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Water Resource Specialists

Water Resource Specialists

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Water Resource Specialists Description

Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.

Water Resource Specialists Related Job Titles

Environmental Resource Specialist, Hydrogeologist, Hydrotechnical Specialist, National Stormwater Leader, Owner, Consulting Engineer, Owner, Professional Engineer, Research Hydraulic Engineer, Senior Group Manager, Senior Hydrogeologist, Senior Water Resources Engineer, VP-Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer, Water Quality Specialist, Water Resource Consultant, Water Resource Engineer, Water Resource Manager, Water Resource Project Manager, Water Resource Specialist, Water Resources Business Segment Leader, Water Resources Program Director, Water Supply Engineer,


Water Resource Specialists Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Perform hydrologic, hydraulic, or water quality modeling.
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, investigations on matters such as water storage, wastewater discharge, pollutants, permits, or other compliance and regulatory issues.
  • Develop plans to protect watershed health or rehabilitate watersheds.
  • Develop strategies for watershed operations to meet water supply and conservation goals or to ensure regulatory compliance with clean water laws or regulations.
  • Identify and characterize specific causes or sources of water pollution.
  • Write proposals, project reports, informational brochures, or other documents on wastewater purification, water supply and demand, or other water resource subjects.
  • Present water resource proposals to government, public interest groups, or community groups.
  • Review or evaluate designs for water detention facilities, storm drains, flood control facilities, or other hydraulic structures.
  • Conduct, or oversee the conduct of, chemical, physical, and biological water quality monitoring or sampling to ensure compliance with water quality standards.
  • Conduct technical studies for water resources on topics such as pollutants and water treatment options.
  • Recommend new or revised policies, procedures, or regulations to support water resource or conservation goals.
  • Monitor water use, demand, or quality in a particular geographic area.
  • Analyze storm water systems to identify opportunities for water resource improvements.
  • Provide technical expertise to assist communities in the development or implementation of storm water monitoring or other water programs.
  • Compile water resource data, using geographic information systems (GIS) or global position systems (GPS) software.
  • Conduct cost-benefit studies for watershed improvement projects or water management alternatives.
  • Develop or implement standardized water monitoring and assessment methods.
  • Negotiate for water rights with communities or water facilities to meet water supply demands.
  • Compile and maintain documentation on the health of a body of water.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Supervise teams of workers who capture water from wells and rivers.
  • Identify methods for distributing purified wastewater into rivers, streams, or oceans.

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