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Organization:  City of Steamboat Springs
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Colorado (CO)
City:  Steamboat Springs
Salary and Benefits:  $58,933 - $81,351 plus benefits


The Water Resources Engineer will be responsible for managing the City’s water rights portfolio and water rights interests and will be the primary project manager for City stormwater management practices.

This postion will be advertised until January 2nd, 2014



Under general supervision of the City Engineer.




  • Manage the City’s water rights portfolio by tracking, prioritizing, and strategically developing water rights including municipal, raw water irrigation, and recreational in-channel diversion uses.
  • Serve as the City’s Floodplain ManagerManage the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Phase II permit program.
  • Work closely with the City’s water rights attorneys to protect and safeguard the City’s water rights interests.Assists attorneys with the review of water rights applications and proposed plans of other water users.
  • Perform historic consumptive use and return flow analyses, analyses of river calls and stream flows to quantify water availability.
  • Attend water resource related collaborative working groups (i.e. Yampa/White Roundtable, Upper Yampa River Watershed Group) in order to represent the City and, when possible, find collaborative, community-based solutions.
  • Study and implement flood preparedness, early warning, and response procedures in coordination with local emergency managers, first responders, and City Departments.
  • Provide professional services for water resource engineering projects to include planning, study, design, and construction administration.
  • Perform analysis and planning of stormwater management facilities and be able to provide technical review of plans and reports utilizing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software and techniques. (i.e. HEC, SWMM, TR-55, Storm/HydroCAD)
  • Periodically review and provide recommendations for updates to City code, policy, design standards, and criteria relating to water resources.
  • Assist the City Engineer in identifying, evaluating, pursuing, and managing long-term stormwater infrastructure and maintenance needs
  • Lead specific tasks of large projects or manage smaller projects and manage performance of assigned project team members including other Project Engineers, Engineers in Training and Engineering Technicians.
  • Perform education and outreach tasks to better inform the public relating to water resource issues including water availability, water quality, and flood preparedness.
  • Administration of Watershed Protection OrdnancesProvide quality control and quality assurance on all project work.
  • Maintain budgets and schedules of project assignments.
  • Other duties as assigned.




Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field.Registration as a Professional Engineer in Colorado. Six (6) + years of experience in water resources engineering.




Master’s degree in a water resources related field.Registration as a Certified Floodplain ManagerDemonstrated experience using urban stormwater management analysis and design software. Eight (8) + years of experience. Project management experience.

Necessary Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of Colorado water law, and the ability to review and interpret decrees, oppositions, resumes, etc.
  • Understanding of Colorado Public Health and Environment’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit terms and condition.
  • Understanding of the National Floodplain Insurance Program and the Colorado Water Conservation Board regulations governing floodplain
  • Demonstrated experience using applicable modeling techniques and software for riverine floodplain and urban storm water management analysis and design.
  • Experience with AutoCAD and ArcGIS software.
  • Ability to travel as required for meetings, conferences, etc. throughout the state.
  • Ability to work remotely and manage projects, clients, and project team members.
  • Knowledge of Colorado design standards and permitting.
  • Must be a self-motivated individual possessing strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, along with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Ability to interpret and implement applicable City policies, laws, and regulations affecting Department activities;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing,with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials and the general public;
  • Makes accurate and effective engineering computations, estimates, and designs in the preparation of plans and specifications;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with officials, employees, consultants, contractors, and the public
  • Knowledgeable in conducting engineering research and skill in compiling detailed reports;




Must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one prior to employment; and Must be physically capable of moving about construction work sites.




Personal computer,including word processing, spreadsheet, data base, GIS, and CAD software; engineering calculator; surveying and measuring equipment; motor vehicle, phone, mobile and portable radios




The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is often performed in field settings. Considerable outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land developments,construction sites,or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate testing instruments, computers, and various pieces of office equipment.

While performing the duties of this job,the employee is occasionally required to stand,walk,use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit,climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear, and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.




The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job,the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works in precarious places,near moving mechanical parts,in trenches and confined spaces,is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions,extremes of weather,fumes or airborne particles,toxic or caustic chemicals,risk of electrical shock,and vibration.

The noise level is usually quiet to moderate in office settings and noisy in the field.




Formal application,rating of education and experience,oral interview and reference check; job related tests might be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar,related or a logical assignment to the position.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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