Staff Engineer

Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA)

Hood River, OR, United States 🇺🇸

JOB TITLE: Staff Engineer
Full Time Position
Based in Hood River, Oregon

Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA) is a nonprofit social enterprise that creates irrigation modernization programs and technologies that benefit agriculture, the environment, and community. FCA’s first technology, the Farmers Screen fish screen, protects both fish and irrigation infrastructure with its innovative horizontal screen design. FCA has installed the Farmers Screen throughout the Pacific Northwest and is now scaling into new markets and applications. FCA built on success of the Farmers Screen and created a comprehensive program, the Irrigation Modernization Program, to help irrigation districts move from antiquated agricultural irrigation infrastructure to fully modern systems. The program helps irrigators to develop comprehensive strategies for modernizing their infrastructure and realize all of the associated agricultural, environmental, and community benefits.

This is not your typical engineering position. FCA seeks a unique individual for its staff engineer. An ideal candidate would be an experienced engineer with the ability to communicate about complex engineering concepts with a variety of people, from institutional funders to irrigation district board members. The candidate must be an innovative thinker with a proven track record for engineering design; someone who enjoys working with teams of people; and a person who is passionate about designing and implementing solutions that will benefit both the environment and agriculture. Above all, an ideal candidate would be able to work and develop relationships with people of all industries, backgrounds, and beliefs.

In a typical week, a staff engineer could expect to develop a hydraulic model, collect data in the field, determine the hydropower generation potential of a system, calculate energy conservation potential of a piped and pressurized irrigation district, meet with governmental organizations and district staff to communicate operational hydraulic parameters of the Farmers Screen, and/or discuss screen design conditions with associated alternatives. A staff engineer could also expect to, in the same week, represent FCA at professional conferences, deliver oral presentations on FCA’s programs and technologies, and/or write technical guides and articles. In addition, the staff engineer will be expected to provide insight and support on the development, design, design review, and construction of new and existing products and strategies.

This full-time, exempt position provides a competitive salary and benefits package.


  • Design and develop fully modernized irrigation systems using EPANET or similar software to model the system. Incorporate pressure reducing stations and hydropower opportunities into the design, and accurately size pipe in relation to flow rates and associated pressures. Work with contractors and project partners to achieve project success;
  • Conceive and manage research and development projects;
  • Interact with irrigation district staff and/or board members regularly via phone, email, and in person;
  • Prepare technical documents that describe comprehensive engineering plans or otherwise contribute to irrigation modernization strategies;
  • Perform outreach to engineering firms and government agencies;
  • Maintain a strong understanding of current regulations regarding fish passage and screening in western states;
  • Travel to potential project sites and project installations;
  • Provide technical drawings using AutoCAD or other drafting software, i.e. Sketch-up or SolidWorks;
  • Participate in FCA staff working sessions;
  • Research and develop current and new technologies and solutions; and
  • Develop new tools for organizational efficiencies.

A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required for this position. This position also requires the ability to traverse uneven ground such as stream beds and agricultural fields.


  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Engineering or physical science and a minimum 2 years’ experience in river restoration, irrigation infrastructure, hydropower, or municipal water systems;
  • Possess an E.I.T. certification;
  • Experience working with agricultural and/or environmental communities, organizations, and/or individuals;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a cohesive team; and
  • Working knowledge of EPANET or other hydraulic modeling software, AutoCAD Civil, ArcMAP or ArcGIS Pro, and Microsoft Office Suite.


  • P.E. with at least 5 years’ experience in the field of hydraulic engineering or a similar discipline;
  • Experience with one or more of the following:
    • Water diversion and/or irrigation system design and construction
    • EPANET modeling;
    • Creating hydraulic grade lines through natural and man-made systems as well as man-made systems;
    • Design or design review of stream restoration, fish passage, and/or fish screening projects;
    • Construction management/project management; and
    • Hydropower system development or design review
  • Understanding of state and federal rules and regulations related to permitting and implementing irrigation modernization strategies, including the Endangered Species Act and NEPA;
  • Comfortable with delivering oral presentations; and
  • Ability to interact with a broad range of people in a conference setting.

To apply for the position of FCA staff engineer, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “FCA Staff Engineer” as the subject of the email.

Applications should be addressed to:

Julie Davies O’Shea, Executive Director
Farmers Conservation Alliance
11 3rd St, Suite 101
Hood River, OR 97031

Please do not contact FCA directly about this opportunity.