Water Resources Specialist

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US-UT-Salt Lake City
Water Resources
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding and looking for dynamic individuals to support the growing Water Resources (Water) technical team. The SWCA Salt Lake City Water team would welcome mid-level technical staff who are motivated to work in a team environment, serve as a technical expert locally (in SLC) and nationally (throughout SWCA), manage challenging project tasks , and use their expertise to pursue a rewarding professional career.


SWCA’s Salt Lake City office offers an exciting place to work in a unique downtown environment in proximity to world class outdoor recreation with a talented team of natural and cultural resource professionals. Established in Salt Lake City in 1991, SWCA has a long-standing presence in Utah and is known for sound science and creative solutions.  


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing, 1,200 staff, employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services.  Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack.


Please also provide a cover letter/letter of interest along with your resume.

What you will accomplish

As a Water Resources Specialist, your role will be as a technical expert supporting and managing small to mid-sized water resources projects locally and throughout SWCA. The successful candidate will support and execute water resources projects in coordination with the Salt Lake City Water Team. The position also includes opportunities for staff management, including staff development, supervision, and training.  


Experience and qualifications for success



  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Hydrology, Water Resources, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, or related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in the water resources field in addition to university or graduate work.
  • Excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Ability to solve complex problems using sound professional judgment, creativity, and innovation.
  • Ability to participate and collaborate in a project team setting and also to engage in independent creative and critical thought
  • Familiarity with mapping software such as ArcGIS and GPS devices.
  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, often at high altitudes, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds.



Please note that an absence of one or more of these skills is not critical as long as you demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills. The position is open to candidates who are interested in temporary or permanent employment.


  • Graduate degree in in Environmental Science, Water Resource Management, or a related degree.
  • Previous experience in environmental consulting.
  • Previous experience with water quality, hydrology, and/or water resource-related skills.
  • Project management, client management, and business development experience.
  • Experience with Clean Water Act permitting.
  • Experience working with government agencies such as the US Army Corp of Engineers, US Bureau of Reclamation, Utah Department of Water Quality, Utah Department of Water Resources, and other Utah water agencies.
  • Technical experience with stormwater inspections and management as a registered stormwater inspector (RSI) with a widely recognized certification (CISEC, CESSWI, or other).
  • Technical experience in natural channel design/stream restoration, wetland restoration, and ecologically-enhanced drainage and flood control channel stabilization.
  • Experience reviewing and managing engineering design construction plans of the above listed project types.
  • National Environmental Policy Act experience.
  • R programming language, AutoCad Civil 3D, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, or other civil engineering software programs.


SWCA is a 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms. We offer a supportive, team-oriented work environment and competitive wages and benefits, including an 100% employee stock ownership plan (retirement).


If you are seeking an opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions, then SWCA will be a great fit for you!  


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SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


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