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Job Description Summary
Performs complex (journey-level) engineering or highly complex (senior-level) hydrological work including hydrodynamic modeling and studies for the Bays and Estuaries Department in the Surface Water Division. Work involves maintaining and applying hydrologic and hydrodynamic and salinity transport models to support the evaluation of freshwater inflow needs for Texas estuaries and water planning studies for the Texas coast. Investigates, develops, and implements the use of numerical methods and data for running hydrodynamic models. Plans and participates in scientific and engineering field studies of state streams, rivers, bays, and estuaries. Attends public meetings and provides technical support to stakeholders and customers. Communicates modeling analyses and study results to general and technical audiences. May train others. Works under limited to general supervision, with considerable to moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Bays and Estuaries Department.
Essential Job Functions
Develops, modifies, and updates input data files for model execution and performs post-processing of model results.
Writes, executes, and maintains relevant Python, Linux, Fortran, and ArcGIS programs and scripts.
Writes, reviews, and evaluates technical memos, reports, work process, and policy documents.
Delivers presentations on study results to technical and non-technical audiences.
Participates in field studies, including planning, on-site work, equipment installation, data acquisition, and data management.
Works with other departments to post updates of data and publications to the agency website.
Provides data, models, information, and technical support to stakeholder groups, scientific committees, and customers.
Serves as contract manager for research and monitoring contracts.
Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes, including the transport and operation of boats and equipment.
Requires work outdoors, occasionally in small boats, possibly during inclement weather or under hot/cold temperatures.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrology, Geology, Oceanography, Water Resource or Environmental Engineering or a closely related field.
Five years of experience applying or running hydrodynamic, hydrologic, or other numerical models.
Engineer III – Licensed as Professional Engineer by the State of Texas.
Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
Graduate degree, or working towards completion of a graduate degree, from an accredited college or university in a closely related field.
Experience with 2D or 3D Hydrodynamic Circulation Models such as ADCIRC, DELFT3D, EFDC, FVCOM, ROMS, SCHISM, SUNTANS, or other models.
Experience modeling river/estuary/shelf processes such as baroclinic tracer transport, storm surge, wind wave, coastal inundation, and water quality.
Experience using parallel computing (MPI or OpenMP) on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems.
Experience processing, analyzing, interpreting, and displaying large scientific data sets in different formats (ASCII, NetCDF, binary, ).
Experience using Unix/Linux operating systems and scripting/programming languages, such as Python, Fortran, Matlab, Perl, Bash, etc.
Experience using numerical/visualization tools, such as Matlab, Scipy/Numpy, Tecplot, Gnuplot, VisIT etc.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Bays and Estuaries Department and Surface Water Division, including water management and environmental flows in Texas, and of the principles and practices of public administration.
Knowledge of scientific, engineering, statistical, modeling, and hydrological principles, techniques, and procedures.
Skills in written and oral communications.
Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
Skills in scientific data collection, management, and interpretation, particularly of hydrologic data.
Skills in using and applying numerical models, particularly hydrodynamic and salinity transport models, and statistical procedures.
Skills in programming/scripting languages, such as Python, Fortran, Matlab, or equivalent, including documentation and version control, for developing and modifying software and scripts for conducting analyses and to maintain automated processes.
Skills in temporal and spatial data analysis techniques (g., Matlab, ArcGIS, etc.).
Skills with using mechanical and electrical equipment, including water quality, water velocity, and surveying tools, such as GPS systems, as well as boats and trailers.
Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance and to communicate clearly and concisely to internal and external stakeholders, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
Ability to manage multiple tasks and schedule work to maintain regular progress on assignments and meet deadlines.
Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
Ability and willingness to travel up to 20% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
Ability to work days that may exceed eight hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
Ability to train others.
Ability to interact with public/government officials to initiate studies and to request data pertinent to studies.
Ability to lift and carry 30 lbs. over varying terrain, carry equipment in varying weather, and work in small boats.
Ability to operate and transport motorized boats up to 25-ft in length safely, effectively, and independently or a willingness to learn.
Internal Number: 19-68
About Texas Water Development Board
The mission of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is to provide leadership, information, education, and support for planning, financial assistance, and outreach for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas. Our mission is a vital part of Texas' overall vision and the state's mission and goals that relate to maintaining the viability of the state's natural resources, health, and economic development.