Climate Resiliency Project Engineer / Designer

ID 2023-6074
Job Locations
US-MA-Boston | US-MA-Westborough | US-MA-Springfield | US-CT-Rocky Hill
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Job Description

Step into Your New Role
Are you ready to wake up every day feeling inspired, excited about your job, and ready to make an impact? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can work with and mentor amazing creative colleagues? Meet Kleinfelder - one of the most sustainable companies in the world. The people we work with are incredible problem-solvers and solution-providers, and we want you to have a future here.
Grow with the best. Join a smart, creative, and inspired team - The Kleinfelder community unites more than 3,100 employees working at over 105 locations across the globe.
We foster an environment that is open, collaborative and rewarding for our employees. We strongly believe that our employees are the driving force behind our success.

We are seeking a Climate Resiliency Engineer / Designer to join our growing engineering, architecture, and planning group in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The ideal candidate will thrive as a vital part of a resourceful and collaborative water/climate resilience team. They will have a commitment to quality, innovation, and excellence, while appreciating the growth opportunities and investment we make in our people.


Our climate resiliency team has been an industry leader in New England over the past decade in vulnerability assessment and climate adaptation planning. This position will help lead, inspire, and support our growing climate resilience practice across multiple geographies, but primarily based in Southern New England. Our resilience planning practice is a highly integrated group of professionals performing policy analysis, technical assessment, planning, design and construction and community outreach and engagement. Related areas of technical focus for this position include but are not limited to: climate adaptation and resiliency, vulnerability and risk assessment, hazard mitigation, social vulnerability and equity, and community resilience planning and engagement.


Candidates may choose to sit in our Boston, Westborough, or Springfield, Massachusetts or Rocky Hill, Connecticut Offices. Remote working is an option, however, this role is also intended to provide critical leadership and mentoring to our team of professionals, and opportunities for in-office engagement are preferred. Our Water Team (including our climate resilience practice) includes over 60 local engineers, planners and scientists as well a larger national community of practice. Our team takes a collaborative approach to project delivery, business development, and operational success that includes opportunity for professional development and career growth. Our cross-disciplinary solutions depend upon robust engagement of practitioners across a variety of areas of expertise; it is this appreciation of big-picture vision in a context of practical project execution that allows us to arrive at “right solutions.” The role is intended to be interdisciplinary and assignments may be generated through any of our many practice areas.



The desired candidate’s primary day-to-day role will assist Kleinfelder’s technical planning and design staff with the implementation of adaptation and resiliency strategies for climate-related hazards, including (but not limited to): coastal and inland flooding, sea level rise and storm surge, and extreme heat. Such strategies include (among others): deployable and permanent flood barriers (e.g., sea walls, bulkheads, berms), structure floodproofing, urban infrastructure retrofits, stormwater control measures/best management practices, green infrastructure, living shorelines, and other nature-based solutions.


Desired Qualifications & Skills

This position requires a candidate with strong technical expertise, design-oriented background, and excellent organizational, communication and technical writing skills. Candidates with a Professional Engineer (PE), EI/EIT, or RLA/RA certification are strongly preferred, and the ideal candidate will be fully capable of providing technical leadership and direction to project teams and mentoring of staff.

Specifically, it is required that this Climate Resiliency Engineer / Designer candidate will:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in civil or environmental engineering, coastal or structural engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, and/or urban design and climate resilience;
  • Work diligently and effectively within a team environment, collaborating with staff from different disciplines and technical backgrounds;
  • Have prior experience working on flood mitigation design projects, including projects incorporating Base and Design Flood Elevations that factor future sea level rise and storm surge impacts;
  • Have experience with the following technical programs:  AutoCAD/Civil 3D, GIS (ESRI ArcPro or ArcMap), and Microsoft Suite.   

Additionally, a candidate with one – or a combination of - the following skillsets and/or prior experience is strongly preferred:

  • Experience utilizing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling programs, including PCSWMM or EPA SWMM, HydroCAD, HEC-HMS, and/or HEC-RAS;
  • Experience designing coastal/marine structures, determining and incorporating static and dynamic flood and wave loadings;
  • Experience with one or more of the following is a plus: hazard mitigation planning, FEMA NFIP Community Rating System, and emergency operations planning;
  • Have working knowledge or past experience with state-level climate adaptation and resiliency programs, or experience with relevant FEMA pre-disaster and flood mitigation programs (FEMA BRIC, HMA/FMA);
  • Experience coordinating and leading community outreach and engagement activities;
  • Past project or research experience with Affordable Housing projects, CDBG program, Historic/Cultural Resources or Community Preservation Act projects is a plus.
Move Forward with Kleinfelder
Kleinfelder has been connecting great people to the best work since 1961. We are engineers, scientists, and construction professionals providing solutions that improve our clients' transportation, water, energy, and other private infrastructure. As a responsive, cross-disciplinary team of bright, curious, and innovative problem-solvers, we are dedicated to doing the right thing, every day, on every project from over 85 offices in the US, Canada, and Australia. Connecting great people to the best work is our purpose - together, we deliver.
Progress with an Employer that Values You
Kleinfelder is an inclusive organization free from discrimination. We are a stronger organization when we are a diverse workforce and believe that through diversity, equity, and inclusion comes creativity, innovation, and unity. We are proud to offer the following:
Benefits: Kleinfelder offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, and paid holidays.
Career Development: We are committed to investing in the professional development of our staff, offering each employee every opportunity to grow, develop, and take control of their career paths. We support these efforts through reimbursements for continuing education as well as many of the expenses associated with trainings and certifications, and opportunities for career development through our internal Mentoring Program.
Equal Opportunity: Kleinfelder is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans. (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 rules)
Please note that Kleinfelder does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, Kleinfelder will not consider or agree to payment for any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Kleinfelder explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resume, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Kleinfelder. 


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