Did You

  • The cost of one bottle of water from a vending machine is equivalent to the cost of drinking 8 glasses of tap water every day for a year.
  • A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.
  • The Water Authority maintains almost 1500 miles of drinking water pipes. If you put them end-to-end, they would stretch from Roanoke to Colorado Springs, CO.
  • At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons of water per year.
  • Water is the only substance naturally found on earth as a solid, liquid and gas.
  • Over 713 gallons of water go into the production of one cotton T-shirt.
  • The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant is regarded as one of the best bird-watching areas in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • The Water Authority maintains over 6,000 fire hydrants in our service area. Fire hydrants are connected to the public drinking water distribution lines, so water from a fire hydrant is drinking water.
  • There are over 23,000 manholes in our service area.
  • Carvins Cove Natural Reserve is the second largest municipal park in the United States.
  • The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant covers over 100 acres of land.
  • More people in the world have a mobile phone than have a toilet.
  • The Water Authority treats 19-million gallons of drinking water a day although we have the capacity to treat 56-million gallons per day.
  • The Authority’s Water Pollution Control Plant treats almost 37-million gallons of wastewater a day from all across the Roanoke Valley.
  • There are 51 drinking water storage tanks in our service area. They each hold between 500,000 – 2-million gallons of water.
  • Most of the treated drinking water used in a home is for toilet flushing.

water drops

Employment Opportunities

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option
maint crews
working for authority 3
working for authority 6
Customer Service Welcome
working for authority 9

Current Openings

It takes knowledgeable, conscientious people to deliver clean drinking water and to ensure that wastewater is treated in an environmentally safe manner. It takes people who like to work in the field and people who work in the office. And it takes people who want to make their community better. If you like the challenge and the responsibility of protecting the public health and our environment, then the Western Virginia Water Authority could have the job for you!

Engineering Project Manager

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:Salary Exempt
  • Posted Date:01/17/2019 12:51 PM

Engineering Project Manager

Job Description

Salary Information

Apply Online


Provides planning, design, project management, and contract administration of various construction and engineering projects.  Responsibilities entail accountability based on measurable cost effective results for the substance, efficiency, productivity and quality of assigned projects.



Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned or scheduled.

  • Plans, directs and coordinates all activities of assigned areas.
  • Responsible for all phases of assigned projects from inception through project close out, including planning, budgeting, design, procurement/projectdelivery, permitting, construction, contract administration, and final acceptance.
  • Provides design and/or design assistance and prepares cost estimates on engineering projects including water and wastewater capital improvements.
  • Coordinates activities with local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, private businesses, contractors, consultants and others involved with Authority projects.
  • Prepares Requests for Proposal for professional services and manages architectural/engineering consultants in the preparation of studies, reports, designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, easements, and plats.
  • Prepares Invitations for Bid, Project Manuals, Technical Specifications, and construction contract documents, and manages the procurement of construction services for assigned projects.
  • Conducts public outreach to inform citizens of engineering related projects.
  • Assures efficient coordination with other Authority departments and Divisions for management of project-related technical and financial documentation.
  • Provides technical evaluations, comments and assistance in the area of utility engineering and hydraulic analysis.
  • Directs field surveys, mapping, database management, design, and inspection for a variety of engineering projects.
  • Conducts field inspections as necessary.
  • Prepares short and long-range plans for assigned area to include financial analysis and project review.
  • Assists in the formulation and administration of departmental policies, procedures, standards, plans, and programs.
  • Takes active role or assures subordinate managers take active role in developing employees by establishing individual employee goals and objectives.Assures appropriate resources are available to obtain established goals and objectives.
  • Works with department manager and/or Division Director in regards to staffing, employee development, and discipline.
  • Assures employee evaluations are complete and accurate and meets all requirements.
  • Assists in preparation of assigned area’s budget and maintains authorized budget.
  • Confers with department manager and/or Division Director on problems encountered in assigned area.
  • Reviews plans and specifications for various projects.
  • Assists in the formulation of long-range programs for utility improvements.
  • Assists customers and Authority staff with questions relating to Authority projects, facilities, infrastructure, and services.
  • Prepares Board reports (staff studies) for various engineering related projects, for presentation and action by the Authority’s Board.
  • Engages in engineering research, prepares a variety of technical reports and gives presentations of same as required.
  • Proficiently operates typical computer software applications including; asset management, GIS, work order system(s), billing and financial systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, etc.), Adobe Acrobat, and Authority–specific enterprise software applications.
  • Participates in various work teams.



