Consistent with Colorado River District mission and strategic priorities, the Water Resources Engineer/Project Manager provides technical engineering, scientific expertise, advocacy, and project management support for multiple projects at various phases of facilitation, planning, design, permitting, development, implementation, construction, and/or operation. Coordinates organization’s efforts with other governmental agencies, and/or local entities and participates in relevant programs, professional organizations, and committees. Manages contracts and provides fiscal oversight of River District sponsored projects. Assists in the development and implementation of District programs and policy efforts. Provides technical assistance to staff and constituents on related research, studies, and policy related to river administration, natural resource management, water quality policy and data collection, grant programs, watershed planning, and endangered species policy and compliance. Position will typically involve significant travel throughout the District’s 15-county territory.

The salary range for the position is $75,000 – $120,000.

Comprehensive Benefits


Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado or Professional Hydrologist. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Hydrology or related field. Five years’ work experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience considered) in engineering or project management, including water quality monitoring and compliance, water administration and water court experience, state and federal permitting processes.


In addition to the educational and experience requirements, the following skills are essential to the job:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to communicate succinctly, effectively, and professionally.
  • Ability to work with water users, professionals, the public, other organizations, and government agencies and oversee the work of others.
  • Knowledge of Colorado’s water quality policies, permitting processes and water quality monitoring planning.
  • Knowledge of Colorado River hydrology, water administration, and law.
  • Teamwork, organization, and leadership skills. Able to work collaboratively with River District staff, constituents, and other entities on complex issues.
  • Ability to successfully oversee and achieve multiple projects while prioritizing a complex and varied workload.
  • Must possess advanced computer skills, including Microsoft 365.


  • Grant-writing and understanding of Federal and State Grant Programs.
  • GIS.
  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)


  1. Works with River District constituents, integrating partners and stakeholders, providing technical support and education on a variety of matters such as watershed planning, water supply projects, and water quality.
  2. Provides project management support for various projects throughout the District’s territory across all basins, with particular focus in Water Division 6 and the Upper Colorado.
  3. Tracks and evaluates proposed state and federal water quality standards with potential impacts to water users within the Colorado River District.
  4. Conducts research, provides computer modeling, engineering and hydrologic analysis of water rights.
  5. Assists in the development and implementation of the District’s technical policies.
  6. Conducts, organizes, and oversees scientific work on project specific basis.
  7. Works with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to identify, advocate for and oversee implementation of appropriate projects for the Community Funding Partnership Program.
  8. Works with River District technical and accounting team to apply for and manage federal and state grants to leverage River District funds, such as Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART grants, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and NRCS, and Colorado Water Conservation Board grants.
  9. Performs other work-related duties as assigned by the Director of Technical Advocacy, Chief of Operations, or General Manager.

To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Audrey Turner, aturner@crwcd.org, no later than November 14, 2022.

Position Description – Water Resources Engineer/Project Manager (.pdf)