Field Hydrologist / Hydrographer
Job Details
San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose - , CA
4 Year Degree

ESA seeks a highly motivated Field Hydrologist/Hydrographer to join our team of hydrologists, geomorphologists, ecologists, and engineers in the Northern California region. We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic team member with approximately 2–5 years of work experience, a passion for ecosystem restoration and working outdoors, and the desire to learn and grow.


Who We Are


ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.


We plan, design, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.


Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning and deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.


At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills, and experience that contributes to our success.


We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement for our employee-owners and our clients.


Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.


Who You Are


You are interested in stream and/or wetland ecology, geomorphology, and hydrology and have education, training, or work experience in one or more of these areas. You enjoy working outdoors, and you have experience in scientific data collection (possibly including topographic and/or bathymetric surveying, stream gauging, sediment studies, water quality monitoring and sampling, or other related skills). You are comfortable working in and around water, and you have experience working with tools and on boats.


You hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or Hydrology and 2–5 years applicable work experience or a Master’s degree with directly relevant qualifications.


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 field data collection and analysis for ecosystem restoration, flood management, fish passage, stormwater management, and other water resources and civil engineering projects under direct supervision of a more senior engineer or hydrologist.


You will install and maintain water property and water quality instrumentation, conduct topographic and bathymetric surveys, conduct discharge, sediment transport, and wave studies, and perform construction and post-construction monitoring activities. You will apply Matlab, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and other tools to process data, develop basemaps, evaluate discharge, tide, and water quality conditions, monitor channel and vegetation development, calculate sedimentation rates, write technical reports, and other tasks. You will work at your desk and outdoors – on the coast, in estuaries and salt marshes, in streams and rivers, and on boats.


A typical week may consist of deploying water level gauges in a tidal marsh, surveying creek transects, and processing and presenting field data for scientific and engineering reports. This position will lead to project management experience over time.


While consistently demonstrating your solid data collection, analysis, and writing skills, you thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and are able to balance multiple responsibilities and deadlines, both when working on a team or independently.


You are near San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose.


What ESA Will Do for You


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 spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance too—by providing benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few.


No matter what stage you are at in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. 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, and we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences.


What’s Special About Our Environmental Hydrology and Design Team in our Bay Area Offices


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 Dutch Slough, Yuba River Canyon, Napa River Restoration and Giant Marsh.


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)