Sample Position Descriptions

Here are summaries of typical position descriptions for common flood risk management classifications.

Education Requirements

Because those working in the field of flood risk management have widely varying job responsibilities, the education requirements can be diverse. Typically college degrees most relevant are engineering, planning, geography, natural resources, architecture, geology, and business/public administration.

ASFPM strongly recommends that the Certified Floodplain Manager either be a requirement or a strong preference. The CFM designation ensures that there is a basic understanding of floodplain management concepts, policies, and programs.


These summaries give relevant background information on a classification. Typical functions, knowledge, skills and qualifications will vary depending on the hiring organization.

Model Job Description for a Local Community Floodplain Manager Coming Soon

Association of State Floodplain Managers’ Floodplain Management Body of Knowledge