Northern Water Careers

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About Northern Water

With an inviting culture and long-standing history, Northern Water is committed to hiring and retaining the best employees to join its growing organization headquartered in beautiful Berthoud, Colo. Northern Water employs approximately 140 people, with about 20 employees based in scenic Grand Lake. The organization employs a variety of professions including engineers, IT professionals, accountants, construction and maintenance workers, administrative and more. There are few jobs at Northern Water; there are many careers. 
 
Northern Water was created as a public agency in 1937 to operate the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which delivers water to portions of eight Northeastern Colorado counties. As a desired place to live, Northern Water's responsibilities are expanding due to the economic growth of its service area. In addition, the development of two new water supply projects, the Windy Gap Firming Project and the Northern Integrated Supply Project, will help meet the water needs of the region. 
 
Employees will enjoy a competitive compensation and excellent benefit package, while joining a team of motivated individuals who remain committed to helping Northern Water collect and deliver water to 1 million people and about 640,000 acres of irrigated agriculture. The agency is proud of its reputation as a leading water delivery, conservation and management organization, not only in the western United States, but across the nation.

Northern Water Benefits

Northern Water’s Benefits Guide includes: medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement, long-term disability benefits, sick, holiday and vacation leave, employee assistance program and tuition reimbursements. Northern Water’s culture encourages continuing education at every level of the organization.

Applying for an Open Position

Northern Water will review resumes or applications only when there is a position available. Please check this page regularly for openings listed below. To apply for an opening at Northern Water, e-mail your resume and a cover letter indicating which position you are interested in to: careers@northernwater.org.

 

Application Support Specialist

This position is responsible for working with multiple teams to maintain Northern Water’s enterprise applications such as our Document Management System, Asset Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Data Management System, and SharePoint. This position is responsible for installing, configuring, upgrading, user security, monitoring, cross-application integrations, and keeping enterprise applications up and running. This position is not responsible for server or workstation operational systems. The candidate will have knowledge of Crystal Reports, workflows and Business Intelligence analytical tools. This position is based in Berthoud, CO and required prolonged sitting and sustained operation of keyboard devices. 

 

Associate Water Quality Engineer

Seeking a motivated entry level water quality engineer to assist with various water quality data management, analysis and modeling projects. This role supports advanced water quality modeling and analysis of lotic and lentic systems. The Associate Water Quality Engineer will interface with monitoring program development to ensure data quality for modeling and analysis and will help with reporting and preparing data compilations and graphical analyses.

This position offers the opportunity to work on a diversity of projects and to develop a broad technical skillset while working along senior engineers. A successful candidate will demonstrate eagerness to learn and to work collaboratively within a talented team of water quality engineers, scientists and biologist to ensure the preservation high quality water supplies across Colorado’s Front Range. Our Water Quality Program relies on the best science available, extensive and high-quality data collection, and a collaborative and transparent approach. To that end we seek to maintain a team with the strongest technical credentials and desiring to serve the needs of our water users, stakeholders and partners.   

Control System Engineer

Seeking an experienced Control Systems Engineer working in the Instrumentation Control Electrical Engineering department. This position is responsible for maintaining and upgrading existing control systems and designing new control systems. Position includes maintaining, upgrading, designing and implementing SCADA, PLC, HMI and ICS. Experience in process control involving pump plants, hydrogenerations, pipeline and open canal flows is highly desirable. This position includes both office and fieldwork and will be part of a dynamic team helping to make sure the delivery of water throughout Northern Water’s service area.

Digital Communications Specialist

Seeking a passionate individual who wants to join our Communications Department to lead our digital communications efforts. This position is responsible for developing strategies that support the desired content and brand of Northern Water’s digital engagement, including social media and website, while also assisting in the overall development of internal and external communication projects. Specific roles include the development of a social media strategy; writing, editing, scheduling, engaging and measuring digital content across various channels; building audiences through social campaigns; writing and editing content for the website and other communication materials; helping to maintain website content; working with images and more.

Electronics Technician

Seeking an experienced individual to assist in and coordinate the maintenance of all instrumentation control, electrical and equipment for Northern Water facilities throughout Northern Colorado.  Electronics technicians design, develop, test, install, and repair equipment that may include communication systems, electrical switchboards, various instrumentation, and PLC system. Position is part of our Instrumental Control and Electrical Engineering Department which analyzes, optimizes, controls and designs complex systems that are used throughout Northern Water’s water storage and supply systems. These systems include pump plants, hydro plants, canal controls and flow control vaults.

Environmental Compliance Specialist

Job duties for this position are widely varied and include responsibilities for planning, permitting, and compliance for environmental aspects of existing water storage and delivery facility projects. This position is part of our growing and dynamic Environmental Services Division and works cross-functionally with other teams and departments throughout the organization to ensure environmental compliance of our operations and maintenance activities, as well as tracking and coordination of long-term environmental commitments associated with new water supply projects. The Environmental Compliance Specialist will also provide strategic advice for the organization on environmental compliance matters.

