Washington County Water Conservancy District

Water Resources Engineer

Onsite - St. George, UT
Application Deadline: 5/20/24

Washington County Water Conservancy District is looking to add a full-time Water Resources Engineer to join our team in St. George, UT. WCWCD is a dynamic team of great people, committed to meeting the increasing water needs of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the US. The district’s 20 year plan includes the development of nearly $1 Billion worth of water infrastructure projects. This position will play a key role in collecting data, evaluating project opportunities while helping strategize and prioritize their completion. Are you an analytical problem-solver who is looking embrace interesting challenges and fulfill a crucial resource need for the community? This could be a great opportunity… 

Want to learn more about the 20-year plan? Visit the link below:


Job Description:

General Purpose 

The Water Resources Engineer is responsible for planning, evaluating, and managing existing water resource systems as well as analyzing and evaluating proposed projects.

Supervision Received

Works under the supervision of the Associate General Manager for Operations and Planning

Supervision Exercised


Essential Functions

  • In preparation for evaluation by the Executive Team, conducts the initiation phase of the district’s project development system with regard to proposed district projects:
  • Develops a project business case
  • Evaluates benefits versus impacts
  • Identifies constraints and dependencies
  • Prepares and refines cost estimates and schedules
  • Creates and refines high-level scope
  • Identifies resource needs and staff workload impacts
  • Identifies possible funding sources in collaboration with finance
  • Evaluates prioritization of projects
  • Prepares materials for Executive Team review and evaluation
  • Coordinates transfer of approved projects to Project Manager
  • Inputs, collects, and manages data for the initiation phase of the project development system
  • Conducts hydrologic and hydraulic modeling.
  • Develops, and evaluates design documents, including specifications, drawings, and calculations.
  • Reviews and approves variety of plans, drawings, contracts, applications, and proposed activities to ensure interoperability with existing district facilities and easements, conformance with district standards and specifications, and compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations; recommends changes and/or improvements to the proposed activities.
  • Conducts feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses for proposed projects.
  • Prepares and presents technical reports and presentations to clients and other stakeholders.
  • Conducts drought vulnerability assessments; creates mitigation plans.
  • Ensures that water resource systems are designed and installed per applicable codes, standards, and regulations.
  • Prepares, certifies, and submits 40 Year Plan as required by Utah Division of Water Rights
  • Analyzes existing and future water supplies and demands; defines and recommends future water construction projects to meet demands for high quality drinking water supplies, pressure, and volume; estimates and quantifies the scope of future projects; prepares budgetary costs for future capital projects.
  • Reviews legal descriptions and exhibits, grant deeds and easements, and title reports.
  • Develops and directs consultant(s) to develop integrated resource plans, master plans, capital facilities, impact fee facilities plans and analyses.
  • Uses computers, drafting tools and equipment, reproduction equipment, and a variety of other engineering and office equipment in performing job duties.
  • Analyzes impacts of proposed and existing conservation programs on water future demands in coordination with Conservation Department.
  • Develops and delivers presentations for community members and stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field


  1. Two years of related experience


  1. An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.
  2. Water industry experience preferred.
  3. Professional Engineering (PE) license is preferred.
  4. Experience with project management and delivery methods such as design-bid-build or design-build is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Embraces evolving needs in a changing environment with flexibility and adaptability.
  • Excellent computer skills; adept at learning new applications.
  • Proficiently use spreadsheets, Auto CAD or other common CAD software (experience with GIS, hydraulic modeling, and CMMS software is desirable)
  • Knowledge of codes, standards, and regulations related to water resources quality, treatment, storage, and distribution.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering, with emphasis on planning, design, construction, and operation of water supply facilities
  • Effective collaborator with diverse teams comprised of staff, interns, volunteers, contractors, and stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to consistently represent the district in a positive, professional manner.

Special Qualifications:

  • Maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.
  • Must be willing to take and pass a pre-employment drug test and submit to a criminal background check.

Physical and & Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear both in person and by telephone; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; smell, use hands to finger, handle or feel computers and other standard business equipment and reach with hands and arms; feel, or operate objects, tools. Employees are frequently required to walk, including on landscapes that may include uneven terrain, rocks and/or hills. Frequent driving to multiple project locations is necessary.


Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus.


Mental Demands:

Employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills, read, and interpret complex information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret data or information; use math and mathematical reasoning; continuously learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple concurrent tasks with precision under deadlines and with interruptions; and interact with others encountered in the course of work. Employee will also be required to manage difficult situations, resolve conflict, and address challenging issues.

Working Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee

encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Regular exposure: Typical office conditions.

Occasional exposure: Outdoor weather conditions when in the field, travel in a district vehicle between work sites, rough and uneven terrain when visiting construction sites.

Noise level: Typically, quiet. May range from moderate to very loud when in the field or under rare circumstances.

Individuals should be comfortable in all these environments and be willing to work some hours matching construction work. Employee will be required to attend some evening meetings such as District board meetings and city planning our council meetings and may be required to travel to meetings, training, or conferences out of town and overnight.

Salary: $85,000 – 100,000 per yr, DOE

Benefits: Medical (traditional or HDHP), Dental, Vision, URS Retirement, 401k matching, HSA/FSA, long-term disability, EAP

Job Closing:

Tuesday, May 28 at 8 AM Mountain Time.

Recruiter Information:

Dave Buckingham