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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 40 people based in Santa Clara, San Francisco, Salinas, Santa Rosa and Truckee. 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 Water Resources Engineer

We are currently seeking talented Junior Water Resources Civil Engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices.

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Founded in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler is a distinguished civil engineering firm specializing in water resources. We have earned recognition for our expertise across a diverse spectrum of projects spanning hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, pump stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water infrastructure, reclaimed water infrastructure and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

At Schaaf & Wheeler we offer an exceptional compensation package, including competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits for full-time employees, encompassing robust healthcare coverage, and profit sharing. Our commitment to employee satisfaction is evident in the longevity of our team members, with many having dedicated more than a decade to our firm. We prioritize work-life balance and adhere to a standard 40-hour workweek. Depending on the candidate, hybrid work, and flexible work schedules may be available.

Schaaf & Wheeler is a small business, operating in five northern California locations:

  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Salinas
  • Santa Rosa
  • Truckee
  • Novato

Schaaf & Wheeler provides engineers with the opportunity to engage in a wide array of projects, fostering professional growth and development. At Schaaf & Wheeler, you can anticipate involvement in diverse projects including:

  • Stormwater Drainage and Master Planning
  • Wastewater Systems Analysis and Design
  • Potable and Recycled Water Systems
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Flood Protection and Mapping
  • Watershed Management
  • Stormwater Quality

We are currently seeking talented and motivated Junior engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices. The ideal candidate is described below but will meet the minimum requirements and have some or all of the desirable skills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) or related field
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities

Desirable Skills:

  • Proficiency in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Modeling software such as Infoworks ICM, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, SWMM, XPSWMM, Flo2d, Infowater, and WaterCAD
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD Civil3D, GIS, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with project management and client interactions
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements associated with water resources projects

Junior Engineer:

A junior engineer will have 0 to 2 years of experience in the water resources engineering field. Though experience is not a requirement, a strong preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated water resources coursework and training/exposure to software used daily in our practice. As a junior engineer at Schaaf & Wheeler you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with senior engineers and gain hands-on experience in a variety of aspects of water resources engineering. An EIT certificate is required for this role.

Compensation: This full-time position has a non-exempt pay range of $37.00 to $42.00 per hour.*

Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available. 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.

*All final pay decisions will be made by the hiring manager, based upon the experience of the final candidate.

Assistant Water Resources Engineer

We are currently seeking talented Assistant Water Resources Civil Engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices.

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Founded in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler is a distinguished civil engineering firm specializing in water resources. We have earned recognition for our expertise across a diverse spectrum of projects spanning hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, pump stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water infrastructure, reclaimed water infrastructure and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

At Schaaf & Wheeler we offer an exceptional compensation package, including competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits for full-time employees, encompassing robust healthcare coverage, and profit sharing. Our commitment to employee satisfaction is evident in the longevity of our team members, with many having dedicated more than a decade to our firm. We prioritize work-life balance and adhere to a standard 40-hour workweek. Depending on the candidate, hybrid work, and flexible work schedules may be available.

Schaaf & Wheeler is a small business, operating in five northern California locations:

  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Salinas
  • Santa Rosa
  • Truckee
  • Novato

Schaaf & Wheeler provides engineers with the opportunity to engage in a wide array of projects, fostering professional growth and development. At Schaaf & Wheeler, you can anticipate involvement in diverse projects including:

  • Stormwater Drainage and Master Planning
  • Wastewater Systems Analysis and Design
  • Potable and Recycled Water Systems
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Flood Protection and Mapping
  • Watershed Management
  • Stormwater Quality

We are currently seeking talented and motivated Assistant engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices. The ideal candidate is described below but will meet the minimum requirements and have some or all of the desirable skills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) or related field
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities

Desirable Skills:

  • Proficiency in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Modeling software such as Infoworks ICM, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, SWMM, XPSWMM, Flo2d, Infowater, and WaterCAD
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD Civil3D, GIS, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with project management and client interactions
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements associated with water resources projects

Assistant Engineer:

A junior engineer will have 1 to 3 years of experience in the water resources engineering field. This role offers a chance to take on more responsibilities and play an increased role in engineering analysis and design. You will work closely with project teams to develop engineering solutions, perform hydraulic and hydrologic analyses, and contribute to the development of design documents. An EIT certificate is required for this role.

Compensation: This full-time position has a non-exempt pay range of $41.00 to $48.00 per hour.*

Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available. 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.

*All final pay decisions will be made by the hiring manager, based upon the experience of the final candidate.

