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Job Description


Looking for a place to start your career? We’re looking for entry-level geotechnical engineers for our Columbia, MD, Chattanooga, TN, or Richmond, VA, office to support a project near Johnson City, TN, for up to 3 years; with an anticipated transfer to one of the above offices upon the successful completion of the project. You will apply your academic knowledge & collaborate with a highly technical team on a broad range of geotechnical & dam engineering projects involving geotechnical investigations, instrumentation and monitoring, instrumentation installation & evaluation, dam safety inspections, site characterization, dam design & construction, earth retaining structures, deep foundations, soft/weak foundations, forensic investigations & litigation support, and numerical analyses.

Geosyntec pursues and works on challenging projects that involve the environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure challenges. Ranked by ENR as #53 among the Top 500 Design Firms, and with multiple Top 20 ENR rankings in specialty areas, Geosyntec is internationally known for its technical leadership, broad experience, and client service. Learn more by visiting


Is this the right position to help you achieve your professional goals? Some of the key responsibilities for the entry-level geotechnical engineer position include:

Geotechnical field investigation work plan development, planning, and oversight;

Geotechnical instrumentation installation, data collection, and interpretation;

Manual instrumentation data collection (i.e., inclinometers and piezometers);

Construction monitoring and observation;

Dam safety inspections;

Engineering calculation, report, and permit application support;

Design, bid, and construction document preparation;

Production of regular reporting and summarizing visual observations and technical interpretations; and

Proposal support and business development activities.

The selected candidate will perform assignments under the supervision of experienced professional engineers who practice civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering to support our utility, solid waste, and industrial client sectors. Work assignments will be assigned to help develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in both technical disciplines and professional consulting services and business.

Here are some other things you should know about a typical entry-level geotechnical engineer position with Geosyntec:

Training: This position requires OSHA health and safety, first aid, and CPR training and medical monitoring, paid for by the firm. We also offer professional development opportunities that include in-house seminars, webinars, and mentoring relationships that allow professionals to build the technical and business skills necessary to become industry leaders.

Fieldwork: The candidate is initially expected to relocate to a construction site near Johnson City, TN for up to 3 years; then up to 15%.

Overnight travel: Up to 10% including travel to client sites and Geosyntec offices.

Your career success is our success. We encourage our professionals to continually develop their interests and technical skills. Advancement within the firm is based on an individual’s own performance and initiative.


BS degree in civil or geotechnical engineering. (required)

Advanced degree in civil or geotechnical engineering. (preferred)

0 to 4 years of experience in geotechnical related construction projects. (preferred)

Prior internship or work experience in engineering consulting. (preferred)

Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification or ability to obtain within 6 months. (required)

On path to obtain Professional Engineer (P.E.) o in a state within the eastern U.S. within 4 years. (strongly preferred)

Analytical experience including stability, settlement, and deformation analyses. (preferred)

Experience in dam safety inspections, subsurface investigation techniques, and instrumentation installation. (preferred)

Experience with geotechnical specialty construction techniques such as geotechnical grouting, ground modification, or secant pile construction. (preferred)

Basic understanding of geosynthetic material types, installation, design, and other applications. (preferred)

Ability to work in a fast-paced construction environment and meet deadlines on concurrent projects/tasks. (required)

Self-motivated and an excellent communicator. (required)

Excellent written and verbal English skills. (required)

Ability to travel to client facilities and project sites. (required)

Valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. (required)


Geosyntec strives to hire and retain the best and brightest people in their fields. We look for exceptional interpersonal skills, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities, plus the passion for technical excellence and quality. We seek individuals with leadership potential, a commitment to lifelong learning and growth, and the desire to build a long and rewarding career with a growing Firm.


Geosyntec is a great place to build a career. If you're looking for an exciting place to work, a place with challenging and rewarding projects, and a place that has been nationally recognized for its employees' quality of life, technical expertise, and business success, then Geosyntec may be the place for you. You can learn more about careers and employment at Geosyntec by visiting

We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive benefits package. Learn more by visiting


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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.