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About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

HDR is in search of an experienced Senior Geotechnical Engineer to join our expanding Northern California Geotechnical team. The Senior Geotechnical Engineer will act as a project manager, technical advisor, and/or reviewer for a wide variety of geotechnical projects within our Northern California operations. The primary duties of the Senior Geotechnical Engineer are to: Lead technical teams of multiple professionals in the performance of geotechnical investigations and analyses (field investigations, laboratory testing, seepage analyses, stability analyses, settlement estimates, seismic assessments, lateral earth pressure evaluation, shallow and deep foundation design recommendations, and ground improvement assessments). Develop geotechnical investigation programs, design recommendations, technical reports, and provide technical reviews during the design and construction of water resources, water, and other infrastructure projects. Provide project and technical task management including directing geotechnical staff, preparing geotechnical reports, and monitoring schedules, scopes, and budgets. Provide independent quality control reviews of geotechnical work performed by HDR and its sub-consultants. This position may be based in any of our NorCal locations including Walnut Creek, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Folsom


Required Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Civil, Geotechnical, or Geology disciplines

Registered PE, GE, or PG

15+ years of relevant experience

Dams and levee experience preferred with high proficiency of soil mechanics and seismic technical skillset

Experience with Microsoft Office applications GeoStudio (Slope/w Seep/w etc.), UTEXAS4, FLAC (optional), or other geotechnical software as appropriate

An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

This position may be based in any of our NorCal locations, including Walnut Creek, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Folsom.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way. 

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