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Open Position: Water Resource Designer

Location:  Honolulu, HI (or remote)

Type: Full-time

Min. Experience: 3-years

Salary: $88,000 - $125,000



Roth Ecological Design Int. (REDI) is seeking a Water Resource Designer to lead the planning and design of green stormwater infrastructure projects in the Hawaiian Islands.   This is an exciting opportunity to take part in meaningful, innovative programs and regenerative design for private, municipal, and non-profit clients state-wide.  The position can be either remote or in the office.  The ideal candidate has ties to the islands and is passionate about strengthening the well-being of Hawaiʻi—its people, communities, and natural ecosystems.  We are seeking urban planners, engineers or landscape architects who have the initiative to work individually as well as collaboratively to help lead design and engage with various stakeholders. 

Who we are

Roth Ecological Design International (REDI) is a leader in strategic water planning and green infrastructure design. We provide innovative and integrated solutions that address the global challenges of the 21st century to manage both water quality and quantity.  Our mission is to (re)connect developments to sustainable water management practices that biomimic the natural hydrology, enhance resiliency and are regenerative by design. To do so, we evaluate the hydrological, ecological and cultural history of the project area as well as current climate impacts to determine appropriate solutions for development that support water security, diversification of water supplies, pollution prevention, and development of climate adaption strategies.  For site-specific projects, REDI often serves the role as a bridge between the project civil engineers and landscape architects to integrate sustainable water practices and green infrastructure into the design.   Our goal is to provide a platform of solutions that produce rather than reduce water resources to restore water quality and build resiliency.

REDI is a Woman-Owned Small Business serving as an integrative planning, design, and consultancy firm that provides comprehensive water strategies, policies, systems thinking and educational and ecological experiences for new or existing development projects including:

  • strategic water planning 

  • development of water portfolios

  • building ecological / water capital

  • water audits

  • design / engineering / build / operate

    • green (water) infrastructure

    • low impact development (LID)

    • onsite wastewater treatment & reuse

    • ecological water features/ponds

    • restoration / regeneration

    • comprehensive water development (net-zero water)


Learn more about our work and approach at

General responsibilities:

As a Water Resource Designer, we expect the following

  • Lead the development of green stormwater infrastructure planning including skills in ArcGIS.  In addition, stormwater modeling skills preferred but not required.

  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, including REDI’s engineers and clients.

  • Lead the development of design drawings, reports and permitting

  • Provide project management including:

    • Managing the project scope, timelines and deliverables

    • Creating and managing project budgets

    • Developing, managing, and fostering partnerships with project partners, community groups, and other industry affiliates/stakeholders

    • Managing client expectations, satisfaction, communications, and resolving and/or escalating client issues

    • Adaptively managing program delivery to stay on track with project schedules, budgets, and the expectations of client, partner and community 

  • Prepare and deliver clear and concise reports, presentations, and other deliverables to clients, community groups and stakeholders

  • Provide mentorship and support for junior staff, including delegating tasks with clear guidance, reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity, and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together

  • Proactively cultivate new client relationships and develop proposals for relevant pursuits, including building teams, preparing scopes and budgets and writing proposal narratives


While your work and project portfolio will evolve over time as you grow professionally and as REDI grows as a company, during the first year you can expect to lead projects and initiatives such as:


  • Lead the development of stormwater modeling for the Ala Watershed to support community-based green infrastructure initiatives.

  • Lead the development of design development and permitting of commercial and residential green infrastructure retrofit projects in partnership with a local nonprofit

  • Participation in working groups that are developing a GSI incentive program for the island of Oahu.

  • Providing technical support to nonprofit groups who are providing rainwater assessments to commercial and residential properties.


Desired Experience and Characteristics

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in areas such as: urban planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering or other related fields where green stormwater infrastructure was applied to manage stormwater.

  • Demonstrated commitment to strengthen climate adaptation and community building in Hawaii.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to think critically and propose innovative solutions

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with clients, partners, stakeholders, community-based organizations and residents

  • Proficiency in stormwater modeling, ArcGIS software and tools

  • AutoCAD and/or adobe creative suite skills a plus

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex concepts to a diverse audience

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and work effectively both independently and in a team


Work Environment

  • The ideal candidate is Hawaii-based.  Work from home or office is acceptable.

  • The role may require site visits to site within the Hawaiian Island in advance of planning and design.


Compensation & Benefits

The base salary for this position will be based on experience and qualifications and ranges from $88,000 - $125,000, with the opportunity for additional compensation through bonuses and profit sharing. 

REDI offers a competitive benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, disability benefits, 401K plan with company contribution and flexible vacation days.

To Apply: Interested applicants can apply for the position by submitting a resume and cover letter. This posting will remain active until the position is filled. REDI is seeking to fill the position ASAP.

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