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Water Resources Modeler - Contract

at City of Aurora

Pay: $35.15 to $43.08/hour
$35.15 - $43.08
Posted: 6/30/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2769114

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City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  IntegrityRespectProfessionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.
Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and wellness programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

The Aurora Water and Engineering division is recruiting an exciting opportunity to serve the public within the Engineering Services team.  The Water Resources Modeler position is responsible for operation, maintenance and calibration of the Water Resources model for the department. 

This position will perform department modeling requests (as requested by management, operations, water resources and engineering staff), keep models up to date and validated, and support long-term planning of system growth. This position may also be required to manage consultant contracts for model updates or temporarily for operation as selected candidate becomes proficient in the water resource model under the direction of the Planning Services Manager.

The Aurora Water Planning and Engineering Division offers an exciting, challenging, fun, and impactful work environment within a strong team culture of collaboration, innovation, and team support.

Contract Employment Terms: This position will be full-time, 40-hours per week, with benefits.  Term of contract is one year from first day of employment.



The Water Resources Modeler is the primary departmental resource providing expertise, assistance, support, and management for water resources modeling. Performs duties and responsibilities commensurate with assigned functional area which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:

  • Participate in training and become proficient in usage of the Aurora Water Resource system mass balance model (CRAM - Central Resource Allocation Model).  Applicant should have some fundamental experience with hydraulic and mass balance water resource models. The mass balance model primarily considers water rights, hydrology, and storage to identify predicted supply yields and support Aurora Water's long-range planning and operations optimization.
  • Oversee and/or directly perform the development, update, and maintenance of CRAM for the Department.  
  • Oversee and/or directly perform the development, update, and maintenance of other proprietary and statewide water resource models including Statemod, AWRSM, and Modflow.
  • Develop/maintain model documentation for update processes and model status
  • Operate the CRAM model to answer operations and planning questions in support of various staff and divisions including management, operations, water resources, and engineering
  • Provide training and professional/technical assistance for internal staff model users
  • Provide modeling expertise and participation for the Integrated Water Master Plan (IWMP) to support infrastructure sizing, location, and timing requirements to meet hydraulic and water quality needs
  • Keep current on latest trends in technology and procedures in the modeling industry and make recommendations for implementation in Aurora
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water Resources, Modeling, Hydrology, Information Technology, or related field.


  • Minimum three years of water resources and modeling experience.
  • Colorado Water Resources (water rights and policy, renewable mountain water supply systems, trans-mountain diversions, water exchanges and augmentation) experience preferred.


  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of water resources including hydrology, water rights accounting and reporting, hydrologic forecasting, reservoir management, raw water supply planning, database management, and Colorado water law
  • In-depth knowledge of hydraulic and water resources mass balance modeling
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Working knowledge of Visual Basic and C programming preferred
  • Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City Staff and consultants
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Perform as a project manager and individual contributor
  • Creative thinker who is driven by opportunities to continually improve
  • Work effectively with a diverse group of people
  • Apply scientific and engineering principles to work assignments
  • Provide thoughtful and thorough analysis
  • Take initiative in identifying problems and solutions relative to utility system modeling
  • Make decisions consistent with City of Aurora values and Water vision and mission.

Strong interpersonal, analytical, and project management skills.


Physical Demands:
Sedentary physical work requiring ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking and standing; vision for data analysis and preparation; hand/eye coordination for operation of computer keyboard; foot/eye coordination for operation of motor vehicle for field inspections; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens.

Work Environment: 
Primarily works in a clean, comfortable environment; may perform some outdoor work for field inspections.

Equipment Used:
Personal computer and motor vehicle.

Essential Personnel: When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.

For Veterans Preference:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.

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