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Civil Engineer, Hydrologist

Job Details

Los Angeles, Pasadena, Irvine, Thousand Oaks, San Diego - _, CA
Bachelor's Degree

ESA seeks a highly motivated Civil Engineer/Hydrologist to join our team of hydrologists, geomorphologists, ecologists, and engineers in the Southern California region. We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic team member with approximately 0-2 years of work experience, a passion for ecosystem restoration and coastal processes, and the desire to learn and grow.


More senior positions are also available.


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 recent graduate with education and ideally some professional exposure to civil engineering analysis and calculations, application of hydraulic and hydrologic analysis and models in coastal, estuarine, and riverine systems, and/or the production of design plans, specifications, and cost estimates. Software experience with HEC-RAS, ArcGIS, ACAD Civil 3D, and/or MATLAB are desirable.


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


You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or Hydrology; EIT certification (or the ability to obtain it within one year); or you have a related degree and directly relevant qualifications. Two years of applicable work experience and/or a Master’s degree are desirable, but not required. More senior positions are also available.


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.


You can work in a hybrid fashion from one of our Thousand Oaks, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Irvine, or San Diego offices.


What You Will Do for ESA


Contribute to a wide of array of challenging and exciting projects including ecosystem restoration, climate change resilience, habitat enhancement, engineering with nature, and flood & stormwater management, by performing design and analysis 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 coastal hazards, streamflow, sediment, impacts of climate change 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 technical 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 $67,732 – $98,212 annually based on our anticipated hiring location 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 Our Environmental Hydrology and Design Team in Southern CA


Our EH&D team includes engineers, hydrologists, geomorphologists and landscape architects. Much of our work is oriented toward the restoration of habitat and ecosystem function, often as part of multi-benefit projects. As a highly-integrated team, we value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration.


To read about some of our exciting projects, check out these links:,,,


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)