Senior Planning and Water Resource Engineer, Water Business

Black & Veatch Published: September 13, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona
Job Type
Engineering / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ Black & Veatch is a leader in watershed resource planning and management, offering expertise across the entire water cycle, from source water to receiving water. We understand the issues involved in providing integrated water resource planning efforts that include ground water, surface water and/or alternative water supplies. ~

Knowledge of the latest technology and skill in the use of the most up-to-date tools – including geographic information systems (GIS), two-dimensional hydraulic modeling HEC-RAS 2D, demand management programs, integrated decision support models like GoldSim and Stella, water quality models like WASP and EFDC, as well as an understanding of current and pending regulations – enable us to offer complete services. Black & Veatch takes pride in our professionals’ ability to see the entire water resource picture, often helping clients realize more water resource security and overall long-term cost savings.

With an integrated global workforce of highly skilled and experienced scientists, engineers and technicians, we are well-equipped to handle all water resource concerns. In addition to receiving top rankings in many engineering journals, the Water Business has helped to shape regulatory approaches and develop innovative technologies, which further distinguish Black & Veatch from other engineering firms.

Position Overview

Black & Veatch has an exciting opportunity for a Water Resources & Planning Engineer in Arizona.

Within our U.S. planning and water resources business, we have seen consistent growth driven by our clients’ needs to address challenges stemming from flood mitigation and resilience, water scarcity, groundwater depletion, drought resiliency/reliability/vulnerability, climate variability, water rights issues, and evolving reuse regulations and implementation.

In Arizona, we anticipate more and more focus on integrated water resource planning and design as the State’s population increases, weather patterns change and water resiliency, reliability, and vulnerability issues become more pressing. This represents a strategic business opportunity for Black & Veatch, and the Water Resources Planning position is designed to help the company execute projects in Arizona and across the country by providing world-class planning and water resource services.


  • Senior Planning and Water Resource Engineer serving as part of the local leadership team
  • Responsible for leading sales and driving business development efforts for existing and new clients
  • Lead scenario planning efforts for integrated water resource projects
  • Conduct hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for complex watersheds and riverine environments
  • Develop flood management strategies and concept alternatives
  • Support planning-level estimates of project costs
  • Support innovative drainage planning services with industry leading technology
  • Support water resources marketing efforts and build relationships with key water resource planning leaders and decision makers throughout the southwest region


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing
  • Minimum of 5 years related work experience
  • All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Arizona Professional Civil Engineering Registration
  • Ability to obtain professional registration in additional states
  • Active Certified Floodplain Manager Certification
  • 10 years of water resource engineering and planning experience with the last 3-5 years as a project manager
  • Highly qualified in leading and developing comprehensive reports and client-facing presentations
  • Highly qualified leader of project tasks and executing water resource planning projects
  • Demonstrates exceptional knowledge in scour analysis and scour counter measure design
  • Knowledge of Arizona water laws for surface water, groundwater, and reuse/recycled water
  • Knowledge of Arizona State Standards and environmental issues across the state
  • Demonstrates successful applications of stormwater management and flood water risks effecting existing and proposed infrastructure
  • Demonstrates successful practice of data analysis and personal presentation skillset
  • Experienced use of drainage resources, modeling tools, and software applications, including:
    • HEC-1, DDMSW, AHYMO, and HEC-HMS
    • AutoCAD Civil 3D, MicroStation, GIS
    • Python and Visual Basic
    • MS Office Project, Excel, Word, and Power Point

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