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Intermediate Environmental Geologist - Solid Waste

Sunnyvale, California, US
Closing date
Aug 16, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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 looking for a Full-Time Intermediate Environmental Geologist - Solid Waste for our Sunnyvale/San Jose, CA office. Other locations that will be considered are: Roseville, CA. From this location, our team of geo-professionals provides services to clients in the solid waste, aggregates, mining, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. 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.

Provides technical assistance and guidance for solid waste facilities and other environmental projects in the Northern California area. Performs analysis of geological data from various media (soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, air/vapor). Substantiates reports and documentation to advise on field conditions, movement, and outcome of overall risks to the environment and human health. Assists project leadership with compliance reporting, site assessment, corrective action strategies, classification of contaminated materials, and assisting with their treatment, disposal, and/or onsite remediation. Ensures that responsibilities are delivered and adhered to with a level of quality that meets or exceeds acceptable industry standards.

Your Impact

Determine well-defined data collection methods for extracting, identifying, and compiling environmental data from soil sampling, soil gas sampling, groundwater sampling, stormwater sampling, boring logs, and other matrices for projects, investigations, and surveys.
Assist with environmental site assessments (Phase I and II).
Research environmental hazmat databases regarding historical property land uses.
Coordinate site investigation, subsurface boring and trenching oversight, and monitoring of groundwater and extraction well installations.
Assist with oversight of drilling subcontractors during sample collection, well installations, and well abandonment.
Prepare data and visualizations such as mineral charts, soil analyses, groundwater modeling, maps geologic cross-sections, and other illustrations.
Maintain quality control standards and procedures for accurate and precise measurements, analysis, and reporting.
Assist with development and scoping of medium-sized projects.
Generate complete, accurate, and concise documentation using electronic systems and field/work site notebook.
Prepare technical reports and presentations that explain research, findings, and recommendations to prevent, control, restore, or clean-up chemical and environmental problems and contamination.
Oversee equipment/tool performance, calibration, troubleshooting of malfunctions, and inventory control.
Assist in the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of geologic, hydrogeologic, and chemical data obtained during field investigations, offering input with developing action plans for moderate- to high-level threat mitigation activities.
Work with cross-functional teams in executing project work.
Comply with safety guidelines and site-specific procedures which include but is not limited to, the maintenance of sample collection, trench and boring, laboratory documentation, written procedures, monitoring systems, and logbooks.
Prepare and implement site Health and Safety Plans (HASPs).
Comply with regulatory requirements pertaining to the data integrity, documentation, procedures, training, monitoring systems, and record compliance and retention.
Interact with regulatory agencies, subcontractors, and clients in a confident and professional manner.
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, Hydrogeology, or closely related discipline.
5 to 7 years of experience working as a Geologist.
Analytical skills, and proficient with geological research techniques and protocol.
Working knowledge with the concepts of reducing and eliminating the use or generation of hazardous substances, processes, or products, and mitigation programs.
Working knowledge of relevant environmental laws, regulations, compliance practices, and record-keeping requirements.
Experience sampling soil and groundwater via drilling including direct-push, hollow-stem auger, and other similar drilling methods.
Experience installing groundwater monitoring wells, remediation wells, and soil gas wells.
Experience writing groundwater monitoring reports and well installation reports.
Effective interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to a scientific and non-scientific audience.
Highly capable self-leadership with attention to detail, multi-tasking, and prioritization of responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.
Ability to work independently and provide guidance and leadership to junior team or project members, with strict adherence to QA/QC.
Proficiency with technical writing, office automation and communication software, technology, and tools.
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 assertively direct others in the field such as subcontracted drillers, excavation contractors, utility locators, and others to consistently complete tasks safely and efficiently.
Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP's health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree is preferred.
40-Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training (HAZWOPER) (29 CFR 1910.120) preferred.
Basic First Aid and Adult CPR training desired.
Previous experience working on solid waste projects.


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