Careers

Natural Systems Design (NSD), is a Pacific Northwest firm of passionate geomorphologists, hydrologists, engineers, fisheries biologists, landscape architects, and ecologists, created to make a positive contribution to the natural world.

We work in highly interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to critical environmental challenges. We are looking for people who share our enthusiasm for the work we do in the following positions:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Bookkeeper, Operations Support
  • Staff Engineering Technician

To Apply:

If you are equally excited about the type of work we do and can provide the skills outlined below, apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to jobs@naturaldes.com with the job position title in the subject line of your email.

NSD is an equal opportunity employer and candidates who identify with groups that are frequently underrepresented in the science, engineering, technology, and math fields are highly encouraged to apply. All candidates will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or protected veteran or disabled status or any other category protected under law.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Marketing Manager

As the Marketing Manager, you would provide leadership to the firm’s growing marketing department and work with the firm’s Marketing Lead to move the firm forward and support business development. Our working environment is fast-paced, collaborative, creative, professional, and fun.  The successful candidate would also provide senior review and leadership on the preparation and production of proposals, SOQ’s, and other marketing material.  This position may be based in either our Seattle or Bellingham, WA office.  Remote work up to two days per week is possible, but face-to-face collaboration in the office is essential to our team process, so the position will typically require office presence at least three days per week.  The success candidate should be a “self-starter” with strengths in leadership and team development.
Responsibilities
  • Establish programs to accomplish marketing-related aspects of the corporate mission.
  • Assist in the development of the marketing plan and budget.
  • Oversee and mentor Marketing Coordinator(s).
  • Manage and participate in qualification, proposal, and presentation activities.
  • Oversee maintenance of company database.
  • Manage collateral materials development, public relations and advertising programs, corporate identity development and implementation, special events, direct-mail programs, and market research activities.
  • Initiate and develop contact with potential clients and work with principals to secure new clients and projects.
  • Schedule and run regular internal marketing meetings.
  • Represent the firm to clients, peer organizations, and business associates.
  • Actively involved in professional and community organizations, including SMPS.
Skill Set Required
  • Professional level writing and grammar are a must.
  • Excellent knowledge of marketing fundamentals.
  • Good mentoring/teaching abilities and leadership/managerial skills.
  • Basic understanding of A/E/C industry terminology and delivery methods.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with MS Office Suite as well as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Working knowledge of Word formatting features.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to prioritize.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Self-starter/self-motivated.
  • Demonstrated flexibility working with a variety of team members.
  • Excellent work ethic.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Journalism, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of relevant work experience in professional A/E/C marketing.
Compensation
NSD offers competitive salary and benefits, including up to a 4% match on 401(K), 7 paid holidays, and up to 4 weeks of paid time off annually.
Start Date
Negotiable
Hours
Full-time, generally working within the hours of 7 am–7 pm, M-F, with occasional weekend and/or evening work.

Marketing Coordinator

As the Marketing Coordinator, you would support the Marketing Lead and Principals in their business development pursuits with the preparation and production of proposals, SOQ’s, and other marketing material. This position may be based in either our Seattle or Bellingham, WA office. Remote work up to two days per week is possible, but face-to-face collaboration in the office is essential to our team process, so the position will typically require office presence at least three days per week. The ideal candidate should be a “self-starter” with the desire to grow and develop their skills so they are in a position to fill a more senior marketing position in the future.

Responsibilities
  • Preparation of proposal and qualifications packages, presentations, brochures, and other related activities for potential opportunities in InDesign.
  • Maintain and develop standard firm content (resumes, project descriptions, firm information).
  • Create graphics for proposals and other marketing collateral.
  • Coordinate specialized consultants and teaming partners.
  • Assist in formatting of technical reports.
  • Assist with maintaining and tracking in the marketing database.
  • Assist in lead tracking, administrative functions, and communications.
  • Plan and coordinate special events.
  • Research target markets, as needed.
  • Actively involved in professional and community organizations, including SMPS.
Skill Set Required
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Proficient with formatting features in Word.
  • Proficient with Adobe Suite including InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • Familiar with Word Press and/or web design/maintenance a plus.
  • Graphic design capabilities a plus.
  • Working knowledge of marketing databases and proposal resources files.
  • Ability to meet aggressive production schedules and organize complex materials.
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate multiple assignment deadlines.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, ability to multi-task.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Basic understanding of A/E/C industry terminology and procedures.
  • Understanding of basic marketing principles.
  • Excellent work ethic.
  • Self-starter/self-motivated.
  • Works well in a team setting.
Education/Certification Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Journalism or related field.
  • One to three years of A/E/C marketing experience.
Compensation

NSD offers competitive salary and benefits, including up to a 4% match on 401(K), 7 paid holidays, and up to 4 weeks of paid time off annually.

