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Dams and Reservoirs Hydrology and Hydraulics Lead


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How will you make your mark?

At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity

With a proud history spanning over 85 years and thousands of successful projects, our expertise in dam and reservoir engineering is unmatched. From feasibility studies to design, construction, and maintenance, we cover every aspect of the process, ensuring the longevity and safety of critical water infrastructure. As part of our team, you'll contribute to our legacy, bringing innovative solutions to life and making a meaningful impact on global water resources.

Job Description

AECOM is actively seeking a highly motivated Dams and Reservoirs H&H Lead for our Orange, California office. This Senior Engineer will support our dams and surface water business both within, and outside of the US. We are looking for an engineer with strong civil, hydrologic and hydraulic skill sets to work with our multidiscipline teams to deliver challenging water resources projects related to civil design, dam design, hydraulic design of spillways, outlet works and hydropower plants, development of surface water models (scour and sediment transport), development of EAPs, dam breach studies, development of hydrologic models (frequency and extreme storm events), and associated reporting.

Job Description

  • Provides technical leadership for a specialty and is considered to be a fully capable professional in their field.
  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields. Makes decisions independently on technical problems and methods and represents the organization in conferences.
  • Resolves important questions and plans and coordinates work.
  • Requires the use of advanced techniques and the modifications and extension of theories, precepts and practices of the field and related sciences and disciplines.
  • The knowledge and expertise required for this level of work usually result from progressive experience.
  • Identify opportunities, prepare technical proposals, work with clients and actively participate in Business Development with Federal and Non-Federal clients.
  • Supervision and guidance relate largely to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.
  • Design channels and energy dissipation structures that include concrete, riprap, articulated concrete block, fabric-formed concrete, and baffle blocks for erosion control
  • Intermittently engage on regional projects with other offices in the region.
  • Receives direction on unusual conditions and developments.

The primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Hydrologic and Hydraulic (H&H) modeling using various software packages (HEC-RAS (1D and 2D), FLOW-3D, HEC-HMS and SRH-2D)
  • Analysis and design of spillways and outlet works on dams
  • Production and review of technical reports and memorandums
  • Task management/project management
  • Mentoring and training staff
  • Providing technical leadership
  • Coordinating with other technical disciplines including geotechnical, structural, and environmental
  • Face to face interaction with clients
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and 8+ years of related experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education
  • Professional Engineer license required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineer in California (or ability to obtain PE license within 6 months of hire)
  • 10+ years of relevant water resource related experience
  • 10+ years’ experience with hydrologic and hydraulic models
  • Demonstrated experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling concepts and principles
  • Proven experience with hydrologic and hydraulic models (HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, and their interfaces with ArcGIS, FLOW-3D and SRH-2D)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and computation skill
  • Ability to work with a team consisting of several technical disciplines
  • Demonstrated proficiency in ArcGIS
  • Knowledge of civil engineering design

Additional Information

  • Relocation available for this role.
  • Sponsorship available for this position.
  • Occasional project travel may be required (up to 20%)
  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The target salary range for this position is $120,000 - $170,000.
  • AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absences, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.



AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.