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Principal Engineer (Water Resource Management) - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Sacramento, CA

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Company: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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As a Water Resource Management Principal Engineer you will be responsible for evaluating alternative approaches and associated costs to improve State Water Project water quality and supply reliability, developing and interpreting Bay-Delta modeling studies, monitoring and coordinating with state and federal agencies to implement operational changes to existing facilities, forecasting water supply and runoff in varying conditions, and developing potential mitigation options.

You will manage the development of research and analysis related to the State Water Project/Central Valley project operations including: Coordinated Operation Agreement, State and Federal Endangered Species Act operational requirements, State Water Resources Control Board Regulatory proceedings and requirements, water rights provisions and issue resolution, and upstream water rights/supply agreements.
You will represent Metropolitan in public processes and be responsible for participating in multi-disciplinary, in-house teams and coordinating with other water contractors in strategic negotiations and litigation related to the Bay-Delta and State Water project. You will also present at Metropolitan Board of Directors meetings and Member Agency Managers’ meetings.

Desirable Qualifications

May require knowledge skill, or ability in: planning, design, and construction management; principles and practices in water supply; demand forecasting, analysis, and submittal of water order requests; water rights protection and issue resolution; runoff and supply forecasting; ; manage water resource and exchange projects; team building; budgetary concepts and procedures; relevant federal, state, and local laws; trends and emerging technologies in water resource; public speaking; hydraulics; surface and groundwater hydrology; diplomacy; project management concepts and techniques; water quality impacts and solutions, environmental issues, and project mitigation.

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.

To view the full job description click here: Water Resource Management Principal Engineer

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and ten years of increasingly responsible experience, of which two years must have been at the Senior Engineer level.

Increasingly responsible experience is defined as experience working with modeling studies of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay-Delta system, and/or work experience with the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project operations and associated regulatory requirements affecting those respective water projects.


• Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.

• License in good standing as a California Professional Engineer

• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment
• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular Full Time Employee

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email: [email protected]

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.

Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).

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