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Job Description

Come start your career at Geosyntec in Columbia, Maryland, a place where you can work with industry recognized professionals who are solving tough environmental problems. You’ll work with an exceptional team on a variety of geotechnical projects involving landfills, contaminated sites, earth-retaining structures, foundations, and dams. Our Columbia office consists of approximately 50 professionals and support staff and is located 30 minutes from Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington D.C. Columbia was the first planned community in the U.S., and together with adjacent Ellicott City, is consistently listed in the top 10 of Best Places to Live in the U.S. If you possess the qualifications, attributes, and desire to experience a new culture, Geosyntec will provide the opportunity.

Why Geosyntec? Our clients ask us to address their new ventures and most challenging problems involving the environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure. 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 exceptional client service. Learn more by visiting


Is this the right position to help you achieve your professional goals? As an entry-level geotechnical engineer, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to real-world situations while learning the business skills needed for a successful consulting career. You’ll work on projects involving site characterization; landfill design and construction; earth-retaining structures; deep and soft/weak foundations; dams and water containment structures; forensic investigations and litigation support; geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring; numerical analysis of stability and deformation; and geohazard / earthquake characterization / mitigation.

Some of the key responsibilities for the entry-level geotechnical engineer position include:

Conducting geotechnical field investigations;

Monitoring heavy civil construction projects;

Performing and reviewing engineering calculations, such as slope stability, settlement, bearing capacity, seismic, seepage, and stormwater modelling;

Geotechnical and environmental site characterization;

Earthquake engineering;

Landfill design and permitting;

Dam and levee evaluations;

Developing construction documents; and

Writing and reviewing engineering reports.

You should expect to work closely with experienced professionals who will guide and integrate you into Geosyntec’s culture, as you kick start your career. 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 including in-house seminars, webinars, and mentoring, that allow our professionals to build the technical and business skills necessary to become successful consultants.

Fieldwork: Varies depending on project demands. (Up to 25%)

Overnight travel: Rarely, but as needed for some project sites. (up to 10%)

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


BS degree in civil and/or environmental and/or geotechnical engineering. (required)

Advanced degree in geotechnical engineering. (strongly preferred)

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

Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification. (preferred; or eligible)

Experience with geotechnical and engineering software such as AutoCAD, Slope/W, and PLAXIS. (preferred)

Strong oral and technical writing skills. (required)

Outstanding problem-solving abilities. (required)

Commitment to lifelong learning and growth. (preferred)

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.