Career Opportunities

NorthStar is an exciting and challenging place to work. Our talented staff tackles engineering and surveying problems with enthusiasm. We have a very cohesive group of individuals who go out of their way to welcome new employees. We work in a relaxed environment with a casual dress code. Mentoring is provided to new employees as needed for all aspects of the projects that we work on.

Our office is located in Chico, California at the north end of the central valley of California. We are surrounded by rice fields, fruit and nut orchards, and rolling foothills. Chico is very close to the Sacramento River, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Lake Oroville so there are many opportunities for outdoor recreational activities.

The CSUC campus in town provides an excellent opportunity for continuing education and provides for a lively downtown atmosphere. The people in Chico are the greatest asset to the town. People here tend to be friendly, open minded, and well educated. There is definitely a strong sense of community among the residents. For more specific information on the town, see the Chico Chamber of Commerce site.


For full time employees, we have an insurance package with major medical, dental and vision, as well as life insurance and short-term / long-term disability, with the company footing the bill for a large percentage of the employee’s premium. We also have a cafeteria plan available at the employee’s option for unreimbursed medical expenses.

We offer a generous retirement package funded 100% by the employer and also a 401k plan. The company funds 100% of the cost of professional licensing fees and provides an allowance for the cost of memberships in professional organizations as well as professional training. Additional benefits include company vehicles and mobile phones for senior employees, company-sponsored lunches, and company volleyball, softball and bowling teams. Flex time is also available. Select employees are allowed remote access to their work computers to assist with working flex time. Company-supplied coffee and tea are available in our lunch room.

Paid Time Off

We offer 8 paid holidays throughout the year. Sick time and vacation time are blended into the same PTO package for full time employees. PTO is based on seniority as follows:

Years of service 0 3 10 15
PTO days per year 10 15 20 25

Employees are allowed to carry over a portion of unused PTO to the next year.


The company will typically contribute 10 to 12 percent of the employee’s annual salary into a profit sharing plan. A full time employee will be fully vested in the plan after six years.

Current Openings

Please see our list of current job openings.