Senior Restoration Practitioner opportunity
ICF, California, United States
Start reviewing process: 20 September 2023

Senior Restoration Practitioner

Sacramento or San Francisco, CA
Remote within Northern CA

The 2020 pandemic inspired many people to seek new jobs where they could turn their passion projects into a full-time career. Here at ICF we work on passion projects all the time, from helping convert America to clean energy such as solar and offshore wind to supporting efforts to reduce flooding and wildfire risk in local communities. ICF’s multidisciplinary Ecosystem Restoration and Landscape Architecture Practice includes ecologists, landscape architects, geomorphologists, engineers, and other technical experts who work collaboratively with our clients to plan, design, and implement projects that aid in the recovery of aquatic and terrestrial species, improve climate resilience, and provide opportunities for people to connect with nature. Our work is often challenging, but never boring, and makes a difference! And as important as our work is to us, we also value and support a healthy work-life balance. Click the link below to learn more about our Restoration work.

ICF Restoration Practice (

ICF is currently seeking an experienced Senior Restoration Practitioner with a background in engineering, geomorphology, or hydrology to lead our Northern California Ecosystem Restoration, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering Practice. You will work collaboratively with other practice leaders, supervisors, project managers, and technical specialists to lead and support nature-based and multi-benefit projects that address climate resilience, flooding, and sea-level rise through floodplain and riparian habitat restoration, fish passage improvement, wildlife connectivity, and coastal erosion protection and restoration. You will support the growth and development of our team as a technical leader, mentor to junior staff, and principal contributor to business development activities. The ideal candidate will have expertise and experience in water resources/restoration engineering, geomorphology or hydrology, project and client management, and business development. Position available in Sacramento or San Francisco, CA. The option to work remotely within Northern California will also be considered.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with ICF’s cross-regional Ecosystem Restoration, Landscape Architecture, and Engineering Practice members and colleagues from our conservation planning, climate resilience, disaster management, fisheries and aquatic science, and environmental and regulatory compliance teams to develop specific client and teaming partner relationships and build custom teams best suited to capture and win project work.
  • Lead/contribute to the design of floodplain restoration, bank protection, instream grade control, fish passage structures at roadway crossings, side channels, dike breaches, and large woody material habitat structures.
  • Lead hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for fish passage improvement, floodplain and channel restoration planning and design, and FEMA no-rise studies.
  • Oversee preparation of construction documents including plans, engineer’s estimate of probable cost, technical specifications, and basis of design reports.
  • Support obtaining environmental permits for project construction, working with permit specialists to provide necessary design project data and reports.
  • Lead development of proposals, including scopes of work, schedules, and budgets.
  • Mentor junior engineers and restoration designers.
  • Be a positive, curious, organized, innovative, committed, self-motivated, and supportive addition to our local office environment and regional practice.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Environmental, Water Resources, or Ecological Engineering; Geomorphology; Landscape Architecture; or Hydrology.
  • 10+ years of experience leading the analysis and design of water resources and/or habitat restoration projects.

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Strong working background in the following areas: hydrology, open channel hydraulics and environmental river mechanics, sediment transport analysis, fluvial and coastal geomorphology, coastal hydraulics, hydraulic structures, civil design, project and construction management, and site surveying.
  • Experience leading technical studies and preparing conceptual and detailed design plans for water resources and/or habitat restoration projects in California, Oregon, and/or Washington.
  • Experience leading and working collaboratively on multidisciplinary teams of engineers, ecologists, landscape architects, and other technical experts.
  • Self-directed and able to work both independently and in interdisciplinary teams to meet client and project needs.
  • A well-developed industry network with private and public sector clients and regulatory agency connections.
  • Strong business development acumen and an understanding of the market and an ability to identify and effectively position for and capture new project work for ICF.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use hydrologic and hydraulic modeling (HEC Suite, EPA SWMM, SRH 2D, TUFLOW, or other), drafting (Civil 3D or Microstation), and geospatial analysis software (ArcGIS or QGIS).
  • Strong written, communication, and computer skills and attention to detail.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of differences.


Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group