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About the Division of Engineering

Providing quality professional, technical and engineering support services that exceed the needs and expectations of our customers


The Division of Engineering (DOE) provides professional and technical engineering and related administrative support services required by the ODNR land-holding divisions in improving, utilizing and managing their properties and associated resources.

The Chief Engineer and his staff implement the statutory requirements of Chapter 1507 of the Revised Code including:

  • Represents the Director of ODNR in all aspects of planning and implementing the department's Capital Improvement Program
  • Supervises and assists with the operation of all ODNR water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Provides engineering and architectural support to department facility managers
  • Provides land surveying services for the department's land holding divisions
  • Serves as ODNR liaison with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) on roadway maintenance projects
  • Serves as ODNR liaison with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) on disaster response assistance
  • Coordinates various ODNR activities with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Vision Statement

A dedicated team recognized and respected for excellence in service.

Mission Statement

Providing quality professional, technical and engineering support services that exceed the needs and expectations of our customers.

History of the Division of Engineering


Pursuant to Chapter 1507 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), the Division of Engineering (DOE) [formerly the Office of Chief Engineer] provides professional and technical engineering and related administrative support services required by the ODNR landholding divisions (Parks, Wildlife, Forestry, Watercraft, Natural Areas and Preserves, Civilian Conservation and Water) in improving, utilizing and managing their properties and associated resources.

The Chief Engineer and his staff are the principal representatives of the Director of Natural Resources in all aspects of engineering, planning, designing, contracting, surveying, inspecting, and managing ODNR's construction projects and capital improvements program, including the NatureWorks Program.

Additionally, under Chapter 1507, the DOE provides technical support to land holding Division facility managers to assist them with operation and maintenance issues; serves as liaison with the Ohio Department of Transportation on roadway maintenance issues within ODNR facilities; coordinates Department emergency responses with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency; coordinates Department reviews of Petition Ditch applications under Section 6131.14 of the ORC;and, coordinates various Department activities with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.