Senior Water Resources Engineer (Hydrology and Hydraulics)

Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
Sacramento, CA, United States
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Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Who We Are

ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.

We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.

Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions

At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success.

We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our 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.

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.

Who You Are

Your experience includes hydrology, hydraulics and project management for flood management and water resources projects of moderate to high complexity.  You hold a Bachelor’s (or higher) degree in Civil Engineering, Hydrology, or a related field, and have a minimum of 10 years of experience directly related to hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for flood management and water resources projects. You are preferably a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California, or have the ability to obtain reciprocity in 2 years.

You have advanced knowledge of industry standard hydrologic and hydraulic analysis software (e.g. HEC RAS, TUFLOW, SRH, RMA HEC HMS, HSPF, SWMM etc.) and working knowledge of GIS applications. Familiarity with CAD (especially Civil 3D) and programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, and R is desired.

You possess superior written, verbal, and listening communication stills. You have the ability to organize and develop technical documents and communicate technical findings to a wide range of audiences. You work effectively with multi-discipline teams, foster collaboration, and deliver project assignments. You are able to work both independently and as part of a team to support the successful completion of project-related work on time and within budget.

What You Will Do for ESA

Lead complex hydraulic analyses that support multi-benefit flood management and restoration projects in the Central Valley and across the West Coast. Work will include application of numerical models to support planning, design, and implementation of projects intended to reduce flood risk, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, and improve resiliency by allowing rivers and floodplains to function more naturally.

Apply industry standard software to analyze rainfall-runoff, 1D/2D fluvial hydraulics, sediment transport, ecological and water quality processes, and provide quality control/assurance for hydrologic and hydraulic modeling studies and work products.  Validate, interpret, document and present results of modeling analyses. Apply or direct others in the application of GIS, CAD and programming languages to analyze, communicate and apply model results.

Manage projects of moderate to high complexity. Demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the overall project delivery process, including preparing scopes of work, schedules, and budgets for proposals and task orders. Coordinate and collaborate effectively with key team members, including ESA engineers, scientists, landscape architects and other specialists as well as subconsultants, clients and stakeholders. Supervise project teams, including ESA staff and subconsultants, and lead client and/or stakeholder meetings. Provide mentorship for junior staff.

Operate effectively in a fast-paced consulting environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities, projects, and deadlines.

What ESA Will Do for You

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of professionals who value their contributions to outstanding projects, improving environmental stewardship, and advancing a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.

At ESA, we want to help keep your life in balance by providing medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you and your family); a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, paid time off for vacation, sick leave and holidays.

At every stage in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, internal and external trainings, and attendance at conferences.

What’s Special About Our Northern California Environmental Hydrology & Design Practice

ESA’s Environmental Hydrology & Design practice specializes in restoration and management of water-dependent ecosystems from watershed headwaters to the sea. In California’s Central Valley, we work at both the programmatic and site scale towards more resilient and effective flood management systems and a more sustainable future. We strive to apply the latest scientific understanding and practical technical tools to develop project solutions that integrate ecological function and solid engineering design to deliver multiple benefits. We have a strong and growing backlog of restoration and multi-objective projects for clients that include state, local, private, and other non-governmental organizations.

Many members of our team of engineers, geomorphologists, landscape architects, biologists, and restoration ecologists have been working collaboratively for over 20 years to deliver multi-objective projects for our clients across the West Coast. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

Read about our Flood Management and Ecosystem Enhancement work in the Central Valley here

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