Littleton Water Resources Manager

This position will remain open until it is filled.

The Water Resources Manager provides administrative and technical management for the planning, design, and construction of stormwater and wastewater capital improvement projects and serves as the Floodplain Administrator, Community Rating System Coordinator, and MS4 Permit Manager for the City of Littleton Public Works & Utilities Department.  

The upcoming projects for the Water Resources Manager include the management of multiple city public works programs and regulation of city code; the city’s MS4 permit, floodplain regulation, and storm drainage and wastewater engineering and construction.   This will include permit and development project review, grant applications and funding strategies, collaboration with Mile High Flood District on stream stabilization and studies, management of construction contracts in sewer rehabilitation and new infrastructure.  This position works closely with the Utility Division staff in the implementation of the storm and sanitary sewer master plans and goals.  The position requires collaboration with the other disciplines of public works, as well as planners, developers, private sector, partnering agencies, regional stormwater and wastewater groups, and city administration.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in both private and public sector civil engineering environments, or ability to quickly adapt to the latter.  Technical experience and leadership in floodplain hydraulic studies, stormwater drainage, stormwater quality, and wastewater design and construction, including local design and construction specifications, is preferred.   The ideal candidate has strong interpersonal skills, is organized, detail oriented, understands the local regulatory environment, and is a strong leader. 

The City of Littleton is a vibrant community south of Denver and is consistently voted as one of America’s Best Small Cities, and one of Colorado’s top five places to Raise a Family. Home to a charming and historic downtown, a variety of shopping venues, restaurants, parks and trails, there is a lot to offer to the wonderful people who live and work here. The City of Littleton offers outstanding benefits and perks to our employees. For more information, please see the 2023 Benefit Guide.

The City of Littleton believes in attracting and retaining the best talent and our strategies include hiring in at market pay and creating career development opportunities. In addition to your application, please submit a cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for this position with the City of Littleton.


Starting pay at or near $120,211 per year

Salary range: $96,169 - $144,253

This full-time position is exempt per FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Work Schedule: This is a full-time position and has the option to work a hybrid schedule with some days teleworking and some days working in person at the office.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until a qualified pool of candidates is established or the position is filled, but preference will be given to complete applications received by March 10th, 2023. Those who do not apply by this date may or may not be considered.


  • Prepares and maintains city design and construction standards, ordinances, goals, policies and priorities related to stormwater and wastewater infrastructure and floodplain administration.
  • Develops and maintains inventory and condition assessment of the city’s stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, including documentation through asset management systems.
  • Manages the preparation of engineering plans, technical reports, specifications, and contract documents for stormwater and wastewater capital construction projects.
  • Develops, manages, and maintains schedules, budgets and long-range projections of city stormwater and wastewater capital improvement projects and programs.
  • Maintains documentation required for eligibility and participation in the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) and completes annual reporting and cycle verification audits.
  • Oversees compliance efforts and administration of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program for the city, including field inspections.
  • Develops, implements, and/or coordinates public education and public participation programs related to stormwater quality and flood awareness.
  • Collaborates with the Mile High Flood District for planning major drainageway studies, maintenance and capital construction projects within the city.  Submits annual work requests to MHFD.
  • Performs development review of stormwater management plans and reports for development in the city, ensuring that plans comply with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
  • Performs development review of projects proposed in or near floodplains. Administers and enforces associated floodplain permits. 
  • Manages and/or performs the construction oversight and inspection of stormwater and wastewater infrastructure, erosion and sediment control best management practices (BMPs), stream restoration projects, and has ability to train others to perform these tasks.
  • Prepares clear and concise reports for consumption by a variety of technical, administrative and community-based audiences on various capital projects including those receiving federal, state, regional, interagency and local funds.
  • Assists with the city’s Emergency Management Program.
  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of water resources portions of the annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies. 
  • Drafts ordinances and resolutions and other packet materials related to water resources for City Council meetings.
  • Presents water resource related issues before Planning Commission and City Council.
  • Serves on regional stormwater committees/groups and advisory panels, as assigned.
  • Performs other similar duties as assigned by the City Engineer.
  • May serve as an Emergency Worker.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Encourages an environment of collaboration and teamwork.
  • Selects, trains, and evaluates employees.
  • Completes assigned supervisory training.
  • Provides guidance and assists employees in the fulfillment of responsibilities.
  • Assigns and directs work; addresses and resolves issues.
  • Manages employee performance through meaningful, timely feedback and appraisals.



  • Expert knowledge of and experience with current engineering principles, practices, procedures, materials, and equipment as they apply to municipal stormwater, wastewater, flood management, stream restoration, and water quality programs.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations, policies, and programs related to stormwater, water quality, floodplain development/management, and wetlands.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of floodplain modification processes and requirements at the local (FHAD) and FEMA level (CLOMRs, LOMRs).
  • General understanding of groundwater principles and fluvial geomorphology, through work experience, training, education, or a combination thereof. 
  • Experience with the Mile High Flood District (MHFD) criteria manual and programs, and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) design standards and construction specifications.
  • Ability to understand, integrate, and prioritize water resources programs with other infrastructure projects and overall city initiatives.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to quickly become familiar with the stormwater and wastewater systems of the city and locations of known issues.
  • Proficiency with Computer Aided Design (CAD), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and asset management software.
  • Proficiency with HEC-RAS hydraulic modeling software; input, calculations, and output.
  • Experience with other hydraulic and hydrologic modeling software such as HEC-HMS, TR-55, SWMM, Flowmaster, StormCAD, SewerCAD, etc.
  • Ability to perform budget development for individual projects and larger programs.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with engineers, planners, elected officials, developers, contractors, and outside agencies. 
  • Ability to interact effectively and constructively with the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers.
  • Ability to translate verbal communication into effective written material, e.g., reports and other documents, and vice versa.
  • Ability to delegate duties, supervise, manage, and guide staff in their day-to-day duties and career progression.
  • Ability to utilize analytical skills and apply results.
  • Ability to perform both office and field work.


  • Requires the following physical abilities to perform essential job functions:  lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling objects weighing up to 50 pounds with or without assistance.  Standing and walking outdoors for extended periods of time, as necessary to observe and inspect stormwater and wastewater facilities, floodplain conditions, and/or active construction.


  • The City of Littleton strives to be an employer of choice. Did the hybrid working element of this position make it more attractive to you?
  • Do you have a degree in civil engineering, environmental science, or a closely related field? (Yes, No)
  • Do you have at least 7 years of experience in stormwater, wastewater, and floodplain design and management?  (Yes or No)
  • Briefly describe your experience with stormwater, wastewater, and floodplain design and management.
  • Briefly describe your supervisory experience.
  • Do you have a Professional Engineer (PE) license in the State of Colorado or have the ability to obtain one within 6 months of hire?
  • Are you a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) in the State of Colorado or a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)? (Yes or No)
  • If you are not a CFM, are you able to obtain this certification within 6 months of hire?
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