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Professional Skills and Abilities

At LRE, our goal is to find the right mix of people to build our business and serve our valued clients. Because we are dedicated to a system of core values, we specifically recruit professionals who are aligned with our needs and culture.

Generally, we hire professionals with five to ten years of water industry experience as an engineer, geologist or scientist. We want people who demonstrate a combination of technical, management, computer, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. If you feel your education, work experience, and skill sets match these requirements, we encourage you to send us a letter and resume expressing your interest. We take our review process seriously and highly value your interest in our firm.

LRE offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes a 401(k) retirement plan, health care benefits, career development opportunities, and an outstanding work environment. We designed our benefits program to provide staff with the opportunity to realize personal, professional, and financial growth.

If interested in joining our team, please send your resume to


Project Manager/Sr. PM - Water Rights/Water Resources (Denver, CO)

We are currently seeking a Water Resources Project Manager or Sr. Project Manager, with 10+ years of experience in water rights and water resource engineering.  Potential exists for company ownership and leadership positions.

Job Description:

  • Manage projects, budgets, and client relationships, and provide quality control review, for projects such as the following:
    • Technical support for Water Court applications (SWSPs, Augmentation Plans, etc.)
    • Water supply planning studies
    • Hydrologic and water rights yield investigations
    • Stream depletion analyses such as crop consumptive use, and stream depletions, and evaluation of potential injury to other water users
    • Water budget models for discrete systems and river basin modeling
  • Assist clients in identifying, understanding, and solving problems
  • Coordination with attorneys, water users, administrators, objectors, and colleagues
  • Preparation of scopes of work, technical reports, including expert disclosure reports
  • Expert testimony in Water Court
  • Ability to foster relationships that lead to new and repeat clients

We support and encourage ongoing professional development, and participation in relevant professional organizations in the community.


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in water rights and water resource engineering, including a working knowledge of Colorado water rights and water administration
  • Strong technical skills, including skill in interpretation and understanding of water right decrees; administration guidelines; maps; and water supply, demand, and use data
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Professional registration preferred
  • Positive attitude
  • Independent, self-directed, motivated
  • Interpersonal, problem-solving, and decision making skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word and Excel

If you meet the minimum requirements above and are interested in this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to  Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Senior Project Manager – Water Resources Permitting (Denver, CO)

If you thrive on understanding and implementing complex water-related projects, applying watershed science, navigating environmental regulations, and developing dynamic partnerships, this is the position for you! The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in watershed science, engineering, natural resources, or a similar field of study. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Highly-qualified candidates will have 10-15 or more years of experience.

Technical Experience

The ideal candidate has experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • Permitting and compliance of water and wastewater projects. Proven track record of successful project delivery.
  • Understanding of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Examples of expertise may include: new systems capacity planning compliance, watershed protection ordinance development, NPDES compliance audits, regional planning requirements/Section 208, applications/environmental documents for grants and loans.
  • Effectively providing advice and assisting to government agencies, advisory boards, contractors, and key stakeholders.
  • Completing water quality analyses including developing sampling plans, collecting samples, and evaluating sample testing results in relation to water quality standards. Examples of expertise may include: mixing zone analyses, in stream temperature, fate and transport, and GWUDI.
  • Water resources planning, with an understanding of Colorado water law, water quality, and other environmental regulations.
  • Complying with water regulations, standards, and reporting. Examples of expertise may include: data review and submissions to the State of Colorado, stakeholder workgroup participation, rulemaking hearing review/participation, temporary modifications of stream standards, 303(d) land M&E list reviews, use and attainability analyses.
  • Completing wastewater permitting. Examples of expertise may include: review of CDPS draft permits; preparation of Applications for Renewal and Permit Modification Applications; assistance in compliance schedule milestones; understanding of enforcement actions/penalty calculations/negotiations, whole effluent toxicity, pretreatment program development/implementation/negotiations; and development of local limits and pretreatment ordinances.
  • Developing and implementing watershed health assessments including water quality trend analyses, inventorying changing environmental conditions, assessing levels of risk, and developing protection measures to mitigate identified risks.
  • Attending and participating in meetings of organizations that are charged with addressing water quality issues.
  • Identifying emerging issues relevant to water quality and quantity and examining and exploring various approaches to address issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate has the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of environmental compliance programs; federal, state, and local laws; principles and practices of environmental science, research techniques, field monitoring protocols, methods and equipment; and complex technical environmental data and its relationship to public health, environmental compliance, and public policy.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; handling multiple tasks and prioritizing; using industry-related software; data analyses and problem solving; and planning and organizing.
  • Ability to lead others; communicate complex policy and technical material; negotiate with governmental agencies; work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities; and have strong interpersonal skills, be sociable and friendly to effectively interface with other employees, clients, and governmental agencies.
  • Lead/participate in marketing and business development activities, including maintaining an active presence in the Colorado market; prepare/review proposals; evaluate contract agreements; and conduct negotiation.
  • Possess high ethical standards, unquestionably trustworthy.

If you meet the minimum requirements above and are interested in this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Manager of Human Resources

Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. (LRE) is a private, 50-person water resource consulting firm based in Denver, CO, with branch offices/staff in Phoenix, Austin, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. LRE has been in business for nearly 50 years, and is rapidly growing its geographic footprint, service offerings, and clientele. Our culture embraces innovation, mutual respect, ownership, professionalism, and fun. LRE has a solid core of young leadership and a successful ownership transition in place.

LRE is at a point where it needs a Manager of Human Resources (HR) to continue to grow and reach its potential. The recent pace of hiring, geographic spread, and multi-generational make-up of our staff has increased, making it harder to stay connected and effectively manage our human resources. The following are the core responsibilities of the Manager of HR:

  • Recruiting, hiring, and onboarding
  • Staff training and development
  • Compensation and benefit management
  • Employee relations
  • Compliance
  • Other duties as assigned

We are looking for a person with the following characteristics:

  • Next-level, transformative thinking (what does LRE need for a firm twice its current size)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Growth mindset
  • Self-motivated and takes initiative
  • Thinks strategically
  • Well-organized
  • Enjoys being part of a small, growing, entrepreneurial organization
  • Takes pride in their work and the results
  • Genuinely cares about staff and their development
  • Enjoys experimenting and trying new approaches, methods, etc.
  • Outgoing and energetic

Interested candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • B.S. or B.A. degree in a relevant field of study (e.g., communications)
  • 10+ years of HR-related experience with increasing responsibility
  • SPHR certification
  • Previous work in professional services, preferred
  • Experience working with branch office employees
  • Experience with integrating staff from an acquisition, preferred
  • Experience with transactional HR functions, such as benefits, on-boarding, etc.
  • Highly competent with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe software, and Google products
  • Availability for some travel (up to 10%)

The Manager of HR position will be full-time and will be based in LRE’s Denver office.

If you meet the qualifications above and are interested in this position please submit your cover letter and resume to Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.