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Senior Water Resources Engineer

Senior Water Resources Engineer

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 $80,958.00 to $129,471.00 USD

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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


Schnabel is actively seeking a skilled Senior Water Resources Engineer to join our growing Water Practice in the Northeast Region (Jersey City, NJ). As a key 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, and mentoring junior staff. We’re looking for a motivated candidate with a 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.


Candidate will serve as Senior Water Resources Engineer for Schnabel’s Water Engineering Practice. Major focus areas for the role include:

  • Serve as a Senior Water Resources Engineer and Project Manager on 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 supporting the planning and design of water resources projects.
  • Preparation and review of water resources engineering reports, technical documents, and presentations, for a variety of applications, projects, and clients.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (master’s degree preferred) in Civil, Water Resources, and/or Coastal Engineering.
  • 6+ 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, 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The 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)

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