Water Resources Engineer

Delaware River Basin Commission
West Trenton, NJ, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Title: Water Resources Engineer

DRBC Grade: E16 - E18

Employee Status: Full-Time

Salary Range: $49,800 - $84,650

Branch: Water Resource Operations

Supervised By: Manager, Water Resource Operations


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 instream 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 archiving of historical analytical documents and analyses.
  • Provision of hydrologic information to the Communications 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.