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Coldwater is an Ohio-based engineering and consulting company that offers the benefits of a small company with the stability of a reputable firm: fewer layers of management, more autonomy in roles and decision-making, greater opportunities for growth, a more personalized career growth approach, tight-knit team, flexibility, transparency, and a strong sense of ownership.  We focus on designing with nature, offering services that include stream and wetland restoration, green infrastructure design, stormwater management, environmental permitting, grant-writing, and watershed planning. Our team is filled with outdoor enthusiasts with strong passions for implementing projects that are ecologically sound while accommodating the built environment.

Current Job Postings:

Job Title:  Water Resources Engineer

Location: Columbus or Lorain, Ohio

Company Details:

Are you looking for a rewarding career in environmental consulting? Do you want to work with a tight-knit team of experts who value your input and feedback? Do you crave flexibility and autonomy in your work environment? If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be the perfect fit for Coldwater Consulting.

We are a growing firm that specializes in designing with nature to provide innovative solutions to complex environmental problems. Our core services include environmental permitting, stream and wetland restoration, green infrastructure design, stormwater management, grant writing, and watershed planning. We are looking for a talented and motivated civil engineer to join our team in either our Columbus or Lorain, Ohio office.

As a member of our team, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from and collaborate with some of the best engineers and scientists in the field
  • Advance your career at a faster pace than in larger firms – promotions are based on technical growth, not tenure
  • Enjoy a flexible work schedule that suits your lifestyle and preferences
  • Benefit from a competitive compensation package and a supportive work culture


  • Performance-Based Promotions
  • Consistent Raises and Bonuses
  • Flexible Hours
  • You choose PC/IT Equipment
  • Coldwater Pays 80% of Insurance Premium
  • Coldwater Pays 100% of Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Coldwater Pays 100% of Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Coldwater Contributes 3% into 401K regardless of whether you contribute (upon eligibility)
  • Generous training and conference allowances

Job Responsibilities:

  • Planning and design of stream and wetland restoration, green infrastructure, stormwater management systems, and flood mitigation projects
  • Perform work within urban, rural, riverine, lacustrine, and wetland/marsh locations
  • Develop engineering products including detailed calculations, material quantity takeoffs, hydrological and hydraulic analyses, topographic and bathymetric surveys, drawings, bid and contract documents, design packages, cost estimates, project schedules, and technical reports
  • Contribute to the development of work scopes, safety plans, and business development proposals
  • Develop subcontractor and vendor scopes of work, competitive bidding, contracting, and work performance
  • Develop engineering-related permitting including local floodplain permits and NPDES permits
  • Be proficient at managing project tasks independently (e.g., alternatives analyses and detailed designs), performing safe work practices, and developing written reports for final internal reviews and managing task and/or project costs and schedule
  • Ability to travel to supplier, client, or construction site locations, is expected
  • Ability to work outside in heat and cold is expected
  • Efficient use of technology to support remote/work from home activities is expected

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in Civil, Environmental or related Engineering field
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience
  • Previous project experience on stream and wetland restoration and/or green infrastructure projects
  • Previous project management experience
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, GIS, PCSWMM, HEC-RAS, and Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ohio PE license preferred but not required
  • Certified Construction Manager (CCM) preferred but not required
  • 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER training with annual refreshers
  • 30-hour OSHA Construction Safety training
  • Contracting and contract management experience

Pay: Commensurate with experience

The position will require fieldwork during all seasons. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required.  This is a full-time, permanent position after a 60-day probationary period.  A background check will be required.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and we are offering a generous signing bonus for the right candidate.  Employees are our most important asset, and we offer a competitive benefits package that we are constantly re-visiting and expanding.

Qualified applicants, please provide a resume with contact information to Kristen Risch

Team Testimonials:

We asked our team members to tell us why they chose us and why they would recommend Coldwater as an employer.  Here is what they had to say.

“Coldwater is genuinely a “quality first” enterprise and never sacrifices the end product over profit.”

“Coldwater views employees as assets and facilitates expansion of one’s professional capabilities through continued learning.”

“Coldwater is as savvy as any corporate firm but maintains the personality and values of a family-run business.”

“Our company operates as a team, with project managers who work with us, rather than just supervising/micro-managing.”

“We are encouraged to learn from and communicate with everyone in the company, including the owners.”

“Most of our offices are dog-friendly, which helps pet-owners with dog care throughout the day.”

“We share the same goals and work together to achieve them, without any internal competition.”

“The owners care about and take care of their employees.”

“Each team member has his/her own expertise and set of skills and the company culture is such that each team member’s contributions are valued and appreciated.”

Coldwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.