The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Health is seeking to hire a flexibly staffed Engineering Assistant I/II, Associate I, Engineer I position in Anchorage, Alaska.
This position is one of three engineering staff in the department's Anchorage office. The primary function of this position is to effectively regulate activities related to public drinking water systems by application of civil, environmental, and sanitary engineering theories, concepts, principles, and practices. Project assignments are varied and related to design, construction, and operation of public drinking water systems, including the prevention, abatement, and remediation of adverse public health and environmental impacts.
The primary duty of this position is to review engineering plans, specifications, and record drawings pertaining to public drinking water systems in the South-Central Alaska Peninsula, South-Western North Slope, and Pipeline Corridor program areas to determine compliance with the applicable provisions of the State's drinking water regulations, 18 AAC 80. The employee will evaluate water sources to determine whether they are surface water, true ground water, or groundwater under the direct influence of surface water (GWUDISW), and will review separation distance waiver requests to assure that lesser distances are protective of public health and the environment.
Other duties include: Providing guidance and technical assistance to private citizens, contractors, developers, professional engineers, other State agency representatives, local government representatives, and attorneys regarding:
The State drinking water regulations
The design, operation, and maintenance of public drinking water systems
Water treatment technologies
Separation distance waiver requirements
Conducting site visits to perform engineering inspections of drinking water systems. These inspections serve to determine compliance with the State’s drinking water regulations by evaluating:
Source water protection
Adequacy of treatment, distribution systems, and operation and maintenance practices
Existence of hazardous conditions, such as cross-connections
Adequacy of financial and management capacity
Investigating and responding to complaints received by the department for drinking water issues involving public water systems. Enforcement actions may result from either such investigations or review of documents that show public water systems are not complying with the State’s drinking water regulations.
Travel to public drinking water systems within the assigned program area to conduct site visits, sanitary surveys, and status component inspections is an essential part of this position. Travel may be frequent and may last two to five days per trip. Travel may occur in small aircraft to remote locations with limited to non-existent accommodations.
This position is a flexibly staffed position and may be hired at the Engineering Assistant I, Engineering Assistant II, Engineering Associate I, or Engineer I level depending on the applicant's training and/or experience.
This recruitment is for the Engineer I level only.
Applicants who wish to be considered for the Engineering Assistant I/II, Engineering Associate I level must apply separately under that recruitment on Workplace Alaska.
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Electronic and electrical engineering are not considered related branches of engineering for this job class.
Special Requirement: Engineer I, DEC positions require registration as a professional engineer (PE) by the State of Alaska. If you are registered as a professional engineer with a state other than Alaska, you must apply for and receive a State of Alaska registration within one year of appointment.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in environmental engineering or a related branch of engineering;
Three years of engineering experience of which two years were equivalent to an Engineering Assistant II, DEC with the State of Alaska.
Master's degree from an accredited institution in environmental engineering or a related branch of engineering;
One year of engineering experience equivalent to an Engineering Assistant I, DEC with the State of Alaska.