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New York Power Authority Dam Safety Engineer II in White Plains, New York

Dam Safety Engineer II


White Plains, US


The Dam Safety Engineer II helps to execute NYPA’s Dam Safety Program Policy in ensuring compliance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Dam Safety regulations. The Dam Safety Engineer II will provide civil, geotechnical, structural, hydraulics/ hydrology, and/or water resources engineering expertise to support operations, maintenance, and NYPA’s Dam Safety projects, plants, and facilities. Major practice areas include dam safety engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic/ hydrology (H&H) and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, and structural engineering. Specific skill requirements will depend on the practice area for which expertise is needed in the department. #LI-AE1


  • Support the execution of NYPA’s Dam Safety Program.

  • Support compliance with FERC Dam safety regulations.

  • Participate in 18CFR Part 12D Independent Consultant Safety Inspections.

  • Review Potential Failure Mode Analyses (PFMA) for NYPA’s six facilities with high hazard dams.

  • Assist with maintaining Emergency Action Plans (EAP) in the Event of Dam Failure.

  • Support the dam safety monitoring program.

  • Support and help coordinate EAP drills and exercise to simulate effects and response to dam failure events.

  • Prepare scopes of work, requests for proposals, scheduling, budgeting, and directing and reviewing work for external consultants.

  • Perform field inspections and assess conditions of facilities.

  • Support, execute, and review multi-aspect or multi-phase projects to be completed on schedule and within budget in collaboration with internal teams, contractors, and external vendors.

  • Support multidisciplinary engineering teams to complete projects of moderate complexity.

  • Review and comment on technical documents and design submittals, check design assumptions, calculations, criteria, to ensure compliance with FERC Regulations and Engineering Guidelines.

  • Help promote a culture of dam safety throughout the entire organization.

  • Respond to dam safety related events and occurrences at NYPA’s hydroelectric facilities.

  • Actively participate in NYPA’s Dam Safety and Civil Works Committee.

  • Collaborate with other engineering disciplines, site personnel, project management, emergency management, regulatory agencies, external stakeholders and other business units to ensure successful execution of the dam safety program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of FERC regulations and guidelines.

  • Understanding of codes, standards, regulations and construction processes, particularly within the utility industry.

  • Experience in hydraulics/hydrology, geotechnical engineering civil engineering and structural, engineering.

  • Broad understanding of dam safety requirements, monitoring, contingency planning and compliance.

  • Strong project collaboration and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to produce clear and concise reports, presentations and other documentation.

  • Ability to apply technical and theoretical knowledge to data and observations in order to generate complete solutions using accepted standards.

  • Strong platform skills and ability to tailor presentation to the technical understanding of any audience.

  • Ability to respond and adapt to emergent and changing priorities including NYPA, FERC and NYISO.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to develop technical reports, writing critiques on technical documents and preparing technical procedures.

  • Ability to lead, manage and coordinate the work of consultants and other technical experts.

  • Knowledge of various standards, current laws, regulations, construction methods, and industry-wide policies and practices.

  • Conceptualize problems, develop and layout construction plans, sections and details for original designs, repairs, retrofits and modifications to structures.

  • Problem-solving skills with the ability to identify, quantify, interpret, and utilize information for presentations and recommendations that support business strategy.

  • Highly collaborative and team-oriented, with ability to build relationships with vendors and all stakeholders across all levels and business units.

  • Ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple projects within varying competing deadlines.

  • Experience with FERC, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Bureau of Reclamation Dam Safety Guidelines is a plus.

  • Knowledge of U.S. Army Corps of Engineering software including HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, HEC-SSP, and HEC-ResSim, HEC LifeSim as well as RMC-BestFit and RMC-RFA is a plus.

  • Comfort with computer programming in at least one language (e.g., Fortran, Visual Basic, R, Python, Matlab, and/or others).

  • Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software (e.g., ArcGIS, Global Mapper, etc.) and GIS data is a plus.

  • Proficient with MS Office software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

  • Ability to execute and/or oversee H&H engineering analyses independently, including ability to take the technical lead on initiating and/or scoping such tasks.

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Civil, Structural, Hydraulics, Hydrology or Geotechnical engineering. An advanced degree is preferred.

  • Minimum of five (5) years applicable experience.

  • License as a Professional Engineer in NYS is preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Up to 25% travel primarily within NY State.

  • Ability to access all areas of the plant and conduct physical evaluations of grounds, structure, and equipment including ability to climb and work at high elevations and in confined spaces, walk a significant distance, sometimes on uneven ground, and perform occasional minor lifting.

New York Power Authority is committed to providing fair, competitive, and market-informed compensation. The target salary range for this position is: $120,820.00 - $147,660.00. Salary offered will be determined based the successful candidates’ relevant experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The New York Power Authority and Canals Corporation believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, NYPA/Canals is committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect communities across NY and enthusiastically serve them. We proudly celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability status, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other category protected by law.

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