Manages/supervises assigned employees in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to direct and supervise contractors, consultants and personnel.
  • Ability to develop, review and recommend processes and procedures for assigned area, identifying and discussing impact on assigned area, the division and the entire organization.
  • Ability to think logically and analyze data.
  • Ability to effectively present information to management, public groups, and/or employees as necessary
  • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from employees and customers orally or in writing as necessary.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, employees, other Water Authority departments and the general public.
  • Ability to represent assigned area in meetings attended.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and negotiate and resolve conflict.
  • Ability to analyze and solve difficult technical and administrative problems.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, maps and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form.
  • Ability to write reports, correspondences and procedure manuals in a clear concise manner.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to work alone or in a team environment.
  • Must possess and maintain a good work ethic concerning attendance, punctuality, positive attitude, meeting deadlines, being a team player and encouraging teamwork among employees.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering as related to design and preparation of plans and specifications for a wide variety of utility and engineering projects.
  • Working knowledge of equipment, materials, methods and procedures, safety standards and specifications used in water and sewer related activities.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Thorough knowledge of land and engineering survey systems methods and techniques.
  • Ability to adapt approved engineering methods and standards to the design and construction of a variety of utility projects.
  • Skill in operating computers and software associated with job responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of VA Public Procurement Act and ability to purchase goods and services in accordance with the Code of Virginia.
  • Working knowledge of water and/or sewer modeling, CAD, and GIS.





Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in civil engineering or related field plus five (5) or more years of related experience and/or considerable experience in progressively responsible professional civil engineering work or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Graduate study in the areas of water resources, hydraulics, sanitary engineering, or other related field preferred.



  • Must possess a valid Virginia driver's license or have the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment date. No more than six (6) demerit points on driving record if required to drive Water Authority vehicles.
  • Current licensure as a professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or proven ability to obtain by reciprocity within 90 days of employment date, required.
Return to full list >>

Applying for a career with the Water Authority

Applications are only accepted for current open positions and must be completed online.

If for some reason you are unable to attach documents i.e., cover letter, resume, please fax these items to (540) 283-8208.

If you need assistance completing the on-line application, please contact (540) 283-2952. If there is no answer, please leave a message and a representative from the Authority will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that this line is only actively monitored Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm.

Returning Applicants:

If you have forgotten your PIN (personal identification number) to access your application, please call 540-283-2952.


Types of positions offered at the Water Authority

Full time positions


Part time with Benefits Positions


Part time without Benefits Positions

  • Workers are scheduled for up to 29 hours a week
  • These positions do not include benefits.



  • Applicants must be enrolled and active in a high school or college curriculum that is beneficial to both the student and the Water Authority. College students must take a minimum of 6 credits in at least two out of three semesters for a total of 12 minimum credits per college year or be enrolled in a Graduate program.
  • These positions do not include benefits.
  • For more information on our internship program, please click on the internship link above.


Registered High School Apprenticeship Program

The Western Virginia Water Authority started a Registered High School Apprenticeship Program with Roanoke County Public Schools in 2017 to train rising Juniors for careers in the water and wastewater industry.  Students earn credentials and graduation credits simultaneously taking classes in high school while working with a mentor approximately 16 hours per week in a paid position at the Authority. 

Students who are interested in this program should coordinate with their high school guidance counselor to participate in a parent/student meeting and tour the Authority’s facilities.  Competitive interviews are conducted annually during February or March to select the next class of apprenticeship students.   

Apprenticeship Program Outline

Important Dates to Keep in Mind When Applying for This Position



Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Flash Player Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer

A little about the E-Verify program.

The Western Virginia Water Authority participates in the E-Verify program. The E-Verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9). 

Western Virginia Water Authority is dedicated to ensuring equal employment opportunity in its hiring practices. The completion of this section is voluntary and the information will not be used in any way to determine your eligibility for employment. Your responses will be used for statistical purposes only and will be kept in a confidential file, separate from your employment application.

Federal law prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion or disability. As a local government employer, Western Virginia Water Authority complies with government and equal employment regulations.