Senior Engineer
Biohabitats Portland, OR Commensurate with experience

Biohabitats is seeking a qualified Senior Engineer to join our growing team of water resource engineers, ecological engineers, natural scientists, restoration ecologists, landscape architects, and construction professionals to work collaboratively on ecological restoration projects.

The ideal candidate will have a solid foundation in the principles of stream, wetland, and ecological restoration and applied experience leading complex restoration projects from concept through construction documents, permits, and implementation.  Additional experience related to green stormwater infrastructure design is a plus.

The Senior Engineer will lead a variety of public, private, and institutional projects throughout the Pacific Northwest region, and will have the opportunity to collaborate on restoration projects across the United States. Projects, which will vary in type, scale, and complexity, will include stream and wetland restoration and enhancement, river and stream bank stabilization, fish passage improvements, flood hazard analysis, stormwater management design, shoreline, and coastal restoration design, and the development of integrated ecological restoration and engineering designs. 

The position will be in our Cascadia Bioregion office in Portland, OR, or in the Seattle metropolitan area, Washington.

We provide outstanding benefits.  Click on ‘Learn about our benefits’ on our Careers page to find out more.


  • Lead and support technical components of restoration projects from initiation to completion
  • Prepare design and construction documents (plans, specifications and probable cost of construction estimates) through project development milestones
  • Oversee, perform, and/or interpret hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and similar types of analyses
  • Oversee, perform, and/or interpret engineering analyses (e.g., scour, sizing, materials specifications, and stability)
  • Conduct field investigations, interpret data, and prepare technical memoranda and reports to document analyses
  • Perform project management tasks, including negotiating scopes of work, tracking schedule and budget requirements, and meeting high deliverable standards
  • Mentor technical staff and maintain a collaborative working environment
  • Assist clients with regulatory approval and construction administration services
  • Cultivate client relationships and participate in business development efforts
  • Participate in professional peer groups and speak at local and regional conferences

Required Skills: 

  • Extensive experience with completing design and construction documents, including plans, specifications, and probable cost of construction estimates
  • Quantitative analysis of project elements, such as stability calculations
  • Proposal and task order development experience
  • Ability to manage multiple large projects for public and private clients
  • Technical drafting experience using Computer Aided Design applications
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including technical writing experience
  • Scoping, managing, and technical oversight of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling (e.g., HydroCAD, HEC-RAS [1D and 2D], etc.) and other environmental/design software

Helpful Skills: 

  • Familiarity with the use of Computer Aided Design applications
  • Familiarity with the use of GIS Software
  • Experience with field data collection and related equipment
  • Experience with large wood design elements in riverine systems
  • Experience with applied geomorphic assessments, sediment transport modeling, and the anticipated effects of riverine projects
  • Experience completing hazard and risk analyses for riverine projects
  • Experience with stormwater planning, designing, and monitoring; including innovative design solutions. 
  • Experience with climate change resiliency planning and design
  • Construction administration and construction observation activities
  • Strong work ethic, excellent organizational and time management skills, and a capacity for self-direction
  • Experience working with resource agencies (e.g., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, etc.), municipalities, tribes, salmon recovery organizations and similar entities
  • Established professional networks in Washington and Oregon with a demonstrated ability to interpret and fulfill client needs
  • Ability to travel (including occasional overnight travel) and work in a wide range of field conditions
  • Business development acumen

Education: BS, MS, or Ph.D. in civil engineering or equivalent (e.g., ecological engineering or water resources engineering). 

Years of experience: Minimum 10 years of consulting experience in ecological engineering design and the preparation of detailed construction documents, specifications, and cost estimates. 

Professional Registration: Oregon and Washington PE (or ability to obtain through reciprocity). 

Biohabitats is a purpose-driven, performance oriented, and values led organization. We are a certified B-Corp™ and Just© Organization, meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance. To ensure that you will thrive at Biohabitats, we highly encourage you to review our Mission, Values, and Approach before applying.

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