Senior Water Resources Engineer (Modeler)

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Are you a talented Senior Water Resources Engineer interested in working on exciting projects utilizing innovative and cutting-edge technologies? Are you looking to make a difference towards the City's drainage and wastewater lines of business projects? Are you inquisitive, motivated, and looking for a challenge? If so, then this might be the perfect job for you!

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) modeling group is seeking a Senior Water Resources Engineer who will contribute to the continued success of SPU DWW projects and programs by serving as a technical modeling expert, and employing advanced organization, time management, communication, and collaboration skills. As a Water Resources Engineer, you'll be involved in developing, updating, calibrating, and running Hydrologic & Hydraulic (H&H) models; clearly communicating modeling principles and concepts to the general public and management; and being productive in team environments .

Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) modeling group consists of engineering professionals focused on the development, maintenance, and application of Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) models in support of SPU DWW planning, design, and operations . The modeling group activities include, but are not limited to, updating and calibrating H&H models , serving as subject matter experts for modeling-related projects and programs , communicating modeling results to decision makers, coordinating joint modeling activities with other drainage and wastewater agencies, and managing consultants performing modeling for SPU DWW . Modeling tools most used by the group are PCSWMM, EPA SWMM5 and MIKE URBAN, MOUSE, the ability to understand and use this software is desired .

About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU's work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations.

F or more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), c heckout the:

  • SPU Website
  • SPU Workplace Expectations
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the development of SPU's system-wide hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) modeling capital improvement projects for wastewater, stormwater, water quality and stream enhancement .
  • Monitor consultant work to ensure compliance . Oversee and review developed H&H models for technically complex or controversial projects, e.g., pipelines, detention facilities, pump stations, stream improvements, natural drainage systems, flow control facilities, and other civil engineering projects . Develop a modeling specific scope, schedule, and cost estimate for each identified special project.
  • Review calibrated hydraulic computer models of existing and proposed sewer, drainage and stream infrastructure for studies.
  • Perform hydrologic/hydraulic calculations for drainage, wastewater and water supply and distribution system network analyses including difficult to complex computer modeling.
  • Compile and present technical information to community, staff, and leadership .
  • Identify and advise consultants, design professionals, owners, and other parties of areas of non-compliance, and recommend solutions .
  • Assist and advise other staff with the technically difficult aspects of modeling . May participate in training other staff in computer modeling.
  • Meet with the public and representatives of other agencies, departments, and community groups to discuss current or proposed projects.
  • Coordinate with staff in other SPU divisions and agencies, consultants, and utilities to obtain support services needed for project development and evaluation, including survey, GIS, sampling, flow monitoring, computer modeling, and permitting that impact SPU infrastructures .

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Experience: Five (5) years of professional Civil Engineering experience. A m inimum of 2-5 years of H ydrologic & Hydraulic (H&H) modeling or related experience.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or similar fields of study.

Education and Experience Equivalency: Combinations of education and/or training and/or experience, which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class.

License, Certification and Other Requirements

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington (or through reciprocity).
  • Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Work Environment

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment (hybrid opportunities are available).
  • Field assignments entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances and work in or near construction sites.

The ideal candidate will have some or all of the following experience:

  • Background in hydrologic/hydraulic analysis is strongly preferred.
  • Skill in at least three (3) of the following computer modeling software such as EPA's SWMM5, PCSWMM, MOUSE/MIKE URBAN Plus, InfoWorks, WWHM, MGSFlood, HEC-RAS, SewerGEM, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS/ArcInfo interface with modeling software packages.
  • Experience working with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and other regulatory issues related to combined sewer overflow, urban drainage and wastewater infrastructure operations and management is strongly preferred.
  • A thorough understanding of statistical analysis.
  • Expertise in water quality and environmental aspects of project planning and design.

Additional Information

Application Requirement(s):

  • An online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration.
  • Resume, & Cover letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position.

Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation):

This position allows for the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. Employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.

The full salary range for this position is $57.96 - $67.49 per hour.

Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience . This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications . The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences . Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity .

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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