Careers at M&A

M&A supports scientific excellence and dedication to quality work, while respecting its employees’ need to engage in their personal, family, and community lives.

Why Work at M&A?

In a market noted for job volatility, we take pride in the fact that many employees have been with us for more than 10 years. Our newer staff benefit from the sense of loyalty and community that pervades the firm as well as the commitment of our experienced professionals, who serve as mentors. In addition to an excellent benefits package, we support staff through continuing education to promote professional growth. A key source of employee satisfaction at M&A is our emphasis on creating high-value work products. We recognize that everything that goes out the door represents us; employees take pride in the reputation that we have earned through consistent attention to quality. Founded in 1984, M&A has roots in the Hydrology program at the University of Arizona, where many of our staff members were educated. We continue to collaborate with UA faculty.

Current Openings

Hydrogeologist, Oakland or Sacramento Office

M&A is seeking a full-time hydrogeologist to join our Oakland or Sacramento office. The position includes a mix of field work and office work, including collecting, processing, and analyzing data, and preparing technical reports. Range of duties will vary with experience and qualifications. The candidate will interact with M&A project staff and project managers, administrative personnel, and clients. Preferable candidates will have an undergraduate or graduate degree in geology, hydrology, or related field, be self-motivated, and demonstrate strong time management, organization, and communication skills. Duties will vary daily to weekly between field work and office work, with an expected annual average work breakdown of 40% field and 60% office work.

Field Work duties may include:

  • Observing and documenting drilling operations, preparing and describing drill cuttings samples, and characterizing hydrogeologic conditions
  • Directing and documenting monitor well and production well installation, including verification of compliance with technical specifications and oversight of drilling contractor
  • Observing and documenting well development, rehabilitation, and pump installation procedures
  • Measuring water levels and downloading dataloggers
  • Conducting pumping, slug, infiltration, and other types of field tests
  • Collecting and documenting water and soil samples and measuring water quality parameters
  • Following health and safety protocols and regulations, including applicable government, M&A, and client specific policies and procedures
  • Maintaining field equipment
  • Maintaining detailed field notes and communicating daily activities to project managers and clients

M&A will provide necessary training for field activities. Some work locations may be in remote areas.

Office work duties may include:

  • Developing scopes of work, sampling and analysis plans, drilling program technical specifications, and health and safety plans
  • Compiling, processing and analyzing hydrogeologic data
  • Describing drill cuttings and preparing lithologic logs
  • Preparing water and soil sample documentation and submitting samples to laboratories under chain-of-custody protocols
  • Using spreadsheets, databases, GIS, and graphing software to create data files, maps, and plots to analyze field data
  • Processing and analyzing pumping test data to determine hydraulic parameters and recommend sustainable pumping rates
  • Assisting groundwater modelers with data input, processing, and analysis
  • Preparing data summaries, presentations, and technical reports/memos
  • Participating in client meetings/teleconferences to present program results and recommendations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in hydrology, geology, engineering, or environmental sciences; introduction to groundwater principles preferred
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, willingness to learn, and ability to work in teams and at times with minimal supervision
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and perform the following actions while conducting fieldwork: stooping/kneeling/crouching, standing for long periods of time, pulling/pushing and lifting equipment and supplies, and walking/hiking on uneven terrain.
  • Able and willing to travel to out-of-town field locations with occasional overnight and/or long shifts (up to 12 hours per day)
  • Ability to be out-of-town for several days to several weeks, with appropriate time-off between longer shifts
  • Strong organizational, troubleshooting, and problem solving skills; and commitment to deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other computer applications
  • Familiarity with GIS preferred
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Possession of a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license with clean driving record
  • Ability to pass background check and drug test if requested
  • U.S. Citizenship (required) 

Your benefits at Montgomery & Associates will include:

  • Competitive benefits and salary in a growing team-oriented company
  • Dynamic work environment with safety and technical training provided by the company
  • Challenging and collaborative multidisciplinary projects
  • On-the-job mentoring by senior professionals
  • Western U.S. projects and travel opportunities

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Bill DeBoer no later than April 30, 2020.

Hydrogeologist/Groundwater Modeler, California Offices

M&A is seeking full-time hydrogeologists with groundwater modeling experience to join our California offices. The position requires education and professional training in quantitative hydrogeology. Preferred candidates will have a graduate degree in hydrology, geology, or related field, professional experience developing models, and be self-motivated with strong time management, organization, and communication skills.

Work duties may include:

  • Compiling, processing and analyzing hydrogeologic data using spreadsheets, databases, GIS, and graphing software
  • Developing hydrogeologic conceptual models and water budgets
  • Developing numerical groundwater flow and transport models
  • Preparing data summaries, presentations, and technical reports/memos
  • Participating in client meetings/teleconferences to present program results and recommendations

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in hydrology, geology, or engineering; course work in hydrogeologic data analysis, groundwater modeling, and computer programming preferred
  • 5 years of professional experience developing and applying groundwater models and an undergraduate degree OR 3 years of professional experience developing and applying groundwater models and a graduate degree
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, GIS software, and computer programming (e.g. Python, FORTRAN, Octave, etc.)
  • Experience with MODFLOW (including NWT, USG, OWHM, etc.), California’s Integrated Water Flow Model (IWFM) and Groundwater Vistas; familiarity with FEFLOW a plus
  • Understanding of water resource management and the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is beneficial
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude, willingness to learn, and ability to work in teams and at times with minimal supervision
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills and commitment to deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • U.S. Citizenship (required)

Your benefits at Montgomery & Associates will include:

  • Competitive benefits and salary in a growing team-oriented company
  • Dynamic work environment with safety and technical training provided by the company
  • Challenging and collaborative multidisciplinary projects
  • On-the-job mentoring by senior professionals
  • Western U.S. projects and travel opportunities

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Please email a cover letter and resume to Tim Leo by April 30, 2020.

Staff and Senior Level Hydrogeologists – California
Montgomery & Associates is seeking to fill several positions to support our growing business in northern and central California.  Positions include staff level and senior level hydrogeologists and engineering hydrologists.  Preferred qualifications include 1 to 15 years of relevant experience, and a graduate degree in hydrology, geology, or environmental engineering or professional registration (P.G. or P.E.)

Working with a team of senior hydrogeologists, professionals will support projects that focus on groundwater resources management, principally in California.  Tasks may include: interpreting geologic and groundwater/surface water datasets; conducting numerical groundwater modeling; drafting reports and groundwater sustainability plans for compliance with Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA); participating in client and stakeholder meetings; conducting field work including geological characterization and oversight of well installation and testing; and assisting with designing monitor and production wells among other technical and scientific tasks.

Successful candidates for all positions will have excellent communication and organization skills and demonstrate proficiency with standard analytical approaches and tools.  Candidates will demonstrate a clear understanding of how to apply hydrogeologic principles to characterize aquifers and assess groundwater sustainability.  Candidates for senior positions will have established connections in the California water resources market, demonstrated success in developing new business, and project management experience.

Montgomery & Associates is a mid-sized, employee-owned company with a 30-plus year history of providing quality hydrogeologic and water resources consulting to industrial and municipal client sectors in the western U.S. and South America.  This is an exciting time to come work with us! We recently joined forces with HydroMetrics Water Resources Inc. to better serve clients in California and implement SGMA.  In addition to our California offices in Sacramento, Oakland, and San Luis Obispo County, we have offices in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, as well as international locations in Perú and Chile.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Derrik Williams.