Senior Restoration Engineer

San Francisco Bay Area /
Project Delivery – Multi-disciplinary Project Delivery Team /
/ Hybrid
WRA’s 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. At the same time, we encourage 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 surveys, hydrologic monitoring, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of river and tidal systems, assessments of ecological functions, biological surveys, drafting, design, project management, construction monitoring and management, performance monitoring, and adaptive land management. As a team, we strive to make positive lasting changes to our rivers 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 their projects by helping draft grant proposals, prepare financial models, partner with investors, and engage stakeholders.

The Riverscapes and Shorelines Group, led by Virginia Mahacek and Ashley Zavagno, is actively seeking an experienced Senior Restoration Engineer who can bring their passion and expertise to our dynamic group.  Our ideal candidate has experience marketing California clients as well as managing design work in restoration. The position location is flexible within the state of California. Active projects span the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, Sierra foothills, and North and South coasts. In this role you will have the choice to work in person or remotely. 

Core areas of responsibilities will include:

    • Leading and conducting river restoration-related design projects
    • Collaborating with other senior staff to propose on and win work with existing and new clients. Training and mentoring staff with diverse skill sets and backgrounds
    • Specializing in one or more of the following:
    • (1) Hydrologic analysis using a combination of software (HEC-HMS, TR-55, SWMM, WMS, or similar) and validate using field equipment
      (2) Hydraulic analysis using a combination of software (HEC-RAS, MIKE, FHWA SMS, HY-8, Hydraulic ToolBox, etc) to determine water surface elevations, velocity, and shear stress. Proficient in scour and stream instability countermeasures
      (3) Develop construction documents including plans, specifications, and cost estimates. Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D using alignments, profiles, assemblies, corridors, surfaces, grading tools, and COGO points. Experienced with CSI, WBDG or similar specifications. Experience with cost estimate using cost data base such as RS Means or similar

To be successful in this role, you will need:

    • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience
    • A Bachelor’s or preferably a Master’s degree in civil or environmental engineering, or related field  from an accredited university 
    • A professional Civil Engineering license from the state of California or a PhD or practical experience in at least one of the following disciplines applicable to ecosystem restoration design and implementation: fluvial or coastal geomorphology, hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain management, river mechanics, soils, sedimentation or similar discipline
    • Familiarity with natural ecosystems and a thorough understanding of river restoration
    • To be physically capable of walking on rough, sloped, terrain and licensed to drive for field visits and construction observationsAn eagerness to work collaboratively with coworkers who are mostly working remotely
WRA has an established internal leveling system for our staff that maps to salary bands that have been informed by market data. Our leveling system is dependent on years of relevant industry experience, education, and the level of responsibility and autonomy at which you’re expected to operate.

We have posted a salary range that corresponds to the appropriate level for this position. In some cases, WRA may be open to considering candidates at varying levels. In your first conversation with our recruiter, we will discuss leveling and compensation with you to make sure that our expectations are aligned. 

*The salary range for this position is $113,400 - $180,200 DOE

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.