work on a variety of project types including river, floodplain and wetland restoration, habitat mitigation, climate adaptation/landscape resiliency projects and public recreation and access. You will lead and conduct field assessments, general geomorphic and stream channel characterization, topographic survey and similar measurements to support design, including installation and monitoring of field instruments. You will oversee and perform analyses using spreadsheet tools and numerical modeling software of parameters and criteria such as: watershed hydrology and peak flows, irrigation demand, water balance, hydraulics, erosion/sedimentation, sediment transport, stream bank stability; complies with established AutoCAD, drafting standards, and file management procedures; produce plans, profiles, and details for design drawings including grading, planting, irrigation, erosion and sediment control, and other types of plans and construction details under the direction and supervision of senior designers, engineers, and/or architects; interact and work iteratively with restoration ecologists, biologists and other specialists regarding design guidelines and performance targets; assist senior engineers and architects in calculating quantities, developing unit costs, cost estimates and technical specifications; create technical graphics and/or illustrative figures; write design reports including technical methods, assumptions and results sections; provide implementation oversight and post-construction observation; and perform other duties as assigned.
You will be responsible for...
understanding and being proficient in the preparation of river and habitat restoration construction drawings, details, and technical specifications; construction techniques and practices; providing design support in the form of data collection, calculations, numerical modeling, and written design documentation, as well as similar analyses used for environmental compliance and permitting. The work will require superior problem-solving skills, attention to detail, ability and flexibility to learn and adopt new professional skills, solid written and verbal communication abilities and creatively use graphics. The work will require competency to work independently with limited supervision by other civil engineers, landscape architects or other task and project managers, as well as guide the performance of less experienced staff on project tasks.
To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience...
a minimum of three to five years of professional experience, depending on licensure status;
a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in civil or ecological engineering, or related water or earth sciences from an accredited university (MS degree preferred);
be licensed as a professional Civil Engineer in California or Licensed as a Landscape Architect in California;
course work and/or practical experience in at least one of the following disciplines applicable to ecosystem restoration design and implementation is preferred: geology, fluvial or coastal geomorphology, hydrology, hydraulics, river mechanics, soils, sedimentation, aquatic or terrestrial biology, ecology, forestry, or similar discipline;
course work and/or practical experience in computer aided design (CAD; AutoCAD) and numerical modeling (e.g., hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, water balance, hydrodynamics, erosion and sedimentation, channel and slope stability) is essential.
About WRA, Inc.
WRA, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm based in San Rafael, California, with offices in Emeryville, Petaluma, and San Diego. For nearly 40 years, WRA has provided outstanding ecological and design expertise to develop successful solutions for our clients. We employ experts in the fields of botany, wildlife, and wetland ecology, GIS, environmental and master planning, engineering, and landscape architecture. During the COVID-19 pandemic and while shelter-in-place mandates are required, employees are permitted to work remotely or from home. The position will be based in any California WRA office (San Rafael, Emeryville, Petaluma, or San Diego) with a preference for candidates in Northern California.