Position Description

Senior Environmental Scientist/Engineer
ID 6979
Location Pasadena, CA
Practice/Dept Environmental and Earth Sciences
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Exponent is a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve the most pressing and complicated challenges facing stakeholders today. Our vision is to engage the brightest scientists and engineers to empower clients with solutions for a safe, healthy, sustainable and technologically complex world. We leverage over 50 years of experience in analyzing accidents and failures to advise clients as they innovate their technologically complex products and processes, ensure the safety and health of their users, and address the challenges of sustainability. 

We offer opportunities for you to expand your engineering or scientific knowledge amidst experts with degrees from top programs at over 500 universities. At Exponent, you will apply your experience, technical skills, and prior academic research to a fulfilling career in consulting. You will have the opportunity to develop continuously through formal and informal development programs, coaching and mentoring, and involvement in a wide array of projects. We are excited about your interest in joining our growing team!

Key statistics:

  • 1100+ Team members
  • 900+ Consultants
  • 550+ Ph.D.s
  • 30+ Offices globally 

We are currently seeking an Senior Environmental Scientist/Engineer for our Environmental and Earth Sciences Practice in Pasadena, CA. In this role you will work as part of a team to provide high-level scientific support for projects centering on evaluation of contaminant transport and fate, water resources and water quality, and evaluation of the impacts of climate change. The ideal candidate should be willing to expand their area of expertise into emerging environmental issues including, but not limited to contaminants of emerging concern, climate change impacts on environmental quality, and evolving policy related to water quality and waste management.

You will be responsible for:

  • Analysis of contaminant transport and fate in surface water and/or groundwater systems
  • Analyses of the impacts of climate change on hydrology (droughts, floods, snowpack, and water supply impacts) 
  • Synthesizing technical information and applying critical thinking to prepare and review reports and technical presentations
  • Working cooperatively on projects with other members of the Environmental and Earth Sciences Practice and interdisciplinary groups from other Exponent practices as appropriate
  • Developing client relationships and building business in the Environmental and Earth Sciences Practice

You will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental or Geologic Engineering, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Earth Sciences, Limnology, Water Resources, or similar discipline
  • Minimum 2 years-experience in consulting or other government agency (e.g., Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, or flood control district)
  • Experience with common modeling and GIS tools is desired (HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, SWMM, surface water-groundwater modeling tools, computational fluid dynamics models such as Delft-3D, etc.)
  • Expertise in large dataset visualization in a program such as R/R Studio is required
  • Excellent communication, organization, and writing skills
  • Must be detail-oriented, able to work independently and as part of a team, and manage time effectively
  • Strong ability to prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Strong commitment to personal and professional development

Applicants are encouraged to submit a CV (Curriculum Vitae) with publications (feel free to include publications that are in review or pending) [not restricted to 1 page].  

To learn more about life at Exponent and our impact, please visit the following links:  


We value and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion across all facets of our firm.  Having a team built of people with different backgrounds, skills and perspectives allows us to provide better value to our clients and enjoy an enriched work environment. 

Our firm is committed to offering a variety of programs and resources to support health and well-being. We believe that providing competitive benefits as well as compensation and recognition programs empowers our staff to do work that makes a difference.


Our consultants are rewarded for their technical and business contributions and have an opportunity to plan for future success and career growth. Exponent's total compensation plan is consistent with its expectations of the quality and quantity of work performed and with the professional standards set by Exponent.  At the Associate and Senior Associate level total compensation includes base salary, bi-weekly bonuses for high intensity efforts, annual bonus and 401(k) employer contribution of 7% of base salary.

The base salary range for this position is $105,000 - $125,000 depending on experience and capabilities which will be assessed during the interview process.


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Exponent is a proud equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may email us at HR-Accommodations@exponent.com.

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