Groundwater / Vadose Zone Modeling Specialist (Mid-Level), Richland, WA - 24-27-WA05

INTERA Inc. is looking to fill mid-level scientist positions in the field of subsurface flow and transport modeling and system-scale modeling.  The preferred location for this position is in our office in Richland, Washington. You will be a part of our team working on fate and transport modeling in the vadose zone and saturated zone as well as system-level performance assessment modeling at the Hanford Site. Your contributions will support our talented multi-office and multi-disciplinary teams of geologists, hydrogeologists, geochemists, engineers, and GIS analysts. We are looking for someone who has a strong understanding of the subsurface flow and transport processes required for developing appropriate conceptual and numerical models. Our ideal candidate is someone who can clearly and expertly explain results in reports and presentations to peers and a variety of stakeholders.

Our purpose is Innovation and stewardship for a sustainable tomorrow. Help us make a difference today. 


The primary responsibility of this position is to provide support on flow and transport modeling projects under the direction of INTERA’s senior modelers. This includes:

  • Performing numerical flow and transport modeling of the subsurface and/or developing system-scale transport models
  • Compiling, synthesizing, and analyzing data to develop conceptual site model and numerical models
  • Preparing reports and technical presentations for clients, regulators, and other stakeholders

Required Qualifications

  • MS or Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental/Chemical Engineering, Hydrogeology, Applied Mathematics, or a related field with emphasis on numerical modeling of the subsurface processes
  • 4+ years of demonstrated experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with computer programming and data analysis
  • Solid understanding of hydrogeological principles and practices
  • Knowledge of state and federal environmental laws (CERCLA, RCRA, NEPA, etc.)


Expected salary range:  $80,000 — $130,000


About INTERA & Our Benefits

Founded in 1974, INTERA has grown into international geoscience and engineering consulting firm that helps clients make informed business decisions, mitigate risk, and drive optimal outcomes in a multitude of industries. Building and sustaining a strong company culture is at the heart of INTERA’s practice of good stewardship. We strive to foster an environment where people love the work that they do and the place that they work because we believe that our employees are our most valuable asset. As an employee-owned company, we are committed to investing in our people’s needs for security, health, and well-being with:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance that includes a free health plan option for employee-only coverage
  • Paid parental leave – up to 12 weeks for birthing and non-birthing parents
  • Group term life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term and long-term coverage – paid 100% by the company
  • Paid holiday, vacation, and sick time
  • Opportunities for stock ownership
  • Performance-based bonuses and award programs for technical paper publication and employee referrals
  • Career coaching instead of performance evaluations
  • Tuition reimbursement, financial assistance for professional licensure and registration, and one paid membership to a professional society
  • Pet insurance, and more

These are some of the reasons why many of our employees have spent 10 to 25 years at INTERA. We love what we do, and it shows. 






INTERA Incorporated is an Equal Opportunity Employer for Minorities/Females/Veterans/People with Disabilities

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