River Scientist


Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Redmond, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Bellingham, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Tacoma, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Portland, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Boise, ID, USA 🇺🇸

The Project River Scientist is responsible for executing key activities and project-related deliverables within our stream restoration/fish passage program. Routine responsibilities may include coordination of field exploration programs, construction observation tasks, project management, client-relationship support, technical report writing, complex analyses, and development of conceptual models. Essential duties may vary based on discipline and project. This role can be in our Seattle, Tacoma, Redmond or Bellingham WA, Portland OR or our Boise ID offices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

– Participate in multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, biologists, fluvial geomorphologists, and geologists relative to stream/river/fish passage restoration.
– Analyze hydraulic, hydrologic, geomorphic, and habitat conditions in streams and rivers.
– Leads some project management tasks such as developing budgets and scopes, client billings, field report reviews, contract reviews, and proposal development.
– Serves as a technical resource for clients and project staff.
– Develops complete and accurate field reports, figures, tables, etc., that require minimal edits or revisions.
– Prepares deliverables such as technical reports, figures, appendices, etc.
– Leads and/or coordinates the development and implementation of field data collection programs and construction projects. Ensures that work performed is consistent with project plans and specifications and in accordance with safety guidelines.


– Know and understand fluvial/floodplain processes and how it shapes and maintains habitat for fish and wildlife.
– Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the appropriate/assigned field; Master’s degree preferred.
– 5-9 years of related professional experience required.
– Ability to consistently meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
– Professional-level verbal and written communication skills.
– Valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

– Ability to perform a wide range of physical activities and do heavy work including exerting up to 50 pounds of force on occasion.
– Able to perform consistent work on a PC.
– Ability to travel for short-term and long-term assignments as needed. Travel will typically not exceed 10%. For HDD/Pipelines positions, travel will typically not exceed 50% and assignments will typically not exceed six weeks in length.
– All employees are responsible for conducting their work in a safe manner. This includes identifying potential safety hazards and reporting them to the designated project manager in a timely manner and participating in project safety briefings. This also includes wearing appropriate safety equipment when working in the field and completing all required health & safety training prior to beginning field work.

Our best estimate of the salary range for this position, located in Seattle, Redmond, Tacoma WA is $79,049-$99,392. Our best estimate of the salary range for this position, located in Bellingham WA is $74,361-$93,526. Our best estimate of the salary range for this position, located in Portland OR is $74,361-$93,526. Our best estimate of the salary range for this position, located in Boise, ID is $66,901-$84,044. Compensation offered will be based on a variety of individual factors, including education and experience, as well as internal equity. GeoEngineers’ salary ranges are reviewed and updated each year and employees are eligible for pay increases based on individual performance. As part of our competitive total rewards package, employees in this role may also be eligible for our annual year-end bonus offering, subject to program eligibility requirements.

At GeoEngineers, investing in our people is a top priority. In addition to competitive and equitable pay, we are proud to offer a wide range of benefits to support employees and their families, including healthcare (with travel benefit for care not locally available), 401(k) with company match, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, wellbeing benefits, paid vacation and sick time and paid holidays, among others. View our full listing of benefits here.

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When people feel they can bring their whole selves to work, that they have a voice and are supported and respected, it creates trust and a feeling of belonging— employees then flourish, grow their careers, and do the best work of their lives. A culture of belonging allows our employees to thrive and our company to prosper. This is a journey, and we are committed to doing the work, learning and evolving as we go.

GeoEngineers is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.

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