Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

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:  IntegrityRespect, Professionalism, 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 overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

Aurora Water Department
Aurora Water is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems, treatment of drinking water and non-potable reclaimed wastewater for irrigation, billing and collection, public outreach and water conservation, acquisition and development of future water rights, major capital projects programs, and quality control for regulatory compliance and public health.

The Principal Engineer  - Water Resources is the most advanced professional/technical level in the engineering class providing high-level subject matter expertise in Water Resource related projects including raw water reservoirs, dams, and complex water resource master planning and near- and long-range capital improvement program (CIP) development. This position is responsible for taking the lead on project delivery and project delivery oversight for complex water resource-related projects including reservoirs, dams, pipelines and other major infrastructure work.  This position develops and implements solutions by planning, organizing, and directing complex engineering analysis and management of complex projects for the Water Department under the supervision of the Aurora Water Deputy Director in Planning and Engineering.

The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first-come, first-serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice. 


  • Subject matter expertise providing project management and project oversight for complex water resources projects including raw water reservoirs, dams and other complex water supply projects.
  • Main project delivery liaison for the department's Water Resources team leading project coordination and providing project updates.
  • Lead project coordination at a department wide level.
  • Assist with management and development of prioritized budget and timing of CIP projects
  • Review and develop complex technical reports and SOP's
  • Initiates and manages complex engineering projects, including the development of scopes of work and budgets, negotiating contracts with engineering consultants, facilitating public and special group meetings, coordinating activity involving multiple Departments and providing inspiration and guidance to professional staff assisting with these projects.
  • Provide periodic updates and/or presentations to management, executive staff, City
  • council members, and citizen special interest groups.
  • Support City's interests in identifying, negotiating, reviewing permit applications.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies, Federal, State, and Local policies
  • May oversee staff performing project delivery including design and construction projects.
  • Assures that completed projects meet established quality standards
  • Keeps current on the latest trends in technology and procedures in the utility industry and makes recommendations for implementation in Aurora
  • Performs additional duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in Civil, Environmental, or Geotechnical Engineering or directly related field

  • At least seven (7) years of professional-level engineering experience in Water Resource related project delivery or project oversight (design and construction)
  • At least four (4) years of experience in developing water storage projects, including review and oversight of project design and construction
  • At least two (2) years of supervisory and/or lead worker experience
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

  • Knowledge of personnel management principals especially as applied to technical staff
    Knowledge of Engineering principles, practices, theories, and techniques related to water resources project implementation
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, consultants, and citizens
  • Excel at communication and coordination of multiple parties both inside and outside the City
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Perform as a project manager for complex projects
  • Handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Lead and/or supervise other employees or project managers
  • Be a creative thinker who is driven by opportunities to continually improve
  • Work effectively with a diverse group of people
  • Take initiative in identifying problems and solutions relative to water resource project implementation
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously and use good judgment in prioritizing work
  • Act as a lead in facilitating solutions to complex water resource project challenges
  • Facilitate and attend various meetings as needed
  • Behave and make decisions consistent with the City of Aurora values and Water vision and mission

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, project management, and leadership skills.
Licenses and Certifications:
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the United States
  • PE registration in the State of Colorado, or ability to obtain licensure within six months, preferred
  • Colorado Driver's license with a good driving history


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
  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and attach 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.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

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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