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Jacobs Senior Stream Designer - Remote in Des Moines, Iowa

Our People & Places Solutions business – reinforces our drive to improve the lives of people everywhere and epitomizes the "why" of what we do – the tremendous positive impact and value our solutions bring to our communities and society as a whole. From facilities delivering life-saving therapies and ensuring clean water to enabling the connection of people through all modes of transportation and providing access to technology – we're integrating a multitude of these solution elements to build the smart environments of tomorrow.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

In this role, as a Senior Stream Designer you’ll lead projects providing expertise to clients to solve problems and meet multiple design objectives, while guiding teams to execute those tasks in a high-quality manner as a subject matter expert. You will work collaboratively between our Environmental Science and Planning Group, our Water Resources and Conveyance Group, and our Transportation Group on multiple fish passage and stream restoration projects.

While this position can be remote, we anticipate 10% travel to the Pacific Northwest.

Using your experience, you’ll be a technical lead, performing oversight and coordinating the use of resources to accomplish quality reviews and respond to client needs. In addition, you will lead teams consisting of stream design, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, geomorphology, and biology staff to complete multi-discipline evaluations of streams, culverts, and watershed planning/analysis. You’ll lead managerial efforts for planning, design, and engineering services.

Your contributions will also be individually or as the leader of design teams to prepare, and/or review plans, technical specifications, contract documents, and estimates. Your teams will prepare basis of design reports, provide biological and geomorphic assessments, develop H&H models, floodplain analysis, and bridge scour evaluation. You’ll be a liaison between clients and agencies, subcontractors, and other design teams including permitting support and construction oversight. Your experience will be valuable as you help supervise, develop and mentor other stream team members.,.

Clients often include DOTs, Sound Transit, Cities, Counties, Districts at both a local level in western Washington and on a global scale supporting international projects. Agencies frequently engaged are Department of Fish and Wildlife, local tribal entities, and the Army Corps.

Jacobs health and welfare benefits are designed to invest in you, and in the things you care about. Your health. Your well-being. Your security. Your future. Typical benefits offered include flexible work schedules and opportunities to work remotely, educational reimbursement, retirement benefits, employee stock purchase plan, health benefits, disability benefits, life and accident insurance and voluntary benefits. Jacobs provides 8 paid holidays a year, parental leave, and personal paid time off (PPTO) which allows you to decide when and how much time off to take at your discretion with supervisor approval.

Typical salary range for this position is $86,700 to $209,900 and is commensurate with experience relative to the position. For “remote” positions, salary to be offered is geographic dependent.


This is a remote position

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Biology, Fluvial Geomorphology or equivalent as a basis for stream restoration design.

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive stream restoration and fish passage design and construction oversight experience. Experience includes building trust with clients, permitting agencies, and multidisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and reviewing stream restoration designs for key technical components of survey, fish habitat, fish passage, scour analysis, hydraulics and hydrology, flood risks, geomorphology, permit ready, and constructability of projects. Experience includes use of LWM and aggregate to provide channel complexity features.

  • Ability to communicate effectively to various levels of technical knowledge in an engaging and supportive way through various methods including virtually.

  • Possess time management skills, ability to prioritize multiple tasks, and ability to lead others as the task lead. You will be responsible for the scope, schedule, budget, and quality of the tasks to meet client expectations.

Ideally, you’ll also have:

  • Working knowledge of HEC-RAS 1D/2D or SHRH-2D

  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D or Microstation/Inroads

  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel

  • Experience authoring and reviewing WSDOT Preliminary Hydraulic Designs (PHDs), Final Hydraulic Designs (FHDs), or equivalent reporting

  • Experience working on design build contracts

  • 1 or more successful constructed stream restoration projects in the last 5 years in Western Washington

  • Supportive licensure of professional engineer, licensed geologist, certified floodplain manager, or equivalent

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws ( and supplemental language ( .

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.