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Schaaf & Wheeler Careers

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Schaaf & Wheeler Careers

Current Job Openings



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Schaaf & Wheeler Careers

Current Job Openings



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Who We Are

Schaaf & Wheeler is an award-winning civil engineering firm focused on water resources. We are a forward-thinking company looking to grow beyond our current size of 37 people based in Santa Clara, San Francisco, Salinas, and Santa Rosa. Our innovative projects have been recognized across the state.

By becoming a part of our team, you will be an active participant in our company’s success. We offer flexibility and responsibility while giving you the ability to grow and learn in an environment where people love what they are doing for their profession and communities.

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Schaaf & Wheeler Company Culture

Company Culture

Our company culture is founded on a group of close-knit, diverse engineers who are treated with respect and encouraged to develop within the firm. We have an open-door policy to boost communication and improve our work environment.

Schaaf & Wheeler emphasizes the importance of a work/life balance. You will be given options for schedule flexibility to help your hours work for you.

We’re not afraid to have fun at work either. We regularly organize team events, like softball games, a tour of the Winchester Mystery House (complete with matching Hawaiian shirts), and company participation in San Francisco’s Bike to Work Day.

We also have a "Monthly Brownbag" lunch to give employees the opportunity to talk shop in a casual environment and learn about our more complex projects from senior engineers.

A Sense of Community

Employees at Schaaf & Wheeler maintain involvement in professional organizations and societies. We pay for memberships to keep our employees involved with engineers around the country. Here are some of the associations our employees take part in:

  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA)
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Floodplain Management Association (FMA)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Additionally, you’ll be able to attend conferences, like the Floodplain Management Conference and the APWA Northern California Public Works Conference, to present your work and learn from peers in the industry.

Schaaf & Wheeler Community Involvement

Employee Benefits

Room for Growth

Schaaf & Wheeler supports our employees as they grow within the engineering community.

Get Licensed

If you’re seeking certification, we’ll reimburse an employee’s cumulative expenses for test preparation, including exam fees, up to $1,000.

A Team with Experience

At Schaaf & Wheeler, you’ll be working with a team that will nurture your career goals and help you grow as an engineer.

Vacation

You will receive ample vacation time to support a healthy work/life balance. Vacation benefits grow as your journey at Schaaf & Wheeler continues.

Low Turnover

Many of our employees have been with us for 10 years or more.

Profit Sharing

We maintain a 401(k) profit-sharing plan at Schaaf & Wheeler. The better we do financially, the more we’ll contribute to your retirement.

Healthy Lifestyle

Unused sick time is paid out at a rate of 50% at the end of the year, so you get an annual bonus just for taking care of yourself. We even offer commuter benefits for public transit and bicycle use.

Health Insurance

S&W offers a generous medical insurance plan that begins the first of the month after an employee's start date. Several insurance providers & plans are available to meet employees needs as their lives change. Our dental and vision care program provides direct reimbursements to employees.

Engineering Positions

Principal Engineers


Our principals are co-owners of the company with a combined 126 years of commitment to Schaaf & Wheeler. But they are more than financial investors. Principals regularly lead teams on high-level projects and provide mentorship to junior and assistant engineers. With hard work and dedication, you could become a co-owner one day, too.

Senior Engineers


Senior engineers run their own projects, lead teams, and manage day-to-day tasks. They also interact with clients regularly to verify our products meet stakeholder expectations.

Associate Engineers


Our associate engineers do the heavy technical lifting on projects. With tools like AutoCAD and ArcGIS, they ensure our drafts and reports are developed correctly and efficiently. They use models such as Innovyze ICM, HEC-RAS, InfoWater, and many others to solve complex engineering problems.

Junior & Assistant Engineers


Junior engineers make sure our analyses and designs are completed in cost-effective and innovative ways that meet client expectations, with full support from the project team. Junior and assistant engineers work on high-level projects. They are mentored every day by our senior engineers and principals to gain knowledge and skills they can apply for the rest of their lives.

Job Openings

Junior, Assistant, or Associate Water Resources Engineer

Location: Truckee, CA

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Are you passionate about water? We are! Since 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler has used innovative approaches in our four areas of expertise: water, stormwater, wastewater, and floodplains. We are a small, local water resources firm where employees have the opportunity to work directly with the company owners/principals.

Water infrastructure is critical as it provides our Bay Area clients and communities with reliable and efficient water, stormwater, and sewer infrastructure. It affects our public health and is critical to our nation. Our employees love their profession and the impact they make in their communities.

