Careers

Please Note:  As with much of the Architecture and Engineering (A&E) industry, we find ourselves in the fortunate position of having many interesting and challenging projects and are looking to add capacity in several areas.  If you have skills and interest in restoration engineering or science, but do not quite fit into one of the open positions, we’d still love to hear from you!

Natural Systems Design, Inc. (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. Founded in 2003, we are an interdisciplinary team of nearly 40+ professional scientists and engineers.  We have office locations in Seattle, Bellingham, and Port Angeles, WA.

To Apply:

If you are equally excited about the type of work we do and can provide skills to our team,  apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to jobs@naturaldes.com. Please indicate in the subject line what discipline you would like us to file your resume. 

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

Water Resources Engineer/EIT

Why work with us?

  • At NSD we work exclusively on aquatic and floodplain habitat restoration, watershed analysis, and restoration planning and design, and we have developed a regional reputation for innovative and excellent work, which results in a constant stream of challenging and interesting projects with great clients. 
  • We work on highly interdisciplinary teams and aim to consider ecological, geomorphic, hydrological, and engineering perspectives on every technical challenge; this leads to constant learning and lively discussions. 
  • We are a group that is deeply committed to restoration and protection of natural processes, and also to finding solutions that benefit both the ecosystem and the community; we take pride in our work to make the world a better place and we advocate with our clients for the actions needed to make that happen. 
  • Our work is highly varied, and ranges from field work in beautiful places – wading streams, surveying from boats, mapping wetlands – to using state-of-the-art data analysis tools, drafting programs, and hydraulic models in the office, to advising clients and contractors during engineered log jam construction, to presenting at stakeholder meetings.

Position Summary: We are seeking a Water Resources or Hydraulic Engineer with 1-3 years of experience to be based in any of our Seattle, Bellingham, or Port Angeles, WA offices. The successful candidate will have strong foundation in engineering, and a strong desire to grow their skills in analysis and design focused on restoring rivers, streams, or wetlands.

The work for this position is primarily in Washington and Oregon, but some projects may require travel to Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, and California. NSD is currently using a hybrid model of in-office and remote work. Staff are welcome and encouraged to come into the office as much as possible to build relationships and foster collaboration. We are open to a fully remote working location anywhere in the Pacific Northwest Region for the right candidate with the commitment of some travel on occasion into one of our office locations. 

Responsibilities

  • Technically support design and analysis of engineering approaches to restoration of streams, rivers, and wetlands
  • Setup and develop project design files and plan sets in AutoCAD Civil 3D and/or Bentley MicroStation/InRoads formats
  • Prepare plan sheets illustrating grading plans, culvert or hydraulic structure layout, typical engineering details, revegetation plans, etc. per the design lead’s sketches and direction
  • Manage and adhere to file organization and design standards throughout the design and drafting process
  • Collect field data at project sites, including driving to field sites throughout the Pacific Northwest, hiking and carrying gear of up to 40 lbs. over rough terrain, wading in streams, and taking careful and detailed field notes in all weather conditions
  • Assist with hydraulic and hydrologic analysis of existing and proposed conditions, including analysis of observational data (e.g., USGS discharge) and implementation of models and software that include HEC-RAS, SRH2D, RiverFlow-2D, HEC-HMS, and HEC-SSP
  • Complete and communicate calculations of scour, sizing, and stability for project elements, such as engineered log jams; calculate construction, earthwork, and impact quantities to assist with permitting and develop bid schedules
  • Organize data and analyses to be reproducible and clearly documented
  • Write technical narratives describing methodology and results of analyses
  • Support production of illustrative figures and maps of technical analyses using ArcGIS, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Track hours, budget, progress, and review processes to ensure high-quality and on-time delivery of design packages; actively contribute to success of project teams
  • Proactively and clearly communicate status and results to colleagues through discussions, presentations, data visualizations, and technical writing
  • Ask questions, volunteer knowledge, and maintain an attitude of constant learning and excellence
  • Maintain an upbeat attitude and persevere during challenging field conditions including storms, dust, heat, rain, snow, and blackberry brambles.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in Civil Engineering, or related field; or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years of professional experience
  • Engineer-In-Training for Washington State (or ability to gain within 1 year of employment)
  • Proficiency with drafting in AutoCAD or MicroStation
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with field data collection, such as topographic survey using Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS and/or Total Station, pebble count, channel morphology measurements, and field mapping
  • Competence with technical writing and technical communication
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Ability to manage and prioritize workload to meet dynamic project needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years of professional experience in river restoration and design related to engineered log jams, culvert replacements
  • High proficiency with drafting in AutoCAD or MicroStation
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS platform, including acquiring and importing geospatial and remote sensing data, geospatial analysis using spatial analyst and 3D analyst tools, and cartography
  • Competency writing and executing scripts for data processing, analysis, and visualization in R or Python
  • Experience working with and analyzing large digital elevation files (e.g., lidar) and other gridded datasets (e.g., soils, vegetation, climate)
  • Experience in field-based and remote sensing-based quantitative analysis of landscape evolution and fluvial and hillslope morphology and processes, including channel form and adjustment, channel migration, and landform mapping.
  • Experience working with hydraulic and hydrologic models such as HEC-RAS, SRH2D, RiverFlow-2D, HEC-HMS, HEC-SSP, VELMA, or other software applications.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to a range of perspectives on relationships and interconnections with the natural world, such as traditional indigenous knowledge

