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Job Description


Hydraulic Engineer

Woolpert, Inc. is a cutting-edge national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that delivers value to clients by blending engineering excellence with innovative technology and geospatial applications.

Woolpert has been contracted to support FEMA in disaster recovery efforts by providing professional engineering services in the inspection and assessment of public infrastructure, transportation, and buildings.

The Hydraulic Engineer will be involved in large/complex FEMA recovery projects located in 17 states across the mid-west including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and Montana. This individual will have a background in Disaster Recovery. Response and Recovery Deployment scenarios will vary, ranging from a week to a month or more. This is an amazing opportunity to employ your unique engineering skillsets by providing assistance and support to communities when they need it most.


FEMA will require individuals with specific technical expertise to conduct site inspections on sites with major damage (e.g., destroyed facilities; facilities with extensive damage; facilities with significant damage to mechanical, electrical and plumbing components, etc.) to document disaster-related damage. These individuals will conduct site inspections to validate infrastructure damage and record detailed damage descriptions during the inspection to include the following additional tasks:

Reviewing and analyzing professional architectural/engineering reports and designs or as-built plans

Thoroughly documenting analyses in writing

Developing scopes of work, including related code and standard requirements

Validating applicant-provided scopes of work, including related code and standard requirements

Developing and reviewing cost estimates

Advising FEMA staff on the technical validity of claims presented under FEMA’s arbitration process. Should arbitration hearings occur, testify as an expert witness on FEMA’s behalf


In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.

Education & Experience:

Individuals must meet at least one level of education and experience requirements listed below:

2 years in field of expertise (with an undergraduate degree and professional registration) or 5 years in field of expertise

5 years in field of expertise (with an undergraduate degree and professional registration) or 10 years in field of expertise

10 years in field of expertise (with an undergraduate degree and professional registration) or 15 years in field of expertise

Other Qualifications:

Experience in Disaster recovery preferred. Previous FEMA experience a Plus

Ability to provide excellent customer service

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in a dynamic environment

Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team environment; offer constructive feedback and direction to support goals

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.