Local recruitment: Water Resources Systems Modeler and Climate Adaptation Specialist


Philadelphia, PA, USA 🇺🇸

Beautify neighborhoods. Build social capital. Create economic opportunity. Promote urban livability and public health. These are just some of the benefits attributed to improved water quality — and among the many rewards of a water resources career at AKRF, where we deliver integrated water solutions through smart science, creative problem solving, and the design of sustainable, resilient infrastructure. At AKRF you will be able to foster your own interests and identity within your field, while pursuing new skills in a collaborative environment. 

AKRF, Inc. is seeking a full-time Water Resources Systems Modeler and Climate Adaptation Specialist to support planning, analysis, and development of designs for sustainable approaches to help address issues related to climate-related hazards and stormwater management. The ideal candidate will possess experience with leading modeling studies and analyses for ecological systems, water resources, and watershed processes. This position will focus on climate adaptation and resilience projects primarily for local government and other public agencies, although it may include work for the private sector.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science or a related discipline.
  • Educational background in hydraulics, hydrology, statistics, and water resources.
  • Minimum 6 years of related experience.
  • Experience in the fields of urban green stormwater infrastructure, water/sewer linear infrastructure, wet weather planning/management, stream restoration, ecosystem restoration or related disciplines.
  • Experience conducting hydrologic and hydraulic analysis using SWMM, HEC-RAS, HydroCAD, and other modeling tools.
  • Experience with ArcGIS.
  • Working knowledge of a programming environment (e.g., R, FORTRAN, Visual Basic, C++, etc.).
  • Familiarity with applying climate projections in design work a plus.
  • Excellent writing, communication, presentation, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Strong aptitude for and interest in problem solving, analytical thinking, and attention to details.

 Key Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and apply multi-dimensional hydrological, hydrodynamic, flood, transport, and fate models to combined sewer systems, urban watersheds, natural watersheds, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, and coastal waterbodies.
  • Apply flood risk models to study flood risks to natural and urban environments.
  • Use geospatial data analytics, related software (ArcGIS or similar), calculations and models to support water resources design projects and to address impact, regulatory and climate change issues.
  • Preparation of technical planning and design reports.
  • Mentor junior-level engineering staff to develop their skill sets in water resources systems modeling.
  • Prepare technical proposals.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

AKRF enforces a policy of equal employment opportunity in our daily operations. The firm has a demonstrated history of hiring, training, developing, promoting and retaining minority group members and women. All employment-related decisions are based solely on relevant criteria and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, caregiver status, military/veteran status or citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.