Compensation

Salary range beginning at $65k+ based on experience. Total compensation includes your base salary, plus the value of any benefits received in addition to your salary. We provide a compensation package that includes:

  • End-of-year bonus as appropriate based on individual performance and financial performance of the company
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage including a company contribution toward an HAS plan and dependent coverage
  • A 401K with a 4% match
  • Seven paid holidays
  • Four weeks Paid Time Off (PTO) per year
  • A continuing education stipend, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits
  • Schedule flexibility


Start Date

November/December 2022

Hours

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

Apply:

Please apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to jobs@naturaldes.com

Closing Date:

Applications will be accepted through October 28th, 2022.  

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.

Staff Scientist/Geomorphologist

Why work with us?

  • At NSD we work exclusively on aquatic and floodplain habitat restoration, watershed analysis, and restoration planning and design, and we have developed a regional reputation for innovative and excellent work, which results in a constant stream of challenging and interesting projects with great clients. 
  • We work on highly interdisciplinary teams and aim to consider ecological, geomorphic, hydrological, and engineering perspectives on every technical challenge; this leads to constant learning and lively discussions. 
  • We are a group that is deeply committed to restoration and protection of natural processes, and also to finding solutions that benefit both the ecosystem and the community; we take pride in our work to make the world a better place and we advocate with our clients for the actions needed to make that happen. 
  • Our work is highly varied, and ranges from field work in beautiful places – wading streams, surveying from boats, mapping wetlands – to using state-of-the-art data analysis tools, drafting programs, and hydraulic models in the office, to advising clients and contractors during engineered log jam construction, to presenting at stakeholder meetings.


Position Summary:
We are seeking a staff level environmental scientist or geomorphologist with a GIS background and 2 years’ of project experience. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of GIS analysis and applied work focused on rivers, streams, or wetlands.

The work for this position is primarily in Washington and Oregon, but some projects may require travel to Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, and California. NSD is currently using a hybrid model of in-office and remote work. Staff are welcome and encouraged to come into the office as much as possible to build relationships and foster collaboration. We are open to a fully remote working location anywhere in the Pacific Northwest Region for the right candidate with the commitment of some travel into one of our office locations. 

