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Tetra Tech, Inc.

Water Resources Engineer

Tetra Tech, Inc. - San Diego, CA

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees—16,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in 400 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams.

Our San Diego and Pasadena offices are seeking Water Resources Engineers to assist with the successful development and execution of stormwater modeling and analyses for a variety of innovative projects located through California. This is an engaging and high impact professional position where the successful candidate will be working closely with national and industry leaders to support our clients with:

Green infrastructure (GI) and stormwater best management practice (BMP) design

Water quality assessments

GI policy and compliance strategy development

Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses

Integrated stormwater master planning projects


This position provides critical technical support for Tetra Tech’s projects and the successful candidate will be responsible for:

Stormwater BMP modeling and design

Watershed-scale hydrologic assessments

Water quality modeling

Geospatial analyses and mapping

Data-driven decision making

Report writing

Key requirements of the position include a mastery of watershed modeling, hydrology and hydraulics principles, and GI and BMP design. Experience with policy related to stormwater management and water quality, as well geospatial analysis techniques is highly preferred.

The selected candidate will report to a Senior Project Manager in our San Diego office, which provides innovative services to a wide range of municipal, federal, private, and non-profit clients located throughout southern California and the US. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate on work efforts with other professionals that are located both within the local offices and other Tetra Tech offices throughout the nation. Key competencies that are important to the success of the individual and the water resources group include strong communication skills, teamwork and flexibility. The selected candidate must possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills that will allow for the candidate to engage in a portfolio of diverse projects and successfully work with talented people at all levels. This position offers the opportunity to apply critical problem-solving skills and provide creative solutions to the most current water resources issues, and rewards individual initiative, resourcefulness, collaboration, and adaptability.

B.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering or Hydrology with 1 to 3 years of relevant work experience; or a M.S. degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.

Experience in sizing, siting, and design of GI and BMP facilities, including bioretention, permeable pavement, sediment basins, infiltration galleries, and others is required.

An ability to formulate and solve advanced problems related to water resources issues and BMP design is required.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to summarize engineering and model analyses in concise and understandable language is required.

Experience with modeling/design tools, such as EPA-SWMM, SUSTAIN, TR-55/TR-20, HEC-HMS, and HEC-RAS, and ARCGIS, is preferred. Experience using LIDAR data is highly desired.

Experience in developing design specifications for a variety of components of BMPs, including soil media depths, soil media mix specifications, permeable pavement specifications, inlet and outlet configurations, pretreatment components, and general vegetation components is preferred.

Experience in evaluating and demonstrating compliance with stormwater policy (i.e., MS4 Permits or TMDLs) and/or BMP sizing criteria for municipal or federal agencies is preferred.

Strong skills and proficiency with Microsoft-based software, including MS Access and Excel, and ability to develop and execute macros for data analysis is preferred.

A licensed PE in the State of California is strongly desired OR eligibility to obtain a license within 24 months is preferred.

Tetra Tech only accepts resumes through its online process. Please apply at

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Tetra Tech is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We invite resumes from all interested parties including, women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

No agencies or calls please.

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Location: San Diego, CA

Company Profile:
Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting and engineering services worldwide. We are a diverse company, including individuals with expertise in science, research, engineering, construction, and information technology. Our strength is in collectively providing integrated services—delivering the best solutions to meet our clients' needs. Tetra Tech’s innovative, sustainable solutions help our clients address their water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development challenges. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in every sector and to use that expertise throughout the project life cycle. Our commitment to safety is ingrained in our culture and at the forefront of every project.