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Hydrologist, Engineer

Job Details

Seattle, Portland - ,
Bachelor's Degree

Who We Are


We are a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm who values diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that our variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions, which fosters our continued success for our employee-owners and clients.


Who You Are


You are a water resource engineer with a passion for design of fish passage and habitat restoration projects. You have approximately 4-8 years of relevant experience. You have both education and professional exposure to civil engineering analysis and calculations, application of hydraulic and hydrologic analysis and models in open channel hydraulics. You are competent in the production of design plans, specifications, and cost estimates. You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or Hydrology; a Master’s degree is a plus; and Professional Engineering License in WA or OR.


You are interested in stream, coastal, and/or wetland ecology, geomorphology, and hydrology and have some education or work experience in one or more of these areas.  


You are an effective team member with excellent oral and writing skills who can work independently and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. You can communicate basic technical information clearly and concisely to individuals and small groups.


What You Will Do for ESA


Support design and analysis for ecosystem restoration, flood management, fish passage, sea-level rise planning, and other water resources and civil engineering projects under direct supervision of a more senior engineer or hydrologist.


Assist in the preparation of engineering analyses, design plans, reports, permit applications, and other project documentation. Apply hydrologic and hydraulic models, GIS, and other tools to evaluate runoff and flow conditions and process precipitation, streamflow, sediment, land use, and other data. Have the opportunity to collect hydrographic, topographic, and related field data to support engineering analysis and design.


Consistently demonstrate your solid writing and attentive listening skills, contributing to complex environmental reports, and participating in meetings with ESA staff and with our clients.


Thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to balance multiple responsibilities and deadlines, while working on a team or independently.


ESA has established multiple pay ranges tailored to the economic factors in the geographies in which ESA staff reside. For this position the range is $70,813 – $106,220 or $78,681 – $118,022 annually based on our anticipated hiring locations as noted in the above job details. If hired at a more advanced level, the position the range is $84,520 – $126,779 or $93,911– $140,866 annually based on our anticipated hiring locations as noted in the above job details.  Actual compensation is determined by a number of factors including but not limited to an individual’s related experience, education, skills, and the city in which the applicant lives. 


What’s Special About ESA


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.


At ESA, we provide benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), annual allocations of company shares through our ESOP, a 401(k) plan with company match, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.


We also provide specific programs 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 through tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.


What’s Special About Out Environmental Hydrology & Design Team in the Pacific Northwest


Our EH&D team includes civil, river, and coastal engineers, hydrologists, geomorphologists, ecologists and landscape architects who provide expertise for a wide range of clients across the Pacific Northwest. We collaborate with our ESA colleagues in other discipline areas to provide full life-cycle services in design and permitting of projects for federal, state, municipal, tribal and non-profit clients throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Our work matters because it helps restore lost ecological processes to aid in species recovery and it helps communities shape a positive future for their citizens. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration. 


In accordance with ESA’s duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.


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