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Staff Geologist


Company Description

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At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity

Job Description

The Engineering Geology group of AECOM is actively seeking a creative, motivated, talented Staff Geologist for immediate employment in the Oakland, California office. The appropriately qualified applicant will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of geologic processes and will learn how geologic conditions can impact design and construction of large projects. AECOM is proud to provide our employees with exciting, challenging projects locally as well as worldwide; the qualified applicant can look forward to projects involving geologic mapping, subsurface soil, rock, and groundwater investigations, engineering analysis and civil construction observation and monitoring.

With a proud history spanning over 85 years and thousands of successful projects, our expertise in dam and reservoir engineering is unmatched. From feasibility studies to design, construction, and maintenance, we cover every aspect of the process, ensuring the longevity and safety of critical water infrastructure. As part of our team, you'll contribute to our legacy, bringing innovative solutions to life and making a meaningful impact on global water resources.

Incumbent responsibilities:
• Will conduct geologic and geomorphic mapping
• Log exploratory borings during drilling and collect soil and rock samples
• Install monitoring wells, inclinometers and other instrumentation
• Provide fieldwork oversight of subcontractors
• Evaluate exploratory test pits and trenches
• Conduct geophysical surveys and other in situ testing
• Observe and monitor construction activities for large civil projects (e.g., tunnels, dams, pipelines, bridges, levees, highways, and building foundations)
• Prepare boring logs, data analysis summary, generation of subsurface cross sections and profiles, and report writing
• Assist with developing and managing tasks from budget and proposal preparation, development of the work plan, overall task coordination, coordinating and overseeing a variety of investigation techniques
• Will work in the field on large construction projects to verify that design requirements, recommendations, and intent are implemented during construction
• Will work on engineering geology and civil engineering projects that require evaluation of geologic site characteristics through various methods of mapping, drilling, trenching, and geophysical surveying

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, those listed above.​​​


Minimum qualifications:

  • BA/BS + 2 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education.

  • Valid US Driver's license required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geology or Earth Science

  • Minimum two years of field data collection, data review and preparation of technical documents

  • Incumbents with Master’s or PhD degree in relevant discipline with no experience may enter at this level

  • Experience describing soil and rocks

  • Knowledge of identification and description of all manner of soil and rock types, field investigation techniques, laboratory analyses, interpretation of published and project-specific geologic data

  • Exhibits in-depth knowledge of geologic processes

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with other AECOM personnel, project teaming partners, clients, contracted service providers, and regulatory agency representatives

  • Ability to perform physically demanding field tasks including site reconnaissance mapping, drilling and trenching explorations, and construction site monitoring and testing

  • Experience preparing reports including summarizing field activities and results, performing analyses, developing interpretations, conclusions, and recommendations

Additional Information

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

  • Sponsorship is not available for this role.

  • Regular project site travel required.

  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The target salary range for this position is $75,000 - $100,000.

  • AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absences, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.