Sustainable Site Civil Engineer (Spackman Mossop Michaels)

  • JAJ Business Consulting
  • New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Oct 04, 2023
Full time Civil Engineer Environmental Engineer Geotechnical Engineer

Job Description

Role Overview

The award-winning landscape architecture and urban design team at Spackman Mossop Michaels is growing with the addition of their first Sustainable Site Civil Engineer team member. The ideal candidate for this role is an energetic, creative and collaborative civil engineer with experience delivering complex urban projects and a strong understanding of sustainable design principles and their application in civil engineering. The position will work with a multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, designers, and sustainability experts on projects that prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainable practices and will have the opportunity to define and develop a design-focused engineering team within the firm.


Key Responsibilities

You will play a crucial role in transforming urban landscapes into ecologically and aesthetically pleasing environments by using your experience in civil site design to design stormwater management systems, paving design, and green infrastructure solutions to minimize environmental impact and optimize water usage. 

Our Sustainable Site Civil Engineer will: 

  • Serve as the lead engineering subject matter expert on our team
  • Conduct site assessments and analyze existing conditions to identify opportunities for sustainable development and innovative design solutions
  • Carry projects from technical design through construction administration 
  • Collaborate with project teams to incorporate innovative solutions and create comprehensive construction documents, including engineering calculations, cost estimates, site plans, grading plans, drainage plans, utility plans and technical specifications
  • Utilize sustainable construction materials and techniques, ensuring adherence to industry standards and environmental regulations
  • Engage in ongoing research and professional networking to stay updated on the latest sustainable practices and technologies
  • Integrate with the design and engineering community to identify potential clients/opportunities as we expand our firm’s expertise in the green infrastructure space


Desired Qualifications 

  • Passion for sustainability and a commitment to incorporating environmentally responsible practices into every project
  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field from ABET-accredited university 
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license in the State of Louisiana (or have the ability to become licensed) 
  • 5-10  years of professional civil engineering experience 
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and other relevant design software.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to perform work on a variety of project types and be a proficient multi-tasker to juggle multiple timelines simultaneously.
  • Experience managing and mentoring staff designers, developing details, and redlining drawings
  • Optional: Ability to perform hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, environmental engineering background 

Don’t meet all of the qualifications? We want you to consider all of your skills and experiences - both professional and personal- that would make you successful in this role. Although some qualifications are essential, others can be attained with time. 


Why Work at Spackman Mossop Michaels

Over the last 15 years SMM has established itself as a leading practice of landscape architecture and urban design with offices in New Orleans and Sydney. We design landscape strategies that respond deeply to context- ecological, cultural, and economic- integrating people and the environment. Our work ranges from park and open space design to community revitalization and planning to large scale infrastructural work, with a focus on sustainable and ecologically sensitive design. 

SMM aspires to cultivate environmentally and culturally responsive landscapes and make cities more livable. We primarily work in the public realm and are focused on connecting with communities as a foundational part of our design process.  As landscape architects we are on the front lines of climate change and our practice was founded in the work of rebuilding New Orleans’ neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina. We believe that civic spaces should be inclusive, dynamic and authentic to the local culture and environment. They should inspire us, entertain us, offer places for recreation and relaxation, bring people together and function as the heart of a community. We believe landscapes are a living continuum and intentional design begins with the future in mind. 

Visit the SMM website for more information about the firm and to see examples of recent projects and recognition.

Our team is our secret sauce. Together we represent a range of viewpoints, expertise, and experiences, each with a unique perspective to bring to each project and each community where we work, as well as our studio culture. Each member of the team is a natural collaborator. Our collective experience engaging in interdisciplinary practice is one of the things that we are extremely proud of.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary range of $95,000 - 105,000 annual (commensurate with experience and candidate profile) 
  • Health and Dental insurance through Blue Cross (we cover 50% of the plan)
  • 2 weeks paid vacation (accrued monthly), plus sick leave, flex time and volunteer time
  • 10 days of Holiday PTO each year (New Year's Day, Mardi Gras, MLK, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday, Christmas Eve/Day)
  • Annual Winter Break (required to monitor email from home)- the week between Christmas and New Year's Day
  • Employee Retirement Savings Plan (401k) with employer matching up to 4% - eligible after 1 year of employment
  • Paid Parental Leave policy


Lead Contact: 

Jennifer Jeansonne

Owner, JAJ Business Consulting


$95,000 - 105,000