Senior Geomorphologist and Hydrologist via Indeed

Balance Hydrologics

Berkeley, CA, US

The Senior Geomorphologist analyzes plans, designs and monitors channels. Impoundments, or tidal systems. Many projects are for environmental permitting (from both public and private sectors) and for wetland restoration/creation efforts. Must be able to lead and/or model multiple projects within the overall rubric of geomorphology and hydrology, while also collaborating with a wide range of clients and specialists in other disciplines.

Essential Functions:
Primary responsibilities will include all phases of technical analysis, report writing, and project management.

Responsibilities of the position will include technical review/quality control, business development, budgeting, mentorship of more junior staff, proposal development and writing.

Assignments include identifying causes and sources of sediment or channel instability; then, recommending approaches and means to implement restoration. Application of training in fluvial geomorphology, sedimentology, and/or sediment transport.

We expect that this person will have a record of accomplishment in at least one of the following:

  • Habitat hydrology
  • Classical Quaternary stratigraphy or hydrogeology, and related soil science
  • Water rights
  • Sediment-source tracing (including mineralogic and lithologic methods)
  • Limnologic or estuarine simulations
  • Scour monitoring, analysis and simulations
  • Biotechnical and structural bank or bed stabilization.


  • You must have at least a B.S. degree in either the hydrologic/earth sciences; an M.S. or PhD degree is preferred. This position also requires you to have five or more years of progressively responsible project management experience, including demonstrated success in preparing project deliverables and managing project schedules/budgets.
  • A demonstrated record of publication (including conferences and posters).
  • Certification as a professional geologist in California and/or Oregon, or as a professional engineer (PE) in California and Oregon, or will imminently be licensed.

Work Environmental & Physical Demands:
Performance of duties and tasks requires use of standard office equipment, including work at computer terminals. May be required to use step stools and carry records and files.

Stream gaging and soils evaluations may require the use of bridge-board, cable-suspension equipment, and sand or bentonite. Work will include field surveys in challenging environments and adverse weather, often with the need to transport and operate associated equipment. Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.

Location: Berkeley, CA office. With modification, in the Truckee or Santa Cruz offices.

Balance Hydrologics is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Balance Hydrologics is seeking a senior-water quality specialist to support its habitat restoration and management programs. The successful candidate will:

  • Simulate treatment efficacy using a variety of scenarios and software
  • Help design and conduct field trials for storm runoff in urban and agricultural areas
  • Participate in Balance’s sediment-transport and sediment-tracing programs
  • Quantify effectiveness in vadose-zone and shallow groundwater using lysimeters, nested piezometers and other instrumentation
  • Assess treatment efficiencies in wetlands in waters and soils
  • Support or conduct microbial-source tracing of pathogens
  • Distinguishing anthropogenic and natural sources of trace elements.

Most work entails nutrient budgets, detection of agricultural chemicals in offsite runoff, design of treatment wetlands, and real-time tracing of runoff. Balance’s work is fundamentally in support of habitat management and restoration; conventional toxics or RCRA is rarely done.

Essential Qualifications Include:

  • An advanced degree in a related field
  • At least 8 years of a mix of field and permit-support work
  • A record of interdisciplinary work, and strong history of team science
  • Ability and willingness to conduct sampling during storms or other adverse conditions, and to install and operate instrumentation in montane or rough terrain
  • Familiarity and a history of working with conventional stormwater regulations, NEPA, CEQA, ESA, and coastal-zone regulations
  • Strong communications and supervisory abilities

To apply, please mail, fax or e-mail attention L. Mack, [email protected] We invite phone inquiries, but ask that applicants first transmit an initial letter of interest and a resume.