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FEMA/Water Resources Engineer II

  • Job reference: NA-000892
  • Sector: Water
  • Location: Oakland
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Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world's largest design firms with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an outgoing, quick-thinking individual to join our downtown Oakland, CA staff as a Water Resources/FEMA Engineer II. This is not an ordinary position and we are looking to fill it with someone who is not an ordinary engineer.


In this role you will be part of our vibrant, tight-knit team that supports FEMA Region IX as it administers the National Flood Insurance Program throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. To fulfill this role, you will apply your knowledge of engineering principles related to hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, water resources, and mapping processes for floodplain mapping, emergency management, and disaster-related services. Our ideal candidate will have experience with basic drainage and floodplain analyses, geospatial analyses, and mapping processes.

Typical duties and responsibilities of this position are:

Review hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for the National Flood Insurance Program.  

Evaluate existing flood study information for incorporation into Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) products.

Conduct ad hoc research on behalf of FEMA staff to resolve challenging technical floodplain management issues. 

Fulfill data requests made by project stakeholders.

Coordinate with GIS analysts in the production of FEMA DFIRMs and risk assessment products.


B.S. or M.S. in Engineering. This level may be achieved by Engineers with 2 years' experience since B.S. or 1 year since M.S. The typical incumbent has 3 to 5 years' experience since Bachelor's degree.


Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, are required. This position will require significant client interaction. The ability to communicate effectively is paramount. 

Strong organizational skills are a must. You will be responsible for many small projects with timeframes that range from a few days to several weeks. Keeping track of multiple ongoing efforts will be crucial. 

Experience with ArcGIS is required.

General experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software is required.

Experience with DFIRM and FIS production and the National Flood Insurance Program is preferred.


E.I. or EIT is required.

Registration as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) is a plus.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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