Working with Balance staff and specialists from other firms, the Senior Staff Engineer will apply expertise in hydrology, hydraulics, environmental fluid mechanics, stormwater management, and engineering design to projects covering a wide range of water resources analysis and design challenges. The engineer will carry out assessments of channel design and stability, as well as modeling of watershed processes and environmental hydrodynamics. Assignments may involve field and analytical elements, plus coordination with consultants in other disciplines and regulatory agency professionals.
This position has responsibility for carrying out technical activities and/or managing the work on assigned projects including engineering analysis and design. It is expected that the Senior Staff Engineer will routinely manage small to medium-sized projects (up to $100K) and may serve as project manager or technical lead on larger tasks or projects as assigned. The Senior Staff Engineer plans, schedules, and conducts assigned engineering work; monitors work for compliance to all applicable codes, accepted engineering practices, and Balance standards; assists with the management and maintenance of stream gages and other monitoring sites, including associated field measurements, potentially during inclement weather. Employees in this classification also ensure effective communication and coordination on assigned projects between all disciplines and all other project participants.
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
Planning, scheduling, and conducting the technical aspects of multiple projects as assigned by project managers and principals.
Effectively managing and completing tasks or projects which may take several years for approval and implementation.
Accountability for the successful completion of engineering and design tasks, including hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, design, as well development of project plans, specifications, and cost estimates.
Preparing contracts for senior review based on discussions with clients and subcontractors.
Setting the firm-wide level of quality of work in one (or more) areas of expertise.
Routinely preparing proposals, including participation in multi-firm team coordination, preparation, and interview activities.
Potentially representing the firm at hearings, administrative law proceedings or, to a limited degree, as an expert witness.
Maintaining significant outside professional activities (such as presentations or publications) or significant community involvement.
Management of streamflow and/or sediment transport gaging stations, including the development of annual streamflow and/or sediment records and reports.
Potentially supervising one or more staff, commonly at the junior or assistant level
Attracting a proportion of their work, generally in the range of 10 to 50 percent.
Work Environment & Physical Demands:
Performance of duties and tasks requires use of standard office equipment, including work at computer terminals. May be required to use step stools and carry records and files.
Stream gaging and soils evaluations may require the use of bridge-board, cable-suspension equipment, and sand or bentonite. Work will include field surveys in challenging environments and adverse weather, often with the need to transport and operate associated survey equipment. Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.
About Balance Hydrologics, Inc.
Balance Hydrologics, Inc. is a full-service hydrology consulting firm established in 1988, headquartered in Berkeley, California, with offices in Truckee and Santa Cruz, California. Our firm is composed of over 30 professional staff with a broad array of experience in California with most having an advanced graduate degree in the fields of hydrology, geology or engineering. We offer flexible and practical approaches to problems, good communication on complex and controversial projects, and we develop realistic, implementable solutions. One of our principal goals is providing planners, engineers, biologists, and land managers with rigorous analyses quantifying significant watershed processes. We couple intensive field study with application of cutting?edge modeling platforms, and analyses to meet the specific needs of the habitat or watershed manager. Most investigations are designed to measure, simulate, and plan for the effects of specific land uses on aquatic, riparian, or estuarine habitat conditions. Our projects cover the full spectrum of services, from studies to establish baseline hydrologic, hydraulic, geologic, and water quality conditions to developing mitigation or restoration designs, providing construction?phase support, and post?project monitoring.