Water Resources Project Engineer

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Benesch is a growing, multi-disciplined planning, engineering, and professional services firm. We enhance infrastructure and communities across the country – creating spaces and providing connections in ways that make a difference.

We pride ourselves on being nimble enough to remain responsive to client needs, yet large enough to offer exceptional bench strength. As a member of our team, you’ll have an opportunity to draw from those resources when you need them, and likewise, contribute your expertise when you have something to share.

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Water Resources Project Engineer 

We are looking to hire a Water Resources Project Engineer with experience or interest in hydrology, hydraulics, and general water resources engineering. The project will include standalone water resources projects that include drainage studies, watershed modeling, floodplain mapping, and conceptual alternatives analysis. Other projects will include integration with design components, including flood mitigation, stormwater master planning, waterway restoration, water quality BMPs, and stormwater design. Additional projects will function as support for the design of Transportation projects across the company.

The ideal candidate will have experience in hydraulic analysis of open channels, dams, levees, and closed storm drainage systems; design components of open channels, culverts, bridges, and storm sewer infrastructure; scour analysis and streambank stabilization; and flood inundation mapping. 


This role is considered remote and can be field-based; therefore, willingness to travel to various project sites within the region on occasion is required. 

Benesch’s Railroad Division is made up of highly skilled rail professionals, many of whom are former employees of operating railroads. This firsthand experience working on designing and maintaining active rail systems uniquely equips our team to develop innovative solutions to a wide variety of rail projects. 

The Impact You Will Have:

  • Perform hydraulic and hydrology (H&H) analysis and studies for a wide variety of projects
  • Evaluate stormwater related design elements
  • Assist in the preparation of written reports including exhibits and summary tables
  • Assist with the development of floodplain maps
  • Assist with plan production related to drainage design, stormwater management and detention facilities, water quality, quantities, and specifications
  • Contribute to project goals and milestones and monitor project progress
  • Assist in preparation of specifications and cost estimates for a wide variety of stormwater design and planning projects
  • Ensure the development of high-quality engineering documents
  • Adhere to all internal procedures for quality control, documentation, and project tracking
  • Assemble competent project communications, including meeting minutes, technical documents, and complete reports that require little editing and meet the client expectations
  • Assume responsibility for project design calculation files, assuring adequate independent quality control reviews on that work
  • Develop and oversee task work plans for assigned team members
  • Monitor work plans for adherence to budget and schedule
  • Assume responsibility and ownership of the assigned project components
  • Provide support to other civil design disciplines as needed

What We Are Looking For:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related discipline required
  • Experience or strong interest and knowledge of hydraulic and hydrology analysis and/or design
  • Experience or interest in performing hydrology and hydraulics modeling, analysis, and design related to floodplain and bridge hydraulics, detention and flood storage routing, storm sewer system design, channel stabilization and ability to perform complex analysis and design
  • Intern Engineer (IE) status with ability and interest in obtaining Professional Engineering (PE) license
  • Experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling programs such as: HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, EPA-SWMM, PC-SWMM, HY-8, StormCAD, CivilStorm, Watershed Modeling System (WMS), Surface Modeling System (SMS)/SRH-2D, FHWA Hydraulic Toolbox, CUHP, and FLO-2D desired
  • Experience with GIS Applications including ArcPro, ArcMap and ESRI products desired
  • Experience with plan production software including AutoCAD Civil 3D and/or MicroStation/OpenRoads
  • Knowledge of local and state agency drainage design criteria is a plus
  • Excellent communication and client relation skills
  • Strong organization and leadership skills and traits with  an understanding of the importance of adhering to project  budgets and schedules
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Other civil or transportation design skills are a plus   #LI-MM1


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Benesch is a great company to work for! Our comprehensive benefits package includes paid over-time, exceptional retirement fund contributions, flexible schedules, wellness incentives, and all-around great people to work with. Take your career to the next level by applying today.

Our benefits package is designed to take care of our employees. The health and wellness of our employees is essential to their success both personally and professionally. That is why we invest in our employees’ well-being by providing a comprehensive benefits package to help them live a healthy lifestyle. Each option can be customized to meet the needs of our employees and their families. 

Benesch offers a generous paid time benefits plan that increases throughout your career plus several paid holidays.  Our benefits include medical, dental, and vision benefits. We also include company-paid life insurance, short term, and long-term disability plans. Benesch offers a 401K plan and profit-sharing contributions to the 401K plan with the potential of 9% total employer contribution to your retirement savings!! 

From insurance and retirement plan to our wellness programs, we provide employee benefits that meet your wants and needs. Click here to learn more about some of the benefits of working at Benesch! 

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