Local recruitment: Staff Research Engineer IV

University Enterprises Inc. (UEI)

Sacramento, CA, USA 🇺🇸

Full Job Description

The Office of Water Programs (OWP) is a research and training organization located on the Sacramento State campus. The OWP Research Group is seeking Staff Research Engineers I – IV.

The OWP Research Group (www.owp.csus.edu) provides technical expertise and applied research services in water quality monitoring and evaluation, stormwater permits and best management practices (BMPs), water and wastewater treatment, and water resources. OWP provides an excellent opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial, collaborative manner with a small, highly proficient group of professionals on projects that require innovative solutions.

As a self-supporting entity, OWP obtains its funding from contracts and competitive grants. Past clients include California state agencies including Caltrans, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Water Resources, Office of Emergency Services, Department of Toxic Substances Control, and Department of Parks and Recreation. Other clients and partnerships have included environmental consulting firms, equipment manufacturers, and the California Stormwater Quality Association.

OWP has successfully competed for state and federal grant funds. Recent grants include a $3M award for a joint proposal with the City of Sacramento to implement and test low impact development devices on the Sac State campus. OWP, through an EPA grant, is the EPA Region 9 Environmental Finance Center (EFC). As the EFC and through a state grant program, OWP provides water, wastewater, and groundwater technical assistance to disadvantaged communities. Technical services we provide through contracts/grants include stormwater management program planning and implementation; hydrologic and hydraulic modelling; flood inundation mapping; lab-scale testing; planning, design, and management of field-scale experiments; analysis and interpretation of monitoring data; stormwater training and testing; geographic information systems (GIS) and other computerized modeling; project management; and information dissemination.

Submit an online application via one of the job links below or go to www.ueijobs.com. These positions are open until filled. We encourage you to apply to the position that best suits your qualifications. Please only apply to one position.

Staff Research Engineer I – $5,702 – $8,553 per month (https://secure6.saashr.com/ta/6158859.careers?ShowJob=453398214)

Staff Research Engineer II – $7,615 – $11,423 per month (https://secure6.saashr.com/ta/6158859.careers?ShowJob=453398215)

Staff Research Engineer III – $8,800 – $13,200 per month (https://secure6.saashr.com/ta/6158859.careers?ShowJob=453398216)

Staff Research Engineer IV – $10,170 – $15,255 per month (https://secure6.saashr.com/ta/6158859.careers?ShowJob=453398217)

UEI offers an excellent benefits package which includes:

  • Participation in CalPERS Retirement Program
  • Paid Vacation Time – starting at 10 hours accrued/month
  • Paid Sick Time – 8 hours accrued/month
  • Paid Holidays – 13 paid holidays per year including paid time off the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as the CSUS campus is closed
  • Excellent medical benefits – 100% employer-paid medical & dental for employee-only coverage and low cost for family coverage
  • Educational Assistance Program for employees and/or dependents

Sacramento State requires all campus employees, including auxiliary employees, to be fully vaccinated, including a booster, against COVID-19 unless they have a qualifying exemption.


All positions in the research engineer series require a master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or related discipline. See individual job postings for other minimum qualification requirements.


Staff research engineers provide environmental engineering support and technical support services for applied research and technical assistance projects conducted by OWP. This series includes civil, environmental, and water resources engineering specialties.

Staff research engineers assist the Director of OWP or their designee in preparing proposals; conducting program marketing/outreach; and participating in planning, organizing, and performing the work of a professional engineering staff. They may manage projects and related staff; and ensure the quality of the work produced by the group. These positions report directly to and receive general direction from the OWP Associate Director of Research or their designee.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $5,702.00 – $15,255.00 per month


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

COVID-19 considerations:
Sacramento State requires all campus employees, including auxiliary employees, to be fully vaccinated, including a booster, against COVID-19 unless they have a qualifying exemption.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Sacramento, CA 95819: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development