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Water Resources Engineer - Entry Level

Minneapolis MN

Barr is an engineering consulting company that integrates engineering and environmental expertise to help clients develop, manage, and restore natural resources across the nation and the world. Today, we have nearly 800 staff across the U.S and Canada who work with clients in the mining, power, refining, and manufacturing industries and all levels of government. We have been employee owned since 1966 and trace our origins to the early 1900s.


Why Choose Barr?

At Barr, we strive to be the premier firm in our market. If you are looking for an employee-owned company that fosters a collaborative environment where you are surrounded by intelligent colleagues with an emphasis on client service, the ability to work on challenging projects, and a place where our employee's safety is a top priority, Barr is the place for you. We offer both mentor and coaching programs that give our employees the ability to help further develop and grow their careers, along with the opportunity for volunteering and community involvement. We also offer our employees a highly competitive benefits package.



Barr Engineering Company is seeking an entry-level engineer to join its Minneapolis office to work on projects related to civil engineering, hydraulic and hydrologic analysis, and related technical activities. The work includes a two-year commitment to a project team supporting industrial mining clients in Saskatchewan, Canada. A typical rotation will consist of two weeks onsite at client facilities, followed by two weeks at Barr’s Minneapolis office.

Assignments onsite at client facilities may include working with client staff and contractors, and may include construction observation and reporting, surveying, collecting hydrologic or water quality measurements, and overseeing materials testing.

Assignments in Minneapolis may be in support of the industrial mining project team or may be related to other projects and clients, as workload dictates. Tasks may include working as an individual or as part of a project team, development of plans and specifications, grading plans and earthwork balance calculations, and erosion protection plans, and cost estimating.

Assignments may also include stormwater planning, hydrologic runoff modeling and analysis (hydrologic modeling, open channel and pipe flow design and design of water control structures), water balance analysis, and hydraulic analysis (including analysis and design of hydraulic structures, pipes, and pumps). The work will also include communication with permitting agencies and public officials, and report writing.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in civil or environmental engineering with an emphasis on civil design

Familiarity with one or more of the following: civil site design, plans and specifications development, earthwork and grading plans, cost estimating, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, open channel and pipe flow modeling, and lake and stream water quality issues

Strong computer skills, including use of word processing, spreadsheets, and modeling software

Exposure to GIS, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and other CADD software

Exposure to hydrologic and hydraulic computer modeling packages

Flexible working style and willingness to occasionally modify personal schedule as required to meet deadlines and/or client needs

Demonstrated written and oral presentation skills

Strong interpersonal communication skills and writing skills

Acceptable driving record

Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship

Ability to obtain Canadian work permit


Preferred Qualifications

MS degree in civil or environmental engineering

2+years of consulting engineering experience

Strong technical skills in a wide range of civil engineering topics

Project design experience (e.g., site and roadway design, stormwater management facility design, design of water or wastewater infrastructure), including cost estimating and preparation of plans and specifications

Significant experience with GIS, CADD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and hydrologic and hydraulic models

Project or task management experience


NOTE: Applicant must be able to work in locations that feature rough terrain typical of construction sites. Work may also require entering and working within facilities that include limited accessibility, moving machinery, and other conditions typical of industrial facilities. An OSHA-mandated physical exam may be required. Safety training will be provided.

Barr Engineering Co. reserves the right to consider other legitimate, non-discriminatory factors that are not specifically listed.


We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Barr strives to make www.barr.com accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance with completing the application process, please call 952-832-2600, or toll free at 800-632-2277.

Barr is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other lawfully protected status.


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Posted July 10, 2019

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