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Senior-level Engineer / Habitat Restoration

Anchor QEA
Bellingham, WA
$113,000 - $123,000 annually + benefits
Closing date
Jul 6, 2024

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Environmental Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering

Job Details

Title: Senior-level Engineer / Habitat Restoration
Location:  Bellingham, Seattle, or Tacoma
Job Type:  Regular Full-time


What’s the Opportunity?

Anchor QEA is seeking an experienced engineer to help expand our habitat restoration practice in the Pacific Northwest. We are particularly interested in an individual who has a background in designing, planning, and overseeing restoration for marine, estuarine, and/or freshwater tidal marsh and/or riverine and floodplain habitat, with a strong multidisciplinary technical background along with project management, client management, and business development experience. The ideal applicant will have 10 or more years of experience providing engineering or landscape architecture design along with habitat assessments for wetland, river, stream, estuary, and/or coastal restoration projects, overseeing field assessments and data collection and analysis, and overseeing restoration design and construction. The ideal candidate would be able to perform technical work, including technical studies and design work, and help manage interdisciplinary restoration teams from planning through design and construction of projects. The ideal candidate would also help our teams manage and develop projects for existing clients, as well as develop new clients and projects.



The successful candidate will be responsible for most, if not all, of the following:

  • Performing and/or leading restoration design for marsh, estuary, wetland, river, stream, and floodplain habitat restoration; fish habitat evaluation; and/or grading and replanting design
  • Incorporating watershed and regional fish and wildlife recovery goals and objectives into the design to maximize habitat function
  • Overseeing civil, coastal, geotechnical, hydrologic, and hydraulic engineering, geomorphic analyses, and landscape architectural design
  • Prioritizing fish habitat restoration design goals and using predictive tools to quantify anticipated functional improvements following restoration
  • Preparing written reports and results of technical studies, including preparing documents in support of the Endangered Species Act and writing sections of NEPA and SEPA documents
  • Managing and participating in the collection of field data
  • Completing complex analyses and calculations both independently and with oversight
  • Developing or overseeing engineering drawings, technical specifications, and opinions of probable cost for restoration projects with oversight
  • Developing or overseeing the development of construction planning and observation documentation
  • Managing the development and successful completion of projects for existing and new clients
  • Developing scopes of work, budgets, and schedules for projects
  • Working with other habitat restoration design staff to identify and develop new projects and clients, prepare proposals, and capture new work
  • Managing and overseeing the professional development of junior staff


What Are We Looking For?

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • A bachelor's or master’s degree in hydraulic, water resources, coastal, or civil engineering; landscape architecture; fluvial or coastal geomorphology; biology; hydrology; or similar science with a focus in habitat restoration
  • 10 or more years’ experience in aquatic, shoreline, or wetland habitat restoration projects, including progressive project management experience
  • A comprehensive understanding of fisheries biology in the Pacific Northwest, including salmon and steelhead ecology, behavior, and population structure
  • Familiarity with the implementation of the hydraulic modeling, design standards, regulations, and requirements for a diversity of water resource, fish passage and restoration projects in Washington and Oregon
  • An understanding of and experience with coastal, freshwater, and estuarine systems
  • GIS experience and familiarity with standard hydrologic, hydraulic, and data analysis software
  • Knowledge of federal and Washington and Oregon state environmental planning and regulatory environment
  • Ability to excel in a fast paced, detail- and client service-oriented team environment
  • Ability to work across disciplines internally and externally
  • Ability to work well in diverse multi-disciplinary project teams
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders at a time with different project objectives
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience with planning, project management, client management, and/or business development in the Pacific Northwest
  • Self-motivation, drive, and the ability to work independently


The following additional qualities are desired but not required:

  • Business contacts and the ability to contribute to business development


What Can You Expect?

A collaborative work environment where we encourage everyone to bring their authentic self. We offer competitive compensation and benefits which are detailed below.  


Who Are We?

Anchor QEA is an environmental science and engineering consulting firm that is focused on improving the environment and our communities by solving challenging problems. We employ more than 400 people in offices around the United States. Our vision is for a growing company that is our clients’ first choice for solving their most challenging problems and our employees’ first choice as a company where they want to work.  Learn more about Anchor QEA at


How to Apply?

Apply online through Anchor QEA’s Open Positions page at  Veterans are encouraged to apply.


Additional Information

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, Anchor QEA is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Anchor QEA does not discriminate in employment based on age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.


Salary and Other Compensation:

  • Salary Range: $113,000 - $123,000 annually 
  • Annual Bonus
  • Other potential bonus types: Billable Time Bonus, Spot Bonus, Milestone Anniversary Bonus, Receiving Professional License/Certification Bonus, Peer-reviewed Publication Bonus, Employee Referral Bonus.


Base Level Benefits for Regular Full-Time Positions:

  • Healthcare: Medical, dental, vision, basic life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability programs.
  • Paid Company and Floating Holidays: 7 paid company and 2 floating holidays annually
  • Vacation: 2 weeks accrued paid vacation based on length of service.  Vacation may vary by level.
  • Sick and Safe Time: 80 hours annually
  • Retirement Plan: 401k plan with an employer match
  • Further information on benefits:


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