Water Resources Project Manager

Job Locations US-TN-Knoxville
Water Resources


At Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC), every member of our team has a personal stake in ensuring the success of our clients.  As employee-owners of the firm, we are all personally accountable for building lasting relationships and delivering outstanding results.  We put people first, whether that’s our clients, our employees, or our community.  It’s why we listen more and work harder to understand the unique needs of our clients.  And it’s why we prioritize the career development of every individual on our team.  People are why we do this, and why we love what we do.  We are at our best when we work together.  That means bringing together a diverse team of talented, passionate, multidisciplinary experts to work closely alongside clients to create comprehensive solutions to complex problems.  We believe that by working together, no problem is insurmountable.


As a Water Resource Engineer for Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC), you'll have the opportunity to work collaboratively in an employee-owned company while interacting with clients, contractors, regulators, and local government officials. At CEC, you will provide services for projects of various complexities with opportunities in stormwater management & compliance, watershed management, floodplain management, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) permitting & map revisions, flood mitigation analyses, permitting & design, stream restoration & mitigation, dam safety engineering, waterways development, bridge & culvert designs, water resources & construction permitting, and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) services. Your involvement throughout the lifespan of projects will be from conception through construction as you contribute to the analysis, design, development of plans & specifications, permitting applications, bidding, and construction engineering. You will work collaboratively with our diverse team of talented, passionate, multidisciplinary experts as we provide unique solutions to meet our clients’ needs with innovation and a vision for growth. As your career at CEC progresses, your team will look to you as a technical expert as you share your knowledge through meetings, conferences, articles, and mentoring.


Join us in our Knoxville location where we enjoy a beautiful office location, easy access to downtown, workplace flexibility, and a welcoming culture.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Perform advanced engineering design tasks on complex water resource projects;
  • Perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses to support design and assessment of surface water systems and infrastructure;
  • Develop and review hydrologic and hydraulic models and perform simulations;
  • Develop detailed plans, specifications, cost estimates, calculations, and reports, along with permit application support;
  • Conduct quality assurance and quality control reviews on projects;
  • Provide mentoring, training, and oversight for staff;
  • Manage water resource related projects and tasks;
  • Pursue client management and business development opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Civil, Water Resources, or Biosystems Engineering (or related field)
  • Professional Engineer licensed in Tennessee or able to obtain a TN license
  • 5+ years of water resources engineering experience

Preferred Capabilities:

  • Ability to solve complex problems using sound professional judgment, creativity, and innovation
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and to engage in creative and critical thought
  • Project management, time management, and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

About Us

We have experts! CEC is consistently ranked as a Top 500 Design Firm and Top 200 Environmental Firm by Engineering News-Record. We are looking for people who enjoy using their education and experience to solve difficult technical problems and work on interesting projects. You can accomplish this while working with a team of professionals who are equally motivated to provide high levels of service to our clients and to teach you along the way.


We have support! We have a variety of Employee Resource Groups, including CEC Community – focused on giving back to the communities in which we work; CEC Ignite – focused on helping professionals early in their careers to develop their pathway; CEC iDEA – focused on inclusion, diversity, equality, and acceptance; and CEC Women – focused on creating internal and external opportunities for women to network and leverage professional experience!

We care about our people! People and Culture are two of the five elements of our strategic plan. When you care about your people, they will want to grow a career with you – that is our goal. CEC offers you a small-firm work environment with large-firm opportunities. Not only will we help you develop professionally, but we will also provide an opportunity to become an owner of the firm and share in its success.


CEC offers a matching 401(k); profit sharing; a performance bonus; company stock; medical dental, and vision insurance; short and long-term disability; tuition assistance; professional development; and work-life balance.


CEC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate in recruiting, hiring or promotion based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status), national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis or characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.


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