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Stream Designer II-III

RES is currently accepting applications for a stream restoration practitioner in the Midwest Region (IL, WI, IN, IA, MN, MO) to join a growing, multi-disciplinary team of ecosystem restoration designers and engineers currently working on the nation’s largest river, stream and wetland restoration projects.

What your day-to-day might look like?

The desired candidate’s responsibilities would include, but are not limited to:
  • Fieldwork
  • Geomorphic, biological, and ecological site assessments
  • Mitigation crediting field protocols
  • Applied fluvial geomorphic / hydraulic survey
  • Construction oversight
  • Post construction monitoring
  • Data Processing and Technical Writing
  • Document restoration design process
  • Provide written portions of proposals, regulatory permit applications and post construction monitoring reports related to restoration design
  • Complete mitigation crediting calculations
  • Restoration Design
  • Restoration design development including design discharge selection and development of design metrics
  • Develop design metrics and parameters into a 3-dimensional design with the Autodesk Civil 3D environment
  • Assist in AutoCad plan production to develop preliminary, final, and construction restoration plan sets
  • Assist in the development of cost estimates and construction specifications


  • Bachelor’s degree and 7-10+ years’ experience in a natural resources design field (such as, but not limited to; landscape architecture, civil engineering, environmental engineering, biological systems engineering, agricultural engineering, or water resources engineering) or a natural sciences field (such as, but not limited to, geology, geomorphology, environmental science, ecology, or biology).
  • Extensive experience with design and implementation of stream restoration projects from initial site assessment through final construction
  • Superior writing, communication, and computer skills (MS Word, Excel, etc.) with attention to detail. 
  • Ability to effectively focus on a variety of tasks to produce quality results within project deadlines
  • Ability to travel to sites as needed. Overnight stays are required. Anticipated travel up to 25% of the time.
  • A flexible working style and the ability to work independently and with teams of specialists to meet client and project needs.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Current industry-related registration or the ability to obtain registration upon employment (such as Professional Engineer, Certified Environmental Restoration Practitioner, Professional Geologist, etc.)
  • Certifications or training in a variety of stream design disciplines, such as natural channel design, function-based framework, process-based design, etc.
  • Comprehensive expertise in the various disciplines involved in stream restoration including geomorphology, hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, ecology, biology, and botany.
  • Experience leading stream field assessments and exposure to leading methods such as geomorphic assessment, Stream Quantification Tool, Rapid Biological Assessment Protocols, etc.
  • Ability to evaluate design discharge using a variety of methods, such as regional regressions/curves, modeling, and/or field assessment.
  • Expertise in developing proposed channel planform, profile, and cross section as well as prescribing and locating specific bank treatments and in-stream structures.
  • Experience in AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS, Hydraulic and Hydrologic modeling software (such as HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, HydroCAD, TR-55/20, EPA SWMM, XPSWMM, etc.).
  • Exposure to CWA Section 404 Compensatory Mitigation and a variety of state mitigation/crediting methods.
  • Proven experience in the development of construction project plans and technical specifications.
  • Familiarity with Clean Water Act, state, and federal environmental regulations and permitting processes.