What does a Water Resources Engineer do?

Water resources engineers develop and execute plans for developing water systems that provide clean, safe water in an efficient way that is also good for the planet. They play a central role in civil and commercial construction projects that involve water distribution. They incorporate innovative and environmentally conscious strategies and principles into design planning, with water and energy conservation as top priorities. They perform environmental and technical studies and data analysis, and create reports and proposals.

Water resources engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field, and a background involving the development of water systems. Many roles require a Professional Engineer license or other certification. Experience conducting environmental and feasibility studies is an advantage. Familiarity with water rights and related laws is helpful.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$78,621 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $79K
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Senior Water Resources Engineer
Nov. 18, 2020

“Over my tenure at SGM I was provided a great opportunity to expand the depth of my expertise and breadth of the engineering field.”

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Jul. 4, 2021

“based education and media.”

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Nov. 20, 2020

“Good pay and 401k.”

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Nov. 26, 2020

“Great people and team to work with.”

Senior Water Resources Engineer
Nov. 18, 2020

“I felt I was compensated well and the benefit package was better than anything I had seen prior.”

Senior Water Resources Engineer
Nov. 18, 2020

“I always felt well supported in my tasks and was offered opportunities to participate in very exciting projects.”

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Jan. 18, 2021

“Good pay benifits package was ok”

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“Great people and quality projects”

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