Water Resources Engineer – SCS Hydro Generation


Water Resources Engineer – SCS Hydro Generation

Southern Company Generation, Hydro Services


  • The position will be located in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • The position is part of a team that works remotely beyond regular business hours and during weekends to support real-time systems.

  • The position will be hybrid, combining both office-based and remote work.


The position will fill a water resources engineer in the Southern Company hydro organization. Southern Company owns and operates hydro generating plants across several watersheds. Reservoir management is responsible for the implementation of the overall water control plan of these watersheds which includes operational forecasting, flood control, and drought management. Reservoir operations uses software systems and data from many sources to implement the water control plan: hydrologic equipment and instrumentation, weather forecasts, and historical operational information. A remote network of real-time instrumentation is also maintained by reservoir management personnel and contractors including rain, stage and temperature sensors. Reservoir management also provides watershed modeling using river analysis software. To facilitate these functions, computer systems and a software suite referred to as HOMS (Hydro Optimization Management System) are also operated and maintained by reservoir management. This position will support the hydro reservoir management team with these activities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Water resource management which includes hydro operations forecasting, flood control, and drought management

  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling

  • Watershed modeling

  • Support of the gaging systems and equipment

  • Computer system management

  • Programming to support software developed and maintained by reservoir management

  • Computer model development and configuration



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required


A basic understanding of:

  • Water resource management

  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling

  • Watershed modeling

  • Fluid mechanics

  • Computer model development and configuration

  • Programming and scripting languages

Familiar with:

  • Gaging systems and equipment

  • Data collection and dissemination

Additional Skills & Abilities:

  • Results oriented

  • Supports work outside of a traditional work schedule, for example during flood control operations forecasts are developed and updated during a rain event

  • Presents technical information clearly

  • Builds relationships across departments and support organizations within the hydro industry

  • Fosters collaboration and teamwork

  • Embraces new ideas and continuous learning

  • Values a diverse and inclusive work team

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Model Our Values: Safety First, Intentional Inclusion, Act with Integrity, and Superior Performance

  • Demonstrate a customer-focused mindset and take personal responsibility to complete all assignments and to resolve all issues.

  • Demonstrate the ability to build relationships with peers and across organizational lines and to succeed in a team-oriented environment.

  • Time management and organizational skills sufficient to manage multiple projects with various priorities and competing deadlines.

  • Exhibits strong problem solving, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.


  • Some relocation assistance may be available if the selected candidate currently resides outside the area.


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

Please submit an updated resume with your application

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 5569

Job Category: Engineering

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Company Services