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Sacramento, California, United States of America
JOB #R2103228

Restoration Engineer

ICF is currently seeking a Restoration Engineer for our Restoration Team.  ICF’s Restoration Team includes over 20 individuals that collaborate to deliver rewarding projects, carrying designs from conception through construction and multi-year monitoring.  We are currently expanding our team to staff existing projects and pursue new opportunities in Washington, Oregon, and California. ICF has offices in Seattle, WA,. Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA, and San Diego, CA and depending on the candidate’s professional experience and work location preference, the home office may be one of these office or a work-from-home arrangement.

The Restoration Engineer will be an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team providing habitat restoration planning, design, permitting, and construction assistance services to a variety of clients including federal agencies, state and local governments, Tribes, and non-profit organizations. Our project teams are comprised of experts from several unique technical disciplines, working together to achieve project goals. Interested candidates should desire to be a member of a multidisciplinary team, able to effectively communicate their ideas, analyses, and designs to other team members who have different technical backgrounds. The Restoration Engineer will perform a hands-on role in the design and implementation of aquatic and riparian habitat restoration and wetland mitigation projects. This will include being project manager and the engineer of record for projects corresponding with the Restoration Engineer’s experience and knowledge.

We work on projects located throughout the west coast states, requiring collaboration across ICF offices.  Collaboration typically occurs through phone calls and virtual meetings, with occasional in-person meetings at other west coast offices.  A successful candidate must be willing to undertake periodic short-term travel (normally 1 or 2 days, rarely more than a week) to project sites to participate in meetings, perform data collection tasks and provide construction observation services.

What You Will Do

Key responsibilities for this position will vary between being performed as directed by a senior team member and being performed as the team leader responsible for determining approach and methodology.  The level of responsibility will depend on project complexity and the Restoration Engineer’s experience and knowledge.  Tasks include:

  • Collect data at project sites, including being a survey party chief for topographic surveys.

  • Analyze basin hydrology and stream hydraulics, including being responsible to determine the most appropriate methods for the specific project.  The Restoration Engineer will be expected to be able to adapt to learning and implementing new methods and computer programs when requested to do so by the client or when necessary for project conditions.

  • Design entire projects that include bank protection, instream grade control, fish passage structures at roadway crossings, side channels, dike breaches and large woody material habitat structures.

  • Prepare construction plan sets, specifications, and cost estimates using the client’s preferred format.  This will include personally preparing the documents and directing the work of Restoration Designers, whichever best fits the specific project.

  • Support obtaining environmental permits for project construction.

  • Write portions of technical reports documenting the design approach and calculations.

  • Effectively communicate engineering technical details in project correspondence with non-engineer team members.

  • Provide construction assistance by reviewing contractor submittals and explaining design elements when requested by clients.

  • Participate in business development activities.

What You Must Have

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering:

  • 3 or more years of experience designing stream restoration, wetland mitigation, or water resources projects that involve constructing project elements in rivers and creeks.

  • 3 or more years of experience using AutoCAD or Microstation to draft construction plan sheets.

What We'd Like You To Have

  • Second Bachelor’s Degree or Master's Degree in any field of study related to Stream and Aquatic Habitat Restoration processes or fish biology.

  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer in Washington, Oregon or California, or ability to become licensed as a PE within 1 year of hire.

  • 5 or more years of experience surveying sites with traditional survey equipment or RTK GPS.

  • 5 or more years of experience developing hydrologic and hydraulic numerical models.

  • 5 or more years of experience designing stream restoration projects in WA, OR, or CA.

  • 5 or more years of experience using AutoCAD Civil 3D or Microstation/In-Roads.

  • Experience using ArcGIS.

  • Understanding of environmental regulatory processes in WA, OR, or CA.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Sacramento, CA (CA82)

Civil Engineering

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ICF is growing, and we add new open roles to our site regularly. If you're waiting for that perfect opportunity at ICF or want an inside look at what it's like to do world-changing work, join our talent network to stay updated.