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Job Description

Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 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 USA is initiating a search for a Lead Geologist for the Northern California business area! The position is open to be based in the following offices: Oakland, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, and Costa Mesa. This person will provide environmental consulting services in support of public and private clientele. This position requires an individual with effective project management and communication skills as significant client, agency, public, and team interactions are expected. Candidates should be self-motivated and able to work on projects with variable complexity with the desire and ability to mentor and build a strong support team. This position includes both office and field work on project sites in and out of California.

Your Impact

  • Direct and supervise technical assignments (both field and office) and manage entire projects or specific elements of projects. 
  • Direct a team and perform geologic/hydrogeologic interpretation of data at complex sites including former mining facilities.
  • Provide technical review for projects to comply with environmental laws, company standards, contract requirements and related specifications.
  • Schedule, direct, and supervise field programs and subcontractors as needed.
  • Develop and successfully execute project scopes, schedules and budgets.
  • Perform business development and marketing activities to capture new clients for WSP USA.
  • Prepare proposals and assist in preparation of large-scale proposals.
  • Direct staff to perform calculations, direct and supervise junior staff to input data into and/or run standard or, in some cases advanced computer programs.
  • Recognize and identify discrepancies in results obtained in such assignments and follow-up with associate/principal personnel to resolve these situations.
  • Responsible for preparing complete drafts of technical reports.
  • Represent WSP USA and interact in a professional manner with client, regulators and subcontractors.
  • May travel to project sites primarily in California and Nevada.
  • Understand and apply company, client, and site Health and Safety standards.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geology, Hydrogeology, or closely related discipline.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience working as a Geologist. 
  • PG (California) required. 
  • Strong work ethic and must be a self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in MS Office.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully as part of a team and achieve team objectives.
  • Flexible to work outside normal business hours, as required; filed activities may require working in unfavorable weather conditions or hazardous materials and in hazardous conditions.
  • Must pass drug test, physical, background check and must have a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record in accordance with the Company’s driving (Motor Vehicle Safety) policy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Essential professional licensure/certification.
  • 40-Hour OSHA Health & Safety Training (HAZWOPER) (29 CFR 1910.120) preferred.
  • Basic First Aid and Adult CPR training desired.

Compensation and Benefits: 
WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career. Expected Salary: $100,000 - $162,000WSP USA is providing the compensation range and general description of other compensation and benefits that the company in good faith believes it might pay and/or offer for this position based on the successful applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities in addition to internal equity and geographic location. WSP USA reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant’s sex or other status protected by local, state, or federal law.

  • Must be able to pass a HAZWOPER physical and be medically able to wear a tight-fitting respirator / Fit for Duty Exam / Medical Exam.
  • Must successfully complete and pass WSP’s Motor Vehicle screening. 
  • This role is subject to a client-mandated drug/alcohol testing policy. As such, employee may be subject to random drug/alcohol tests. A copy of this policy will be provided during employee onboarding and is available upon applicant request. 


Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Travel Required: 25%
  • Job Status: Regular
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: OAKLAND - 12TH ST
  • All locations: US-CA-Costa Mesa, US-CA-Oakland, US-CA-Rancho Cordova, US-CA-Roseville

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.comWSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES:WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand.  Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.