Hanson Professional Services, Inc. is accepting applications for Estimator (Springfield, IL)
Hanson Professional Services Inc. is seeking ideal candidates who have past experience supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery efforts or have experience in professional disciplines incidental to disaster recovery with a preferred background in engineering, science or archaeology. We are looking for consultants who are available to join our team for future deployment to locations affected by natural disasters.
Hanson has been supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on disaster response and recovery assignments by providing engineering evaluations of damaged public infrastructure, cost estimates, debris monitoring, and environmental services.
Performing FEMA Public Assistance is a noble undertaking and great opportunity to give back. You will work helping communities, schools, cities, hospitals, libraries, departments of transportation and organizations recover from disasters. FEMA PA provides you with an opportunity to see how cities and state agencies can work with you to help them secure grants and rebuild. You will be an integral and essential part of this process and will learn many unique skills to help these applicants move ahead.
Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:
Accurately forecasting the scope, cost, and duration of future projects is vital to the survival of any business. Cost estimators develop the cost information that business owners or managers need to make a bid for a contract or to decide on the profitability of a proposed new product or project. They also determine which endeavors are making a profit. The estimator usually records this information in a signed report that is included in the final project estimate. After the site visit, the estimator determines the quantity of materials and labor the firm will need to furnish. This process, called the quantity survey or “takeoff,” involves completing standard estimating forms, filling in dimensions, numbers of units, and other information.
A cost estimator working for a general contractor, for example, estimates the costs of all of the items that the contractor must provide. Also during the takeoff process, the estimator must make decisions concerning equipment needs, the sequence of operations, the size of the crew required, and physical constraints at the site. Allowances for wasted materials, inclement weather, shipping delays, and other factors that may increase costs also must be incorporated in the estimate. After completing the quantity surveys, the estimator prepares a cost summary for the entire project, including the costs of labor, equipment, materials, subcontracts, overhead, taxes, insurance, markup, and any other costs that may affect the project. The chief estimator then prepares the bid proposal for submission to the owner. Construction cost estimators also may be employed by the project’s architect or owner to estimate costs or to track actual costs relative to bid specifications as the project develops. For example, one may estimate only electrical work and another may concentrate on excavation, concrete, and forms. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has its own process related to cost estimating which is called, The Cost Estimating Format (CEF), and is used primarily for large Projects that may be used when the project will cost more than $47,800 (for fiscal year 1999). On the other hand, projects that cost less than $47,800 are called small projects. A FEMA representative, the Project Officer (PO), is responsible for developing a scope of work for a large project in partnership with State and local representatives. The CEF is then applied to the scope of work to develop a cost estimate for the large project, and that estimate is used as the basis for obligating funds. The CEF was developed to provide a uniform method for estimating large project costs across the entire range of eligible work (from design to project completion). The CEF should not be used for small projects, or for emergency work, such as large-scale debris removal operations (whether it is a small or a large project). It is intended for use on permanent work only, for all types of disasters and for all types of facilities.
- Evaluate the eligibility of disaster-related damages, facilities, work and costs.
- Develop Damage Descriptions, Scopes of Work essential to the formulation of disaster recovery grants.
- Support production of detailed, organized reports and reviews.
- Develop and communicate processes and procedures and methodologies that streamline disaster recovery efforts.
- Must be prepared to operate in an intense, dynamic, challenging work environment and be experienced working in a team atmosphere but also able to deliver independently.Qualifications:
The successful candidates will have the necessary experience based upon the positions needed for deployment. Due to the nature of this specific disaster work in and throughout the Continental US Territories, selected candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Previous experience working with FEMA
- Completion of required FEMA training courses
- Due to the nature of this specific FEMA disaster work, candidate must have excellent communication skills
- Extraordinary attention to details; ability to process work accurately
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel)
- Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate with team members, clients, and stakeholders with diplomacy and tact
- Flexibility to adapt to changing needs of client and project team
- Must be willing to travel and mobilize on short notice
- Ability to work under pressure and deliver under tight deadlines
- Must be a US citizen
- Must be willing to undergo and successfully pass a comprehensive FBI background screening (credit record, criminal record, tax history, criminal felonies, misdemeanors, DUI/DWIs, bankruptcy, tax or other financial evasion)
- Must have a valid US driver’s license
PLEASE NOTE: This position requires the obtainment of a FEMA badge. In order to pass the FEMA security process, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- No convictions or criminal history (including DUIs)
- Must be a US citizen
- Must have a good credit rating
Hanson specializes in engineering, planning and a range of allied services. We’re an employee-owned, award-winning consulting firm with offices across the United States.
Since 1954, our clients have known us as a trusted partner, committed to their success and capable of handling challenging projects. From planning and design to construction and completion, we’ll take a hands-on approach to your project with a clear focus on your goals, budget and timeline.
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