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Job Title: Water Structures Engineer      (to directly link to this job posting, copy this link)   
Req. No:189379
Agency:Kansas Dept of Agriculture
Posting Type:External
Applications accepted through: 
Job Description:

This position will remain posted until filled.

Job Summary:

Review and process permit applications for water structures projects, including dams, stream obstructions, channel changes, levees and floodplain fill.  Review incoming applications for completeness.  Prepare and send environmental coordination act notices to other agencies.  Provide internal information to other DWR staff to facilitate review of water rights as needed. Review construction plans and supporting calculations for compliance with statutes, regulations and acceptable engineering practice. Work with permit applicants and designers to resolve concerns. When the permit review is complete, summarize and prepare final documents for approval by the team lead, program manager or division manager.

Respond to calls and complaints from citizens and other agencies. Conduct onsite inspections to determine permit requirements and compliance with regulations.  Meet with landowners to discuss requirements and resolve concerns. Document site conditions and summarize findings for future reference. Continue to communicate with landowners as needed throughout the permit process. Manage travel to minimize travel costs and work efficiently. Cover multiple counties over a wide region of the state. Some statewide travel may be required.

Conduct onsite inspections of dams to verify compliance with construction documents and regulatory requirements.  Inspect dams during construction as outlined in regulations.  Inspect core trench compaction, spillway pipe installation, embankment backfill, and final dimensions.  Work with contractors and other engineers to resolve concerns.  Document observations and manage records for future reference.  Inspect existing dams as needed to enforce periodic dam safety inspection requirements.  Prepare summary reports and outline recommended maintenance or modifications requirements.  Continue to communicate with dam owners as needed.

Complete hydraulic analyses of existing dams as assigned, to verify the current hazard classification. Review periodic dam safety inspection reports as assigned to verify that the inspection is complete and to assess findings. Provide recommendations and notify the dam owner as needed.

Serve as a point of contact for the Water Structures Program.  Complete permit determinations as needed, facilitate new permit applications and coordinate review work with other local, state and federal agencies.  Attend seminars, conferences and meetings to increase knowledge, share information and maintain professional engineering license.

Salary: $62,500/Year                             


Professional Engineering license recognized by the Kansas Board of Technical Professionals and four years of experience in engineering.  Good written and verbal communications skills are strongly preferred.  Experience with hydrology and hydraulics are preferred.  Experience with GIS software is beneficial.  Must be able to perform engineering computations and write engineering reports.  Valid driver’s license.

What to Expect Next:

Once your completed application and tax clearance certificate is received, an evaluation of your qualifications will be conducted in order to determine best qualified.  The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and interview.

How To Apply:

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form.  (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form and submit to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.  If you prefer to mail your application, please send to: Kansas Department of Agriculture, Human Resources, Attention: Kelsey Senn 1320 Research Park Dr.  Manhattan, KS 66502.

STEP 3:  Email these additional required documents to Kelsey Senn at .  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line. 

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at: .

A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:

Name: Kelsey Senn
Phone: (785) 564-6712

Fax: (785) 564-6777

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation.  Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the qualifications of the position.  Next, your application will be evaluated based on selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What to Expect Next:

After your application is evaluated, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. 

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Class/Uncl: U    Full/Part Time: F    Grade 001    Hiring Rate: $0.00    Pay Frequency: Biweekly   

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