Restoration Engineer Intern
San Francisco Bay Area
Project Delivery – Riverscapes and Shorelines Team /
WRA is an employee-owned environmental consultancy. We are a tenacious team of planners, engineers, and scientists, and we aim to leave the lands we love better than we found them.
Our clients and partners hire us because we’re skilled at navigating through challenging projects involving wildlands, parks, community spaces, restoration and infrastructure. We bring over four decades of expertise, long-standing relationships, and connections to our local communities to make sure that projects are pursued in responsible ways where both people and the environment thrive.
As an organization, we believe that independence and interdependence are not mutually exclusive. We invest in systems, processes, and employee programs to support our staff’s collective engagement and success while simultaneously encouraging our employees to operate with an ownership mindset, taking responsibility for outcomes and being true to our commitments.
WRA has been growing an interdisciplinary team of river restoration professionals including engineers, landscape architects, fluvial geomorphologists, ecologists, and fisheries biologists. Our projects range from large floodplain restoration to dam removal to urban stream rehabilitation across California. We are passionate about restoring riverine and coastal systems that support healthy and resilient natural and human communities. We are invested from start to finish in our projects with our expertise including site selection, topographic and bathymetric surveys, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, ecological assessments, biological surveys, drafting, design, project management, bidding and construction support, performance monitoring, and adaptive land management. As a team, we strive to make positive lasting changes to our natural landscapes where we both work and play.
WRA has a diverse portfolio of projects with clients including decades-long private clients, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. In addition to our technical expertise, we help clients deliver on projects by developing grant proposals, preparing financial models, partnering with investors, and engaging stakeholders.
Our Riverscapes and Shorelines Team is looking for an entry-level intern with a strong interest in Ecological Restoration Engineering. We are seeking someone who is eager to contribute their passion and learn from our dynamic group. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in supporting and working on projects related to water resources, particularly riverine systems, and is excited about gaining experience in a variety of project complexities including planning, design, and construction phases.
The position location is for the San Francisco Bay Area with projects located within 2-3 hours of driving. We anticipate the successful candidate will work in a hybrid role, reporting to one of our Bay Area offices approximately three days per week and with the option to work remotely the other two days per week. A company vehicle can be provided or travel will be reimbursed for project related purposes.
Interest and/or Technical Expertise in Supporting:
- Construction Observation and Coordination
- Hydrology and Hydraulics Modeling and Analysis
- River and Wetland Restoration
- AutoCAD Civil 3D Drafting and Coordination with Designers
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- Actively pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in civil, environmental or agricultural engineering.
- Strong communication and presentation skills
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently as well as collaborate with teams
- Passion to learn and assist in delivering quality projects
- Proficient in Microsoft Office products
- Valid driver's license
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
- Proficiency in HEC-RAS
- Proficiency with Autodesk’s Civil 3D
Compensation: $29 per hour
Who are we?
WRA’s company vision is “cultivating a sustainable future where people and the environment thrive” and that starts with our staff. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and we have developed flexible policies, internal practices, and are investing in programs that prioritize learning and sustainability. We aim to create conditions that allow employees to prioritize their families, lead healthy and balanced lives, and to bring their authentic selves to work every day. We believe that by creating an exceptional workplace, our employees will be able to do their best work and be able to meaningfully contribute to the sustainability of the environment and the communities in which we live.
WRA is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to creating a diverse environment. Our leadership team represents the diversity we strive to build within our company: to learn more about our Executive Committee, visit us here. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.