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Job Description


Schnabel is an employee-owned, professional consulting firm that focuses on solving problems related to the earth and environment through specialization in water, geotechnical, and infrastructure engineering. Schnabel’s high standards for quality, business ethics, and concern for the communities they live in and support, are a vital part of who we are and what we offer. Founded in 1956, Schnabel has experienced tremendous success and growth through its dedication to excellence in client service, high quality, and value-added solutions.  Schnabel is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm with over 580+ employees in 25 offices throughout the United States.Recognized by Civil Engineering News as one of the Best Engineering Firms to Work for, Schnabel offers a highly collaborative culture with a focus on advancement and progression of its employees. We make extraordinary efforts to attract, develop, engage, and retain the best professionals in our fields of expertise. We provide our employees with a competitive benefits package, including health, dental, life and disability. Engagement in Schnabel’s wellness program offers incentives for employees to pursue a healthy lifestyle, and the firm rewards employees through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan.Salary Range $90,000 to $190,000.00USD
Benefit options include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee life & ADD insurance (100% company-paid)
  • Short-term disability (100% company-paid)
  • Long-term disability
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • 401(k) and profit-sharing plan
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
  • Bonus program
  • Paid time off
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Wellness program
  • Professional development and tuition reimbursement

Job Description:Schnabel is actively seeking an experienced Lead Water Resources Dam Engineer to join our growing Water Practice in the Northeast Region. As an integral member of our team, you will leverage your professional experience and technical knowledge to support and lead a wide variety of water resources engineering projects that involve dams and reservoirs, flood resiliency, and general water infrastructures projects across the Northeast region and nationally. The role also involves project management, client interactions, as well as the supervision and mentorship of junior staff. We’re looking for a motivated candidate with keen eye for detail, a dedication to ongoing professional growth, and a passion for joining a collaborative, inclusive team working on complex projects at the forefront of our industry.  As an employee-owner, you will have a say in how our business operates and will benefit from our financial success through the allocation of company stock.Position Responsibilities: Candidate will serve as Lead Water Resources Dam Engineer for Schnabel’s Water Engineering Practice. Major focus areas for the role include:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to expand the water resources engineering practice within Schnabel’s Dams and Levees business line.
  • Serve as a Water Resources Engineering Lead and Project Manager on a variety of projects that include surface water hydrology and hydraulics, dams & levees, flood protection, as well as resiliency and climate change adaptation.
  • Responsibilities include the development and supervision of hydrologic and hydraulic models, climate risk and hazard analyses, as well as contributing to the planning and design of water resources projects.
  • Prepare and review water resources engineering reports, technical documents, and presentations for a variety of applications, projects, and clients.
  • Conduct inspections of existing hydraulic structures and perform dam safety reviews, ensuring compliance with current industry standards and design criteria.
  • Engage with clients and regulators, set clear project objectives for teams, and efficiently manage resources to ensure timely delivery, within budget, and meeting client performance expectations.
  • Promote the growth and mentorship of our junior water resources engineering team, both within our Jersey City office and across the firm.
  • Collaborate with the 50+ members of Schnabel’s Water Resources Technical Practice, comprised of professionals from multiple offices across the US, to deliver cutting-edge technical solutions to solve our client’s needs. 
  • Contribute to fostering a cohesive and positive culture within our Jersey City office and company-wide, aiming to create an environment that empowers our employees to reach their full potential and ensures we maintain a best-in-class workplace.
  • Contribute to maintaining and developing Schnabel’s strong brand and leadership position in the water engineering field through thought leadership embodied in published papers, white papers, collaboration with key partners and universities, and presentations at recognized conferences and workshops.

Required Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Civil, Water Resources, and/or Coastal Engineering.
  • 8+ years of direct engineering consulting experience in the water resources and modeling fields with in-depth experience with hydrologic and hydraulic modeling concept and principles.
  • Experience with modeling tools and design software such as HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS, HEC-MetVue, HEC-DSS. LifeSim, HEC-FIA, DAMRAE, ArcGIS, AutoCAD/Civil 3D. Experience with 3-D numerical modeling a plus.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer or ability to become registered within 6 months.
  • Effective time management through balancing multiple concurrent tasks, responsibilities, and commitments.
  • Analytical skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Organized, self-starter with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Excellent English technical verbal and written communication skills.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to pass a background check which may include criminal history, motor vehicle record and credit check
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment screening

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)