Scientific Specialist, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer | Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute

Posted on Jan 28, 2019


  • Conduct   hydrologic and hydraulic studies using computer models, data  research/capture following applicable standards and data capture  protocols. Will involve using a variety of software including, but not   limited to: HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and ArcGIS. Projects  may use both steady and unsteady computational modes.

Research – Publications

  • Prepare  publication-ready profiles, tables, maps, reports and other modes to  communicate technical results, data research, model development, and  methodology meeting applicable standards.

Research – Quality Assurance

  • Perform  Quality assurance checks of models, graphics and reports.

Engagement and Outreach

  • Support activities  associated with proposal preparation, including providing technical data  and information,
  • Coordinate activities with project team,  engineers and GIS Specialists.
  • Participate in meetings with team, agency  staff, local officials, general public, and private consulting engineers.


  • Professional  Development activities such as attending conferences, giving  presentations.
  • Perform  other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.


Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Civil, Water Resources, Environmental or similar curriculum) with coursework in hydrology and hydraulics.  Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to the position. Course work (or equivalent work experience) using HEC-HMS and/or HEC-RAS or similar software and familiarity with ArcGIS.  Some work experience, a research assistant at a university, internship, or other position.  Must have passed the Fundamental of Engineering Exam and be an Engineer in training (EIT); (Registration as a Professional Engineer in Illinois expected as soon as practicable).  Must attain Certification as Floodplain Manager within one year of employment.  Valid Illinois Driver’s License.  Solid understanding of the fundamentals of surface water hydrology and hydraulics.  Effective communication, organizational, personal relations, and technical writing skills.  Demonstrated ability to perform in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision.  An attention to detail, sound judgement, and strong resolution skills.  Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases, such as Microsoft Office Suite. 


Based on qualifications and experience.


2204 Griffth Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

How to apply

Please complete your candidate profile at  and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by Monday, March 8, 2019.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date and a hiring decision may occur before the closing date due to multiple positions.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact Megan Weeks at or 217-244-4768. 

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