Our Values: Collaboration, Excellence, Agility, Innovation, Respect, and Community Service


We are highly motivated professionals who strive to provide excellent service and help our clients succeed. We live our values of collaboration, excellence, agility, innovation, respect, and community service every day. We enjoy spending time together at work, but also at play, getting together for happy hours at our favorite neighborhood pubs, running relay races as Team “Must Finish Alive,” and volunteering in the community.


We want you to join our team of talented professionals.


As an employee, you will receive competitive pay, a complete benefits program, and the opportunity to grow your career with talented and friendly professionals.

Together, we provide services to a diverse client base that includes private business and industry, ports, municipalities, and Native American tribes. We integrate the arenas of environmental science, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, GIS, and business analytics to provide the best service to our clients.


MFA is an equal opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, current or future military status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law. MFA is an E-Verify participating company.


What is a typical day at MFA like? With a multidisciplinary staff of over 100 employees working on diverse projects, there is no “typical” day for an MFA employee! A day will vary for staff depending on the location, time of year, and position, among other things. To provide a glimpse into what any given “typical day” might look like, several staff members have provided snapshots of life at MFA from their perspective.

  • Staff Geologist
  • Staff Engineer
  • Staff Geologist

    Amanda Bixby, Bellingham Office

    Amanda Bixby, Staff Geologist | MFA

    8:00 AM—Arrive to work. Review e-mails and prepare a to-do list for the day.

    8:30 AM—Meet with Phil Wiescher, environmental scientist, to discuss a Joint Permit Application for a dredging project in the Willamette River. Sediment has accumulated beneath a loading dock and will be dredged to restore and maintain vessel access.

    9:30 AM—Draft the Joint Permit Application and conduct research for the associated biological evaluation.

    11:00 AM—Prepare for upcoming fieldwork at Cascade Pole in Tacoma, WA. Review previous groundwater monitoring reports, check the laboratory bottle order, and take stock of field supplies.

    12:00 PM—Get Peruvian sandwiches for lunch with Carolyn Wise, geologist, in downtown Bellingham.

    12:30 PM—Work on assorted figure edits in GIS and CAD.

    2:30 PM—Run a quality assurance check on data tables produced for the Canyon Creek Basin monitoring report.

    4:00 PM—Peer review the Integrated Planning Grant work plan for a former lumber mill on the Stillaguamish River in Stanwood, WA. The City of Stanwood is planning on redeveloping the waterfront property into a public park and boat launch.

    5:30 PM—Leave the office for the day.

  • Staff Engineer

    Garrick Kalmeta, Portland Office

    8:30 AM—Arrive at work. I like to spend different days in different offices, but today the workload takes me to the Portland office. I get started by checking e-mails and preparing the days to-do list.

    9:00 AM—Prepare draft of a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist for a multi-phased site development project located in Ridgefield, Washington.

    9:30 AM—Attend internal meeting for the site development project in Ridgefield. The meetings’ all-star cast includes Stacy Frost, senior engineer, and Seth Otto, senior planner. Today’s agenda is to discuss design progress for phase 2 of the project and review required permit applications.

    10:30 AM—After a successful meeting, it’s time to switch gears and get going on a plan set for a remediation project in Portland, but not before stopping by the kitchen to fuel up on delicious snacks…

    10:35 AM—Back to the plan set. I quickly discuss tasks with the project engineer, Jacob Faust, before putting together a sitemap and basemap for the project.

    12:00 PM—The basemap is looking pretty good, so I decide to take my lunch break. I usually bring my own lunch, but today’s weather is perfect, so I decide to walk over to the local food cart, Sawasdee Thai.

    1:00 PM—Back to work on the plan set…still have to complete the sitemap.

    3:00 PM—I finish up the sitemap just in time to make my 3’o’clock meeting with senior engineers Cem Gokcora and Erik Bakkom to discuss local permitting requirements for a remediation project in Astoria.

    4:00 PM—After the Astoria meeting, I am assigned the task of researching local development permitting requirements based on zoning restrictions for the project. This type of work requires some music, so I put on the head phones and crank up some Taylor Swift.

    5:30 PM—The office is beginning to thin out as more of my coworkers head home, so I finish up any remaining tasks on my to-do list and head on out to a local bar to catch up with some friends.


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Recruiting and Onboarding Specialist

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