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Golder Associates Staff 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 a Staff Geologist/Hydrogeologist to join our team in a Full-Time position at our Irvine, California office. In this role you will support project managers for contaminated land sites requiring site assessment/characterization, remedial planning and remedial action, and long-term operations, maintenance, and monitoring (OMM). The staff geologist/hydrogeologist will be involved in all stages of the project including planning, permitting, regulator and stakeholder engagement, field execution, documentation and reporting, and project closeout.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Complete subsurface site investigations including completing drilling observation, soil classification, and well installation

  • Complete groundwater, surface water, and soil sampling

  • Data interpretation and report writing

  • Prepare geologic boring logs, cross-sections, groundwater contour maps and iso-concentration maps

  • Work on the operation, maintenance and monitoring of remedial systems.

  • Complete Phase I environmental site assessments and Phase II contaminated site investigations

  • Utilize specialized computer skills including database applications, groundwater, and contaminant modeling software, and/or gINT

  • Writing work plans, technical reports, and managing budgets

  • Coordinating with contractors to support project objectives


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Geology or Hydrogeology

  • A minimum of three years of progressive and applicable experience

  • Ability for extended local, national, and/or international overnight travel and fieldwork, based on project demands. Field work may include travel to remote locations and outside work in various climates and terrains

  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

  • Willingness to operate and maintain field testing and monitoring equipment, and ability to lift 40 pounds unassisted

  • Strong attention to detail with excellent analytical and judgment capabilities

  • Strong technical and communication skills


  • Completed 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER health and safety training, with 8-hour refresher updates, as applicable

  • Master’s degree in geology or hydrogeology

  • G.I.T. certification or a P.G. or C.H.G. license (in California preferred)

  • Submittal of a cover letter with your application is appreciated

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: Staff Geologist

Location: CA-IRVINE

Requisition ID: 21002372