Responsibilities

  • Technically support project tasks related to Geomorphology, Geology, and Environmental Science
    • Collect field data at project sites, including driving to field sites throughout the Pacific Northwest, hiking and carrying gear of up to 40 lbs. over rough terrain, wading in streams, and taking careful and detailed field notes in all weather conditions
    • Acquire, process, and analyze field data and geospatial data (e.g., lidar, aerial photographs) to support characterization of existing conditions
    • Contribute to historic landscape reconstruction, including describing and quantifying current conditions and historic landscape changes, such as changes to channel morphology, riparian vegetation, instream wood loading, and floodplain connectivity
    • Support hydraulic and hydrologic analysis of existing and proposed conditions, including analysis of observational data (e.g., USGS discharge) and set up and implementation of computer models and analysis of outputs.
    • Write technical narratives describing methodology and results of analyses
    • Produce illustrative figures and maps of technical analyses using ArcGIS, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Actively contribute to success of Project Teams
    • Proactively and clearly communicate status and results to colleagues, collaborators, and clients through discussions, presentations, data visualizations, and technical writing
    • Seek out best available science to support innovative, cost-effective approaches to analyses and engineering designs that meet project goals
    • Organize data and analyses to be reproducible and clearly documented
    • Ask questions, volunteer knowledge, and maintain an attitude of constant learning and excellence
    • Maintain an upbeat attitude and persevere during challenging field conditions including storms, wind, waves, dust, heat, rain, snow and blackberry brambles in terrain including estuaries, rivers, streams, mountains, forests, and deserts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS in geomorphology, geology, environmental science, ecology, or related field; or equivalent experience
  • Strong Proficiency with ArcGIS Pro, including acquiring and importing geospatial and remote sensing data, geospatial analysis using spatial analyst and 3D analyst tools, and cartography
  • Two years of professional experience
  • Proficiency with data entry, data analysis, computation, and data visualization using Excel
  • Experience with field data collection, such as topographic survey using Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS and/or Total Station, pebble count, channel morphology measurements, field mapping, pool surveys, characterization of bank stratigraphy, soils classification, wetland delineations, floristic survey, etc.
  • Competence with technical writing and technical communication
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License, or if relocating, acquire valid WA State Driver’s License within 30 days.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience in river restoration, geomorphology, or ecology
  • Meets qualifications to become a Licensed Professional Geologist or Professional Wetland Scientist within 3 years, e.g., has passed the Fundamentals of Geology exam
  • Competency writing and executing scripts for data processing, analysis, and visualization in R or Python
  • Experience working with and analyzing large digital elevation files (e.g., lidar) and other gridded datasets (e.g., soils, vegetation, climate)
  • Experience in field-based and remote sensing-based quantitative analysis of landscape evolution and fluvial and hillslope morphology and processes, including channel form and adjustment, channel migration, and landform mapping.
  • Foundational understanding in the influence of vegetation and wood on streams
  • Experience working with hydraulic and hydrologic models such as HEC-RAS, RiverFLO-2D, HEC-HMS, HEC-SSP, VELMA, or other software applications.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to a range of perspectives on relationships and interconnections with the natural world, such as traditional indigenous knowledge

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. Salary range beginning at $60k+ based on experience.

Start Date

Estimated fall 2022, but dependent on right candidate.

Hours

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

Apply:

Please apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to jobs@naturaldes.com

Closing Date:

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2022.  

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.

Senior Civil Engineer – Hydraulic Engineering and River Restoration

Why work with us?

  • At NSD we work exclusively on aquatic and floodplain habitat restoration, watershed analysis, and restoration planning and design, and we have developed a regional reputation for innovative and excellent work, which results in a constant stream of challenging and interesting projects with great clients.
  • We work on highly interdisciplinary teams and aim to consider ecological, geomorphic, hydrological, and engineering perspectives on every technical challenge; this leads to constant learning and lively discussions.
  • We are a group that is deeply committed to restoration and protection of natural processes, and also to finding solutions that benefit both the ecosystem and the community; we take pride in our work to make the world a better place and we advocate with our clients for the actions needed to make that happen.
  • Our work is highly varied, and ranges from field work in beautiful places – wading streams, surveying from boats, mapping wetlands – to using state-of-the-art data analysis tools, drafting programs, and hydraulic models in the office, to advising clients and contractors during construction, to presenting at stakeholder meetings.

