Water Resources Engineer

RTI International
Fort Collins, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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RTI International's Center for Water Resources (CWR) is a leader in advanced hydrologic and hydraulic modeling services, decision support system applications, data management and analysis system design, and environmental engineering. Our team supports government agencies, private companies, multi-lateral development banks, and clients around the world. Our team has an immediate opportunity for a Water Resources Engineer to be based at the Center office in Fort Collins, Colorado.

This position will involve cross-sector applications in the field of water resources requiring highly technical skills in hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources; the use of computer science applications in support of project activities; and well-rounded soft-skills for client and public engagement, communication through public speaking and writing; and bringing these skills together to solve a range of complicated and interesting challenges.

The CWR team includes a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and capabilities, but a common thread is our interest to continue learning and push the boundaries of what can be done to support our field. As a non-profit research institute, RTI also offers opportunities for internally funded research and development to help bring great ideas together for on-the-ground applications to help make a difference in the world. The CWR is one Center within the institute, but cross-sector collaboration across the institute is highly encouraged helping to bridge the nexus between water and climate, health, environment, economics, and social issues.

The successful candidate may work as part of the RTI team on projects that involve:

  • Development of hydrologic, hydraulic, reservoir operations, and other simulation models.
  • Configuring and deploying decision support systems (DSS's) extending from Excel-based systems to cloud-hosted web-apps.
  • Processing, managing, and using data in support of developing client solutions, convey meaning and significance of a process or result, add value to the decision-making process, and elicit understanding around core processes.
  • Supporting the development and use of remote sensing applications using GIS platforms including ESRI ArcMap, QGIS, and GDAL, in addition to the development and deployment of Google Earth Engine applications.
  • Supporting both National and International projects with site visits, stakeholder and client engagement, conducting technical trainings, and support of business development activities with research and proposal development.


  • Master's degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Water Resources with emphasis in Water Resources, or a closely related discipline and 3 years of experience or Doctorate degree with no experience.
  • Experience in water resources simulation modeling for hydrology, hydraulics, and/or reservoir operations.
  • Demonstratable scripting capabilities for advanced data exploration, visualization, and analysis using either Python and/or R.
  • Comfort working in Linux environments.
  • Demonstrated capacity using various statistical analysis techniques, Bayesian analysis, Monte Carlo sampling, and machine learning methods.
  • Excellent and demonstrated writing skills for technical documentation, blogs, and communication with stakeholders and clients.
  • Public speaking skills and ability to discuss complex subjets with plain language summary.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally.
  • Willingness to be challenged and continue learning; ability to accept and provide constructive feedback across the team; support open communication in a positive team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams, be flexible to dynamic conditions, and support the RTI Mission.
  • Proficiency in languages beyond English viewed favorably.