Financial Analyst

Seeking a mid-level financial analyst to join our highly professional Financial Services department. This position will work with all departments at Northern Water to develop and monitor operating budgets, prepare annual budget reports, provide budget analysis and more. The candidate will have a functional knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning system, a strong understanding of accounting principles, extensive financial theory and principles, practices, methods of budget and finance. The candidate must have strong problem-solving skills, time management skills, maintain independence, objectivity and professional integrity and recognize the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.

Project Manager

Seeking a Project Manager who is responsible for project management services related to design and construction of new and remodeled office and shop building complexes, water storage and conveyance facilities, and other associated facilities on Northern Water properties in coordination with other departments and agencies. Duties include representing and providing project management services for Northern Water's Campus Development project in Berthoud and on the West Slope near Granby, Colo, coordinating with architects, reviewing plans and more. Colorado Professional Engineering License and Certified Project Manager required with Certified Architect and LEED certificates highly desirable. 

Seasonal Landscape /Grounds Worker

Great summer job opportunity working on Northern Water’s 35-acre Berthoud campus. This position will assist the Facilities and Equipment Department with general labor, maintaining turf, trees, shrubs and flowers. Duties include replacing trees, weeding, removing and replacing sod, cleaning campus building exteriors, maintaining fleet vehicles, operating a wide variety of landscape tools and more. Candidate must have good communication skills, have strong attention to detail and is dependable and reliable. Must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. Starting pay is $13 to $16/hour.

Seasonal Landscape/Irrigation Technician

Great summer job opportunity working on Northern Water’s 35-acre Berthoud campus. This position will assist Northern Water’s Facilities and Equipment Department with general labor and irrigation system maintenance. Duties include preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and replacement of irrigation equipment, replacing trees, weeding, removes and replaces sod, cleans water feature and campus building exteriors, assists in maintaining fleet vehicles and operates a wide variety of landscape tools and more. Candidate must have good communication skills, have strong attention to detail and is dependable and reliable. Must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license with experience and competence in landscape maintenance. Starting pay is $14 to $20/hour.

Senior Electrical/Mechanical CADD Designer

This position is responsible for developing and managing electrical wiring diagrams, schematics single line diagrams, as well as civil, mechanical, architectural and structural drawings using Autodesk Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) products. Individual will work with various documents and sketches to create final construction or as-built historical record documents. Position is part of our Instrumental Control and Electrical Engineering Department which analyzes, optimizes, controls and designs complex systems that are used throughout Northern Water’s water storage and supply systems. These systems include pump plants, hydro plants, canal controls and flow control vaults.

Senior Water Quality Engineer

Seeking an experienced and versatile water quality engineer to lead advanced water quality modeling and analysis of lentic and lotic environments. Position will evaluate pollutant sources to aquatic systems and response variables in these environments and will develop mitigation strategies. The Senior Water Quality Engineer will serve as the subject matter expert for water quality modeling, analysis and water/wastewater treatment technologies. This position will serve as the lead on diverse and complex engineering projects and will coordinate the work of and mentor other water quality engineers.

This position will collaborate with a talented team of water quality engineers, scientists and biologist to ensure the preservation of high-quality water supplies across Colorado’s Front Range. Our Water Quality Program relies on the best science available, extensive and high-quality data collection, and a collaborative and transparent approach. To that end we seek to maintain a team with the strongest technical credentials and desiring to serve the needs of our water users, stakeholders and partners.   

Water Efficiency Specialist

Seeking a candidate to assist municipalities, water districts, HOAs, businesses and other allottees. Candidate will support the Water Efficiency Program by serving on efficiency workgroups, maintaining Northern Water’s Demonstration Garden and Conservation Campus landscape, and providing other Water Efficiency Program services. These include education events, training classes, irrigation audits, landscape grants, consultations, efficiency outreach, new landscape demonstrations and more. The candidate will have experience in the landscaping profession, including design, installation, maintenance and renovation, and expertise in plants, grasses, soil, irrigation and water management. The candidate must have excellent customer service skills and a passion for helping customers implement landscape conservation solutions. Candidate must be hard working, reliable, flexible, trustworthy, willing to learn, self-motivated, organized and work well in a team environment. This position spends time in the office at a computer and in the field and will be part of a dynamic team assisting a range of customers to use water wisely.  

Water Quality Engineer

Seeking a skilled water quality engineer to conduct water quality of multiple lakes and reservoirs of Northern Water’s collection and distribution system and to manage water quality projects.  Position will bring skills for big data management and analysis and a willingness to learn complex modeling techniques. This position offers the opportunity to work on diverse projects, both in a technical capacity and as a project lead, interfacing with stakeholders and partners.  The Water Quality Engineer will work with a large stakeholders’ group to develop and implement management/mitigation strategies to improve water quality for the benefit of drinking water, recreation, and aquatic life. 

This position will collaborate with a talented team of water quality engineers, scientists and biologist to ensure the preservation high quality water supplies across Colorado’s Front Range. Our Water Quality Program relies on the best science available, extensive and high-quality data collection, and a collaborative and transparent approach. To that end we seek to maintain a team with the strongest technical credentials and desiring to serve the needs of our water users, stakeholders and partners.   

Northern Water is dedicated to the principle of equal employment opportunity in any term, condition or privilege of employment. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, creed, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.