VSW Engineer II (18-7284)

Website Alaska Dept of Environmental Conservation

VSW Engineer II (18-7284)

Salary  $6,956.00 Monthly
Location  Anchorage, AK
Job Type Full Time
Department Environmental Conservation
Job Number 17698
Closing 6/1/2018 5:00 PM Alaska
Position Open To All Applicants
Bargaining Unit Supervisory
Range 23
Job Description

The recruitment period for this vacancy has been extended to allow for a larger applicant pool. If you have already applied there is no need to reapply.

Thousands of rural Alaskan households still do not have running water and a flush toilet. Water must be hauled by individuals from community watering points or untreated sources such as creeks, rivers, or unprotected springs. Buckets and pit privies remain the only method for disposing of human waste. Many of these communities are considered “non-serviceable” via traditional approaches (i.e., pipe or haul systems). In many other communities, older sanitation systems are deteriorating and need to be upgraded.

Efforts to improve sanitation conditions in rural and Native Alaskan communities began with modest endeavors by the federal government in the 1960s. The State of Alaska became involved in 1972 with the passage of the Village Safe Water Act (AS 18.46.070) with the stated purpose to provide for safe water and sewage disposal facilities in Alaska Villages. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Division of Water’s Village Safe Water (VSW) Program’s primary functions are to allocate and distribute funding, administer grants, and manage projects to develop sustainable water, wastewater, and solid waste facilities. VSW is a well established capital improvement construction program that has a proven track record of making a real difference in the lives of rural Alaskans. The activities of the program have a direct positive effect on public health in hundreds of Alaska villages.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, independent, and proactive individual to fill the position of VSW Engineer II. This position serves as a supervisory engineer, responsible for providing direct technical oversight of professional engineering staff who are tasked with planning rural sanitation infrastructure improvement projects throughout Alaska. This position is also responsible for managing more complex sanitation planning and construction projects.

This position is based in a convenient downtown Anchorage work location, with unique opportunities to travel throughout the State of Alaska to utilize engineering skills for the betterment of others, and to interact with Alaska Native communities firsthand.

The ideal applicant will have some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs), and experience listed below. In order to be considered for an interview, you must include a cover letter which clearly identifies how you meet the desired KSAs and experience. Please be specific in your descriptions as it is not sufficient to state that you have the desired KSAs or experience. If you do not possess one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so.

  • Engineering design and construction experience in arctic water, wastewater, and solid waste systems;
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of project management;
  • Supervisory experience of technical staff that demonstrates an ability to effectively mentor, monitor, and evaluate work performance, and provide feedback to staff regarding performance and work products;
  • Proven ability to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity;
  • Working knowledge of the cultural, political, social and economic conditions of rural Alaska;
  • Working knowledge of state and federal regulations pertaining to water, wastewater, and solid waste including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act and corresponding state regulations;
  • Proven ability to assess and prioritize multiple tasks and demands;
  • The ability to facilitate resolution of difficult or complex issues related to project engineering or construction, which may also have political or cultural considerations.
  • The ability to respond to emergency circumstances, including appropriately analyzing the situation, determining an appropriate course of action, and taking action in a timely and thoughtful manner.


This job requires occasional travel to remote Alaska villages in small aircraft and open air ground transportation on four wheelers, boats, and snow mobiles. Applicants not interested in, or willing and able, to travel under these conditions need not apply.

Minimum Qualifications
Registration as a Professional Engineer;
Two years of experience as a registered Professional Engineer managing water, sewer, and/or solid waste projects. The required experience includes, but is not limited to, work such as Village Safe Water Engineer I or Environmental Engineer I with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.

Special Note: 
Persons not registered in the State of Alaska must be registered in a state recognized by the State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors eligible for comity in accordance with AS 08.48.191(b). Persons employed under this provision must become registered in Alaska within one year of hire and sign an agreement to this effect as a condition of employment.

The work requires frequent travel in light aircraft to remote locations.

Additional Required Information
A cover letter is required for this position. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

This position is open to Alaska Residents only. If you are not sure if you qualify for Residency Status, please contact the Workplace Alaska Hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907)465-4095.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university.   It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Contact Information
Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov.
For applicant password assistance please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=alaska

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager at:
Name: Marlena Brewer
Phone # (907) 269-7613
Email: marlena.brewer@alaska.gov

State of Alaska
PO Box 110201

Juneau, Alaska, 99811

(800) 587-0430 (Statewide toll-free number)
(907) 465-4095 (Juneau and out-of-state callers)

For more information, please contact marlena.brewer@alaska.gov