Position Summary: We are seeking a Senior Engineer with at least 10 years’ experience. The successful candidate will have strong proficiency in engineering analysis and design focused on rivers, streams, or wetlands and the desire to continue learning and growing their knowledge and capabilities.

The work for this position is primarily in Washington and Oregon, but some projects may require travel to Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, and California. NSD is currently using a hybrid model of in-office and remote work. New staff are welcome and encouraged to come into the office as much as possible to build relationships and foster collaboration. We are open to a fully remote working location anywhere in the Pacific Northwest Region for the right candidate with the commitment of some travel on occasion into one of our office locations.

Responsibilities

  • Technical analysis and design focused on streams, rivers, and wetlands.
  • Familiarity with CAD and proficient using AutoCAD Civil 3D and/or Bentley MicroStation/InRoads formats; including surface development and manipulation.
  • Lead hydraulic and hydrologic analysis of existing and proposed conditions, including analysis of observational data (e.g., USGS discharge) and implementation of models and software that include HEC-RAS, SRH2D, RiverFlow-2D, HEC-HMS, and HEC-SSP.
  • Complete calculations of scour, sizing, and stability for project elements, such as engineered log jams; calculate construction, earthwork, and impact quantities to assist with permitting, cost estimating and developing bid schedules.
  • Develop project specifications in conformance with state or federal guidelines (WSDOT, ODOT etc).
  • Develop construction cost estimates.
  • Write technical narratives describing methodology and results of analyses. Support production of illustrative figures and maps of technical analyses using ArcGIS, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Actively communicate with, contribute, and help lead project teams. Deliver design products on time and within budget. Maintain and track project schedule. Proactively and clearly communicate status and results to colleagues, collaborators, and clients through discussions, presentations, data visualizations, and technical writing.
  • Seek out the best available science to support innovative, cost-effective approaches to support engineering designs that meet project goals.
  • Prepare engineering plan sheets illustrating grading plans, culvert or hydraulic structure layout, profile and cross-sections, typical engineering details, revegetation plans, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering or related field
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Washington State or with the ability to become registered in Washington within six months
  • 10 years of engineering experience
  • Familiarity with plans/specs/cost estimates/contracting, then construction oversight.
  • Experience working with hydraulic and hydrologic models such as HEC-RAS, SRH2D, RiverFlow-2D, HEC-HMS, HEC-SSP, or similar software applications
  • Proficiency with drafting, surface modeling, and grading in AutoCAD Civil 3D and/or Bentley Microstation
  • Experience with field data collection, such as site assessments, pebble counts, channel morphology measurements, topographic survey (total station and/or RTK) and field mapping
  • High degree of competence with technical writing and technical communication
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in civil/environmental engineering
  • 10+ years’ experience related to design and construction of engineered log jams, culvert replacements, channel design, and floodplain restoration
  • Experience with project management including coordinating among client, agencies, subconsultants, and allied professions
  • Experience with business development and proposal writing
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS platform, including acquiring and importing geospatial and remote sensing data, geospatial analysis using spatial analyst and 3D analyst tools, and cartography
  • Experience working with and analyzing large digital elevation files (e.g., LIDAR) and other gridded datasets (e.g., soils, vegetation, climate)
  • Experience with data analysis using Matlab, R, or similar programs
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to a range of perspectives on relationships and interconnections with the natural world, such as traditional indigenous knowledge.

Compensation

NSD offers competitive salary and benefits, including up to a 4% match on 401(K), an annual professional development stipend, 7 paid holidays, and up to 4 weeks of paid time off annually. The pay range for this position is $100,000 – $120,000.

Start Date

Estimated fall 2022, but dependent on right candidate.

Hours

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

Apply:

Please apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to jobs@naturaldes.com

Closing Date:

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2022.

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. They will also need to provide proof of vaccination status for Covid-19.