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Job Description

Bring your problem-solving mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, and established expertise to WJE's geotechnical engineering practice.Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is seeking an industry-leading, Geotechnical Engineer to be an integral part of expanding our in-house expertise across multiple locations. This opportunity is based in the San Francisco Bay Area (Emeryville, CA).With an in-depth knowledge of the investigation, evaluation, design, and remediation of various geotechnical and geological conditions, you will pursue the projects you want to work on, foster client relationships, manage projects, and mentor up-and-coming staff, all while still getting to do the hands-on technical work you are passionate about.Responsibilities:

  • Technical practice development, including collaborating with WJE geotechnical engineers in other offices, providing interdisciplinary WJE project teams with in-house expertise on geotechnical conditions and applications specific to the local region, fostering an external client base in forensic geotechnical engineering, and mentoring/training of future staff
  • Project management, including client development, project scoping, assembling and managing appropriate project teams, maintaining project schedules and budgets, and managing client expectations and deliverables
  • Contributions to company-wide objectives through mentoring, participation in office and company development initiatives, participation with in-house knowledge-sharing, involvement in professional organizations, and business development to attract new and repeat clients


  • Licensed Geotechnical Engineer in relevant state(s)
  • Master’s degree or PhD in geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, or related field
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant industry experience (20+ preferred), including significant hands-on technical and project management for forensics, problem-solving, and repair challenges specific to the West Coast Region (Bay Area)
  • Demonstrated expertise in geotechnical engineering applications relevant to regional soil conditions (e.g., Bay mud, seismic), including but not limited to: design and performance evaluation of foundations for various structure types relevant to the region (including deep foundations); hands-on investigation and testing methods to diagnose distressed conditions; underpinning, ground improvement, and other remedial measures for distressed structures; slope stability and earth retention; and settlement issues
  • Dedicated self-starter, motivated to build a new consulting practice based on a "principles first" problem-solving approach
  • Effective technical, graphical, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated competency in transitioning quickly between multiple priorities while maintaining effective coworker and client relationships

Physical Requirements:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, with or without a reasonable accommodation. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computer, printer, fax, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

  • Ability to travel and attend meetings at various office, field, and construction sites
  • Ability to perform observations of exploratory pits and soil sampling
  • Ability to take measurements of piezometers, inclinometers, etc.
  • Ability to safely work at heights, in excavations, in confined spaces, and in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations, including outdoors with exposure to temperature extremes
  • Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts, and other access equipment
  • Ability to lift and carry materials, tools, and other heavy equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle

    Culture, Compensation, and Benefits:At WJE, you will have the autonomy that comes with running your own business combined with the resources and support of a well-established organization: stability and benefits, a collaborative environment, the company’s collective interdisciplinary knowledge, state-of-the-art laboratory and testing capabilities, and a team of like-minded professionals striving to deliver innovative yet practical solutions in the built world.WJE is an employee-owned company that employs a diverse group of C2E2 people—people with outstanding Character, unwavering Commitment to our core and culture, strong Expertise, and genuine Enthusiasm for their work. Our extraordinary people enjoy a fulfilling and flexible work environment: one that is inclusive and genuinely values and fairly treats every employee; one that is based on trust and personal responsibility; one that encourages open communication, continued learning, innovative thinking, excellence, and teamwork; and one that provides each employee a combined opportunity for personal, professional, and financial growth that is unsurpassed in our business. Learn more at starting base salary (gross): $120,000 to $185,800. Actual salaries will vary and will be based on several factors including consideration for a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role. Base salary is one component of our total compensation package for employees. WJE offers an industry-leading total rewards package that enables our employees to grow and thrive with comprehensive health and financial benefits including robust and affordable health plans, generous 401(k) matching and bonus programs, time off to care for yourself and others, and investments in employees’ professional development, to name a few. More information on WJE’s total rewards package can be found at is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and protected veterans. (VEVRAA federal contractor)WJE will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Fair Chance Ordinances.Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe 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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)