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Civil / Coastal Engineer, Hydrologist

Job Details

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

ESA seeks a highly motivated Civil/Coastal 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 7+ years of work experience, a passion for ecosystem restoration and coastal processes, and the desire to learn and grow.


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


Professionally licensed civil/coastal engineer with 7-15 years of professional experience designing and managing water resources project with an emphasis on natural systems restoration, coastal resilience, and flood management in Southern California.


You have led and managed civil engineering tasks/projects of moderate complexity that have included preparing engineering evaluations, technical reports, design plan sets, specifications, cost estimates, construction schedules and construction support. You are highly familiar with all the engineering steps to get from concept to construction bid package, including working closely with related engineering fields such as geotechnical, structural, and hydraulic engineers.


You have led, managed, mentored, and/or supervised multidisciplinary design and engineering teams including delegating and guiding Engineers-In-Training through simple to complex tasks. You are an effective communicator who fosters teamwork and inclusion, and shares knowledge and expertise with more junior staff through mentoring and direct supervision. 


You hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher in civil engineering or a closely related discipline, and have a California Professional Engineers license.


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


You will help plan, design and/or manage a wide of array of challenging and exciting projects including ecosystem restoration, climate change resilience, habitat enhancement, engineering with nature, and flood & stormwater management.  


As part of our management team, you will cultivate best practices in civil engineering; facilitate knowledge sharing and technical training; mentor and manage more junior staff; help manage workflow and make staffing and recruitment recommendations; and develop and oversee implementation of engineering QA/QC protocols.


You will collaborate with other engineers, hydrologists, fluvial geomorphologists, landscape architects, ecologists, biologists, and other specialists in advancing restoration approaches and other project solutions from concept to implementation.


You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage 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 $93,911 – $140,866 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, 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)