Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)

  • Austin, TX

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

Company Description

The mission of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is to lead the state’s efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas and its citizens. 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.

To accomplish our goals of planning for the state’s water resources and providing affordable water and wastewater services, the TWDB provides water planning, data collection and dissemination, financial assistance, and technical assistance services to the citizens of Texas. The tremendous population growth that the state continues to experience, and the recurrent threat of severe drought only intensify the need for the TWDB to accomplish its goals in an effective and efficient manner.

Job Description

Only candidates who apply via email to (HR “at” TWDB.texas.gov) with an official State of Texas Application or through the WorkInTexas.com website will be considered for this position. View this position and apply at https://tinyurl.com/2r2vw5lx

Texas Water Development Board’s Mission – Leading the state’s efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas and its citizens.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) endorses telecommuting and hybrid workplace plans, in addition to other flexible work alternatives. We offer competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), flexible spending, and flexible work hours so you can have a work/life balance! For more information about these benefits and more visit: http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/benefits.asp.

The Texas Water Development Board does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability in employment or provision of services, programs, or activities.

(full-time and part-time** opportunities offered)

*Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

**Part-time salaries will be prorated and based upon scheduled hours

*Licensed Engineering candidates external to TWDB will be eligible to receive a $5,000 recruitment bonus if selected.

Job Description Summary

Professional Engineers in the Regional Water Project Development Division (RWPD) of the office of Water Supply and Infrastructure play an essential role in advancing the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) mission by providing financial assistance for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas. Projects financed by the TWDB range from small grants to large-scale regional projects, including one of the largest water infrastructure projects currently underway in the country.

Performs moderately complex (journey-level) to highly complex (senior-level) project manager and/or engineering work in technical analysis and engineering evaluation of reports, facility plans, construction plans and specifications. Constructs schedules, contracts, change orders and other required project and program documents associated with TWDB-funded water, wastewater, and flood-related infrastructure projects. RWPD staff are responsible for working with stakeholders to ensure that TWDB financial assistance projects comply with Board rules and design criteria. RWPD staff make recommendations on eligibility for funding and project approval for a variety of funding programs that have provided nearly $32 billion in state and federal financial assistance to communities since 1957. RWPD engineering staff ensure that borrowers’ projects comply with all engineering and construction related program requirements. Ensures that project files are accurate, complete, and represent the agency when working with local communities. Staff in this position may provide guidance to others, work under general to limited supervision, with limited to moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Regional Water Project Development (RWPD) Teams 2, 3, 4, or 7.

Essential Job Functions

  • Reviews applications for financial assistance and advises applicants on TWDB requirements according to the different funding programs.
  • Develops relevant engineering information needed for Board consideration of funding requests and makes final recommendations on the feasibility of proposed project/applications.
  • Manages engineering reviews associated with assigned TWDB-funded projects.
  • Serves a project manager, monitoring project schedules, budgets and requirements, and reviewing pay requests.
  • Approves reimbursements and payments to consultants and contractors.
  • Coordinates with various federal and state agencies regarding projects and programs
  • Conducts technical reviews and evaluations of engineering related financial assistance documents.
  • Determines relevant deficiencies, options, and recommendations to ensure compliance with TWDB rules and regulations.
  • May serve as contract manager, monitoring contract schedules, budgets, requirements, terms, and conditions.
  • May conduct periodic on-site observations to monitor the progress of the construction of water, wastewater, and flood-related systems for compliance with TWDB rules and regulations.
  • Reviews project related engineering documents to ensure compliance with TWDB and TCEQ requirements and to ensure work is completed in accordance with approved plans and specifications.
  • Provides information and assistance to TWDB staff and clients.
  • May oversee engineering reviews conducted by project reviewers.
  • Stays informed of changes to pertinent laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and instructions; and correctly applies them to assigned projects.
  • 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.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in engineering, or a related field.

Professional Experience:

  • Engineer I – One to two years of relevant engineering experience.
  • Engineer II/Project Manager II – Three to five years of relevant engineering experience.
  • Engineer III/Project Manager III – Five years of relevant engineering experience.

PE License:

  • Engineer I-III – Licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) by the State of Texas
  • Project Manager II-III – Licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) in another U.S. state AND able to obtain a Texas PE license within six months of hire.
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in Civil, Environmental, or Agricultural Engineering.
  • Experience in project review, engineering review, or a related field.
  • Experience in planning and/or design of water treatment, storage, and distribution systems.
  • Experience in planning and/or design of wastewater treatment plants and collection systems.
  • Experience in planning and/or design of flood control or stormwater management projects.
  • Experience in construction related inspection, oversight or monitoring of water, wastewater, or flood projects.
  • Experience with water laws and federal and state programs and permitting.
  • Floodplain Manager Certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to RWPD Division; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
  • Knowledge of project engineering development including engineering principles, practices, techniques, and procedures; applicable laws, regulations and rules for water, wastewater, and flood projects. Ability to read all types of maps and drawings, especially construction plans.
  • 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 comprehending technical material and identifying complex problems. Reviews related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • 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, clear and concise communication 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.
  • 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 5 – 10% 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 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
  • Ability to provide guidance to or train others.

Additional Information

All interested candidates should apply via WorkInTexas.com

Texas Water Development Board, Stephen F. Austin Building

1700 North Congress Ave., Room 670, Austin, Texas 78701

Please contact Human Resources for accommodation requests.

Phone: (512) 475-2142

Email: HR(AT)twdb.texas.gov

Apply at: Work in Texas www.workintexas.com

Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)