Field Hydrologist

Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
Bay Area, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm that is a leader in water resources management and ecosystem restoration. Our work integrates rigorous science with practical engineering solutions to address a range of problems affecting environments from the headwaters to the coast. Ranked as a Zweig White Top 10 Best Environmental Firms to Work for. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

ESA is seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic hydrologist/hydrographer to work with our existing team of hydrologists, geomorphologists, and engineers in our Bay Area offices. The Field Hydrologist will be responsible for collecting hydrologic, topographic, and bathymetric data to aid design, analysis, and decision making processes. Responsibilities of this position include installation and maintenance of water property and water quality instrumentation, topographic and bathymetric surveying, construction monitoring, boat work, data processing and analysis, and report writing. This position will lead to project management experience over time.  A typical week may consist of deploying water gauges in a tidal marsh, surveying creek transects, and processing and presenting field data for scientific and engineering reports.


ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.


At ESA, we value diversity and inclusion. Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique. ESA's culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.



The minimum requirements for this position are a B.S. or higher degree in Hydrology, Earth Sciences, or similar and a strong technical foundation in hydrology and geomorphology. Must be comfortable in boats and around water, capable of collecting data under difficult work and weather conditions, and be willing to work long days. Training and/or experience in hydrologic instrumentation, topographic, bathymetric and/or beach surveying, and data reduction and analysis are desirable. GIS and/or AutoCAD experience is a plus. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to verbally communicate effectively with colleagues and clients.

ESA works primarily in California, but has projects throughout the West and beyond; some travel is required. Current eligibility to work in the US is required.

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.  (EOE M/V/F/D)