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Careers at Hillis-Carnes

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Ownership and Accountability

As an employee-owned company, each of us is a stakeholder in every project we touch. This builds an environment of entrepreneurship and personal accountability, while it also encourages us to support one another and work as a team.

Much of our staff has been with Hillis-Carnes for decades, and we know we can rely on each other’s strengths and collaborate seamlessly. Some of us say that we’re a large firm that doesn’t feel like a large firm. Our projects are complex and intense, but as individuals we’re relaxed and approachable. Your peers are your greatest resource — whether they are recent graduates bringing a fresh approach to the work we do or they are a long-time team member providing guidance that only hands-on experience can bring.

Our Benefits

We have many employees who have been with Hillis-Carnes for 20 years or more because people love working here. We take care of our employees for the long term, because we know they will take care of each other and our clients every single day. We offer competitive salaries and a generous benefits package that includes the following:

  • 401(k) with a company match

  • Medical coverage with prescription plan, dental and vision coverage, and health savings accounts

  • Pet Insurance

  • Company paid life & AD&D; company-paid long-term disability insurance; voluntary short-term disability insurance; voluntary Life & AD&D

  • Paid Time Off (PTO); paid holidays

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

  • Employee Self-Service Information Access (benefits, paycheck and W-2 copies, other company information)

  • Employee Assistance Program Counseling

  • Free Hillis-Carnes apparel; Red Wing Boot Voucher Program

  • Credit union affiliation

  • Continuing education programs

Job Postings

Hillis-Carnes is a multi-specialty engineering firm owned 100-percent by its employees. This creates an attitude of accountability and entrepreneurship that drives us to succeed. We’re growing, with 16 offices in the Mid-Atlantic and one international office in West Indies, Barbados.

Open Positions

Equal Opportunity

Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates, Inc. does not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following: recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, or on-the-job training, layoff and termination. This company further agrees to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities.


We welcome undergraduate students completing their second or third year to contact us about our paid summer internships. This is a chance to work with a high-end geotechnical firm under the mentorship of department leaders who will guide you toward your next steps in the industry.

You can apply your coursework to practical applications to deepen your understanding, and you’ll gain the advantage of early exposure to real-world conditions. Responsibilities are often related to Construction Materials Testing and Field Inspections, but we can modify your experience to include your other interests in geotechnical engineering. You’ll work on a wide range of projects (residential, commercial and industrial) in multiple sectors.

Because our interns are potential candidates for hire following graduation, our recruitment process is the same as it is for employees, including a background check, drug screening and interview(s). Internships are full-time (40 hours per week) for the length of your summer break.

Please send your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest to You may also send your questions to our human resources manager, Brenda Frank.