Senior Scientific Specialist, Staff Engineer | Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute

Posted on Jan 28, 2019


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

Research – Publications

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

Engagement and Outreach

  • Provide  technical support with proposal preparation, including estimating staff  time and material needs.
  • Coordinate with GIS team members and serve as a project lead, developing workflow, and protocols.
  • Participate in team meetings and meetings  with agency staff, local officials, and private consulting engineers,
  • Organize and conduct meetings with local  officials, private consulting engineers and other agency staff involved  with the project.


  • Supervise and lead the work of H&H Engineers and/or student employees to achieve   success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at  both individual and organizational levels.  This includes   task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance management with coaching  and feedback, career development planning, leave/travel approval, as well as conducting annual performance reviews.  


  • 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.  A minimum of two years of professional work experience required with Bachelor’s degree.  Experience using HEC-HMS and/or HEC-RAS or similar software required.  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.


depending on qualifications and experience


2204 Griffith 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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