Based in our Oakland, CA office, the Staff Geologist earns and maintains client satisfaction by performing engineering geology and geologic hazard studies under the direction of our senior staff. This entry-level role performs data collection and compilation, field investigations that require application of standard techniques and procedures, basic analyses and design tasks, and prepares technical reports and supporting graphics. Successful candidates also thrive in performing field investigations, construction observation, and supporting our civil engineering design practice. The role is about 50% office work and 50% field work. By performing high quality service, the Staff Geologist embodies our client-focused philosophy and our commitment to delivering high quality work.
- Execute engineering and geologic investigations under direct supervision related to critical water and energy infrastructure, as well as governmental, commercial, and essential services buildings and facilities
- Compile and analyze geologic data, including geologic maps, aerial photographs, and other published information
- Prepare field exploration work plans, job hazard assessments, contribute to technical reports
- Perform field geologic mapping, logging, and sample collection during boring and test pit excavation. Coordinate laboratory testing program
- Support seismic hazard assessments, contribute to the development/update of new/existing seismic source characterization models
- Apply standard practices and techniques, interpret and correlate geologic and laboratory data, prepare cross-sections and geologic maps, recognize discrepancies in results and resolve discrepancies using a systematic process
- Perform construction observation activities including: general grading, foundation preparation, pile installation, tie-back installation, etc.
- Adhere to project quality assurance/quality control, and health and safety protocols
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Required Education and Experience
- 0 to 3 years of direct work experience in geology, engineering geology, or hydrogeology
- BS or BA degree in geology, engineering geology, or hydrogeology
Preferred Education and Experience
- MS degree in geology, engineering geology, or hydrogeology
- GIT certification
Required Skills and Abilities
- Ability to thrive on a diverse, close-knit, and dynamic geology team and willingness to learn from highly experienced mentors
- Advanced knowledge of geology and engineering geology concepts, theories, and practices as applied to geotechnical engineering and related disciplines.
- Must possess an overall understanding of technical requirements and field data acquisition procedures
- Strong, professional level oral and written communication skills
- Valid California driver’s license with good driving record
Preferred Skills and Abilities
- Proficient with standard office software (MS Office Suite, Outlook, etc.)
- Knowledge of various professional software tools (GIS, gINT, RockWorks, GS+, StereoStat, RockPack, AQTESOLV, etc.)
- Knowledge of rock stability assessment (in cut slopes and within tunnels)
- Knowledge of computer-based stereonet/kinematic analysis and rockfall simulations, to support design of rock support/rockfall mitigation
- Knowledge of probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard analysis
- OSHA 40-hr. HAZWOPER Certification a plus
- Rope access training or certification (e.g., SPRAT) a plus
This position requires up to 50% travel to project work sites, SAGE offices, and client offices. Occasionally may be assigned to field work at a specific site for an extended period of time.
This position is based in an office setting, but requires periodic field work, which involves exposure to inclement weather such as heat, cold, wind, and rain. Field work may involve working at heights (e.g., scissor lifts, crane-suspended platforms, etc.) and within excavations or underground tunnels.
Frequent standing, sitting, and walking, with occasional stooping, kneeling, crawling, and lifting up to 50 lbs.