Our Passionate Team

West Yost is a great place to work, especially for those who are just starting their career. We have many technical experts who are more than willing to mentor younger staff and provide opportunities for growth. We are encouraged to attend monthly All Hands meetings and our business sector meetings to understand all levels of the business. West Yost is a more than a place to work. It is an employee-owned company anchored by friends who want to see each other succeed. We work hard on our shared goal of making the world a better place, but we also like to have fun. I really enjoy Camp Sacramento (West Yost hosts employees and their families for a weekend in the Sierras enjoying games and hiking in the outdoors) and the annual holiday party and Duck Dinner. We also have regular happy hours and local office spirit events.

Dakari Barksdale, PE

Associate Engineer I


I was the first engineer Bruce and Jim hired when they started the firm in 1990. It is exciting to see the company flourish as we continue a successful transition from Bruce and Jim’s original partnership to the firm we know and love today…much larger now, yet still a place where individuals have a huge impact on who we are and where we’re going.

Jeff Pelz, PE

Vice President 


My two-year career at West Yost has exceeded all expectations I had prior to my hire. I cannot convey the feeling of comradery and accomplishment working with a team of water-focused engineers who share similar passions.  At West Yost, we do not work “for a firm” we work together as a team. That feeling of comradery was conveyed to me starting day one when I met the President of West Yost, Charles Duncan. Charles knew my name; he knew my story; he gave me a hand-written welcome card.

Have I mentioned that small firms work on cool projects? Check out the Washington Park Reservoir Project or the City of Davis’ East Area Tank Project which was awarded Project of the Year by the Sacramento Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Brooke Barry

Associate Engineer I