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Company Overview

Founded in 1956, JVA, Inc. is a Structural, Civil, and Environmental engineering firm with offices in the downtown communities of Boulder, Fort Collins, Winter Park, Glenwood Springs, and Denver, Colorado. We specialize in site civil, infrastructure, environmental, water/ wastewater engineering, structural and historic preservation for public and private entities across the state. 

We pride ourselves on our company values. Here are a few that make us a unique and collaborative engineering firm:

  • Caring Company: Support co-workers, clients, families, and community. Maintain excellent relationships with co-workers and clients.
  • Integrity: JVA demonstrates honest, respectful and ethical behavior with both employees and clients.
  • Respect: Foster a culture of respect, collaboration, diversity, and accountability internally and with clients.
  • Employee Retention: Hire and retain outstanding individuals for the long term. Professional and personal development of individuals is key to retention by providing mentorship, peer advisement, annual reviews and career planning while maintaining a rich social atmosphere.
  • Innovative: Provide education, up-to-date technology, and tools to keep JVA on the leading edge of our industry.
Individuals from historically marginalized communities are encouraged to apply. JVA is legally required to verify all new hires with E-Verify. 

Working at jva

One JVA

JVA views all departments and all five offices as a singular team. 

Integrity

JVA demonstrates honest, respectful and ethical behavior with both employees and clients.

Open Company

JVA facilitates the free flow of information through our open-door and open-book culture.

Empowerment

JVA encourage all employees to feel empowered, initiate change, and make decisions.

Professional Collaboration

JVA creates a work environment across all departments founded on teamwork and camaraderie.

Employee Resource Groups

JVA's three ERGs include Women’s Impact Network, Young Professionals, and LGBTQ+. 

Social Atmosphere

JVA promotes a variety of fun social events throughout the year including a holiday party, ski day, golf day, cookouts, and family outings.

Leadership

JVA serves as a resource and provides mentorship to allow every employee the opportunity for direct contact with company leadership.

Employee Retention

JVA hires and retains outstanding individuals for the long term. JVA provides mentorship, peer advisement, annual perormance reviews, career planning, and personal skill training. 

Competitive Benefits

Annual Salary Raises

Bonuses

Medical and Dental Insurance

Parental Leave

Life Insurance

Short- and Long-Term Disability, and Long-Term Care Insurance

Flexible Spending Account

401K Plan

Stock Bonus Plan

RTD EcoPass (Boulder and Denver Locations)

Annual Salary Raises

Bonuses

Medical and Dental Insurance

Parental Leave

Life Insurance

Short- and Long-Term Disability, and Long-Term Care Insurance

Flexible Spending Account

401K Plan

Stock Bonus Plan

RTD EcoPass (Boulder and Denver Locations)

Structural Job openings

Our Structural Department works on custom and multi-family residential homes across the front range and mountains. We foster a small company atmosphere of trust and understanding. We support flexible schedules to make time and take advantage of Colorado’s beautiful days.

Location: Boulder, Denver, or Fort Collins
Salary Range: $90,000 – $105,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.

JVA is seeking a full-time historic preservation engineer to join our employee-centric team. Successful candidates will have experience writing technical assessments and experience in wood and masonry design. Our historic preservation studio provides forensic, stabilization, renovation, and preservation services on a large variety of historic structures ranging from dilapidated barns and mining cabins to high profile buildings with Historic Register listings in Colorado and across the country.

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Architectural Engineering
  • 8-12 years of experience
  • Registration as a Professional or Structural Engineer
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Experience assessing historic structures and existing buildings and designing repairs and alterations
  • Experience in steel, concrete, masonry, wood, and seismic design
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Salary Range: $78,000 – $90,000 Annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.

JVA is seeking a full-time structural project engineer to join our employee-centric team. Successful candidates will be capable of applying intensive and diversified knowledge of structural engineering principles and practices in broad areas. Project engineers work in tandem with senior staff to plan, schedule, and coordinate detailed phases of the engineering work on projects of moderate scope or on a portion of a major project.