Start Date

Negotiable

Hours

Full-time, generally working within the hours of 7 am–7 pm, M-F, with occasional weekend and/or evening work.

Bookkeeper, Operations Support

NSD is seeking an entry to mid-level bookkeeper to assist their CPA and Operations Lead in a broad spectrum of accounting and operational functions. This position may be based in either our Seattle, or Bellingham, Washington office.  Remote work up to 2 days per week is possible, but face-to-face collaboration in the office is essential to our team process, so the position will typically require office presence at least 3 days per week. Candidate should be someone who is a “self-starter” with the desire to grow and develop their skills such that they are in a position to fill a more senior level accounting position in the future. This position will also assist with general office management including some human resources functions, contract preparation and other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities
  • Process accounts receivables and payables
  • Perform payroll, bank and timekeeping reconciliations
  • Assist with payroll
  • Assist with monthly client invoicing
  • Learn and be a resource for our current accounting system, Ajera
  • Assist Operations Lead with other operational needs
Minimum Qualifications
  • 1-2 years of demonstrated and verifiable accounting experience
  • Post-secondary education with focused coursework in accounting
  • Proficiency in bookkeeping programs & related software
  • Exceptional attention to detail & accuracy
  • High level of integrity with ability to act responsibly and ethically when working with financial and other sensitive information
Preferred Qualifications
  • Exposure to B&O tax preparation
  • Familiarity with professional firms and the billable hour
Compensation

NSD offers competitive salary and benefits, including up to a 4% match on 401(K), 7 paid holidays, and up to 4 weeks of paid time off annually.

Start Date

Negotiable

Hours

Full-time, generally working within the hours of 7 am–7 pm, M-F, with occasional weekend and/or evening work.

Staff Engineering Technician

NSD is seeking a Staff Engineering Technician with 3-5 years of experience in computer-aided drafting and civil engineering support to join our team of professionals. This position may be based in either our Seattle, Bellingham, or Port Angeles, Washington office. Remote work up to 2 days per week is possible, but face-to-face collaboration in the office is essential to our team process, so the position will typically require office presence at least 3 days per week.

The work for this position will focus primarily on the preparation of stream restoration design plans. The preferred candidate will have a strong understanding of standard drafting and design software and development of engineering plans and details. The role will support civil engineers, landscape architects, and geologists in the development of designs for a variety of restoration projects including but not limited to: engineered log jams, bank stabilization structures, stream channel and floodplain restoration, and fish passage restoration projects.

Responsibilities
  • Setup and develop stream and river restoration project design files and plan sets in both AutoCAD Civil 3D and Bentley MicroStation/InRoads formats;
  • Prepare plan sheets illustrating grading plans, culvert or hydraulic structure layout, riverine structure layout, typical engineering details, revegetation plans, etc. per the design leads sketches and direction;
  • Manage and adhere to file organization and design standards throughout the design and drafting process. Design standards may be NSD company standards or those defined by the client;
  • Transfer spatial data such as lidar-derived digital elevation models (DEMs), parcel boundaries, and other data derived from GIS or other sources into the primary drafting platform to develop plan set basemaps;
  • Coordinate with project engineer and/or design lead on design details to integrate into design files and plan sets;
  • Calculate construction, earthwork, and impact quantities to assist with permitting and develop bid schedules;
  • Ensure accuracy, quality, and completeness of design files, quantity take offs, and plan sets;
  • Understand the project design intent, construction methodologies, and situational context and identify challenges, data gaps, and opportunities;
  • Work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues across multiple disciplines.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Associates degree in Civil Engineering Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, or similar; or demonstrated equivalent experience;
  • Three years of professional experience in computer-aided drafting;
  • Highly proficient in the preparation of engineering details and plan sets in AutoCAD Civil 3D and MicroStation;
  • Practical knowledge of typical construction means and methods for civil and infrastructure projects related to flood and erosion control in natural channels;
  • Solid understanding of civil engineering concepts, construction plan set organization, and design presentation.
Preferred Qualifications
  • 4-5 years of professional experience in civil engineering, computer-aided drafting, or river restoration;
  • Experience with topographic surveying using conventional and GPS methods;
  • Ability to process topographic survey data into Triangular Irregular Networks (TINs);
  • Experience working with WSDOT’s Electronic Engineering Data Standards;
  • Experience with Bentley InRoads for civil design elements.
Compensation

NSD offers competitive salary and benefits, including up to a 4% match on 401(K), 7 paid holidays, and up to 4 weeks of paid time off annually.

Start Date

Negotiable

Hours

Full-time, generally working within the hours of 7 am–7 pm, M-F, with occasional weekend and/or evening work.