Colorado Springs Utilities Fountain Creek Watershed Project Manager in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Fountain Creek Watershed Project Manager

Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory

Pay Range $85,571 to $106,953

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 12/27/18

Fountain Creek Watershed Project Manager

Colorado Springs Utilities’ Watershed Planning Group is seeking an experienced Fountain Creek Watershed Health Project Manager. This person will play an instrumental role in planning and managing projects and programs aimed at protecting and improving the health of our community’s home watershed – Fountain Creek. Comprehensive management of water quality, aquatic life and other watershed values in Fountain Creek is essential in Utilities’ commitment to deliver water to our community in an environmentally responsible manner. Effective watershed health management requires identifying and managing related risks and the development and use of strategic partnerships. Join us as we further develop and implement projects and programs to effectively manage the watershed health of Fountain Creek!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical project management, environmental planning, and aquatic and riparian resource knowledge to develop, implement and maintain related programs and projects within the Watershed Planning Team.

  • Oversee and direct data collection, analysis and other program and project work related to Fountain Creek ambient water quality, including long-term trends, related permit commitments (e.g. The Southern Delivery System), and potential risks to operations and long-term water supply planning.

  • Develop and implement Fountain Creek watershed health assessments including water quality trend analysis, inventory changing environmental conditions, assess levels of risk, and develop and implement protection measures and projects to mitigate identified risks.

  • Identify and administer grant funding for watershed and natural resource protection and restoration projects; this includes developing grant proposals, overseeing contracts and projects, and producing related reports.

  • Provide technical expertise to other Colorado Springs Utilities programs and projects to improve natural resource protection and restoration within the Fountain Creek watershed.

  • Use Geographic Information Systems and other data analysis and visualization technology tools, e.g. the Geologic Survey R Archive Network (GRAN) to further develop Utilities’ program to assess and manage the watershed health conditions of Fountain Creek.

  • As the primary Fountain Creek Watershed expert for Utilities’ Water Resources Management team, develop, maintain and leverage positive relationships with external programs and agencies that help meet Utilities’ goals for water quality protection. Programs and related areas of interest include stormwater and drainage planning, land conservation tools and practices, non-point source pollution management, and land use planning and development.

Why should you apply? In this position you will utilize your professional environmental and natural resource management experience and talents to serve your community, as this is a unique opportunity to be Utilities’ subject matter expert on Fountain Creek watershed health. You’ll surround yourself with dedicated and knowledgeable water resource engineers and planners, skilled system operators, and environmental regulatory specialists to reach goals that you can’t reach by yourself. You’ll have the opportunity to dig deep into watershed management and related regulations and your professional network to achieve environmental, community, and business objectives. If you thrive on a mix of understanding and implementing complex water resources-related projects, applying watershed science, navigating environmental regulations, and developing dynamic partnerships, you should apply!

What will it take to be successful in this position? The ideal candidate will offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Watershed Science, Natural Resources Science, or a similar field of study. A Master’s degree is preferred. Additionally, highly qualified candidates will offer 4 or more years of experience in the following areas:

  • Water resources planning, with an understanding of Colorado water law, and water quality and other environmental regulations.

  • Progressive watershed management, wetland, and riparian vegetation management, stream channel management, project management, and leading teams to accomplish the goals of the Fountain Creek Watershed Health program.

  • Watershed and stream channel restoration experience including condition assessment, restoration alternatives analysis, and project design, implementation and monitoring.

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

  • Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community and tap into the power of your potential! For more information and to apply, visit

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Environmental/Laboratory