Senior Water Resources Engineer

Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
Seattle, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 an experienced Professional Engineer, licensed in Washington, with a minimum of 10 years of experience leading the development of high-quality projects involving flood management, fish passage, ecosystem restoration, stormwater management in the Puget Sound region. You have prepared and have comprehensive knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and computer models (e.g., StormShed3G, HY-8, SRH-2D, HEC-RAS 1D and 2D, SWMM, etc.) requiring unique or specialized expertise.

A technical lead and project manager who has significant experience working on multi-faceted projects with clients including but not limited to WSDOT, King County, Sound Transit, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. You have experience producing design plans (AutoCAD Civil 3D, Micro station and Inroads), specifications, and cost estimates. You understand scour countermeasures design, constructed streambed design, LWD design and have experience working with WSDOT Fish Passage and Water Crossing Structure design implementation.

You possess excellent oral and presentation skills and have the ability to speak persuasively about complex topics to individuals and groups including elected officials and the public. You have excellent interview skills and have developed a strong professional network including client decision-makers.

You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Civil or Water Resources Engineering.  You are an expert in hydraulics and enjoy the collaborative multidisciplinary nature of fish passage design. 

What You Will Do for ESA

Lead teams conducting analyses, evaluation and implementation of a variety of water resource, restoration and civil engineering projects.  Serve as lead designer and have responsible charge for design plans, specifications and estimates. Serve as a technical specialist and primary author for engineering studies, models and evaluations, and provide QA/QC review of design plans and technical reports completed by others.

Lead and contribute to complex and multi-disciplinary projects, high-level agency coordination and negotiation, and other tasks of Firmwide importance.

Prepare scopes of work and budgets; lead and contribute to proposals and other business development efforts. Lead communications with clients, staff and teaming partners on complex and high visibility projects.

Manage and/or mentor engineering staff and participate with senior staff in business planning, strategic planning and other operational endeavors.

What ESA Will Do for You

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals for whom every day involves career growth, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.

At ESA, we help keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, 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 will support you in reaching your career goals. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, attendance at Conferences and participation in our ESAcademy.

What’s Special About Our Environmental Hydrology and Design Team in our Seattle Office

The engineers in our Seattle office work collaboratively with our landscape architects, biologists, planners, permitting specialists and cultural resources experts to plan, design, permit and monitor a wide variety of projects. 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. This is a great career opportunity for growth and leadership.

Read about Kelly Creek Culvert Replacement, one of the exciting projects we have recently completed.