Water Resources Permitting Specialist

Tetra Tech   •  

Denver, CO

Industry: Business Services


5 - 7 years

Posted 384 days ago

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Tetra Tech Inc. is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—16,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams.   Tetra Tech Inc. is currently seeking a Water Resources Permitting Specialistto support our projects related to increasing water demands in Colorado and the West. Our Denver Operations fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and a vision for growth that allows staff to support our growth in the municipal and federal water resources markets. This Water Resources Permitting Specialist will be involved in the planning, permitting, design, and construction phases of water resource and mitigation projects, including new construction or rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, storage dams and reservoirs, pumping facilities, water conveyance systems, stream restoration, facilities for fish and wildlife restoration improvements. Our Water Resources Permitting Specialist will have technical experience in planning and permitting for water resources projects including federal, state, and local permitting and compliance.  This role could also involve duties associated with performing data manipulation and statistical analyses, such as analyzing potential impacts under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), This role will also assist in collecting, organizing, and maintaining data; assist in conducting water supply and demand, climatic, economic, or demographic studies, and support Project Managers in the preparation of correspondence, reports, and presentations. We also anticipate this role will assist in reviewing legislation, regulations, and ordinances to develop permitting successful strategies. Our Water Resources Permitting Specialist will also support Project Managers with the management of project scope, schedule, and budget.  We anticipate this candidate will support proposal development and development of internal technical resources.



  • Bachelor's Degree in physical science, environmental science, engineering, or a closely related field
  • 5-7 years of relevant professional experience working on projects that involve NEPA compliance and permitting
  • Knowledge of NEPA process requirements and implementation
  • Experience working on natural resource or water resource infrastructure projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to periodically travel to field sites
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks, coordinate effectively with others, and work independently within a team are important characteristics for this position.


  • Knowledge of pertinent environmental regulations (Sections 404 and 401 of the Clean Water Act, Sections 7 and 10 of the Endangered Species Act, Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act, local 1041 permitting, etc.)
  • Knowledge of integrated water resource planning, including water rights and water quality regulations in Colorado a plus
  • Ability to run and understand water resources models used to analyze water resource problems and develop innovative solutions
  • Familiar with the USACE Regulatory and Civil Works programs a plus
  • Strong business/client orientation
  • Ability to perform critical thinking skills that involve the input and task management of numerous environmental and human resources including regulatory reviews and preparation of local, state and federal permit applications, resource analysis, agency consultation, and public outreach
  • Must be able to research and interpret federal, state and local regulations on a project-specific basis to assess project permitting feasibility and requirements, and interface with regulatory agencies
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to utilize critical thinking, a flexible approach to problem solving, excellent interpersonal communication (oral and written), planning, and organizational skills; and attention to detail