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JOB TITLE: Water Resources Engineer
PAY GRADE: $50,000 – $60,000 DOQ
DEPT: Division of Environmental and Water Resources

Staff Engineer capable of performing day to day activities and long term projects independently within the Environmental and Water Resources Division including but not limited to: Site grading and stormwater permit review, local drainage program, drainage complaints, field investigations, flood documentation, stormwater ordinance compliance and violations, water conservation and water supply planning, resource conservation and sustainability activities, and recycling events and publications.


  • Develop and implement Local Drainage Projects in unincorporated Kane County to reduce flooding through construction of drainage improvement projects. This may include: field investigation, preparation of plans, specifications, public bidding documents, pre-bid and preconstruction meetings, contract development and approval, bid review, contractor selection, construction observation, quantities documentation, contract administration and contract closeout.
  • Investigate drainage complaints and flooding including site visits, photographic documentation and historical record locating.
  • Technical review of plans and other documentation submitted for a Stormwater Permit under the Kane County Stormwater Ordinance for unincorporated Kane County, and within the non-certified municipalities under the ordinance, to prevent flooding and other stormwater related problems with new development.
  • Develop and prepare public presentations, papers and marketing materials to educate and inform others of Kane County’s activities and forward planning regarding the Division’s projects and programs via PowerPoint or publication.
  • Assist in administration the Stormwater Special Service Areas. Includes annual inspections, needs assessments, recommending and tracking of levies, and meeting attendance.
  • Public education and marketing for sustainability plan, water conservation efforts and NPDES Phase II education in Kane County.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as may be required by the Division Director in line with given experience and knowledge.


  • Knowledge of stormwater, floodplain, wetland and soil erosion and sediment control; and public works construction, maintenance and operation methods and practices.
  • Proficient in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of watersheds and use of associated engineering software.
  • Proficient in the use of GIS mapping and CAD software.
  • Strong organizational skills including work and resource prioritization, public relations, and communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of natural stream systems, floodplain and drainage design.
  • Familiarity with earth and water sciences, including the hydrologic cycle, climate, glacial deposition of soils, aquifers, groundwater, surface water and soil science.
  • Proficient in the use of a personal computer including the use of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point, and other programs and software.
  • Ability to apply appropriate county procedures and policies to Division activities.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, the public, other professionals, and co-workers.
  • Certification
    • Required: Illinois Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
    • Desirable: Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)
  • Education
    • Required: Bachelor of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering
  • Experience: Four or more years of progressively responsible professional civil engineering experience are required, with at least experience in one of the following areas: site development engineering, public works, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field.
  • Valid Illinois driver’s license.


  • Office work, including sitting, standing, walking and keyboard work; field work, including driving car; lift up to 40 lbs (manhole lids); dig small holes; walk hilly terrain, farmland, woodland, shallow creeks-wetlands-flooded areas.


  • Office environment; work outdoors all four seasons of the year.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. The principal duties and responsibilities enumerated are all essential job functions except for those that begin with the word “may.”

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Posted 4-23-14 (5-24-14)

Senior Project Engineer Job Description

Engineering Resource Associates, Inc. is currently looking to fill a Senior Project Engineer position. The primary role of this position is to be the leading project engineer on multiple project assignments and to mentor and direct other design engineers at the firm. This position involves client contact and some assistance with proposal development when needed. Some of the expected qualifications and benefits for the position are included below.

  • 7-20 years of experience
  • Stormwater experience including permitting, through local, state, and federal agencies and proficiency with industry standard hydrologic/hydraulic programs (HEC-RAS, TR-20, Etc.)
  • Municipal engineering experience for transportation and infrastructure projects.
  • Institutional and recreational development experience for state and local agencies.
  • Project coordinator for client contact, scheduling tasks and interaction with reviewing agencies and other stakeholders. Ability to multi-task and take on multiple projects at a time
  • Good technical writing abilities (examples of writing helpful)
  • Salary will commensurate with experience
  • Full benefits package

About our Firm
Engineering Resource Associates, Inc. (ERA) is a consulting firm providing civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental science, and surveying services to clients throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Our diverse clientele includes municipalities, park districts, forest preserve districts, sanitary districts, county agencies, state agencies and some private entities. We have more than two decades of experience identifying and working with a wide variety of local, state and federal funding sources. Our staff of professionals includes licensed professional engineers, structural engineers, surveyors, environmental scientists, certified floodplain managers and CAD/GIS specialists.