Associate Water Resources Engineer

We are currently seeking talented Associate Water Resources Civil Engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices.

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Founded in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler is a distinguished civil engineering firm specializing in water resources. We have earned recognition for our expertise across a diverse spectrum of projects spanning hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, pump stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water infrastructure, reclaimed water infrastructure and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

At Schaaf & Wheeler we offer an exceptional compensation package, including competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits for full-time employees, encompassing robust healthcare coverage, and profit sharing. Our commitment to employee satisfaction is evident in the longevity of our team members, with many having dedicated more than a decade to our firm. We prioritize work-life balance and adhere to a standard 40-hour workweek. Depending on the candidate, hybrid work, and flexible work schedules may be available.

Schaaf & Wheeler is a small business, operating in five northern California locations:

  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Salinas
  • Santa Rosa
  • Truckee
  • Novato

Schaaf & Wheeler provides engineers with the opportunity to engage in a wide array of projects, fostering professional growth and development. At Schaaf & Wheeler, you can anticipate involvement in diverse projects including:

  • Stormwater Drainage and Master Planning
  • Wastewater Systems Analysis and Design
  • Potable and Recycled Water Systems
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Flood Protection and Mapping
  • Watershed Management
  • Stormwater Quality

We are currently seeking talented and motivated Associate engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices. The ideal candidate is described below but will meet the minimum requirements and have some or all of the desirable skills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) or related field
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities

Desirable Skills:

  • Proficiency in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Modeling software such as Infoworks ICM, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, SWMM, XPSWMM, Flo2d, Infowater, and WaterCAD
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD Civil3D, GIS, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with project management and client interactions
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements associated with water resources projects

Associate Engineer:

A junior engineer will have 2 to 7 years of experience in the water resources engineering field. This position requires a Professional Engineer (PE)license. The associate engineer will play a pivotal role in project success and will support many technical aspects of various projects. You’ll work closely with senior staff and may perform project management where appropriate.

Compensation: This full-time position has a non-exempt pay range of $46.00 to $65.00 per hour.*

Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available. 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.

*All final pay decisions will be made by the hiring manager, based upon the experience of the final candidate.

Senior Water Resources Engineer

We are currently seeking talented Senior Water Resources Civil Engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices.

Apply Here

Founded in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler is a distinguished civil engineering firm specializing in water resources. We have earned recognition for our expertise across a diverse spectrum of projects spanning hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain management, flood control, drainage, stormwater quality, pump stations, water system planning and hydraulic modeling, water infrastructure, reclaimed water infrastructure and sanitary sewer infrastructure.

At Schaaf & Wheeler we offer an exceptional compensation package, including competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits for full-time employees, encompassing robust healthcare coverage, and profit sharing. Our commitment to employee satisfaction is evident in the longevity of our team members, with many having dedicated more than a decade to our firm. We prioritize work-life balance and adhere to a standard 40-hour workweek. Depending on the candidate, hybrid work, and flexible work schedules may be available.

Schaaf & Wheeler is a small business, operating in five northern California locations:

  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Salinas
  • Santa Rosa
  • Truckee
  • Novato

Schaaf & Wheeler provides engineers with the opportunity to engage in a wide array of projects, fostering professional growth and development. At Schaaf & Wheeler, you can anticipate involvement in diverse projects including:

  • Stormwater Drainage and Master Planning
  • Wastewater Systems Analysis and Design
  • Potable and Recycled Water Systems
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Flood Protection and Mapping
  • Watershed Management
  • Stormwater Quality

We are currently seeking talented and motivated Associate engineers to join our team in any of our five northern California Offices. The ideal candidate is described below but will meet the minimum requirements and have some or all of the desirable skills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) or related field
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities

Desirable Skills:

  • Proficiency in Hydraulic and Hydrologic Modeling software such as Infoworks ICM, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, SWMM, XPSWMM, Flo2d, Infowater, and WaterCAD
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD Civil3D, GIS, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with project management and client interactions
  • Understanding of regulatory requirements associated with water resources projects

Senior Engineer:

A junior engineer will have 7 to 15 years of experience in the water resources engineering field. This position requires a Professional Engineer (PE)license. This position is ideal for an experienced professional with a proven track record in water resources engineering. You will lead the analysis and/or design of complex water resources projects, provide technical expertise and guidance to project teams, and cultivate client relationships. This role involves project management, business development, and the ability to lead a diverse team of in-house engineers as well as specialty sub-consultants.

Compensation: This full-time position has an exempt pay range of $4,807.69 to $6,730.77 per pay period (which is equivalent to $125,000 to $175,000 annually).

Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available. 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.

*All final pay decisions will be made by the hiring manager, based upon the experience of the final candidate.

Human Resources Generalist

We are currently seeking a talented and motivated Human Resources Generalist to join the team in our Santa Clara main office.

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Founded in 1985, Schaaf & Wheeler is a distinguished civil engineering firm specializing in water resources. We have earned recognition for our expertise across a diverse spectrum of projects spanning hydrology; floodplain management; flood control; stormwater quality; pump stations; and water, wastewater, stormwater infrastructure system planning, hydraulic modeling, and design.

At Schaaf & Wheeler we offer an exceptional compensation package, including competitive pay and comprehensive benefits for employees, encompassing robust healthcare coverage, and profit sharing. Our commitment to employee satisfaction is evident in the longevity of our team members, with many having dedicated more than a decade to our firm. We prioritize work-life balance and offer flexibility with weekly scheduling, to include the possibility of work from home on occasion.

Schaaf & Wheeler is a small firm, with forty (40) employees operating in five northern California locations:

  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Salinas
  • Santa Rosa
  • Truckee
  • Novato

Reporting directly to our President, we are looking for a Human Resources Generalist with a solid Human Resources background to run a one-person department, working independently with little oversight or guidance, to support our firm.

Here’s what it will take to be successful:

  • Initiative to ensure you are knowledgeable in all aspects of HR — you’ll be the trusted subject matter expert and will oversee recruitment, policy updates, Human Resources-related communications, employee benefits consultation, and more.
  • You are self-motivated and completely self-directed — you won’t need someone to remind you of deadlines, and you’ll communicate proactively.
  • Strong ability for recruitment and the ability to find new ways to recruit top-notch civil engineer candidates with water resources background and experience. Hiring is a particularly critical function with the current high demand for great civil engineers.
  • You’ll be responsible for providing support to both hourly non-exempt and salary exempt employees.
  • Possess the ability to be able to switch gears quickly based upon need, reprioritizing your workday to meet the needs of management and employees. There is a lot of variety in this position; no two days are the same — or even very similar.
  • Remain current with changing legislation and research best practices so you can develop questions and initial recommendations that help management make decisions regarding benefits, hiring strategies, etc.
  • You may be able to flex your time to meet a fluctuating workload. We get especially busy at certain times of the year (i.e., we’re busier during open enrollment and after year-end) and off and on due to increased hiring.

This role is perfect for someone who likes to operate independently without being bogged down by bureaucratic oversight or several layers of Human Resources management.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage full-cycle recruiting (i.e., writing job descriptions, posting jobs, reviewing resumes, sourcing candidates via resume databases, scheduling and participating in interviews, checking references, and preparing offer letters).
  • Conduct employee onboarding, in person and via Teams, and process all documentation/forms with accounting as needed.
  • Administer benefit plans (i.e., medical, life, 401(k), etc.), including overseeing enrollment, changes, and annual compliance testing, reporting, and working with the broker and management to implement new plans when needed.
  • Process monthly benefits invoices with accounting.
  • Point person for processing all self-funded dental and vision claims from employees.
  • Responsible for all workman’s Comp claims/investigations, and processing end of year renewal.
  • Oversee the performance review process, sending monthly reminders to management and employees when reviews are due.
  • Administer business insurance (i.e., general and professional liability policies, etc.), including annual renewal and respond to questions about coverage.
  • Provide employee relations guidance to employees and management, create coaching / counseling documentation when needed.
  • Develop or revise, implement, and interpret Human Resources and payroll policies for employee handbook, ensuring compliance with federal and state employment laws and meet the needs of the firm.
  • Provide support on various Human Resources-related topics such as leaves of absence and resolve any issues that may arise.
  • Manage the employee separation process, provide documentation to management as needed, and issue employee exit interviews when appropriate, giving feedback to management when applicable.
  • Other duties as assigned. (You may be asked to assist our accountant and / or office manager, as needed.)

Preferred Requirements:

BSBA in Human Resources Management and/or SHRM certification.

Work Location and Hours

This position can be either part-time or full-time and will be hourly non-exempt. The pay rate range to be considered is $45.00 - $52.00 per hour, DOE*. Work hours are flexible and could provide an opportunity for work from home on occasion; however, this position will be expected to be onsite in our main office in Santa Clara, California.

Employees work directly with the owners/principals – and that includes Human Resources, who teams directly with management and also interacts directly with every job applicant and employee.

Applicants for this position must be legally able to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available. 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.

* All final pay decisions will be made by the hiring manager, based upon the experience of the final candidate.