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Golder Associates Senior Engineering Geologist in IRVINE, California

At Golder, we thrive on challenges.

Golder is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

Do you have the desire to learn? The drive to excel and thrive in an engaged, collaborative environment?

Golder has a new opportunity for an experienced and motivated Senior Consultant Engineering Geologist to support geotechnical, land use, and environmental projects in our Sacramento, Sunnyvale or Irvine office locations. The qualified candidate shall be a Professional Geologist and Certified Engineering Geologist in the State of California with a minimum of 15 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.

Responsibilities of the role will include:

  • 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;


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

  • Minimum of 15 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;


  • 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

Additional Requirement:

  • Successful applicant must be able to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their start date or prior to December 8, 2021, whichever is later, or be granted an exemption based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief. If you cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability or a sincerely-held religious belief, you may submit an accommodation request ( to the Golder, A Member of WSP, Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination here - .

Your benefits at Golder will include:

  • Competitive benefits and remuneration packages

  • Opportunity to deepen your expertise in a dynamic work environment;

  • Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects; and,

  • On the job training, mentoring, and coaching.

Renowned for technical excellence, Golder, a member of WSP, is a leading global specialized engineering and consulting organization with over 60 years of successful service to its clients. By joining forces with WSP in 2021, Golder is now part of a 14,000-person strong earth and environment practice, providing engineering, remediation, regulatory & compliance, design, and environmental services on projects that span all seven continents. Our professionals are driven by a passion to deliver results, offering unique specialized skills to address the ever-evolving challenges that earth, environment, and energy present to clients across the infrastructure, mining, oil & gas, manufacturing, and power sectors.

Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

Golder is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, individuals with disabilities or other characteristics protected by law. Golder is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


Title: Senior Engineering Geologist



Requisition ID: 21001548