Local recruitment: Senior Environmental Scientist (Water Resources)

SWCA Environmental Consultants

Albuquerque, NM, USA 🇺🇸

About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is expanding and looking for dynamic individuals to support the growing Water Resources (Water) technical team. The SWCA New Mexico-Four Corners team would is seeking a senior- level technical staff member who is motivated to work in a team environment, serve as a technical expert locally (in New Mexico and Southwest Colorado) and nationally (throughout SWCA), manage challenging projects, pursue business development opportunities, and use their expertise to pursue a rewarding professional career.

SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing, 1,450 staff, employee-owned firm, providing a full-spectrum of environmental services.  Our Vision (the North Star) is to make SWCA the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership. We live our core values: we collaborate as #OneSWCA; we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle, and we #GiveBack.

Please also provide a cover letter/letter of interest along with your resume.

What you will accomplish

As a Senior Water Resources Specialist and project manager, your role will be as a technical expert supporting and managing projects locally and throughout SWCA. The successful candidate will work collaboratively to identify and evaluate opportunities in the market, and will pursue, capture, manage, and execute water resources projects in coordination with the New Mexico-Four Corner’s Water Resources Team. In this role you would have opportunities to expand the technical and project management capabilities in addition to the project and client portfolios of the Team. The position also includes opportunities for staff management, including staff development, supervision, and training.  

Experience and qualifications for success


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Hydrology, Water Resources, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, or related field
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the water resources field in addition to university or graduate work
  • Excellent organizational and verbal/written communication skills
  • Ability to solve complex problems using sound professional judgment, creativity, and innovation.
  • Ability to participate and collaborate in a project team setting and also to engage in independent creative and critical thought
  • Familiarity with mapping software such as ArcGIS and GPS devices
  • Ability to travel to a location, walk and conduct fieldwork for long hours, sometimes in inclement weather, rugged terrain, often at high altitudes, and ability to carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds


Please note that an absence of one or more of these skills is not critical as long as you demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills. The position is open to candidates who are interested in temporary or permanent employment.

  • Graduate degree in in Environmental Science, Hydrology, Water Resource Management, or a related degree.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the water resources field in addition to university or graduate work
  • Previous experience in environmental consulting highly preferred
  • Previous experience with water quality, hydrology, and/or water resource-related skills
  • Project management, client management, and business development experience
  • Experience with Clean Water Act permitting
  • Experience working with and/or for government agencies such as the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, New Mexico Surface Water Quality Bureau, Colorado Division of Water Resources, Colorado Water Quality Control Division , Bureau of Reclamation, US Army Corp of Engineers, and/or other municipal water agencies and managers.
  • Technical experience with stormwater inspections and management as a registered stormwater inspector (RSI) with a widely recognized certification (CISEC, CESSWI, or other)
  • Technical experience in natural channel design/stream restoration, wetland restoration, and ecologically-enhanced drainage and flood control channel stabilization
  • Experience reviewing and managing engineering design construction plans of the above listed project types
  • National Environmental Policy Act experience
  • R programming language, AutoCad Civil 3D, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, or other civil engineering software programs

SWCA is a 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms. We offer a supportive, team-oriented work environment and competitive wages and benefits, including an 100% employee stock ownership plan (retirement).  If you are seeking an opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions, then SWCA will be a great fit for you!  

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please email accomodations@swca.com or call 1-480-581-5378. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees.  In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this Albuquerque-based position can expect a salary of $89,440–116,480/year. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law.  Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA’s Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.

SWCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development