Waterfront Engineer
San Francisco, CA 
Posted 13 days ago
Job Description

Title: Waterfront Engineer

Location: Position can be located in Irvine, San Francisco or Long Beach, CA

Experience Level: Junior

Required Education: Bachelor's Degree

Who Are We?

Anchor QEA is a waterfront environmental science and engineering consulting firm that is focused on improving the environment and our communities by solving challenging problems. We employ more than 350 people in offices around the United States. Our vision is for a growing company that is our clients' first choice for solving their most challenging problems and our employees' first choice as a company where they want to work. We believe engaged staff lead to great client service and to a financially strong company-in that order. Our work environment fosters personal and professional growth for employees by providing autonomy, a clear vision, and the ability to master their skill set.

This position will support offices throughout the United States on projects throughout North America. The ideal candidate for this position will be located within commuting proximity to our Long Beach office; however, candidates in the Irvine and San Francisco, CA, areas are also encouraged to apply.

What's the Opportunity?

A staff engineer with 3 to 7 years of experience with emphasis on supporting the design of waterfront structures. The staff engineer will work directly with senior engineers to contribute to the design of floating docks, launch ramps, piers, bulkheads, and related miscellaneous civil/structural features.

This is an opportunity to be part of a growing team, learn from senior waterfront civil/structural engineers, and develop into lead project engineer and project manager roles.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Assist with preparation of Basis of Design summaries, reports, design drawings, technical specifications, civil/structural calculations, and construction cost estimates for waterfront design projects.
  • Assist with preparations and/or direction of site plans, general arrangement plans, project design details, for various civil/structural components.
  • Ability to travel for field projects and meetings up to 30% of the time, depending on project needs, including:
    • Site visits to project locations and assess conditions of existing facilities and infrastructure.
    • Participate in construction support or management activities including review of contractor submittals and oversight of construction activities and environmental compliance.
    • Attend client, agency, and other project meetings and prepare meeting minutes.
  • Ability to plan, schedule work, and complete work assignments within established budget, schedule, and quality requirements, working under the supervision of experienced staff.

What Are We Looking For?

Minimum Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited program in Civil Engineering, Coastal Engineering, and/or Structural Engineering (a Masters level degree is preferred). A degree with coursework providing a combination of these engineering disciplines or acquired knowledge would be highly desirable.
  • Experience: 3 to 5 years+ in waterfront, site civil, coastal, and/or structural engineering. Three years of direct experience in projects related to small boat harbors, marinas, floating structures, berthing structures, boat launch ramps, piers/wharves, bulkheads/revetments, shoreline protection, and/or waterfront/shoreline redevelopment is preferred.
  • FE/EIT required with ability to sit for the California PE exam within 1 year of employment.
  • Self-starter, good communication skills, not afraid to ask questions and seek solutions, willingness to learn, and able to take direction from experienced in-house staff.
  • Willingness to work on a variety of challenging projects within one's specialty or in other areas associated with waterfront projects, with assistance from others.
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Experience with Microsoft Project, Adobe Acrobat, and/or BlueBeam Revu are highly desirable.
  • Experience with preparing and/or editing AutoCAD documents is desirable.

Ideal candidates also will have the following:

  • Experience with WaterCAD, Civil 3D, and/or structural analysis computer programs (e.g., SAP2000, L-Pile, ENERCALC, etc.).
  • Knowledge of California Building Standards codes, Greenbook (SSPWC), and standard industry practices.
  • Knowledge of ASCE 7, ASCE 61, ASCE MOP-50, ACI 318, AASHTO, Caltrans, and other applicable civil and structural design standards.

What Can You Expect?

A collaborative work environment where we encourage everyone to bring their authentic self. We offer a competitive salary; bonus program; medical, dental and vision coverage, short- and long-term disability programs; flexible schedules; a retirement plan with company match; and paid time off.

How to Apply?

Apply online through our AQ Career's page and attach your resume and relevant documents that showcase your experience and fit for the opportunity. Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, Anchor QEA is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Anchor QEA does not discriminate in employment based on age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national origin, disability or sexual orientation

As a federal contractor and covered under President's Biden COVID-19 Action Plan, Path Out of the Pandemic, Anchor QEA shall comply with a fully vaccinated workforce by December 8, 2021. New employees will be asked to present proof of vaccination upon hire, unless an allowed accommodation for disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice is issued.

As an equal opportunity employer, Anchor QEA is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Anchor QEA does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 to 7 years
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