Water Resources Engineer – West Des Moines, Iowa

Water Resources Engineer – West Des Moines, Iowa

WHKS has an opportunity for a Water Resources Engineer with experience in hydraulics, hydrology, roadway drainage, water conveyance and/or water distribution.  This is a great opportunity for the right person looking to apply and expand their design expertise on transportation, municipal, site improvement and other civil engineering projects.  The successful candidate will be technically proficient, personable, and value a collaborative work environment focused on creating solutions for our clients and communities.

WHKS strives to provide a flexible, supportive, and collaborative workplace where individuals can utilize and develop their strengths and pursue their interests in Civil Engineering.  WHKS offers excellent compensation and benefits, as well as work schedule flexibility.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Analysis and development of technically complex hydrologic and hydraulic computer models
  • Designing stormwater detention/retention systems
  • Designing stormwater best management practices for water quality purposes
  • Evaluation of proposed modifications to existing water control structures
  • Plan and specification preparation and review
  • Preparation of reports, letters, and technical memos
  • Preparation of permit applications, including 404 permitting and Iowa DNR floodplain permitting
  • Participation in meetings with consultants, other governmental agencies, and the public


  • Bachelor of Science degree in civil or agricultural engineering
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in Iowa, or ability to obtain within 6 months
  • 4+ years of professional experience in water resources engineering or related field
  • Ability to work with others as well as independently
  • Strong organizational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Experience with hydrologic modeling software such as XPSWMM, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS
  • Proficient in the use of ArcMap (GIS) or AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Experience

  • Ability to perform floodplain mapping
  • 2D hydraulic modeling experience
  • An understanding of Iowa drainage rules and regulations
  • Design of agricultural BMPs related to stormwater and water quality
  • Open channel and pressure pipe network modeling
  • Experience with wetland regulation and wetland banking