SAGE has an opening for a Principal Engineering Geologist in our Oakland office. Candidates should have 15+ years of professional experience in engineering geology and share our passion for providing exceptional service. This is a strategic role reporting directly to the president.
The Principal Engineering Geologist is responsible for achieving business development goals, managing and mentoring technical staff, and providing expert technical input and/or oversight on large, complex projects with multi-disciplinary teams and subconsultants.
- Conducts business development to build a book of business. Generates leads, pursues new opportunities, and develops new markets/clients.
- Builds/maintains client relationships, works to identify and understand client needs, and manages client expectations. Assists clients with risk evaluation and asset management.
- Manages technical staff to build a high performing team that delivers an exceptional work product. Mentors the team in preparation for future challenges.
- Supervises engineering geologic investigations related to critical water and energy infrastructure, as well as governmental, commercial, and essential services buildings and facilities.
- Characterizes geologic and seismic hazards on both regional and site-specific scales, defines the associated risks, and develops recommendations to manage or mitigate risks to an acceptable level.
- Works closely with engineers to provide input and assessment of regional and site-specific geologic and tectonic conditions pertinent to structural performance.
Develops/supervises large field exploration programs with multiple subcontractors that include geologic mapping and logging of soil/rock borings, test pits, trenches, and manmade/natural exposures.
- Directs and reviews engineering geologic analyses related to soil and rock.
- Prepares and reviews comprehensive technical reports.
- Interacts with regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD).
- Manages projects, resources, and budgets in ERP (Deltek Vision).
- Conducts technical presentations to clients and staff.
Position Type and Work Schedule
This position manages a team of technical professionals.
Required Education and Experience
- BS degree in geology, geosciences, or earth sciences.
- 15 or more years of experience with increasing responsibility in engineering geology and seismic hazards with emphasis on water and energy infrastructure projects.
- 7 – 10 years of managing, mentoring, and developing professional staff.
- 10 – 15 years of developing business and managing client relationships.
- California Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) license, or ability to obtain a CEG license within 12 months.
- Valid and unrestricted California driver’s license.
Preferred Education and Experience
- MS or PhD degree in geology, geosciences, or earth sciences.
- Experience with assessing rock stability and performing kinematic analysis in support of cut slope design or rockfall mitigation.
- Experience with performing probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard analysis.
Required Skills and Abilities
- Passion for delivering high quality work.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Highly effective interpersonal skills.
- Ability to manage client engagement and expectations.
- Ability to work cooperatively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Ability to shift priorities in a dynamic environment.
This position requires up to 25% travel, including overnight and extended field assignments.
This position is based in an office setting but requires periodic field work that involves exposure to steep, mountainous terrain and inclement weather such as heat, cold, rain, and wind. Field work may involve working from elevated equipment (e.g., scissor lifts, crane-suspended platforms, etc.) and within underground tunnels.
Frequent standing, sitting, and walking. Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs., kneeling, climbing, stooping, crawling, and reaching.