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Senior Water Resources Engineer

Location: Portland, OR
Job Code: NW – 021318-MC-02
# of openings: 1


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) seeks a Senior Water Resources Engineer for our Portland office. We are looking for an experienced environmental consultant who can help lead and grow our ecosystem restoration and stormwater management practice in Oregon and Washington. The ideal candidate will have successfully planned, designed and implemented coastal, floodplain, stream and wetland restoration projects, designed stormwater facilities and performed other types of water resources engineering work for public agencies. The candidate will work collaboratively with and help support our existing team of engineers, landscape architects, and scientists in the pursuit of multi-disciplinary projects that improve communities and the environment.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Perform detailed engineering studies, oversee and interpret modeling and similar types of analysis, and lead and support a wide range of water resources engineering projects;
  • Prepare feasibility studies and conceptual designs, develop probable cost of construction, and oversee the preparation of detailed engineering plans and specifications;
  • Prepare design reports and memoranda to document analyses;
  • Supervise engineers and technical staff to ensure that project and client needs are met in a timely and effective manner; and facilitate professional development of staff.
  • Participate in business development, marketing and client stewardship activities including identifying project opportunities, preparing proposals, and leading interview teams to win and secure work;
  • Manage projects from initiation to close out including negotiating scopes of work and being accountable for meeting schedule and budget requirements;
  • Perform quality assurance and quality control functions consistent with the company’s QA/QC Plan;
  • Meet and coordinate with clients, agencies, stakeholders, and contractors to achieve project goals; and
  • Present project and technical work to clients, agencies, peers and the public.


  • B.S. degree in Civil / Water Resources Engineering; M.S. degree preferred.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon; Washington PE license highly desired.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in engineering analysis and design of ecological restoration projects, stormwater projects, floodplain projects, and/or bridge hydraulic projects, including responsible charge for constructed projects.
  • Ability to take responsible charge for engineering designs developed collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams.

Additional Desired Skills:

  • Experience with applied geomorphology and hydraulics, in particular with coastal and fluvial systems, sediment transport and modeling.
  • Experience using HEC-RAS and similar hydraulic models.
  • Experience with stormwater planning, designing and monitoring; including innovative design solutions
  • Experience with bridge hydraulics and score analyses.
  • Experience working with resource agencies (e.g., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ODOT, Portland BES, etc.), municipalities, tribes, ports, salmon recovery organizations and similar entities.
  • Business savvy and entrepreneurial approach.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to travel (including occasional overnight travel) and work in a wide range of field conditions.


ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

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

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