry/lift/push/pull up to 20 lbs. Ability to climb/sit/stand/bend/stoop/walk/squat/kneel/reach above shoulder level to conduct field work/site visits/creek walks/carrying survey equipment and flood reconnaissance kits in the field.

Must be able to navigate in various types of weather conditions and terrains (e.g. performing site visits and creek walks).

Job Requirements


Degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in water resources.

Knowledge and experience of hydrologic and hydraulic analysis including 1D and 2D modeling of primarily storm drain systems and open channels, including experience and proficiency with hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software such as StormCAD, Inforworks, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, etc.

Design experience preferably with storm drains and be able to demonstrate experience in and knowledge of engineering design software such as CivilStorm and AutoCAD.

Working knowledge of the City’s Drainage Criteria Manual.

Possess well-developed oral and written technical communication skills.

Experience in and knowledge of GIS.

Experience performing topographic surveys (using GPS and Total Station equipment).


Commensurate with experience

Contact Information

For additional requirements and information regarding this position and to APPLY, please visit the City of Austin Job site: Job Requisition Number is COA077694.