Colorado Springs Utilities Water Resources Planning Engineer in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Water Resources Planning Engineer

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support

Pay Range $76,024 to $114,982

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 9/30/18

Water Resources Planning Engineer

The Water Resource Planning Section of Colorado Springs Utilities’ Water Services Division is seeking to fill multiple project engineer positions to support water resources planning, protection and project management. These positions will be dedicated to pursuing a wide range of efforts, initiatives, and projects to support the current operations and future development of Colorado Springs’ water system with an emphasis on the implementation of Integrated Water Resource Plan goals and priorities of the Water Services Division.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the development of a balanced water portfolio which contains a diversity of water supply, storage, demand management, and reuse options, consistent with the recommendations from Utilities’ Integrated Water Resource Plan;

  • Conduct Water Resource Planning in order to secure a robust, resilient, and reliable water supply for future generations of Colorado Springs;

  • Develop, implement, review, and evaluate engineering studies related to water resource planning, such as reservoir storage, system simulation and modeling, water rights administration, and resource economics;

  • Analyze reports, data, historic records, environmental condition, risks and regulatory procedures to determine their impact to Colorado Springs Utilities’ water system operations, planning efforts and development activities;

  • Analyze regulations, laws, policies, and procedures and determine potential impacts on Colorado Springs Utilities’ existing and future water resources and system infrastructure, water rights portfolio, and operations;

  • Develop, recommend, and implement policies and best practices, as they relate to water resource planning, water rights administration, water agreements and contracts, watershed management, asset management, or other related subject areas;

  • Conduct various aspects of program and project management including project scoping, soliciting and reviewing proposals, overseeing contractors and consultants, conducting briefings, budget planning, scheduling, and facilitating procurement and contracting;

  • Represent Colorado Springs Utilities while building and maintaining collaborative interagency relationships and projects by interacting with project partners, state and federal agencies, legislative bodies and leadership from across the state; and

  • Collaborating within Colorado Springs Utilities work groups, teams, and committees to support Water Resource Planning values and mission including members from the Water Rights Administration & Conveyance, Water Conservation and Demand Management and Watershed Planning. The candidate will also work closely with staff from Water Planning & Design, Water System Operations, Water Construction & Maintenance, Project Management, and other sections within Colorado Springs Utilities’ Water Services Division.

Why should you apply? If you have demonstrated experience developing and implementing solutions to address the water supply “gap” in Colorado, understand the complexities of protecting and developing water supplies, are familiar with the principals of project management, external stakeholder engagement, and Colorado water law, and enjoy problem solving in a dynamic environment, we want to hear from you! This position will provide you the opportunity to work with a wide variety of stakeholders across organizational boundaries to manage, prioritize and execute projects and assignments.

What will it take to be successful? The selected candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an accredited institution. While candidates with advanced degrees and/or relevant coursework are preferred, other factors such as previous work experience and strong interpersonal skills are equally important. Experience working for utilities and/or specific water resource experience in Colorado or the Rocky Mountain West will also be viewed favorably.

  • The ideal Senior level candidate will also have five to ten years of direct experience with water resource planning, analysis, modeling, hydrology, Colorado water rights and/or western water law, water rights administration, development and negotiation of agreements and stipulations and proven experience in project management.

  • The ideal Technical level candidate will have two to five years of experience in water resources engineering, modeling, hydrology, Colorado water rights and/or western water law and show growing responsibility around project management and team leadership. Graduate level education will be counted towards employment experience for the technical level candidate.

Additional requirements: Colorado Springs owns and operates an extensive water collection and transmission system that extends across eleven counties in Colorado. As a result, some travel is required to attend meetings, conduct field work in remote watersheds, or participate in regional committees and work groups. Although most of the work is sedentary in nature, the employee may occasionally be required to perform light to moderate physical activity (e.g., walking, hiking, lifting, bending over, etc.) to support project activities.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you...

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and values work/life balance.

Nestled at the base of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs is the perfect blend of mountain and city living. Colorado Springs boasts breath-taking scenery, abundant recreation activities, and diverse populations. With the race to meet Colorado’s water supply gap, this is an opportunity to participate in solution based, innovative actions with one of the largest municipal water providers in the state. Our employees enjoy the satisfaction of fulfilling work that impacts our citizen owners and community daily.

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas. All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type: Engineering/Engineering Support