Engineering Geologist

Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
Concord, CA
Added: January 26, 2024


Shannon & Wilson is an employee-owned geotechnical and environmental consulting firm with offices in 15 cities. Committed to technical excellence and high-quality service, we provide integrated geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, environmental and natural resource services for clients worldwide. Since 1954, we have delivered comprehensive engineering and environmental solutions for the most challenging infrastructure planning, design, permitting and construction conditions. We are dedicated to improving our communities, preserving the environment and utilizing the most innovative science practices in all our work.

Our Bay Area office is seeking a staff level geotechnical engineer to join the team. This role will focus on classical geotechnical engineering including site characterization, soil mechanics, shallow and deep foundations, seepage and stability analyses, earth retention structures, seismic assessment, and soft ground construction. Projects include upgrading existing levees in the Delta; heavy industrial foundations; wetlands restoration; municipal roads, bridges and sewers; slope stabilization; and commercial and institutional buildings.

Job Description:

  • Perform geologic evaluations in support of geology, earthquake hazard, engineering geology, and geotechnical engineering studies.
  • Design, plan, and perform field exploration, testing, and instrumentation programs.
  • Perform geologic reconnaissance and mapping.
  • Perform observation and testing during construction.
  • Perform soil and rock slope stability analyses.
  • Interpret soil samples geologically and construct geologic profiles
  • Assist with proposal and report preparation.
  • Interact and communicate with subcontractors, clients, and staff at all levels.
  • Assist with business development and marketing activities, including preparation of cost proposals and presentations.
  • Follow Shannon & Wilson’s Quality Assurance policy.
  • Follow and promote Shannon & Wilson’s Health & Safety and Loss Prevention policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • MS Degree in Geology or Engineering Geology, supported by a BS degree in Geology or Engineering Geology.
  • California L.E.G., required
  • 0 to 6 years of experience performing geologic field explorations and studies.
  • Experience analyzing LiDAR data, including for geomorphic/landform features.
  • Experience with field reconnaissance mapping for civil projects, including landslides.
  • Geologic interpretation and analysis using soil and rock samples retrieved from explorations.
  • Subsurface exploration techniques including hollow-stem auger drilling, mud rotary drilling, rock coring, and test pit/trench logging.
  • Collecting samples and logging exploratory excavations using standard soil and rock classification systems.
  • Organizing, contracting with, and directing subcontractors a plus.
  • Performing soil index property laboratory testing a plus.
  • Construction observation and construction material testing of earthwork a plus.
  • Pile/shaft foundation construction and retaining wall structure construction observation a plus.
  • Basic computer skills: MS Word, Excel, and ESRI ArcGIS required; MS Access, desirable.

Typically, depending on an applicants education, experience, other qualifications they possess, if they are a fit for the company and local office culture, and the current business needs, an Entry-Level Engineering Geologist typically would be placed at a Shannon & Wilson Professional I, II, III, or IV level.

Shannon & Wilson offers a competitive benefits package to support our employees. These benefits include:

  • Employee ownership
  • Comprehensive medical, prescription, vision, and dental coverage.
  • Pre-tax health and daycare FSA
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Profit sharing and 401(k) plans
  • Paid time off for vacation and sick leave
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Paid volunteer day
  • Free parking

Shannon & Wilson is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please note that non-solicited resumes from external recruitment agencies will not be considered as introductions to our business, unless a preapproved agreement is in place and the external recruitment agency has been engaged to work on this specific vacancy.