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How to Get a Water Resource Engineer Job

Starting Your Career with DWR

Step1:

Take State’s Engineer, Water Resource On-line exam at:
http://jobs.ca.gov
job screen Enter "Engineer, Water Resources" into the Job Title search engine.
Locate the bulletin link under the "Exams" column.
This is necessary to get on the eligibility List.

Step2:

Check weekly for available positions at:
http://www.water.ca.gov/jobs
When interested in a position call the contact person and
turn in application form STD 678 to request an interview.
You may complete online at:
http://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf

Step3:

Bring resume, list of references (including professors), and be prepared to talk about any work experience, school projects, and other extracurricular activities that will demonstrate that you are creative, hard working, and eager to learn new skills.

Courses:

Most (but not all) DWR water resources engineers have a Civil Engineering Bachelors or Masters degree.

Key courses include:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Water Resources Planning & Management
  • Hydrology & Hydraulic Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Programming
  • Numerical & Probabilistic Analysis
  • Groundwater Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Economics
  • Chemistry & Physics
  • Structural & Geotechnical Design
  • Geology or Biology
  • Technical Writing & Communication

Engineer, Water Resource Job Opportunities

Example Water Resources Engineer Responsibilities

  • Designing, constructing, and inspecting dams, canals, levees, pumping
    stations, water intakes, fish screens, etc.
  • Studying impacts of water systems on the environment.
  • Sampling water quality and working in treatment plants.
  • Forecasting reservoir operations, river levels, and water quality.
  • Scheduling the operation of water supply and hydroelectric facilities.
  • Conducting hydrodynamic and environmental field studies.
  • Working with local land owners, Federal, State, and local government
    officials, and general public to solve water related problems.


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The Department of Water Resources is an equal employment opportunity employer - Equal Opportunity for all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or sexual orientation.
It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free workplace. Any applicant for State employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing civil service, and the special trust placed in public servants.