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WSP USA Senior Engineering Geologist - CA PG/CEG in Irvine, California

Senior Engineering Geologist - CA PG/CEG

Req ID 10326

Senior Engineering Geologist - CA PG/CEG

Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 14,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Sr. Engineering Geologist - CA PG/CEG to support geotechnical, land use, and environmental projects in our Sacramento, CA office. The following locations will also be considered: Sunnyvale, CA ; and Irvine, CA . Be involved in projects with our Waste Management, Earth & Environment Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges.

The qualified candidate shall be a Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist in the State of California with a minimum of 10 years of experience in consulting. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in managing multi-disciplinary project teams directed towards solving complex problems for our solid waste, mining, and manufacturing client base. The position requires effective verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated team leadership skills, a positive attitude and strong project management skills.

Your Impact

  • Build and maintain long-term relationships with key clients by providing technical expertise, attending client meetings, and leading project development pursuits

  • Lead on interface and negotiations with regulatory agencies (local, state, and federal agencies) on behalf of our clients

  • Supervise and manage geologists to perform geologic field reconnaissance and mapping for the identification of geologic hazards and site characterization;

  • Plan and manage subsurface field geologic exploration tasks including HSA, direct push, rotosonic, and rotary drilling campaigns;

  • Provide interpretation of subsurface conditions and develop conceptual geologic models

  • Review geologic samples and geologic unit identification, assign laboratory testing and supervise the preparation of exploration records;

  • Provide direction on the design and installation of monitoring wells and geotechnical instrumentation (VWP’s, inclinometers, transducers, etc.);

  • Interpret geologic, geochemical, and geophysical data and write geotechnical and geologic reports for submittal to regulatory agencies;

  • Conduct geologic research, write project proposals and reports;

  • Provide technical direction and oversight as well as mentoring and training to junior-level Golder staff;

  • Ensure technical reports and presentations explain research, findings, and recommendations to prevent, control, remedy, or clean-up chemical and environmental problems and contamination.

  • Oversee and monitor cross-functional teams in executing project work.

  • Provide verbal and/or written inputs to multi-disciplinary project teams and contribute to providing high level strategic advice to clients.

  • Develop a client base for providing high level environmental risk assessment services including identifying additional business development opportunities.

  • Mentor staff to support their growth and professional development.

  • Collaborates with professionals from a variety of disciplines to provide future ready solutions for clients.

  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.

  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geology, Engineering Geology or Geological Engineering (Master’s preferred)

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience

  • Professional registration: CA Professional Geologist (PG) and CA Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG)

  • Experience managing complex subsurface investigations including drilling, soil classification, monitoring well installation and instrumentation;

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines efficiently with a strong attention to detail and work product quality.

  • Experience and proficiency using remote sensing data (LIDAR and aerial imagery) and GIS tools to develop geologic maps and identify geologic hazards

  • Candidates must be willing to work in the field conducting physically rigorous field geologic data collection in a variety of terrain and weather conditions;

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.;

  • Must have excellent communication and writing skills, with demonstrated report writing skills;

  • Strong knowledge of relevant environmental laws, regulations, compliance practices, and record-keeping requirements.

  • Project management experience with mid-level projects including tracking hours and expenses for project work.

  • Works independently and provides guidance and leadership to mid-level to senior level team or project members, with strict adherence to QA/QC.

  • Experienced with providing critical review for documents and preparing technical deliverables and plans with a high degree of complexity.

  • Strong self-leadership and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively, persuasively, and tactfully interact with employees at all levels of the organization.

  • Proficiency with office automation and communication software, technology, and tools.

  • Well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, and identify the most cost-effective responses that will minimize waste, prevent pollution, and conserve resources.

  • Ability to interact with a wide variety of sources, including project managers, clients, and sector-wide staff.

  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.

  • Must be flexible to a variety of schedules to meet business needs and able to prioritize responsibilities and quickly adapt to change in a pressure work environment.

  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Existing strong client relationships in California

  • Broad experience with both geotechnical- and environmental-focused projects;

  • Demonstrated success with permitting and regulatory compliance for complex projects

  • Excellent client relationship skills with demonstrated track record of successful project outcomes

Compensation and Benefits:

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

Expected Salary: $104,400 - $213,000

WSP USA is providing the compensation range and general description of other compensation and benefits that the company in good faith believes it might pay and/or offer for this position based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to internal equity and geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, or federal law.


Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Travel Required: 20%

  • Job Status: Regular

  • Employee Type: Full

  • Primary Location: ROSEVILLE - ENTERPRISE WAY

  • All locations: US-CA-Irvine, US-CA-Roseville, US-CA-Sunnyvale

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible, agile and hybrid workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.