Civil Engineer

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Havre, Montana

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $71,656 - $77,605 annually / $34.45 - $37.31 hourly, plus benefits. The total value of the benefits package is approximately $30,000 (see below)
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Job Overview and Description: DNRC is recruiting for a Regional Civil Engineer position, located in Havre, Montana. The Regional Engineer perform a broad variety of engineering analyses and technical duties for all programs within the DNRC Water Resources Division, including the engineering analysis and hydrologic information/services needed for dam safety regulation, floodplain administration, and state water project management. The incumbent will also assist with engineering analysis needed to make water right administration decisions. This position performs an enjoyable mix of in-office technical analysis and field work. The Havre engineer primarily serves counties along the Hi-Line, from the eastern slopes of Glacier National Park and the Rocky Mountain Front to the prairies and badlands of the North Dakota border. The position has the opportunity to work on statewide projects and tasks in other areas, depending on interest, skills, and need. DNRC is committed to providing training and career advancement to staff, including attendance at state and national conferences, state-of-the-art modeling courses, and support to pursue professional interests.

This position is supervised by the Regional Engineer Supervisor and works closely with other DNRC regional engineers; with Floodplain, Dam Safety, and State Water Projects engineers and staff; and with DNRC hydrologists and water rights staff. Under the direction of the Regional Engineer Supervisor and Program Managers located in the central Helena office, the Havre Regional Engineer enjoys diverse work experiences, including:

  • Working one-on-one with high hazard dam owners.
  • Using dam breach models to evaluate hazards below dams.
  • Reviewing hydrologic and hydraulic studies associated with floodplain mapping.
  • Assisting local communities with floodplain permit applications.
  • Providing engineering support and construction oversight on state-owned dam and canal rehabilitation projects.
  • Conducting field investigations and analysis to support wise local water right decisions.
  • The opportunity to make a difference and a genuine impact in the communities you serve.

This position requires travel, up to 25% of the time, which often involves field work. For more information, please see the recruitment flyer, link below:

Qualifications: This position requires a bachelor's degree in civil, environmental, construction, or a related engineering field and two years of experience. Applicants must have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. The ideal candidate will have experience and/or interest in hydrology, hydraulics, surveying, geotechnical engineering, and construction means and methods. Applicants should have strong organizational and communication skills and should have a desire to work with the public and develop relationships with dam owners, water users, and local officials.

DNRC will consider a training assignment for the right candidate. If you are a recent graduate with limited experience but you have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, your course work includes the necessary core engineering background, and you are on a trajectory to obtain your EI and PE, then DNRC encourages you to apply. In your cover letter, describe how your educational background makes you a good fit for the position.

Compensation: $71,656 - $77,605 annually / $34.45 - $37.31 hourly, plus benefits. The total value of the benefits package is approximately $30,000 (see below)

Benefits: The State of Montana is well known for excellent benefits, including 15 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, 11 paid holidays and health, dental, prescription, and vision insurance coverage at little to no cost to the employee. The State offers a defined benefit (pension) retirement plan or a defined contribution retirement plan with a generous 8.73% match. The total value of this benefit package is approximately $30,000. At DNRC, we work hard, but are committed to supporting a healthy work-life balance.


How to apply: To view the full job posting and in order to be considered, interested applicants must apply on the State of Montana Careers website. Please note that, in order for your application to be considered, you must apply using the official State of Montana hiring page, link below.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Hydrology