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SWCA Overview

Phoenix, AZ
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Since 1981, SWCA has helped public and private clients overcome environmental challenges and move their projects forward. Our 100% employee-owned firm offers comprehensive environmental planning, regulatory compliance, and natural and cultural resources management ... Read more

Mission: SWCA employs smart, talented, problem-solvers dedicated to our mission of preserving natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today.

Company Updates

  • Exciting news! Next month, SWCA's Pasadena office is relocating to a historic building. Read more:

    SWCA's Pasadena Office Relocating to Historic Building

    Pasadena, Calif. - SWCA has secured 7,773 square feet of office and laboratory space at 51 West Dayton in Pasadena, California, for expansion and relocation of its California-Pacific regional headquarters. The 1890s building, once a livery stable, has been seismically retrofitted and comprehensively updated for creative and professional services.

  • Congratulations to SWCA's latest Lawrence S. Semo Scientific Achievement Award winner, Mary Anne McLeod! The quarterly Semo award rewards individuals for demonstrating passion, creativity, and scientific excellence in a manner that advances SWCA’s purpose, mission, vision, and values. Read more:

    SWCA Announces Second Lawrence S. Semo Award Winner of 2017

    Phoenix, Ariz. - Mary Anne McLeod, Environmental Resources Specialist in SWCA's Flagstaff office, has been selected as the Lawrence S. Semo Scientific Achievement Award winner for the second quarter of 2017. Mary Anne is an expert on the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher population along the lower Colorado River (LCR) and its tributaries, and on the effects of tamarisk beetles on flycatchers.

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SWCA – Why Work For Us?

We are the problem solvers. We are the scientists, the planners, the technical specialists, and the creative thinkers.

Since 1981, SWCA has helped public and private clients overcome environmental challenges and move their projects forward. Our 100% employee-owned firm offers comprehensive environmental planning, regulatory compliance, and natural and cultural resources management services. We work together to understand the full life cycle of any project, from inception to completion. 

In the face of rapid environmental, economic, and societal changes, our purpose is simple: to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today. We do that by offering a suite of environmental consulting services combined with local knowledge, regulatory expertise, and high-quality service. We build long-term, trusting relationships with our clients and guide their projects to successful completion.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, SWCA has offices throughout the United States and the Pacific Islands. With a large number of geographically diverse offices, we're able to rapidly pool resources in order to serve clients from our main business lines, including government, power generation, land development, mining, oil and gas, transmission, transportation, and water.

Experience new challenges, new landscapes, and new opportunities with SWCA.

Our people are our most valuable resource.
By investing in our people, creating a collaborative team environment, and being responsive to growth opportunities, we have become the dynamic company we are today.

Diverse project opportunities to grow your career.
Cultural & Natural Resources, Air Quality, Environmental Planning, Permitting & Compliance, GIS, and Water Resources all within "One SWCA".

An entrepreneurial spirit that offers great benefits and employee ownership.
Growth as an organization fostered by great employees who are rewarded and recognized for their contributions.

A unique professional growth opportunity for our scientists.

SWCA Reviews

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    "Safety comes first!"

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    Current Employee - Professioal in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Professioal in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at SWCA full-time (More than a year)


    Annual safety meeting was great! Its great to be with a company the cares about their employees to go to the extent that ALL employee stay safe - whether working outdoors or in the office.


    No "cons" on this subject

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SWCA Photos

SWCA photo of: San Gabriel Mission Cemetery Trench Monitoring
SWCA photo of: Blue Downey Reservoir Wetland Permitting
SWCA photo of: Idaho Transportation Department-Sandpoint North and South
SWCA photo of: Implementation of Testing and Data Recovery Plan
SWCA photo of: Evaluation and National Register Eligibility Investigation of Site
SWCA photo of: Dunlap Hydro Plant Geophysics
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SWCA Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
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    I applied online. I interviewed at SWCA (Phoenix, AZ).


    Online application through LinkedIn, Phone screening with the recruiter, face-to-face interview with the hiring manager, 2nd interview with senior leaders, offer the next day. This was a pretty fast turn around and very positive. I brought samples of my work, but the hiring manager was not very interested in looking at them.

    Interview Questions

    • How will your past experience contribute to your success in the environmental consulting industry, since it is new for you?   Answer Question
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SWCA Awards & Accolades

  • ENR Top 500 Design Firms, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2016
  • Top 200 Environmental Firms, Engineering News-Record (ENR), 2016

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