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Fluvial Geomorphologist

Watershed Science & Engineering

Seattle, WA, USA

Date added to AEES Website:

April 15, 2024

Date to remove from AEES Website:

July 31, 2024

About the Role

Watershed Science & Engineering seeks to hire a fluvial geomorphologist in Seattle, WA. As a junior or staff level geomorphologist, you will be responsible for advancing geomorphic studies, providing geomorphic support for hydrologic and hydraulic engineering, and providing geomorphic guidance. You will develop an understanding of the site- and watershed-scale fluvial geomorphic processes and communicate that understanding to clients to help guide riverscape management. You will excel in this position if you have a passion for rivers, you enjoy problem solving and storytelling, and you are motivated to develop as a scientist with the mentorship of a team of experienced technical staff.

About WSE:

Watershed Science and Engineering is a small consulting firm (currently 12 technical staff) located in Seattle, Washington that specializes in complex hydraulic, hydrologic, and geomorphic analyses. WSE works on a variety of surface water projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Recent projects have included hydraulic and geomorphic analyses to guide process-based restoration, studies of wood and sediment dynamics, hydrogeomorphic restoration monitoring studies, floodplain mapping and hazard assessments, bridge and infrastructure geomorphic risk analyses, reservoir hydrology and operations studies, and climate change analyses. Generally, we conduct analyses to understand complex hydrologic issues or evaluate river processes, then provide guidance to land managers and designers to help them make decisions.

WSE works at the intersection of people and the environment and wants to have a positive impact on both. We are an intentionally small firm, which allows us to focus on completing interesting projects, fostering the professional growth of our employees, and providing exceptional service to our clients.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $65,000 - $115,000 (salary dependent on qualifications and experience)

  • Potential for annual merit bonus

  • Potential for company match on 401(k)

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance

  • 9 paid holidays

  • 1 week paid community service leave annually

  • 3 weeks paid vacation time annually

  • 52 hrs sick leave annually

  • ORCA card with monthly transit pass

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors in physical geography, geology, or similar with coursework or undergraduate focus in fluvial geomorphology OR Masters focused on fluvial geomorphology

  • Proficiency with GIS software, Python, and/or R

  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills

  • The primary workplace for this position is our office in downtown Seattle

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in fluvial geomorphology OR Masters in fluvial geomorphology with 2+ years of work experience

  • Proficiency in creating workflows and software tools for geomorphic analysis in GIS, Python, and/or R

  • Experience in remote sensing methods for fluvial geomorphology, such as historical imagery assessment, DEM analyses, and geomorphic change detection

  • Experience with field data collection, such as landscape interpretation, geomorphic mapping, and wood/sediment/substrate/riparian vegetation characterization

  • Experience with sediment and/or wood transport analysis, such as morphodynamic modeling, sediment/wood budgeting, wood transport modeling, etc.

  • Experience providing geomorphic guidance for river management, such as process-based restoration design, stream crossing replacement, infrastructure protection, etc.

  • Geologist-in-training, LG, or ability to obtain LG within three years

Please upload a résumé and cover letter explaining your interest in this position.

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