This role offers the challenge of developing detailed design documents for unique water infrastructure projects that require creative and innovative thinking, research, and communication to solve new and complex design issues.

In your first six months, you’ll evaluate and design small- to large-scale water utility infrastructure projects throughout the greater Bay Area, in collaboration with senior staff and principal engineers. This will include preparation of drawings (AutoCAD), specifications, and cost estimates. Your role will also include conducting field investigations, providing construction support services, writing technical reports, completing hydrologic calculations and models, and coordinating projects. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and use GIS and modeling software.

Long-term, you’ll manage projects, perform as lead design engineer, and assist and mentor junior engineers. You’ll learn (or apply your experience) to rehabilitate and replace pipeline and pump station infrastructure. With exposure to a wide range of projects, including asset management, hydrologic modeling, channel restoration, and infrastructure design, you’ll have the opportunity to manage a broad portfolio of interesting work supporting a multitude of clients.

Responsibilities:

  • You’ll independently advance multiple projects at the same time, performing research and reaching out for help as needed
  • You’ll effectively manage your time to meet project milestones/deadlines
  • As an Associate Engineer, you’ll also use your knowledge and skills to guide and train junior staff
  • A Professional Engineering license is required for the associate engineer position

Minimum Requirements - Junior Engineers:

While experience is not required, an EIT certificate is. Solid water resources engineering coursework is essential, as is a passion for this profession. Previous civil engineering work experience including internships and participation in engineering-related extracurricular activities is preferred.

Minimum Requirements - Assistant and Associate Engineers:

  • Seeking candidates with 1-10 years’ relevant experience delivering civil engineering design projects.
  • Experience in the following categories is preferred, but not required: Detailed designs, plans, and specs for new and rehabilitated municipal and private utility infrastructure projects, well and tank design, and pipeline and pump station design for storm drain, potable water, recycled water, and wastewater systems.
  • Interested in designing pressure and gravity pipe systems, assessing pipeline conditions, preparing contracts (including plans, specs, and cost estimates), and providing construction support.
  • Associate Engineers must have a PE license and the ability to manage projects and delegate work to junior staff.

Minimum Requirements- All Engineering Positions:

  • BSCE, BSC&EE, or BSME
  • EIT certificate at minimum
  • Self-motivation is crucial — you must be self-directed and like to take initiative and assume more responsibility
  • Effective time management skills to complete work on time and within budget
  • Commitment to collaboration as a strong team player
  • Keen attentiveness to detail
  • Enthusiasm to learn new engineering tasks and the ability to retain this knowledge
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with colleagues, clients, and sub-consultants
  • Interest in becoming a licensed professional civil engineer (if not already one)
  • Good technical writing skills — you must be able to convey engineering concepts to non-technical personnel and document technical aspects of your projects
  • Ability to legally work in the United States — visa sponsorship is not available

Preferred Requirements:

Proficiency with AutoCAD is a plus

Compensation:

This full-time position has a pay range of $37.00-44.00 per hour, depending on the experience of the final candidate, and the discretion of the hiring manager.

Company Description

Established in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler maintains a focus on water resources engineering for clients in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington.

We are renowned for our work on a vast array of different projects related to hydrology and hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, stormwater pumping stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water storage tanks, booster pumping stations, pipeline replacement, reclaimed water systems, and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

Schaaf & Wheeler offers great perks, such as a competitive salary; an excellent benefits package (for full-time employees) including comprehensive health care coverage and profit sharing. Many of our employees have been with us for more than 10 years, including all our co-owners.We believe in work-life balance and generally work a standard 40-hour week.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, including breastfeeding), age (40 and over), marital status, denial of family and medical care leave (when applicable), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, family responsibilities, disability(mental and physical), medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status or political affiliation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws.

**Proof of Covid-19 vaccinations, or a self-attestation, must be provided at the time of hire**

Assistant, Associate, or Senior Water Infrastructure Engineer

Location: San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Salinas, Santa Clara or Truckee, CA

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Are you passionate about water? We are! Since 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler has used innovative approaches in our four areas of expertise: water, stormwater, wastewater, and floodplains. Water infrastructure is important to every community we work with. It affects our public health and is critical to our nation. Our employees love what they do in their profession and for their communities.

