State Dam Inspector

Augusta, Maine, United States | Engineering | Full-time

Apply by: March 31, 2023

Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management | Maine Emergency Management Agency


Closing Date: March 31, 2023

A skilled and knowledgeable civil engineer is needed by the Maine State Dam Safety Program. This position develops and oversees the implementation in accordance with the Maine Revised Statute Title 37B, Chapter 24. As required by law, work would involve inspecting all dams under State regulation to assess their risk level. In order to lessen the effects of a dam failure and to protect life and property, this includes reviewing the design and construction of both new and renovated dams. It also involves helping dam owners create emergency action plans (EAPs). This position supervises performance and training for the Assistant Engineer and work is performed under the direction and supervision of the Operations and Response Division Director. Extensive statewide travel is required. 

Grade: 31 (Supervisory)   |  Salary: $65,811 - $89,606

Minimum qualifications:

Licensed as a Professional Engineer in Maine and experience in the inspection and design of dams.

Skills, abilities or knowledge required:

  • Knowledge of professional civil engineering, with a special emphasis in structural analysis and design, water resources analysis and design, hydrology, geotechnical and foundations engineering, construction methods, surveying principles, contract administration, technical inspections, and dam maintenance and operations.
  • Knowledge of the design and construction of dams including the review of technical calculations for use in analysis and design review.
  • Strong written and communication skills for technical writing, public interaction, and working with State legislative authorities for rule changes and adoption.
  • Knowledge of supervisory and management practices.
  • Knowledge of budget process, financial application, financial cash flow, and reporting.
  • Ability to manage a statewide dam inspection program.
  • Ability to coordination with other state, federal, and private engineering leaders to effectively manage all dams with all owners under all situations of public safety, wildlife, recreational, and marine interests.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate subordinate staff.

Job duties included but are not limited to:  

  • Plans, schedules, coordinates, and conducts condition inspection and hazard assessments of dams and reservoirs throughout the State, to include field work, review, assessments, estimates of breach flows, and predicting negative impact to life and property.
  • Performs structural safety inspections on all significant and high hazard dams.
  • Produces detailed reports on each dam inspected.
  • Serves a technical expert on the condition of dams inspected.
  • Researches and applies for grants and budgeting for inspections and program resources, review of construction documents, and coordination with Departments and outside interested parties.
  • Uses professional engineering knowledge, skills, and techniques to evaluate potential hazard situations based on storm frequencies and changing climatological data.
  • Conducts research to develop guidance documents for internal inspections, rule changes, and public outreach.
  • Provides interstate support in dam safety guidance and emergency response in the event of dam failures or emergency situations through the principles of the Incident Command System.
  • Reviews the design and construction of new and reconstructed dams.
  • Assists dam owners in developing emergency action plans to minimize the effect of dam failure.
  • Takes all necessary actions in emergency situations of probable dam failure to protect life and property.
  • Acts as point of contact for and approves loan disbursements through the jointly administered Dam Repair and Replacement Program revolving loan fund.
  • Implements and complies with human resource laws, policies, procedures, and practices such as: AA/EEO, recruitment, employment, position classification, performance appraisals, training, discipline, contract administration, human resource components of security protocols of agency information security and confidentiality policies, and employee safety.

Contact information:

Questions about this position should be directed to Director of Operations and Response, Steven Mallory at (207)624-4400 or at

Position Details: 

  • Opening Date: March 6, 2023
  • Closing Date: March 31, 2023
  • Location: Augusta, ME
  • Job Class Code: 6370

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and copies of any transcripts or certifications you wish to have considered while evaluating your application.  In order for us to properly determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for any posting, you must be sure your resume includes month and year for any experience listed along with the duties and responsibilities associated with each particular time period.  Any experience that was not full-time employment should be identified as such. 

If you require a paper application, please download and print one here or contact our office at 207-623-6700.  Paper applications for this posting should be submitted along with cover letter and resume before the closing date to Security & Employment Service Center, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME  04330 or faxed to 207-287-2018.  Be sure title of the job you are applying for is included.  Applications cannot be accepted after the posting closing date.  

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes  13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.