Site Design Engineer

Job Description:

Lotus Water is seeking a junior- to mid-level design engineer, with 3-5 years of experience, to work in our San Francisco office.  Lotus is continuing to grow our Civil Engineering practice by seeking out design projects that have the opportunities and the incentives for integrating sustainable water management design elements such as onsite water reuse and green stormwater infrastructure.  Candidates should have a strong technical understanding of the site development process and the ability to manage their own design and CAD tasks. Additionally, candidates should have a good understanding of basic hydrology and water resource analysis, and a strong interest in improving these skills through their work on site development projects of various scales that include forward-thinking water management strategies.  Experience working on multidisciplinary design teams (landscape architects/architects/urban designers/planners) is preferred.


In addition to performing civil design tasks, this candidate will work closely with senior staff and be mentored in the areas of hydrology and hydraulic modeling, water resource engineering, onsite non-potable water reuse planning and design, technical writing, and infrastructure master planning.  The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following tasks:


Develop technical design documents, including construction document sets for site development projects;

Develop grading, drainage, streetscape and utilities plans;

Perform hydrologic & hydraulic analysis and prepare stormwater control plans;

Set up sheets and manage CAD standards for individual projects;

Coordinate directly with designers from other disciplines (e.g. landscape designers and plumbing engineers) regarding design issues;

Perform water balance analyses;

Create maps and perform spatial analysis;

Attend design meetings and site visits;

Assist clients in acquiring development permits;

Develop green infrastructure design details;

Perform construction administration/inspection.


The ideal candidate will possess demonstrable knowledge and experience producing engineering design documents and possess strong technical skills.  We have a flat organizational structure and encourage candidates who work independently with limited supervision to apply; however, candidates should expect senior staff to support and mentor the successful candidate.    Strong interpersonal skills are essential within our close and client-focused environment.  Qualifications include:



3-5 years working on site development projects

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Engineer in Training (EIT) certification

Proficient in Microsoft Office software (e.g. Word, Excel)

Proficient in AutoCAD

Minimum of 1-year experience with Civil3D modeling software

Strong initiative and technical problem-solving expertise


Experience working on LID/green infrastructure and water reuse projects


Master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering (Water Focus)

H&H modeling (e.g., SWMM, HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS)


Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite applications


Lotus Water is a dynamic, and employee-owned water resource and civil engineering design firm located in downtown San Francisco.  We offer a culture of technical excellence and creativity in a flexible and fun work environment.  Staff members at Lotus have been at the forefront of innovation in the design and planning of award-winning green buildings, institutional campuses, and large capital infrastructure projects.  We have developed extraordinary cutting-edge technical tools to implement green stormwater infrastructure, non-potable water reuse systems, and water resource planning at all scales and are deeply engaged in California water and climate policy.  We also have a long history of being a trusted resource for our local, progressive water and wastewater agency, the SFPUC, in addition to being engaged on large infrastructure projects all along the West Coast, and as a result our staff are working on some of the most innovative, interesting, and complex water projects in the country.


Lotus Water offers highly competitive compensation packages, health and retirement benefits, individualized professional development support, and a flexible work environment.