Restoration/Water Resources Engineer Western US

ICF International

USA 🇺🇸


ICF is hiring a Restoration/Water Resources Engineer to join our Restoration Planning and Design Team. You will work collaboratively with a team of accomplished water and natural resource professionals to pursue riverine, wetland, and estuarine habitat restoration design projects and hydrologic and hydraulic studies in Washington, Oregon, and California. You will support the growth and development of our team as a technical leader, mentor to junior staff, and principal contributor to business development activities. This role can be based in the Western United States from an ICF office or remotely.

The ICF Restoration Planning and Design Team works with state and federal agencies, local governments, tribes, and other private clients to plan, design, implement, and conduct long-term monitoring of complex habitat restoration and mitigation projects. We are currently working on several exciting projects in the Columbia River Basin, Puget Sound, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and the Lower American, Upper Santa Ana, and Otay Rivers. We are a growing team of ecologists, landscape architects, geomorphologists, and engineers who are passionate about our work and put our clients’ needs first to achieve excellence in the quality of our technical work and project deliverables.

The Role

As a Restoration/Water Resources Engineer with ICF, you will lead both hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for concept level planning and flood risk reduction projects, and the design and implementation of high-quality habitat restoration projects throughout Washington, Oregon, and California. Project work may include hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for FEMA studies and planning, and design and implementation of riverine, freshwater, and tidal wetland restoration projects. Riverine design projects may include analysis and design of in-channel rock structures, biotechnical bank stabilization, engineered logjams, large woody material structures, and fish passage improvement. Freshwater and tidal wetland restoration projects may include analysis and design of complex tidal morphology, levee breaches, and horizontal levees. You will oversee and support the preparation of  technical documents including hydrology and hydraulics reports; construction plans, specifications, engineers estimate of probable cost, and basis of design reports; and, Habitat Mitigation and Monitoring Plans that are tailored to meet the specific environmental or regulatory compliance requirements and address the target audience. You will work with clients, technical experts, stakeholders, and regulatory agencies to successfully deliver projects on-time and under budget. As a member of multidisciplinary project teams your project role will include both project management and technical leadership. You will have the competency to work on your own with limited supervision, mentor junior engineers and designers and review their work. You will work with team members in offices up and down the West Coast, maintaining working relationships with infrequent face-to-face contact and be willing to undertake periodic short-term travel to sometimes relatively remote locations.


  • Work with ICF’s cross-regional Restoration Planning and Design Team members and colleagues from our conservation planning, fisheries and aquatic science, and environmental and regulatory compliance teams to develop specific client and teaming partner relationships and build custom teams best suited to capture and win project work.

  • Lead planning, design, and implementation of riverine and wetland restoration projects, including channel, bank protection, scour protection, large wood structure design, and fish passage improvement.

  • Lead hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for FEMA studies and concept level restoration planning.

  • Oversee preparation of construction documents including plans, engineer’s estimate of probable cost, technical specifications, and basis of design reports.

  • Support obtaining environmental permits for project construction, working with permit specialists to provide necessary design project data and reports.

  • Lead and/or support development of proposals, including scopes of work, schedules, and budgets.

  • Collaboration with other mid-level and senior personnel to identify and effectively position for and capture new project work for ICF, and network with teaming partners and existing and prospective clients.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil, Environmental, Water Resources, or Ecological Engineering; Geomorphology; or Hydrology.

  • 5 to 10+ years of experience as a licensed civil engineer leading the analysis and design of water resources and/or habitat restoration projects.

  • Licensed Civil Engineer (PE) in the state of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Colorado or the ability to become licensed in one of these states within 6 months of hire.

  • Strong working background in the following areas: hydrology, open channel hydraulics and environmental river mechanics, sediment transport analysis, fluvial and coastal geomorphology, coastal hydraulics, hydraulic structures, civil design, project and construction management, and site survey.

  • Experience leading technical studies and preparing conceptual and detailed design plans for water resources and/or habitat restoration projects in Oregon, Washington and/or California.

  • Experience leading and working collaboratively on a multidisciplinary team comprised of engineers, ecologists, landscape architects, and other technical experts.

  • A well-developed industry network with private, public sector clients, and regulatory agencies.
  • Strong business development acumen and an understanding of the market and an ability to identify and effectively position for and capture new project work for ICF.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use hydrologic and hydraulic modeling (HEC Suite, EPA SWMM, SRH 2D, TUFLOW, or other), drafting (Civil 3D or Microstation) and geospatial analysis software (ArcGIS or QGIS).
  • Strong written, communication and computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) with attention to detail.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.





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