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Architectural Engineering
  • 4-8 years of experience
  • Registration as a Professional or Structural Engineer
  • Strong communication skills
  • Residential experience preferred
  • Revit, RISA, and RAM software experience
  • Steel, concrete, masonry, and wood experience
Location: Winter Park or Boulder, Colorado
Salary Range: $95,000 – $105,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.
  • Independently manage custom single family and multi-family residential projects across Colorado and surrounding states
  • Interface with a wide variety of clients and oversee junior engineering staff
  • Complete projects with significant scope and complexity comprising of wood, steel, and concrete
  • Serve as a department resource on wood and steel construction best practices

EXAMPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

Overseeing a dozen project simultaneously, this role on a day-to-day basis will:

  • Create proposals and develop strategic relationships
  • Take projects from conceptual design through construction administration and a finished project, while keeping them both on budget and on-track for individual milestones
  • Oversee design consultation with residential clients, architects, and contractors
  • Be the primary point of contact for each project
  • Review shop drawings, RFIs, project reports, and technical specs
  • Participate in architectural and contractor meetings
  • Collaborate during review meetings at each phase of design to communicate and problem solve design details
  • Support other project managers
  • Provide on-site and in-office duties during construction administration

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • Residential Light Framed Wood Design: Use light framed wood design components to complete a structural design for a custom building.
  • Ability to obtain P.E. license within one year of hire: Have the required combination years of education and engineering experience to be able to obtain a P.E. License in the state of Colorado within one year of hire.
  • Engineering Principles: Have knowledge of complex engineering elements (such as a variety of foundation and lateral systems) and the ability to creatively solve problems using engineering calculations.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with the contractor and architect to resolve issues in the field, creating alternative solutions to problems and successfully working as a team across multiple regional offices.
  • Cognitive Ability: Think outside the box to develop project-specific construction details.
  • Collaboration: Successfully work within a group to complete a project collectively.
  • Prioritize and Pivot: Produce high quality results while balancing work on a variety of projects and priorities in order to support multiple project teams and deadlines.

PREFERRED Qualifications

  • Construction Drawings Software: Prepare construction drawings with Revit and calculations with RISA, Enercalc, Tedds, Microsoft Excel, etc.
  • Management: Delegate projects and oversee junior engineering staff, supervise engineering and support personnel, assign and schedule work, establish project priorities and standards, and organize project team meetings.
  • Time management: Effectively and productively organize your time at work between different projects and priorities.

Civil Job openings

Our civil department offers a diversity of projects with emphasis on community-centric projects such as parks, municipal and infrastructure services, and schools and other institutional buildings. Our group works with a close sense of teamwork and comradery on every project fostering individuality and personal relationships.

Location: Boulder, Fort Collins, or Denver
Salary Range: $69,000 – $73,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.

JVA has an opening for a full-time Civil Design Engineer to join our Civil Engineering team in our Boulder, Fort Collins, or Denver office. We are seeking a highly motivated person with a passion for engineering excellence.

As part of JVA’s thriving Civil Engineering team you will work with mindful, experienced engineers who are devoted to sensible and conscientious problem solving for a wide range of projects across Colorado from rural farm towns and mountain projects to big city developments. We provide the necessary tools, support, and training to assist our employees in providing technically competent, high quality service to clients. Our professional culture values sound judgment, creative thinking, and design sensitivity.

JVA is active with the U.S. Green Building Council, and several JVA engineers are LEED Accredited Professionals.

EXAMPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Civil Site Design
  • Water, wastewater, and infrastructure design
  • Report and specification preparation
  • Involvement with permitting
  • May attend design review meetings with clients
  • Assist with other duties assigned by Project Engineers and Project Managers
  • Flexibility and desire to work on a variety of multiple project is essential
  • Construction administration

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • 1-4 years civil engineering site design experience
  • E.I. License a plus
  • Experience in Colorado preferred, including site design, grading and drainage, utility design, cost estimate, report, construction document and specification preparation
  • Civil 3D proficiency
Location: Boulder, Fort Collins, Winter Park, Glenwood Springs, or Denver
Salary Range: $78,000 – $86,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.

