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

Hydrologic Technician and Hydrogeologist in Arizona
M&A is seeking a full-time hydrologic technician to join our Tucson office and a full-time hydrogeologist to join our Tucson or Phoenix office.

The hydrologic technician position includes a mix of field work and office work, and interacting with M&A project staff and project managers, administrative personnel, and clients. Preferable candidates will have some college course work in geology, hydrology, or related field, be self-motivated and demonstrate strong time management, organization, and communication skills. The position includes approximately 70% field work and 30% office work.

Field work duties may include:

  • Preparing for field work, including ordering supplies; gathering, preparing, testing, and loading equipment; coordinating laboratory services; and coordinating with client and M&A staff
  • Measuring water levels and downloading dataloggers
  • Collecting and documenting water and soil samples and measuring water quality parameters
  • Conducting pumping, slug, infiltration, and other field tests
  • Observing and documenting drilling and well construction operations and assisting geologist at job site
  • Observing and documenting well development, rehabilitation, and pump installation procedures
  • Following health and safety regulations, including applicable government, M&A, and client-specific policies and procedures

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

Office work duties may include:

  • Maintaining and organizing field tech room
  • Maintaining field equipment and field vehicles
  • Supporting corporate health and safety initiatives
  • Processing hydrogeologic data using spreadsheets and graphing software
  • Preparing water and soil sample documentation and submitting samples to laboratories using chain-of-custody protocols
  • Preparing data summaries and assisting on technical reports/memos and presentations

Hydrologic Technician Minimum Qualifications

  • 1 year of work experience in a science or engineering field
  • College course work in geology, hydrology, engineering, environmental sciences, or equivalent
  • 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
  • Work or recreational experience operating in remote outdoor locations under harsh climatic conditions
  • Ability and willingness to travel to out-of-town field locations with occasional night 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 general computer usage
  • Strong 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)

The hydrogeologist 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 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 and contacts
  • Overseeing and documenting monitor well and production well installation and development, including inspection of materials, verification of compliance with technical specifications, and direction 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 and vehicles
  • 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

Hydrogeologist 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.
  • Work or recreational experience operating in remote outdoor locations under harsh climatic conditions
  • Able and willing to travel to out-of-town field locations with occasional night and/or long shifts (up to 12 hours per day)
  • Able and willing 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

Benefits for both the hydrologic technician and the hydrogeologist position 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.

Qualified applicants for the hydrologic technician or the hydrogeologist position should email cover letter and resume to Tim Leo by July 19, 2019.

Intermediate Level Groundwater Modeler
M&A is seeking a hydrogeologist with 3-8 years of experience building groundwater models in our Lima, Peru office. Preferred qualifications include experience with FEFLOW as well as knowledge of analytical models. Hydrogeologic and geologic modeling experience with Modflow, Leapfrog, Minesight, Datamine, are also of interest. Preferred candidates will also have experience with hydrogeologic analysis in Excel, AQTESOLV, Surfer, and Arc GIS software. Field experience in hydrology/geology considered a plus. Writing and communication skills are essential with both English and Spanish fluency a strong advantage.

Please email a cover letter and resume to Joseph Baker.

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.