Dam Safety Early Warning Systems Physical Scientist/Engineer

September 29, 2020
Lakewood, CO
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Managed Business Solutions is seeking a dam safety engineer to join our team with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on-site in Lakewood, CO to support the BIA’s Dam Safety-Early Warning Systems program.  This individual will assist with organizing, planning, coordinating, training, and implementing BIA’s nationwide early warning system research, dam-site investigation, planning, installation, and maintenance efforts. This role has a significant travel requirement (up to 60%). The individual who takes this role will be good at interfacing with the BIA’s field staff as well as stakeholders including tribal clientele.


  • Work with federal and contract leads and technicians to develop, update, modernize, and maintain a multi-discipline comprehensive Early Warning System database to reflect the BIA’s Early Warning System instrumentation.
  • Be able to work with federal, contractor, and tribal entities to organize, coordinate, and execute on-dam-site visits to perform inspections, installations, and maintenance of instrumentation, appurtenances, and all associated BIA assets.
  • Be cognizant of and document/report all noticed dam health or safety issues even if not related to specific purpose of site visit.
  • Maintain documentation of maintenance needs and activities and manage field priorities.
  • Report to and take lead from Lakewood Contract and Federal Engineering staff.
  • Design, implement, and update a comprehensive Early Warning System database in conjunction with onsite and offsite entities.
  • Follow instructions and conduct troubleshooting related to ensuring data monitoring sensors and dataloggers are working correctly.
  • Be cognizant of and comply with all physical safety measures required for a remote, outdoor, physical job.
  • Willingness to learn basic scripting as needed in support of the database and website.
  • Be cognizant of and respectful towards, all local and tribal customs, and sensitivities that may overlap with the job location, time of trip, or type of work being performed.
  • Assist with other BIA dam safety program needs as they come up.


  • Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam is preferred.
  • Must be able to demonstrate skills and interest in water resources, sensors and monitoring systems, or dam safety engineering.
  • Must be able to demonstrate skills in conceiving, planning and problem solving in areas of considerable scope and complexity requiring unconventional or novel approaches and sophisticated techniques.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work independently but also within a team environment.
  • Must be able to lift 60 pounds.
  • Must be able to be on your feet in an outdoor setting 8-10 hours a day in adverse weather conditions and uneven or difficult terrain in a remote environment.
  • Must be able to operate a variety of vehicles both rental and federal.
  • Ability to diagnose and remedy technical and mechanical problems with little or no oversite.

Environment (Working conditions, physical requirements):

  • This position will require moving of up to 10 lbs. This position will be mostly stationary requiring some movement around the office and frequent communication with others. The average working hours will be 8 hours per day for this position with occasional need to exceed.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • EOE M/F/D/V/SO

We are committed to providing the best possible climate for maximum development and goal achievement for all our employees. As a subsidiary of a Native-owned company, Managed Business Solutions, LLC is proud to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace, with respect for the cultural traditions in the communities where we operate.

Managed Business Solutions, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to age, sex, race, national origin, religion, marital status or physical disability. However, preference may be extended to an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian Tribe*.

* “Indian Tribe” means an Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 668; 43 U.S.C 1601) which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

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