Water Resource Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Designs or implements programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Performs hydrologic, hydraulic, or water quality modeling.
  • Conducts, or oversees the conduct of, investigations on matters such as water storage, wastewater discharge, pollutants, permits, or other compliance and regulatory issues.
  • Develops plans to protect watershed health or rehabilitate watersheds.
  • Develops strategies for watershed operations to meet water supply and conservation goals or to ensure regulatory compliance with clean water laws or regulations.
  • Writes proposals, project reports, informational brochures, or other documents on wastewater purification, water supply and demand, or other water resource subjects.
  • Identifies and characterizes specific causes or sources of water pollution.
  • Presents water resource proposals to government, public interest groups, or community groups.
  • Reviews or evaluates designs for water detention facilities, storm drains, flood control facilities, or other hydraulic structures.
  • Conducts technical studies for water resources on topics such as pollutants and water treatment options.
  • Conducts, or oversees the conduct of, chemical, physical, and biological water quality monitoring or sampling to ensure compliance with water quality standards.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer -- Designs and supervises projects involving distribution of freshwater, waste water and sewage disposal and prevention of flood damage.
  • Senior Water Resources Engineer -- Estimates the amount of water available and designs the physical and non-physical infrastructure needed to meet the water needs of society and the environment.
  • Hydrogeologist --
  • Senior Hydrogeologist --
  • National Stormwater Leader --
  • Research Hydraulic Engineer --