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WSP USA Senior Lead Geologist/ Hydrogeologist in Rancho Cordova, California

Senior Lead Geologist/ Hydrogeologist

Req ID 15125

Senior Lead Geologist/ Hydrogeologist

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 Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 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

Are you an Environmental Geologist or Hydrogeologist in the consulting industry, looking for a new opportunity with any of the following? - Large, technically challenging, and interesting projects, - A collaborative and supportive environment, - An established environmental firm with a network of highly-skilled geologists, engineers, and scientists, and - An opportunity to build your career where you are valued and can choose your career path. - You would be a member of a team providing environmental consulting services ranging from site investigations to remediation projects. The key responsibilities of this position include the following:

Your Impact

WSP is seeking a Senior Lead Geologist/Hydrogeologist in our Northern California offices (Oakland, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Petaluma, or San Jose )with 10 or more years of experience in the environmental consulting field and a California Professional Geologist License. The ideal candidate is looking for new challenges and wants to work with teams on large and interesting projects.

  • Project/task manager for field projects, including coordinating permitting, subcontractors, field staff, and laboratories, or a technical lead in a specific field

  • Oversee staff performing field work (logging soil borings, overseeing groundwater monitoring well installations, and collecting soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment samples, as well as documenting field activities)

  • Perform occasional field work, including site visits, managing subcontractors, overseeing groundwater monitoring well installations, well and aquifer pumping tests, as well as documenting field activities

  • Field projects may also include oversight of remediation subcontractors during remediation activities, such as pilot studies and routine operations and maintenance

  • Manage projects and ensure projects are performed safely, on time, and within budget

  • Interpret data and test results

  • Draft reports documenting investigation (or remediation) activities

  • Prepare scopes of work, schedules, and cost estimates

  • Ensure effective client and regulatory agency communication and relations

  • Follow company safety standards, site safety standards and provides all required permitting

  • Willingness to travel occasionally to project sites throughout California and the West Coast

  • Technical review and mentoring of junior staff - Maintain a positive attitude and be a team player

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Geology or other related technical field; Masters degree in Geology a plus

  • Licensed Professional Geologist in the State of California

  • 10+ years of experience, including soil logging, environmental sample collection, well installation, and subcontractor management

  • Strong Project Management skills in meeting scope, schedule, and budget

  • Strong business development skills in lead development, proposal writing, cost estimating and winning work

  • Experience collaborating with Bay Area and California regulatory agencies regarding environmental assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater

  • 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification

  • Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

  • Ability to prepare clear and concise technical reports

  • Demonstrated verbal communication and technical presentation skills

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with the ability/desire to lead tasks

  • Attention to detail

  • Previous experience with remediation/assessment projects involving the Regional Quality Water Quality Control Board DTSC and/or one of the local CUPAs

  • Willingness to occasionally work more than 8 hours per day when necessary for project success

  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply information on State and Federal technical guidance and regulations, and make compliance determinations

  • Must pass background check and must have a satisfactory driving record in accordance with the Company's driving (MVR) policy

  • Must have valid, current Driver’s License (CA preferred) and must have access to vehicle to visit project sites

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS degree in Geology, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, or other related technical field

  • Licensed Certified Hydrogeologist (CHg) in California

  • Coursework or practical experience in sedimentation/stratigraphy, hydrogeology, and chemistry

Physical Demands

  • Field activities may require working in unfavorable weather conditions

  • Ability to stoop, kneel, climb, and lift up to 50 pounds

  • Ability to drive large pick-up truck

  • Ability to use hands to operate field equipment

  • Close, distance, and peripheral vision; normal auditory function

  • Must complete employment physical demonstrating ability to meet job requirements, including the ability to wear a respirator, as required

  • Completion of annual or bi-annual employment physical, as required

WSP Benefits:

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. These benefits include coverage related to medical, dental, vision, disability, and life; retirement savings; paid sick leave; paid vacation (or other personal time); paid parental leave; and paid time off for purposes of bereavement, voting, and/or attendance at naturalization proceedings.


Expected Salary: $114,400-194,500

WSP USA is providing the compensation range that the company in good faith believes it might pay and offer for this position, based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities in addition to internal equity and specific 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, and/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: N/A - No travel required

  • Job Status: Regular

  • Employee Type: Full

  • Primary Location: OAKLAND - 12TH ST

  • All locations: US-CA Petaluma, US-CA-Oakland, US-CA-Rancho Cordova, US-CA-Roseville, US-CA-San Jose

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 and agile 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.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.