Civil Site/ Ports Designer (St. Louis and Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Peoria, Lisle, Springfield and McHenry, IL; Indianapolis, IN)

Hanson Professional Services, Inc. is accepting applications for a Civil Site/ Ports Designer (St. Louis and Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Peoria, Lisle, Springfield and McHenry, IL; Indianapolis, IN)

Civil Site/Ports Designer - R1146

If you’re looking for a firm that encourages innovative thinking and challenges you every day, with an opportunity to learn and advance, a career at Hanson is right for you. The belief in sustainability within our company’s practices creates a focus on client success and partnerships that are important to our communities and our environment.

Hanson Professional Services Inc. is seeking a candidate to fill a full time Civil Site/Ports Designer position in our St. Louis, MO or St. Charles, MO offices. Consideration of additional locations for the right candidate could include Kansas City, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Springfield, IL; Peoria, IL; McHenry, IL; Nashville, TN, or Minneapolis, MN.

Position Profile

This person is expected to work as part of multidisciplinary design teams to plan and execute infrastructure projects for a variety of clients primarily related to inland ports, river terminals, multimodal freight facilities, and industrial site development, with additional work with local governments and state departments of transportation. Projects are likely to include market and feasibility studies, planning and design of new or redeveloped multimodal facilities, and reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure such as in-river and riverfront structures, roads, rail and grade crossings, utilities, culverts, and stormwater systems. Position requires the ability to serve as a key member of the project design team developing designs and providing direction to CADD/technician staff in the areas of civil and site design including, but not limited to in-river and riverfront infrastructure, rail and roadways, site grading, stormwater design, utilities, and agency and railroad coordination. Position requires the ability to work on a variety of projects, take direction from multiple project managers, and coordinate with other staff.

A Day in Life of a Civil Designer at Hanson

Here’s a snapshot of what you would do in this role:

  • Work within the Logistics Discipline as a key member supporting design development for predominately port authorities and industrial clients across the nation and North and Central America
  • Preparation and review of technical documents
  • Preparation and review of complex design calculations
  • Preparation and review of construction documents for infrastructure such as dock, cell, and dolphin structures; roads, rail, and grade crossings; utilities; culverts; and stormwater systems
  • Work with project managers to develop project scopes, schedules, budgets, and lists of deliverables for related tasks
  • Work with clients to deliver cost-effective and constructable projects
  • Deliver design tasks on time and within budget
  • Provide technical support to other areas of Hanson
  • Review contractor submittals and observe construction on-site to assess conformance with plans and specifications
  • Interact with clients to discuss existing and future projects and how to cost-effectively deliver a project to meet client requirements
  • Participate in development of proposals, statement of qualifications, and similar business development-type documents
  • Coordinate with Project Managers and Logistics Discipline Manager to help track project backlog and staffing requirements
  • Other duties as assigned

What We’re Looking For

We feel the following qualifications would set you up for success in this role:

Technical Skills:

  • Experience with AutoCAD/Civil3D software is preferred
  • Comparable experience with Microstation/PowerGeopak/Inroads (OpenRoads Connect or SS4), coupled with the willingness and capability to learn AutoCAD/Civil3D is also acceptable

Soft Skills:

  • Effective oral communication and technical writing ability
  • Seeking upward growth opportunities; future opportunities to advance to client, project, or technical leadership roles within Hanson are available with satisfactory performance
  • Ability to translate scope requirements into clear and concise deliverables that meet client requirements while meeting budget and schedule requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and grow relationships with all levels of staff within internal and external agencies and clients
  • Interest in and willingness to learn about the planning and design of inland ports, river terminals, multimodal freight facilities, and industrial site development is required


  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field is required
  • 2-5 years of general civil engineering experience with an emphasis on site development
  • Experience with ports, river terminals, rail, and/or roadway engineering is a plus
  • If eligible, Professional Engineer license in state of assigned office or the ability to reciprocate from another state within 6 months
  • If not yet eligible for licensure, Engineer-In-Training (EIT) or Engineer Intern (EI) status is required, and obtaining Professional Engineer License when eligible is expected


Our focus on people means we offer a generous benefits program to help you create a solid foundation for health and security throughout your career, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Performance bonuses
  • 401(k) with matching contribution
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Comprehensive health & well-being plans
  • Financial wellness plans
  • Work-life balance programs

Want to know more? Visit our benefits page for all the details.


We understand that selecting a job is about more than the day-to-day tasks. It’s important to feel like you belong and safe to grow and progress along your career path. You’ll find that at Hanson. We have an inclusive, diverse workforce awaiting to connect with you and numerous opportunities to cultivate your career, including:

  • Monthly educational webinars
  • Leadership training
  • Lunch & learn development sessions
  • 24/7 access to thousands of skill-building courses
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Award-winning internship program
  • Employee recognition
  • And so much more! 

As employers/governmental contractors, we comply with government regulations, including affirmative action responsibilities where they apply.  To assist us in meeting our affirmative action goals, employees are encouraged to refer minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


We do not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or agencies/staffing firms. Resumes are only accepted from recruiters and agency/staffing firms if a signed agreement is in place at the inception of the recruiting effort and authorized for a specified position.

Why Hanson?

At Hanson, our people are what distinguishes us.

Hanson is a dynamic, employee-owned consulting firm providing a full range of engineering, scientific, and allied services throughout the United States. With innovative spirit and a drive to continuously improve, our people go the extra mile to give our clients the best possible results.

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