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Water Resources Engineer/Reservoir Modeler

RTI International

Location3040 Cornwallis Rd, Durham, NC 27709+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job description401(k)Dental insuranceDisability insuranceEmployee assistance programHealth insurancePaid time offShow 1 more benefitIndeed’s salary guideNot provided by employer$71.1K – $90.1K a year is Indeed’s estimated salary for this role in Durham, NC.Report inaccurate salary
RTI Internationals Center for Water Resources (CWR) is looking for a Water Resource Engineer/Reservoir Modeler to support a variety of water resources modeling efforts for planning studies, operational implementation, and research projects. This position will primarily contribute to CWRs projects involving river and reservoir operations forecasting and modeling. Other areas where CWR works include water supply modeling and hydrologic risk evaluation and as part of the team, your contributions will cover all aspects water resources systems including data collection and analysis, modeling, system integration, and stakeholder communication and training.

These positions will be based in RTP, North Carolina or Fort Collins, CO but telecommuting is an option. Please apply if you have expertise related to these requirements (experience related to all is not necessary). If you are adept at manipulating data and can demonstrate an aptitude for hydrologic modeling inputs, model states, calibration, analysis of results then you can be a valuable contributor to CWRs mission of improving the human condition by protecting water resources around the world. We implement the best and most appropriate solutions for our clients, so our staff are well versed in multiple models and modeling systems. The end result of many of CWRs projects include a water resources modeling system that our clients use regularly to make water management decisions.
Desired general experiences or exposures through completed classwork or work experience include hydrologic, hydraulic, watershed and/or reservoir model set up, calibration, and assessment/interpretation; spatial, time series, and generalized data collection, organization, quality assurance, and interpretation; and project documentation and report writing.
In particular, the successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

Experience with RiverWare (rule-based and/or optimization models) or other reservoir models including MODSIM, HEC-ResSim, Res-J, custom-coded models, etc.
Understanding of optimization in water resources planning/hydropower operations using RiverWare, dynamic programming, linear programming, application of multiobjective evolutionary algorithms, etc.


The candidate must have the following general talents:

A positive and collaborative mindset while working independently on multiple projects in a team environment with diverse staff of project managers, hydrologists, engineers, scientists, economists, and IT developers
Attention to detail as the candidate will be responsible for preparing, using, and conducting quality control on large and diverse datasets
The ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing and the ability to understand and follow written guidelines, policies, and procedures as provided by project managers.
A willingness to learn new software and apply as a project requires, including self-led tutorials and exploration.The ability and desire to adapt applicable methods and principles from past experiences to current RTI project needs.

Our team includes a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and capabilities, but a common thread is our interest to continue learning and push the boundaries of what can be done to support our field. As a non-profit research institute, RTI also offers opportunities for internally funded research and development to help bring great ideas together for on-the-ground applications to help make a difference in the world. As part of the CWR team, the successful candidate will be exposed to and will contribute to a wide variety of water resources modeling projects. Therefore, the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate and explain skills or exposures through classwork/work experience across a selection of the following potential work areas (experience in all areas is not required):

Water resources systems modeling, including operations and water rights, such as RiverWare, MODSIM, HEC-ResSim, ResJ, or WEAP
Hydrologic modeling using applications such as HEC-HMS, SAC-SMA, or VIC
Hydraulic modeling using applications such as HEC-RAS
Operational or planning system configuration using applications such as Delft-FEWS or HEC-CWMS/HEC-WAT
Use of open-source programming language (i.e., Python, R, C# or VB(.NET)) to perform data management, transformation, quality control, and/or statistical analyses (e.g., regression models)
Use of ArcGIS or QGIS to perform at least basic geospatial processing, analysis, and map preparation
Use of relational databases (e.g., SQLite, SQL Server).
Development of or conducting trainings on modeling applications and outcomes

Required qualifications include:

Masters Degree and 1 years of experience or a bachelors degree and 3 years of experience in Civil Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field with emphasis in Water Resources
Verbal and written technical language fluency in Spanish is a plus
Domestic and international travel flexibility is a plus

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.
“Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. We will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.”
The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

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