The Civil Project Engineer independently performs project assignments with instructions from the Project Manager on a wide range of site development and infrastructure projects across Colorado including rural towns, cities, and mountain projects. Receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems and supervisory approval on proposed plans for projects. Responsible for applying intensive and diversified knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices during planning, design, and construction of civil projects.

EXAMPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Design civil site and infrastructure projects to solve complex problems
  • Prepare written technical reports and project specifications to communicate the design details to the project owner and contractor
  • Participate in municipal agency review meetings for project permitting to support approval of site development projects
  • Collaborate during client review meetings during each phase of design to communicate and problem solve updated design details
  • Support the other project team members including Principal, Project Manager, Design Engineer, and others to achieve deliverable goals and meet the project deadlines
  • Provides on-site and in-office duties during the construction administration phase by providing construction observation reports, process change orders, and maintain shop drawing and RFI logs.

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • Degree and Credential Requirements: NONE! We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them contribute.
  • Knowledge of Engineering Principles: Familiarity with complex engineering elements including site design, grading and drainage, utility design, report preparation, constructability reviews, and engineering estimates using creative problem solving for completion of engineering projects.
  • Prioritize and Pivot Effectively: Produce high quality results while balancing work on a variety of projects and priorities in order to support multiple project teams and deadlines.
  • Communication: Remains open and willing to receive and apply feedback to continually improve.
  • Delegation: Assign and train Design Engineers to produce high quality deliverables and enhance professional development.

PREFERRED Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain P.E. License within one year of hire: Have the required combination years of education and engineering experience to be able to obtain a P.E. License in the state of Colorado within one year of hire.
  • Software Utilization: Demonstrated expertise with preparing construction drawings, calculations, and reports with AutoCAD Civil3D and applicable civil engineering software packages.
  • Technical Reading and Writing: Research, comprehend, and communicate technical design criteria and details to project teams and clients.
Location: Boulder or Denver
Salary Range: $96,000 – $100,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.
JVA has an opening for an outgoing, passionate and highly motivated Civil Senior Project Engineer to join our Civil Engineering team in our downtown Boulder or Denver office. We have assembled a team of exceptional civil engineers and designers who believe in providing quality services consistent with JVA’s corporate philosophy. Our staff provides a wide range of services on a variety of site work and water/wastewater projects with a large, experienced staff. JVA provides its clients with creative thinking, design sensitivity, cost-effective engineering, and high-quality products and service. In addition to our dedication to ongoing staff training, JVA has become an industry leader by investing in and becoming proficient with the latest design technology applications, including AutoCAD Civil 3D.

EXAMPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Promote the delivery of highest quality civil engineering products and services that focus on client satisfaction and new business opportunities.
  • Work in a vibrant team environment.
  • Assist in developing company business goals and strategies.
  • Build strong client relationships.

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • BS in Civil Engineering
  • 8 plus years’ experience in civil engineering and land development design for a wide variety of projects.
  • Strong leadership skills required.
  • Experience with private, municipal, recreational and educational projects.
  • Experience in Colorado with site grading, drainage calculations, utility design, cost estimating, permitting support, and specification preparation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with client contact experience.
  • Passion for engineering and service for our clients.
  • Understanding for Civil 3D and water/flood modeling preferred.

Environmental Job openings

Our Environmental Department offers a diversity of projects with emphasis on district water/wastewater utility projects. The clients we serve include small to mid-sized towns, cities, special districts, and mountain communities. Our group works across all JVA offices to foster teamwork, professional development, and a variety of project types, clients, and teams. 

Location: Any JVA Office – Hybrid Position (Field, Office, Home)
Salary Range: $65,000 – $120,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.