  • If you want to speed up your career growth, this role provides exposure to a wide variety of project types and sizes.
  • In your first six months, you’re likely to work on C3 pump station designs, in collaboration with senior staff and principal engineers. Long-term, you’ll probably work on multi-million dollar infrastructure projects including pump station design, pipeline design, levee design, and trash capture device design, both in the private and public sector. You may also gain experience with sea level rise, planning studies, floodplain assessments, water system modeling, condition assessments, green infrastructure, and much more.

Responsibilities:

  • You’ll independently advance multiple projects at the same time, performing research and reaching out for help as needed
  • You’ll effectively manage your time to meet project milestones/deadlines
  • As an Associate or Senior Engineer, you will also use your knowledge and skills to guide and train junior level staff

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2-10 years of strong, well-rounded technical experience delivering detailed designs, plans, and specs for new and rehabilitated municipal and private utility infrastructure projects; well and tank design; and pipeline and pump station design for storm drain, potable water, recycled water, and wastewater systems. Solid experience designing pressure and gravity pipe systems; assessing pipeline conditions; preparing contracts (including plans, specs, and cost estimates); and providing construction support. Experience in every category is not required, but it is preferred
  • Associate and Senior Engineers must have a BSCE, BSC&EE, or BSME; a PE license; and the ability to manage projects and delegate work to junior staff
  • Assistant Engineers must have a BSCE, BSC&EE, or BSME, EIT certification, 2+ years’ relevant experience, and must be close to PE licensure
  • Experience as a self-starter
  • Effective time management skills
  • Commitment to collaboration as a strong team player
  • Keen attentiveness to detail
  • Enthusiasm to learn new engineering tasks
  • Ability to retain engineering design principles
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with colleagues, clients, and sub-consultants
  • Solid technical writing skills — you must be able to convey engineering concepts to non-technical personnel and document technical aspects of your projects
  • Ability to legally to work in the United States — visa sponsorship is not available

Preferred Requirements:

  • Intermediate level AutoCAD Civil 3D experience
  • GIS skills

Compensation:

This full-time position has a pay range of $40.00-60.00 per hour, depending on the experience of the final candidate, and at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Company Description:

Established in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler maintains a focus on water resources engineering for clients in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington.

We are renowned for our work on a vast array of different projects related to hydrology and hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, stormwater pumping stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water storage tanks, booster pumping stations, pipeline replacement, reclaimed water systems, and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

Schaaf & Wheeler offers great perks, such as a competitive salary; an excellent benefits package (for full-time employees) including comprehensive health care coverage and profit sharing. Many of our employees have been with us for more than 10 years, including all our co-owners.We believe in work-life balance and generally work a standard 40-hour week.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, including breastfeeding), age (40 and over), marital status, denial of family and medical care leave (when applicable), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, family responsibilities, disability(mental and physical), medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status or political affiliation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws.

**Proof of Covid-19 vaccinations, or a self-attestation, must be provided at the time of hire**

Senior Engineer – Hydrologic & Hydraulic Engineering and Modeling

Location: San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Salinas, Santa Clara or Truckee, CA

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Advance your career as our go-to H&H modeling guru. In this role, you’ll apply your advanced level skills to establish and apply hydrologic and hydraulic models to engineering problems, advancing both your technical and project management skills. You’ll be part of a team working on all aspects of a project, from analysis and design calculations to the production of improvement plans and construction support.

As a licensed PE with a BSCE and 5-10+ years of experience, you’ll be comfortable managing projects on your own and delegating work to junior staff. You’ll use your knowledge and skills to guide and train junior to senior level staff. And, you’ll also work with our broad range of clients to help them understand complex H&H concepts.

Are you a resourceful problem solver? Can you think outside the box to find creative solutions? Do you like sharing your expertise? These are vital strengths for this function. Your skills and abilities will be an important part of keeping Schaaf & Wheeler a top tier water resources firm.

Critical duties include assisting the cities with design related activities related to their Stream Maintenance Program. You’ll manage the engineering tasks related to the hydraulics of bridge maintenance, replacement, or construction projects and complete the related scour calculations, bridge hydraulic studies, location hydraulic studies, and summary floodplain encroachment reports. Your solid technical writing skills will also be engaged for both report and proposal preparation.

One of the challenges of this position is keeping up-to-date on hydrologic and hydraulic model advancements and scour protection technologies.

Our offices are staffed with colleagues who are friendly, engaging, and supportive. We work in a collaborative environment where knowledge and resources are willingly shared.

You’ll have your choice of our four northern California locations from which to work, including potential hybrid at home/in office work arrangements. Site visits in Northern California are required.

You’ll use your knowledge of HEC-RAS (1d and 2d) for hydraulic modeling and your advanced HEC-HMS hydrologic modeling skills. Experience with stormwater modeling software will also be utilized in this position. GIS skills are necessary.

You’ll work and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with colleagues, clients, and project team members.

These are plusses:

Experience with Innovyze ICM, EPA SWMM, DHI MIKE-Urban, MIKE-11, MIKE-21, and Flo2D. Experience working with geomorphologists on channel stability and restoration projects.

Compensation:

This full-time position has a pay range of $60.00-67.00 per hour, ($125k-140k annually), depending on the experience of the final candidate, and at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Company Description:

Established in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler maintains a focus on water resources engineering for clients in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington.

We are renowned for our work on a vast array of different projects related to hydrology and hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, stormwater pumping stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water storage tanks, booster pumping stations, pipeline replacement, reclaimed water systems, and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

Schaaf & Wheeler offers great perks, such as a competitive salary; an excellent benefits package (for full-time employees) including comprehensive health care coverage and profit sharing. Many of our employees have been with us for more than 10 years, including all our co-owners.We believe in work-life balance and generally work a standard 40-hour week.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, including breastfeeding), age (40 and over), marital status, denial of family and medical care leave (when applicable), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, family responsibilities, disability(mental and physical), medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status or political affiliation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws.

**Proof of Covid-19 vaccinations, or a self-attestation, must be provided at the time of hire**

Associate Engineer – Hydrologic & Hydraulic Engineering and Modeling

Location: San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Salinas, Santa Clara or Truckee, CA

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Are you a resourceful problem solver? Can you think outside the box to find creative solutions? Do you like sharing your experience? These are vital strengths for this function. Your skills and abilities will be an important part of keeping Schaaf & Wheeler a top tier water resources firm.

In this role, you will apply your skills to establish and apply hydrologic and hydraulic models to engineering problems, advancing both your technical and project management skills. You will be part of a team working on all aspects of a project, from analysis and design calculations to the production of improvement plans and construction support.

As a licensed PE with a BSCE and 3-7 years of experience, you will be comfortable managing your work and delegating work to junior staff. You will also work with our broad range of clients to help them understand complex H&H concepts.

Critical duties include assisting the cities with design related activities related to their Stream Maintenance Program. You’ll manage the engineering tasks related to the hydraulics of bridge maintenance, replacement, or construction projects and complete the related scour calculations, bridge hydraulic studies, location hydraulic studies, and summary floodplain encroachment reports. Your solid technical writing skills will also be engaged for both report and proposal preparation.

You will perform engineering tasks FEMA floodplain mapping, bridge scour, bridge hydraulics, storm drain master planning, floodproofing, and open channel design. Your solid technical writing skills will also be engaged for report preparation.

One of the challenges of this position is keeping up to date on hydrologic and hydraulic model advancements and scour protection technologies.

Our offices are staffed with colleagues who are friendly, engaging, and supportive. We work in a collaborative environment where knowledge and resources are willingly shared.

You will have your choice of our five northern California locations from which to work. Site visits in Northern California are required.

You will use your knowledge of HEC-RAS (1d and 2d) for hydraulic modeling and your advanced HEC-HMS hydrologic modeling skills. Experience with stormwater modeling software will also be utilized in this position. GIS skills are necessary.

You will work and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with colleagues, clients, and project team members.

These are plusses:

Experience with Innovyze ICM, MIKE+EPA, SWMM, InfoSWMM, XPSWMM, and Flo2D. Experience working with geomorphologists on channel stability and restoration projects.

Compensation:

This full-time position has a pay range of $42.00-54.00 per hour, depending on the experience of the final candidate, and at the discretion of the hiring manager.

Company Description:

Established in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler maintains a focus on water resources engineering for clients in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Washington.

We are renowned for our work on a vast array of different projects related to hydrology and hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, stormwater pumping stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water storage tanks, booster pumping stations, pipeline replacement, reclaimed water systems, and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

Schaaf & Wheeler offers great perks, such as a competitive salary; an excellent benefits package (for full-time employees) including comprehensive health care coverage and profit sharing. Many of our employees have been with us for more than 10 years, including all our co-owners.We believe in work-life balance and generally work a standard 40-hour week.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, including breastfeeding), age (40 and over), marital status, denial of family and medical care leave (when applicable), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and gender expression, family responsibilities, disability(mental and physical), medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status or political affiliation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state, or local laws.

**Proof of Covid-19 vaccinations, or a self-attestation, must be provided at the time of hire**