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Entry Level Water Resources Staff Engineer- Folsom, CA

Engineering | Hybrid in Folsom, CA | Full Time | From $66,963.00 to $102,271.00 per year

Job Description

Entry Level Water Resources Staff Engineer

WEST Consultants, Inc., a premier firm in water resources engineering, is seeking energetic and ambitious applicants qualified to apply for an Entry Level Water Resources Staff Engineer position. Positions are being considered for our office location in Folsom, CA.

About the Position:

In this position, you will apply your knowledge of principles of hydrology and hydraulics to respond to a broad range of water resources engineering assignments in hydrometeorology, surface-water riverine, and estuarine environments to:

  • Study impacts of climate change on water resources.
  • Study impacts of extreme precipitation, including spatial and temporal patterns.
  • Study open channel flow, sediment transport, scour, stability, and deposition issues in rivers and reservoirs.
  • Estimate flood hazards and risks. Develop mitigation measures and alternatives for watersheds, including flood forecasting and inundation mapping.
  • Evaluate complex water resource systems including watersheds receiving rain and snow.
  • Perform integrated hydrometeorological and hydrologic modeling including potential impacts on surface and groundwater due to climate changes.
  • Conduct dam/levee engineering and safety investigations to include dam breach analysis, feasibility planning, operations studies, drainage analysis, and water control manual updates.
  • Work as part of a project team to develop high-quality deliverables for our clients.


Your core duties and responsibilities may require you to:

  • Develop, calibrate, and validate hydrologic and hydraulic numerical models.
  • Use GIS tools to pre-and post-process data.
  • Organize, manipulate, and evaluate data using spreadsheets or other engineering software.
  • Delineate floodplains and create flood hazard maps.
  • Prepare Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain management program documentation such as No-Rise Certification, CLOMR, LOMR, and/or LOMA.
  • Design hydraulic structures such as bridges, culverts, levees, and fish passages.
  • Design systems for scouring countermeasures and streambank erosion protection.
  • Prepare figures, maps, and graphics.
  • Prepare technical reports, memoranda, and manuals.
  • Work closely with internal project teams and clients on specific assignments or for other meetings.
  • Present communication pertaining to specific assignments or meetings.
  • Participate in local engineering organizations or conferences.
  • Expand your engineering skills, both technical and non-technical, from continuous learning.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Skill Requirements:

In addition to being enthusiastic about working in the field of water resources engineering, you should have the following skills:

  • Strong computer skills are required, with knowledge of programming languages such as Visual Basic and Python a plus.
  • Experience with AI/Machine Learning is a plus.
  • Experience with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), and other numerical models, such as HEC-RAS, and HEC-HMS.
  • Experience with GIS software.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently & manage time, as well as to work in a team.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities, including the ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex engineering problems.

Experience Requirements:

  • 0-5 years of related experience.

Educational Requirements:

  • A Master’s Degree or higher in Civil or Environmental Engineering or water resources-related field is required.