The primary responsibilities of the Construction Administrator are to represent JVA and the project owner on construction projects from construction commencement through final completion.

EXAMPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

  • On-site representative for two to three active construction projects, three to five days a week across Colorado.
  • Work with the engineering design team on processing RFIs, change orders, and other project contract changes during construction.
  • Verify construction work is completed in conformance with the contract documents.
  • Track daily unit price quantities installed during construction to support design team in pay application reviews.
  • Work from home, office, and/or construction site.
  • Create daily observation reports, including photos, for team, client, and contractor using JVA templates.
  • communication of construction issues to the JVA team and Owner.
  • Lead weekly construction meetings with Contractor and Owner.
  • Support, coach, and train engineering team members on construction administration.
  • Participate in constructability reviews during design development.
  • Prepare opinions of probable cost for construction.

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • Degree and Credential Requirements: NONE! We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them contribute.
  • Communication: Diplomatically communicate challenges to the design team and contractor using different forms of communication to easily connect and convey complex information.
  • Conflict Resolution: Ability to facilitate communication and guide difficult discussions between stakeholders to an agreeable and positive outcome.
  • Engineering Drawings and Specifications: Ability to read engineering drawings, maintain drawing revisions and as-constructed documentation. Ability to read, interpret construction specifications.
  • Travel: Ability to travel 3-5 days per week throughout Colorado.
  • Prioritize and Pivot Effectively: Produce high quality results while balancing work on a variety of projects and priorities in order to support multiple project teams and deadlines. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Follow-Through: Track issues and follow up to resolve issues to keep construction on schedule.

PREFERRED Qualifications

  • People Management: Ability to motivate and lead a team of construction administration staff. Ability to coordinate with team of project managers and designers to progress construction administration needs.
  • Construction Contract Administration: Capable of managing and preparing bid documents, facilitating negotiations during CMAR and GMP development, and leading the pre-construction process. Manage construction administration project phase for multiple projects (submittal review, RFI responses, pay applications, site observations, etc…).
  • Knowledge of Funding Requirements: Ability to document compliance with Build America, Buy America, DavisBacon wage, and other funding requirements during a construction project
  • Engineering Principles: Familiar with simple civil, structural, hydraulic, and process concepts and fundamentals.
  • Constructability Reviews: Participate in constructability reviews during design development.

REQUIRED Credentials

  • Valid Driver’s License: Show proof of valid and current driver’s license and maintain a clean driving record

PREFERRED Credentials

  • OSHA Certification: Successfully completed the occupational safety certification program to ensure projects are in compliance with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards.
Location: Boulder, Fort Collins, Winter Park, Glenwood Springs, or Denver
Salary Range: $90,000 – $120,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.

JVA, Inc. has an opening for a full-time Water and Wastewater Electrical, Instrumentation and Controls Engineer to join our Environmental Engineering team in any of our five Colorado offices.

As part of JVA’s thriving Environmental Engineering team, you will work with mindful, experienced engineers who are devoted to sensible and conscientious problem solving for a wide range of projects across Colorado from rural to mountain town projects, to city and district treatment plants. We provide the necessary tools, support, and training to assist our employees in providing technically competent, high quality service to clients. Our professional culture values sound judgment, creative thinking, and design sensitivity.

We are seeking a highly motivated, like-minded professional with client experience and a passion for engineering excellence in the field of water and wastewater to join our team. Flexibility and desire to work on multiple projects is essential.

EXAMPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Scopes of work for electrical and I&C systems
  • Process and Instrumentation Diagrams
  • Control strategies
  • Electrical calculations and sizing
  • Electrical one-line diagrams
  • Electrical site plans, power plans, lighting plans for buildings
  • Lightning protection
  • Wiring diagrams
  • Lighting and power distribution
  • Service utility coordination
  • Panel Schedules and layout
  • UPS/Generator sizing
  • Construction cost estimates for electrical and I&C
  • Specify PLC SCADA and HMI-based systems
  • Radio telemetry SCADA systems using microwave, spread spectrum, licensed MAS, cellular or other radio technologies
  • PLCs and associated components
  • ISA data sheets and instrument sites
  • Technical memorandums and reports

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • 5+ years electrical, instrumentation and control systems experience in water and wastewater treatment facilities, pumping stations and associated facilities for small to medium size municipalities and special districts
  • PE License or ability to obtain within six months of employment
  • Experience in Colorado preferred, including design, cost estimates, construction documents and specification preparation
  • Knowledge of process instruments, communications networks, and P&ID diagrams
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations and codes for electrical permitting
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment while effectively managing your time
Location: Glenwood Springs
Salary Range: $65,000 – $78,000 annually DOQ
Please submit resume and cover letter to careers@jvajva.com and fill out the candidate form to the right.

Gain an introduction to environmental engineering and consulting with design assignments from water treatment facility to wastewater treatment facility, and everything in between, while providing engineering excellence for our communities. Our Environmental Design Engineers support and collaborate with design teams of up to 8 engineers on a wide range of small, medium, and large projects each including planning, permitting, design, and construction administration. Design Engineers receive technical guidance and supervisory review and approval from the project team with opportunities to participate and influence creative and innovative solutions.

EXAMPLE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Design process improvements for water and wastewater treatment facilities and/or water distribution and sewer collection system improvements to meet state and federal public health and environmental regulations
  • Perform routine aspects of engineering assignments with frequent check-ins with senior team members for input and feedback
  • Work on task based assignments with clear and specific objectives
  • Set up framework for project deliverables including reports, memos, technical specifications, and permit applications
  • Apply standard practices and techniques to solve problems, research design alternatives, adjust and correlate data, and recognize discrepancies in results
  • After gaining sufficient experience independently evaluate, select, and apply standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria, using judgment in making minor adaptations and modifications
  • Prepare grant and loan applications on behalf of clients to briefly describe the project needs and estimated costs to funding agencies
  • Support other project team members including the Principal, Managers, Engineers, and Designers to achieve deliverable goals and meet the project deadlines
  • Provide on-site and in-office duties during the construction administration phase to support the Project Engineer
  • Utilize GIS data management, CAD design, and hydraulic modeling, if capable

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • Degree and Credential Requirements: NONE! We value candidates who can demonstrate capability and articulate how prior experiences will help them contribute.
  • Familiarity with Engineer Principles: Understand engineering elements of water and wastewater treatment facilities, water and sewer utilities, engineering economics, and technical report components.
  • Prioritize and Pivot Effectively: Produce high quality results while balancing work on a variety of projects and priorities in order to support multiple project teams and deadlines.
  • Communication: Quickly adapt to others using different forms of communication to easily connect and convey information via phone, text, email, and or chat.
  • Active Listening: Give full attention to instructions provided, take time to understand points being made, and proactively ask questions to clarify as necessary.
  • Collaboration: Successfully work within a group to complete a project collectively.
  • Initiative: Self-motivated to think ahead and proactively support project teams to problem solve and meet deadlines.

PREFERRED Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain E.I. License within one year of hire: Have the required combination years of education and
    engineering experience to be able to obtain a E.I. License in the state of Colorado within one year of hire.
  • Software Utilization: Demonstrated expertise with preparing calculations and reports using MS Office (or similar
    software suite).
  • Growth mindset: Able to approach new tasks with a focus on improvement and to continually evolve and develop.

Administration Job openings

The Administration team supports our three engineering disciplines in marketing, human resources, billing, IT, facilities, and finance. This team is based in Boulder. There are no current openings for the Admin team at this time, please check back later.

How To Apply

Internship applicants may send resumes to internships@jvajva.com.

All other applicants may send resumes to careers@jvajva.com.

In addition to sending resumes and cover letters to the above email addresses, please fill out the candidate form below.

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