Our firm specializes in providing comprehensive services throughout the planning, design and construction phases of engineering and environmental assignments. The following is a partial listing of the primary types of projects that have been successfully completed by our firm.

  • Water Resource Projects – Master Plans, Watershed Studies, Ordinance/Guidance Manuals, Storm/Sanitary Modeling, Floodplain Mapping, Stream Restoration, Levee Certification, and CRS Services
  • Transportation Projects – Roadways, Intersections, Streetscape, Lighting and Parking Facilities
  • Infrastructure Projects – Sanitary Sewers, Storm Sewers, Water Mains, and Pumping Stations
  • Structural Projects – Bridges, Retaining Walls, Buildings and Structural Forensics
  • Environmental Projects – Wetland Facilities, Stream Bank Stabilization, Best Management Practices, and Natural Area Restoration
  • Recreational Projects – Riverwalks, Golf Courses, Bicycle and multi-use Trails and Community Parks
  • Surveying and Mapping Projects – Topographic Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Construction Layout and GIS Services
  • Construction Assistance – Full and/or part time Resident Engineering, Site Observation, Construction Administration and Record Drawing Submittals

Posted 4-20-14 (5-21-14)

CRS Specialist Position

Due to the continued growth of the Community Rating System (CRS) program, we currently have a need for a Flood Program Field Representative (CRS Specialist) located in the Illinois area. The CRS program is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

If you are self-motivated, detail-oriented, and enjoy working in the field and meeting people, then this position is for you. The primary responsibilities involve visiting communities to collect flood information, preparing reports in accordance with established standards, and representing ISO at meeting involving community officials. This position involves travel.

To learn more, please find the link to the career page of our website: https://careers.verisk.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-9722&ERFormID=newjoblist&ERFormCode=any. This opening will close on 5/20/14.

Posted 4-20-14 (5-21-14)

Visiting Hydrologist

Division of Illinois State Water Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Division of Illinois State Water Survey has been a leader in the study of water resources for more than a century. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science- based information and analysis necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.

We are seeking a Visiting Hydrologist to fill a position within the Water Quality Section. This position will work with Principal Investigators to conduct scientific research and analysis related to surface water resources.  Analyze environmental data, assist in the development of hydrologic, hydraulic, and/or water quality models, analyze model results, and prepare written material for project reports.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The successful applicant will join a team of engineers and scientists conducting applied research to support Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development. Responsibilities will include: 1) pre- and post-processing data for use with hydrologic, hydraulic, water quality and/or statistical models, 2) analyzing environmental data to detect trends and relationships, 3) creating GIS datasets and preparing map products, 4) preparing technical reports, and 5) applying hydrologic, hydraulic, and/or water quality models.

Required Education and Experience:  B.S. with 2 years relevant experience or M.S. in engineering, environmental sciences, or related field.  Required: Strong academic background in water resources engineering or related field; experience with GIS, specifically working with GIS tools or interfaces to develop model input, excellent language and communication skills, experience with statistics and data analyses, ability and desire to work in a team environment; ability to organize own work and meet deadlines. Very desirable: course work or work experience with models such as HSPF, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, QUAL2K, GWLF and/or CE-QUAL-W2; experience using models through the BASINS or MapShed framework; work experience in a team environment; technical writing experience.  Course work or work experience using hydrologic, hydraulic and/or water quality models is desired.

This is a visiting full-time position paid on a 12-month basis.  Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and a programmatic need. 

Proposed start date: as soon as possible after close, or until a suitable candidate is identified.  Salary: is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment status:  12-month, academic professional position Application procedures:  Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, CV, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references must be received by March 30, 2014.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. 

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Hannah Dorsey at (217)333-4978 or hdorsey@illinois.edu.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu



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