Water Resources Engineer

  • Trenton, NJ, USA
  • Feb 07, 2019

Job Description

Delaware River Basin Commission
Available Position

Title of Position: Water Resources Engineer
Type of AppointmentFull-Time Probationary

Branch: Water Resource Operations
Supervised By: Manager, Water Resource Operations
DRBC Grade: E16 - E18
Salary Range: $49,800 – $84,650


Brief Description: This position provides technical and administrative services to support Water Resource Operations Branch activities related to hydrologic assessment, hydrologic modeling, flood, reservoir operations, and climate change.

Specific duties of the Water Resources Engineer include:

  • Assistance and/or execution of hydrologic analyses and modeling activities, including data management, model development and the interpretation of results.
  • Development and quality assurance of large time-series data sets for use in hydrologic, flood and reservoir operations models.
  • Statistical analyses of input and output datasets from hydrologic, flood and reservoir operations models, (experience with R and/or HEC-DSS is desirable).
  • Support of modeling efforts related to flow management operations and their effects on storage and river flows under current and future climate, land use and demand scenarios.
  • Determination of reservoir releases, based on current and predicted conditions, to meet in-stream needs in real-time
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on hydrologic conditions in real-time and in summary format for internal needs and external stakeholders.
  • Participation in, and reporting on, meetings relating to hydrologic modeling, recreational needs, ecological assessment, flood impacts or other functions of the Water Resource Operations Section.
  • Administration of contracts for technical services related to hydrologic modeling and flood loss reduction.
  • Activities related to flood loss reduction activities within the framework of the Water Resources Plan and the Interstate Flood Mitigation Task Force for the Basin, including GIS analyses, interaction with the public, state and federal agencies regarding flood loss reduction
  • Staff liaison to the DRBC Regulated Flow Advisory Committee, including meeting coordination, administrative support, public outreach and technical follow up.
  • Maintenance of Water Resources Operations library and creating and archive of historical analytical documents and analyses.
  • Provision of hydrologic information to the Public Information Office or to the public as needed, including oral presentations, responses to inquiries and development of content for dissemination.
  • Support of other branches as assigned to meet Commission goals and objectives.
  • Other activities as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science from an accredited institution. A Master’s degree in engineering, hydrology, or water resources including course work in hydrology, GIS, water resources modeling and statistics is preferred. A professional engineering license is preferable, but not required.

Experience: Three to five years of experience in the technical aspects of water resource engineering and science, including hydrologic modeling, hydrologic data analysis, and flood loss reduction. Completed graduate work may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of two years. Participation in a cooperative education program may also be included as part of work experience. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills are required. The desirable candidate will have skills in modeling, data management, pre- and post-processing model output, the interpretation of model results, and reporting technical information to the general public. Knowledge of hydrologic models, the HEC series of models (HMS, RAS, RESSIM), and the statistical program, R, is desirable.

Applicant must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States.

Deadline for filing applications: 4:00 p.m., March 1, 2019.

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