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Coastal Engineer - Coastal Design & Project Management Focus | Coastal Geologic Services

Posted: 11/23/2021

Coastal Geologic Services is accepting resumes from qualified professionals for a mid-to senior level Coastal Engineer position in our North Puget Sound (Bellingham, WA) office. CGS provides coastal engineering and geological analysis and design services in the Puget Sound region and beyond. We focus on coastal restoration and enhancement, erosion control using traditional methods and engineering with nature approaches, and sea level rise resilience. CGS offers a wide range of consulting services to support clients in the government, tribal, nonprofit, commercial, and private sectors. 


Analyze conditions and design project elements for beach and estuarine systems focusing on coastal process restoration, nearshore habitat enhancement, erosion control, and sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation.  Assist with beach nourishment design, coastal structure removal and modification, and water crossing upgrades. Conduct field measurements, model flooding, waves, sediment transport, and coastal evolution/morphodynamics of mixed sand-gravel beach and estuarine systems. Create and manage project elements, working both independently and as a team member. Effectively manage some projects and client needs. Collaborate on and/or lead proposals and grant applications.

Required Qualifications

  • Current Professional Engineer (PE) registration (Washington State or be able to obtain through reciprocity within six (6) months of hire)
  • M.S. in coastal, civil, or ocean engineering, oceanography, or related environmental science
  • 6+ years of professional experience working on coastal engineering projects including consulting services
  • 2+ years project management experience
  • Ability to conduct effective client and agency presentations and written technical reports 
  • Proficiency in coastal process analysis, coastal structure design, plan, and specifications development
  • Proficiency in coastal modeling such as waves and/or sediment transport modeling
  • Experience with coastal flooding and sea level rise resilience and adaptation
  • Ability to complete site investigation and field measurements at coastal sites
  • Analytical problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency in using data analysis packages (e.g., MATLAB, Python, R) to automate data processing and analysis
  • Strong technical writing and presentation skills for communication of complex engineering and scientific concepts 
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. on an on-going basis without sponsorship
  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Puget Sound region professional experience
  • Beach nourishment, coastal restoration, living shorelines, and habitat enhancement project experience
  • Familiarity with gravel and mixed gravel-sand beaches
  • Proficiency with aerial and other coastal mapping, LiDAR data analysis
  • 4+ years project management experience

Work Environment

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, with some flexibility. The job largely operates as a hybrid with staff working from home and in a professional office environment as conditions allow to ensure safety. Occasional fieldwork and travel may be necessary.  

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition to competitive compensation packages, benefits include:

  • Health and dental insurance coverage
  • 401k match
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave
  • Performance-based bonus program

About Coastal Geologic Services Inc.

CGS is committed to responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea by providing innovative coastal science, design, and management to help protect the resources of the Salish Sea/Puget Sound. We are a small, independent consulting firm that is a leader in coastal restoration in the region. CGS has been in business with steady, controlled growth for over 28 years. We provide a full range of services for coastal sites and for a diverse client base including local, state, and federal government agencies, tribes, non-profits, private landowners, and associations. Focus areas include beach, bluff and estuary restoration and enhancement, gravel beach nourishment/soft shore protection/living shorelines, inlet processes, and climate change/SLR analysis, vulnerability, and adaptation.

Our office is located along a forested reach of Whatcom Creek in the vibrant downtown of Bellingham, WA, adjacent to an award-winning trail and park network, and within walking distance of Bellingham Bay. Bellingham boasts wonderful schools, an active and progressive community, access to the San Juan Islands and thousands of miles of marine shore, the Cascade Mountains, and many affordable cultural venues, restaurants, and breweries.

How to Apply

Please email detailed resume, cover letter, and a minimum of three references to [email protected]. Cover letter should address how the candidate’s specific experience makes them well suited for coastal engineering work at a small, independent firm and how their long-term career goals align with this position. Please email completed materials to [email protected] by Dec. 8, 2021. Position is open until filled.

CGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. CGS will provide reasonable accommodation to all applicants and employees.

Covid Safety Protocols

CGS is committed to providing safe working conditions and has instituted measures aimed at keeping employees healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with all CDC and Washington State guidelines. As such, COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of employment. CGS supports a hybrid work arrangement to support social distancing. We have established enhanced cleaning and other protocols and provide personal protective equipment to all employees while working in the office. Ensuring the well-being of our team members is a top priority.

Water Resources Engineering Vice President | WEST Consultants

Posted: 11/8/2021

WEST Consultants, Inc., a premier firm in water resources engineering, has a need for an energetic and ambitious senior level engineer candidate interested in a Water Resources Engineering Vice President position in our Bellevue, Washington location. This position will be responsible for leading the operations of a busy office with about 15-20 staff; providing project management and technical expertise; actively participating in marketing, client relations, and firm visibility development efforts; and providing general staff leadership and office administration.


Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Project Management:

In addition to managing and providing technical work individually when appropriate, this position will manage the general project workflow of all office staff. Duties include to:

  • Conduct contract negotiations with clients and subconsultants in coordination with an appropriate WEST signatory.
  • Participate in the creation/review of office proposals, project schedules, budgets, project milestones, etc.
  • Provide technical advice and communication to clients.
  • Provide quality assurance/quality control for office work products.
  • Ensure that all scheduled project deliverables are produced on time.
  • Assist in proactively identifying potential problems with projects and provide assistance in resolving them.
  • Manage outside subconsultant activities and deliverables as required.
  • Monitor project budgets and prepare monthly office billing instructions in coordination with the bookkeeper.

Technical Expertise:

This position should have technical expertise in civil or environmental engineering, with specialization in water resources engineering covering many of the following types of work and related software:

  • Hydrologic, hydraulic, geomorphic, sediment transport, and water quality analysis.
  • Development of numerical models for water resources investigations.
  • Familiarity with HEC numerical models.
  • Hydraulic structure design.
  • Flood risk evaluation and mitigation.
  • Design of stormwater management facilities.
  • Environmental impact assessment and mitigation.
  • Preparation of technical reports and design and construction documents, figures, maps, and graphics.

Marketing, Public Representation, & Client Development:

This position will focus on the visibility of the firm, securing work with active clients and teaming partners, and identifying and securing new work.  Part of this effort may include to:

  • Develop, manage, and maintain client relationships.
  • Identify business opportunities and prepare proposals.
  • Attend trade shows, conferences, and seminars.
  • Maintain professional visibility by actively participating in civic and professional organizations.

Office/Staff Administration:

This position will lead day-to-day business operations and directly supervise 15-20 employees, leading and mentoring the team and completing the related administrative duties required:

  • Develop and monitor workload and staffing requirements, working closely with other management staff to balance office workload and meet all project objectives.
  • Provide a vision and guidance to staff to assist in their technical and professional development:
    • Define objectives for office staff.
    • Conduct annual performance reviews and goal-setting guidance to staff.
    • Provide staff with ongoing performance feedback and counsel to promote improved performance and career development.
  • Advise staff on company policies and procedures, coordinate training and staff meetings as needed, and monitor and enforce compliance in these areas.
  • Review and approve staff timesheets, expense reports, and other administrative matters.

Experience Requirements:

The candidate should have 10 years of diverse technical project experience, demonstrating an increased level of professional development and responsibility.  Experience working with both public and private sector clients is desirable.

Skill Requirements:

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

  • Dedication to producing quality technical products and providing responsive client services.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage individuals and teams successfully with a business vision, as well as the ability to work independently when needed.
  • Ability to represent the firm effectively to clients, key public officials, and the community in general.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities.
  • Must be willing to travel periodically.

Educational Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Civil or Environmental Engineering or water resources related field is required.
  • P.E. registration required.

How to Apply:

If you meet the qualifications and requirements listed above, and want to be a part of this respected company, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Geomorphologist/Water Resources Engineer | WEST Consultants

Posted: 11/8/2021

WEST Consultants, Inc., a premier firm in water resources engineering, is seeking energetic and ambitious applicants qualified to apply for a mid- to senior-level fluvial geomorphologist position in our Bellevue, WA location.


Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assessing reach and watershed conditions, producing hydraulics bases of design reports, floodplain analyses, channel migration analyses, and sediment transport studies.
  • Completing projects under a multi-year contract for replacement of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) culverts for fish passage across the Puget Sound, Olympic Peninsula, and southwestern Washington regions.
  • Assessing physical and fluvial processes that influence existing and proposed channel planform, geometry, and sediment supply.
  • Assessing erosional and depositional processes as they relate to land-use, riverine and floodplain stability, and ecological function.
  • Assessing short- and long-term channel stability including lateral migration, aggradation, and degradation.
  • Developing stream restoration and enhancement recommendations.
  • Contributing to WSDOT preliminary hydraulic design (PHD) and final hydraulic design (FHD) reports that meet WSDOT design standards and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) guidelines.

Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of five years working experience in fluvial geomorphology.
  • Experience with river hydraulics, channel stability analyses, stream restoration, fish passage and culvert replacement projects, and floodplain restoration.

Skill Requirements:

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

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage time as well as work as part of a team.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities.
  • Proficiency in 1D and 2D hydrodynamic modeling.

Educational and Professional Registration Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in geology, civil engineering, environmental science, or related field is required.
  • Master’s Degree or higher in civil engineering, geology, environmental science, or related field is preferred.
  • Washington State Licensed Professional Engineer and/or Licensed Geologist, or one who aspires to get licensed.

How to Apply:

If you meet the qualifications and requirements listed above and want to be a part of this respected company, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected].